Decorum, role of technology top council discussion

  By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer city councilors attempted to iron out what is and is not a breach of decorum and how that squares with personal freedom of expression at a work session Monday. They will no longer be able to attend meetings via telephone and must either use city email addresses for correspondence or forward it all to the city, a draft of new council rules states. In order to do either, councilors must vote to suspend the rules. A request from the West Keizer Neighborhood Association for councilors to participate in a dunk tank fundraiser raised hackles when Mayor Lore Christopher said such activities are against current council rules that govern decorum and dignity. (Organizers of RIVERfair, the festival where the fundraiser was planned to be held, have since informed WKNA that an insurance issue prohibits a dunk tank.) Christopher said her interpretation of the broad rule instructing councilors to “conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the dignity of their office stemmed from a Gubser Elementary School request for a pie-in-the-face contest. “If the only way to show our support as an elected official was to do something personally embarrassing or humiliating … there’s so many other positive ways,” Christopher said. “… I’m a mom and a grandma. I don’t want to be in a dunk tank.” Christopher then left the meeting. Discussion...

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