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Bethel Resident In Haroldson Subdivision Wants Police To Be Able To Drive To His House

Mar 11, 2020

Bethel resident Tom McCallson wants the city to maintain a road to Haroldson Subdivision so that police can drive to his house.
Credit Bethel Police Department

A Bethel resident came to last night’s city council meeting with a plea. Tom McCallson lives in Bethel’s Haroldson Subdivision, past the city’s dump. McCallson wants the city to plow and maintain a road to the subdivision so that emergency services can access the area.

“You have no clue how many times in my life I’ve had to personally escort people who are, we had a knifing one year out there. I had to bring the individual down to the police because the police couldn’t make it to my home to get this person picked up and to help them,” McCallson said.

Acting City Manager Bill Howell said that Bethel’s engineering firm and attorney are aware of the issue. 

“We’ve heard our citizens, we’re looking into it, but it needs a little more than simply some plowing and some grading,” Howell said. “The road that connects to Haroldson’s, there’s no right of way. It appears it was never platted, and so this is a real issue for the city to do maintenance on a road where there’s no right of way.”

Vice-Mayor Haley said that the city’s planning commission will meet on March 12 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the issue of an access road to Haroldson Sub. The commission will also discuss the zoning rules for Blue Sky Subdivision, a proposed development that would wrap around Larson Sub.