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In Final Meeting With Current Members, City Council To Consider Overhaul Of Bethel Municipal Code

Sep 24, 2019

Bethel City Council will consider an overhaul of Bethel Municipal Code at tonight's meeting.
Credit City of Bethel

In its final meeting with its current members, this Bethel City Council will consider leaving its mark on the Bethel Municipal Code. Three changes to the code are up for consideration. 

First, council member Leif Albertson proposes an overhaul of the ethics code. Among many other changes, the council will decide whether the ethics board should be a separate committee of residents who don’t hold office. Currently, city council members judge themselves. 

Second, Vice-Mayor Raymond "Thor" Williams wants to add formal training for new council members. He says that the financial and legal obligations can be difficult to navigate as a new council member. 

Finally, the finance committee is recommending that the council move back the deadline for the audit. That’s because the city has missed the audit deadline 17 times in the past 15 years.

All three of these changes were introduced at the last meeting and will be up for a vote tonight. Also tonight, the council will review two proposed marijuana stores: Kusko Kush and Alaskan Grown Cannabis. The state’s marijuana control board has already approved those stores’ licenses on the condition that the city does not protest them. The protest period for Kusko Kush ends Oct. 13, and the deadline to protest Alaskan Grown Cannabis is Oct. 25. 

Tune in to KYUK tonight for a live broadcast of Bethel City Council’s regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.