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Bethel council votes to keep fluoride in city water


The Bethel City Council, after public hearings and testimonies and guest speakers, has voted unanimously to fail the proposed ordinance to prohibit the addition of fluoride into the City’s public drinking water systems.

In one of their first official actions as a new council after the October 4th election, council members Joseph Klejka, Terry Perry, Mark Springer, Gene Peltola Jr., Kent Harding, Mary Sattler, and Mayor Pro Tempore Rick Robb all voted not to support Ordinance 11-17.

Speaking under Special Order of Business during the October 11th meeting was guest speaker Brad Whistler - Dental Officer with the Department of Health and Social Services in Juneau, who spoke on behalf of the Department and specifically for Dr. Ward Hurlburt Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Joseph McLaughlin, the Chief Epidemiologist gave a presentation on fluoride.

During discussion of the issue, a suggestion/comment was made that the fluoride issue should be put on the next ballot.

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