Committees & Commissions

Board of Ethics

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The City's Code of Ethics falls under Bethel Municipal Code 2.05 and details the responsibilities of a six-member Board. The Board is made up of individuals who are residents of the city. Board members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council to staggered three year terms and do not receive compensation. The responsibilities of the Board are to:


Evaluate all aspects of the City Code of Ethics to ensure the public and all public servants have a reasonable opportunity and are encouraged to participate; and to Conduct hearings as needed.


The role of ethics is significant in maintaining public trust, fairness, and the appearance of fairness in all government action. Many local governments, including Bethel, have created laws that outline a Code of Ethics that specify the conduct of all government actions, be it employees, elected or appointed officials, to ensure that all dealings are conducted fairly and in an unbiased manner in both appearance and fact. In general, a Code of Ethics, as is the case for Bethel, is designed to guarantee that procedural requirements are followed so that all government actions are not only fair, but also appear to be fair. The goal of any ethics-related regulation and program is to preserve the public's confidence and trust in government.

Community Action Grant Committee

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The City of Bethel has established a Community Action Grant (CAG) Program to allow community organizations and individuals to request financial support from the City for civic programs or events that contribute to the health, welfare and overall lives of the residents of Bethel, especially its most vulnerable population.

The purpose of the grant program is to advance and enhance the community’s opportunities, sustainability, and well-being. The City encourages projects and programs with components that foster community wellness, directly impact the community’s vulnerable population(s) and/or provide civic engagement of Bethel residents and project beneficiaries.

Finance Committee

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The Finance Committee meets the fourth Monday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethel City Hall Council Chambers, located 300 State Highway, Bethel, Alaska.

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The Finance Committee addresses ways to increase revenue and cut expenditures for the City and make recommendations to the City Council.



Community Parks and Recreation Committee

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The Committee meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30p.m. The meetings are held at the 300 Chief Eddie Highway.  


The Community Parks and Recreation Committee is made up of seven full seated members and two alternate members. 

Some of the responsibilities of the Community Parks and Recreation Committee are:

  • Developing annual goals in conjunction with the pool operators to be reviewed and approved by the City Council;
  • Advise in planning, and making of recommendations concerning aquatics facilities, programs, outreach, policies and other  recreational programming for the residents of the city;
  • Upon referral of the City Council, review and make recommendations on capital improvement projects for the facility;
  • Review and make recommendations to the Council on community services and the coordination of recreational services at the facility and special events with other governmental and private agencies and voluntary organizations;
  • Upon referral from the City Council, conduct studies and make recommendations which promote and encourage high standards and increased opportunities in aquatics offerings, recreational activities and fitness-based programs that are in the best interest of the City;
  • Encourage broad citizen participation in aquatics, fitness, and healthy recreational activities;
  • Act as a sounding board for individuals and organizations having an interest in aquatics and fitness center programming and provide feedback for improvement;
  • Advise and engage the city council on issues that will enhance the quality of life of Bethel residents through engagement in healthy leisure activity both within, and outside, the YK fitness center.
  • Perform such other duties and functions as the City Council may from time to time request, or otherwise appoint the committee to administer or coordinate on behalf of the City.

Planning Commission

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The Planning Commission is comprised of seven members who must be residents of the City. Duties of the Commission include but are not limited to the following:  Land Development, and the comprehensive plan; review all proposed rezoning requests; hear and decide all permit applications that require a public hearing; hear and decide appeals of permit decisions by the City Planner; and investigate capital improvement programs. 



Port Commission

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The Port Commission meets the third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at 300 Chief Eddie Hoffman Highway. 


The Duties of the Port Commission include but are not limited to:

  1. Regulate the operation of the port facilities by promulgating and providing recommendations to the council on the terminal tariff containing rates, charges, rules, and regulations applicable at the port, subject to approval by the council.
  2. Hear appeals of the decision of the port director.
  3. Periodically review the budget, capital improvement programs, funding of port facilities and systems, and report its findings to the city council;
  4. Provide a forum for public comment and input regarding port operations.
  5. Review and provide recommendation to the council regarding goals set forth in the city’s comprehensive plan as they relate to port operations. 
  6. Perform other such duties as the city council may refer to it from time to time or as may be set out in Title 14 of this code.


The Port Commission may make recommendations to Council on:

  1. Existing or proposed federal, state, and city issues relevant to port operations.
  2. The operation, management, regulation, and control of the city’s public and private ground transportation facilities in accordance with Title 14 of this code.
  3. Necessary or proposed public improvements and the prioritization of the projects in the city’s annual and long-term capital improvement programs related to the port.

Public Safety and Transportation Commission

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Duties of the Commission include but are not limited to: regulating all regulated vehicles, chauffeurs and dispatch services; hold public hearings to investigate the quality of services rendered by regulated vehicles, permittees, chauffeurs and dispatch services and shall make recommendations to the city council as it deems necessary for the improvement of such services.


The Public Safety and Transportation Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethel City Hall Council Chambers, located 300 State Highway, Bethel, Alaska.

For more information on the Public Safety and Transportation Commission, please contact the Police Department at 907-543-3781.



Public Works Committee

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This Committee provides recommendations to administration and the Council on various issues such as the maintenance of City owned buildings and property, water and sewer infrastructure, solid waste disposal and streets and roads maintenance.


The Public Works Committee meets the third Wednesday of every month beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall, located at 300 State Highway, Bethel, Alaska.

For more information on the Public Works Committee, please contact the Public Works Department at 907-543-3110.