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City of Bethel

Bethel City Council will meet May 12 to consider three proposals related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first ordinance, introduced last week, would allocate $60,000 for homeslessness services. An earlier story on KYUK incorrectly said that the allocation was already approved. The council did introduce that ordinance at the May 5 meeting, but will listen to public testimony before voting on that ordinance tonight.

Anny Cochrane

On May 6, Bethel City Council introduced an ordinance to spend $60,000 of city funds to keep the homeless shelter open throughout the summer. In the same meeting, the council approved a salary of as much as $140,000 for a new police chief.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel’s per-minute cab fare will officially remain in place until May 24.


Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting on May 6 to discuss two budget modifications: one to increase the police chief's salary, and another to provide extra services for the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Katie Basile / KYUK

In a regular meeting on April 28, Bethel City Council talked about adding port-a-potties in town for the homeless, and reviewed audit findings that show the city could be losing money.

City of Bethel

Bethel City Council’s April 28 meeting will feature City Manager Vincenzo “Vinny” Corazza’s first budget modification, and zoning designations for the new Blue Sky Subdivision.

City of Bethel

Starting in September, Bethel residents will pay sales tax on online purchases. On Tuesday, April 14, the Bethel City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Remote Seller Sales Tax Code, but delayed the effective date until Sept. 1.

City of Bethel

On April 14, the Bethel City Council will take another look at enacting an online sales tax.

Hugh Dyment inside his home in Bethel on June 27,2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On April 9, Bethel City Council voted for former Bethel Mayor Hugh Dyment to fill the open seat left when former council member Fred Watson resigned. Dyment, who works at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center, said that he felt the call to serve the city during its time of crisis.

City of Bethel

On April 1, Bethel partially activated its Emergency Operations Center to “prevent and minimize illness and death caused by the coronavirus.” Currently located in City Hall, the EOC is documenting the crisis response, developing an inventory of hotel capacity for possible use as shelters, and educating city staff on their roles in the incident command system.

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