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City of Bethel

On Sept. 8, the Bethel City Council redeclared a local disaster emergency after an earlier declaration expired July 25.

Christine Trudeau / KYUK

 

On Sept. 8, the Bethel City Council will consider redeclaring a local disaster emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city’s last emergency declaration expired July 25. This declaration specifies that the city should take all precautions against COVID-19 “until there is no longer a threat.”

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

The City of Bethel is almost three quarters of a million dollars in the hole, and that amount is growing. That’s because the city is continuing to provide water and sewer services to households that can’t pay their bills. 

 


YKHC Nurse Kerry Cobbledick hands out swabs at a station set up for coronavirus testing outside of the Alaska Airlines airport terminal in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

There are new rules during the pandemic for anyone residing in or traveling to Bethel. Passengers who get off at the Alaska Airlines terminal in Bethel will now be required to test for COVID-19. Plus, face masks will be required for anyone occupying a public space. The city is still working on the finer details of enforcement.


Alaska Airlines passengers arriving in Bethel sign up to take voluntary coronavirus tests. April 29, 2020 in Bethel, Alaska.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Following pressure from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation and Sen. Lyman Hoffman, the Bethel City Council is considering mandating COVID-19 testing at the airport. The council is also thinking about mandating and enforcing mask wearing in public. 

Greg Kim / KYUK

As of Aug. 26, Vincenzo “Vinny” Corazza no longer holds any authority as Bethel’s City Manager. The city council relieved him of any duty for the remainder of his employment, and also voted to hire attorneys and accountants to investigate how personnel and finance matters have been handled by the city administration. 


On July 28, Bethel City Council will consider two resolutions: one for a mask policy, and another for limited curbside alcohol sales.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Aug. 26, the Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting to decide how to fill the soon-to-be open Bethel City Manager position. Current city manager Vincenzo “Vinny” Corazza resigned Aug. 18 after the council criticized his performance. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel city council took some steps to bolster its response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Aug. 25, including hiring former council member Leif Albertson to be the city's Emergency Operations Director, citing his expertise in public health.

Elise Amendola / AP

At its Aug. 25 meeting, the Bethel City Council postponed voting on a tax on sugary beverages until December.

On July 28, Bethel City Council will consider two resolutions: one for a mask policy, and another for limited curbside alcohol sales.
Dean Swope / KYUK

The City of Bethel is considering a new tax on soft drinks. On Aug. 25, Bethel City Council member Michelle DeWitt will introduce an ordinance that would charge a one-cent-per-fluid-ounce tax on sugary beverages. That meanst that a can of soda pop would cost 12 cents more than it does now. 

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