The East Bethel City Council on Feb. 5 approved issuing bonds to refund the city’s 2010 general obligation utility bonds for a future savings of $1.5 million, which is about $220,000 more than expected, said Stacie Kvilvang of Ehlers & Associates.
Following allegations by former East Bethel mayor Richard Lawrence that Councilmember Tom Ronning is a convicted felon and as such may not be eligible to hold public office, Ronning retained an attorney who has confirmed that Ronning does have the right to hold an elected seat.
East Bethel City Councilmember Heidi Moegerle alleges that the East Bethel City Council’s Jan. 8 actions to remove former Mayor Richard Lawrence from office and appoint Councilmember Robert DeRoche as the city’s new mayor were unlawful.
The East Bethel City Council voted 3-1 Jan. 8 to remove Richard Lawrence from the mayor’s seat following allegations brought forth last month that Lawrence is no longer a resident of the city of East Bethel.
After three failed 2-2 votes on the issue of whether East Bethel Mayor Richard Lawrence is in fact a resident of the city and can continue to serve as mayor, the East Bethel City Council adjourned its Dec. 18 meeting with no resolution.