East Bethel residents crowded into city hall for a special meeting Oct. 10 to ask questions of East Bethel City Council members and make their comments heard about the city’s proposed 2014 levy increase, which could be as high as 17.5 percent. The council chambers were so packed that several residents had to sit in the hallway.
The East Bethel City Council voted unanimously May 15 to take advantage of an unexpected opportunity to refinance the city’s 2010 utility bonds for an anticipated savings of $3 million.
The East Bethel City Council April 17 approved a utility infrastructure loan fund program to assist businesses that will soon be required to connect to the city’s new water and sewer system.
With projected deficits in its utility fund, the Spring Lake Park City Council has voted to increase water and sewer rates.
The St. Francis City Council unanimously turned down city staff’s recommendation to raise the city’s water and sewer rates starting in March 2013.
The Metropolitan Council has hired a contractor to construct an East Bethel water reclamation facility that will collect and treat sewage and disperse the treated water to water reclamation sites that could in turn be used for irrigation, commercial or industrial needs.
Mild winter temperatures reducing frozen conditions led a contractor to stop working on installing sewer and water pipes in a swampy area in East Bethel for 44 days, the contractor claimed to the city in a request for a change order.