Bethany City Administrator Jacob Taylor told Bethany’s Board of Aldermen Monday night that the Municipal Public Utility Alliance is notifying members of the Alliance that power conservation is strongly encouraged for the next few days with unprecedented power demands are being experienced with the bitter cold weather. The MPUA is advising that Bethany residents place their thermostats between 67 and 69 degrees, and commercial businesses should also do what they can to exercise power conservation. To this point, no rolling power interruptions have been needed, but those interruptions have been experienced in other territories. Bethany’s natural gas situation look fine at this point based on the city’s current supply.
During Monday’s meeting, Bethany’s council received word that the Department of Natural Resources has approved the site change. A site survey will be completed by the end of the month. The site agreement will be ready for the council’s approval on March 1st.
The city approved a city payment of just over $131,000 to pay for the roof work on the Bethany Community Gym. There may still be some negotiation regarding that final bill.
The city has improved their score for their annual MIRMA safety assessment. That assessment determines the insurance rating for city property. The city’s score improved from 87 to 92. The rocket slide in the city park will also receive work this spring. That work and required railing at the Babe Adams ball field should continue to improve the city’s score.
Herzog Construction was selected as the contractor for the city’s street overlay project for 2021. At the city administrator’s request, the council approved 6th street to be added to the street overlay project as long as it fits financially.
The City of Bethany has vacancies on the Planning and Zoning Board and the Board of Administration. Those interested in serving can contact City Administrator Jacob Taylor.
All City of Bethany employees have received the COVID-19 vaccine. That vaccination event was held on Friday.