East Bethel

During the public comment period of the March 19 East Bethel City Council meeting, resident Greg Bayard asked for clarification on the previous year’s significant city- and school-tax increases. He said they were evident from his increased house payment and wanted to know if the increase had been a “one-time deal” or would happen again.

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The East Bethel City Council talked about dirt bike noise in a March 19 workshop, ultimately deciding to hold a public hearing 7 p.m. April 23 at City Hall before making decisions or taking actions. The members acknowledged the meeting might be packed or could be pointless, but they at least needed to try to get residents’ input.

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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.

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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.

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