2nd Class City
in the Bethel Census Area
- Area Type
- Current Population
- Population Comment
- 2013 DCCED Certified Estimate
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Election, Recording, and Judicial Districts
- Senate District
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Facilities and Amenities
- Municipal Facilities & Utilities
- Watering Point, School Water, Washeteria, Honeybucket, Electric (AVEC), Refuse, Landfill, Health Clinic, Police, (VPO), and State Funded Public Safety Officer (VPSO), Volunteer Fire, Post Office (Federal Contract), Roads, City Jail, City Office, Community Hall, Bingo, Recreation
Geography and Climate
- Eek lies on the south bank of the Eek River, 12 miles east of the mouth of the Kuskokwim River. It is 35 air miles south of Bethel and 420 miles west of Anchorage.
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- Eek is located in a marine climate. Annual precipitation averages 22 inches, with an annual average of 43 inches of snowfall. Summer temperatures average 41 to 57 °F; winter temperatures average 6 to 24 °F.
History and Culture
- The village was originally located on the Apokok River. It moved to its present location in the 1930s when constant flooding and erosion forced a relocation. A BIA school and a Moravian church were constructed at the new site. A post office was established in 1949. The city was incorporated in 1970.
- Eek is a traditional Yup'ik Eskimo village with a subsistence lifestyle and salmon is a dominant food source. All five Pacific salmon species spawn in the Eek River.
- Indigenous Language
- Central Yup'ik
- Federally Recognized Tribe
- Name of Federally Recognized Tribe
- Native Village of Eek
- Local Option Restrictions
- Ban sale and importation of alcohol.
- Incorporation Type
- 2nd Class City
- Public Education
- Not permitted to provide this service.
- Planning, Platting and Land Use Regulation
- Not required to exercise the powers in any circumstance, but may be permitted in all cases in the manner described for first class cities.
- Property Tax Powers
- May tax up to 20 mills, except where a higher levy is required to avoid default. Voter approval required.
- Sales Tax Powers
- No limit on the rate of levy of sales taxes; however, voter approval is required.
- Other Powers Not Prohibited
- May exercise other powers not prohibited by law.
- City Council or Assembly Composition and Apportionment
- 7 members elected at-large, except the council may provide for election other than at-large.
- Election and Term of Mayor
- Elected from the city council for a 1-year term, unless a longer term is provided by ordinance. Mayor selected by council (or by voters upon adoption of ordinance).
- Vote by Mayor
- Votes on all matters.
- Veto Power of the Mayor
- Does not have veto power.
- Power of Eminent Domain
- Permitted, but requires voter approval.
- Ability to Attain Home-Rule Status
- May not adopt home-rule charter without first reclassifying to a first-class city.
- A state-owned gravel airstrip provides chartered and private air access. A seaplane base is also available on the Eek River. Fishing boats, skiffs, and snow machines are used for local transportation to Bethel and other villages. There is a one-mile gravel road in the city. Winter trails are marked to Quinhagak (39 mi), Eek Island (15 mi), Bethel (40 mi), and the Kwethluk River (45 mi). Barges deliver fuel and supplies during the summer months. A dock is available.
- State Ferry
- Cargo Barge
- Road Connection