Day: January 2, 2013

It’s all about the listening

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes David McKane didn’t intend to be a Keizer City Councilor. He didn’t originally plan to run for mayor, either. But he did both things, successfully running for council Position 1 in 2004 and unsuccessfully for mayor against incumbent Lore Christopher this year. “When I started in 2004, I was an unknown,” McKane said over breakfast last week. “There were some issues with my neighborhood, so I came to council meetings. A friend said, ‘You spend so much time there, you should run.’” And so he did. The story wasn’t much different in 2012. “It was not a planned thing,” McKane said with a smile. “I started being approached by so many people. I felt it was important for the city to have a choice after 10 years. I don’t regret it at all. I met a lot of new people. My only regret is the damage it caused to my relationship with the rest of the council. With one exception, I couldn’t get the time of day from councilors after I filed.” While that has been disappointing, the bigger disappointment for McKane as he prepares to leave the council on Jan. 7 is the relationship between councilors and the public. “I’m still disappointed we haven’t repaired the relationship with the public,” McKane said. “We could have done a better job.” That echoes a concern...

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Trying it once more

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Attempts are being made to rectify a controversy over a Keizer committee. A Keizer Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC) meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3 at Keizer Civic Center. In particular, the committee is meeting to consider applications for two positions on the Parks Advisory Board. The VCC last met Dec. 13, but the process was debated during the public comment portion of the Keizer City Council meeting Dec. 17. The VCC made a recommendation of outgoing city councilor Brandon Smith for Position No. 8 and Jacob Martin (not Evan Christopher, as erroneously reported in the Keizertimes last week) for Position No. 9. Debbie Lockhart, the deputy City Recorder who attended the Dec. 13 meeting, told the Keizertimes this week the resolution forming the VCC states the committee meets at the chair’s discretion. “This meeting has been called by the chair to remedy an oversight committed at the December 13 meeting,” Lockhart said. “The committee failed to follow the procedures for a tie exactly so they are going to revisit Parks Board recommendations.” Lockhart said the following VCC procedure was not followed: “If a candidate does not receive a majority of the votes of the members present, the names of the two candidates receiving the most votes shall be voted upon in the second vote.” There were four candidates for...

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