L. Christopher & D. McKane

Councilor David McKane announced Monday he’ll stay on the city council.

The decision was announced in a joint meeting with reporters and Mayor Lore Christopher Monday afternoon at the Keizer Civic Center.

Because the council has not yet formally declared a vacancy, McKane will not need to go through the application process.

The two also said they’ll support postponing implementation of a 3 percent wireless telecom fee so the issue can be voted on in the November 2011 election. Petitioners opposing the fee, which McKane voted against, have submitted enough signatures that the two believe it will qualify for the ballot.

In addition, both Mayor Lore Christopher and McKane said they would support hosting town halls, “listening sessions” and finding other ways to address the notion McKane himself put forward that the council has a listening problem.

“We’ve been accused, and probably rightfully so, that we don’t listen to people effectively, that maybe we have an opportunity to improve,” he said. “If I can be a part of that – and I think the rest of the city council feels the same way – we’re going to give it the best shot we can and try to make people proud of what we do up there again.”

It puts what the two hope will be a soothing coda to a rather tumultuous few days for the city council. McKane announced he would resign last week after he said he felt he would be ineffective had he remained on the council. He revealed an e-mail where Christopher chastised him for not changing his vote to “yes” on the telecom fee ordinance so it would not require a second reading and a three-week delay.

Christopher said she “fully acknowledge(s) my part in this … and I feel I owe our community an apology.

“I put us in a real negative light,” Christopher said. “We do too many things well, we’re a very successful community. … We’re a council that has gotten a lot of things done. Certainly this has been a black eye and I have had a big part in it.”

They presented a letter from the mayor and remaining city councilors that “affirms and supports” McKane “in his elected role of councilor” and said he has “carried out his duties over the last six years with integrity, diligence, thoroughness, and sincerity.”

More in Friday’s Keizertimes.

Letter from Keizer City Councilors

Statement from Councilor David McKane