By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Last week, Rick Hammerquist was bitter about a denial at the hands of the Volunteer Coordinating Committee members.
For the second time, Hammerquist made his case to be appointed to the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last Thursday. For the second time, Hammerquist was denied by the VCC board.
Hammerquist won’t be denied by the board a third time.
Now, he’s part of the very board that denied him.
During Monday night’s Keizer City Council meeting, three new councilors took their spots on the council. Each of the six councilors plus Mayor Lore Christopher then announced their appointments to the VCC board, which makes recommendations for appointments to various boards.
One of the new councilors was Ken LeDuc, who had attended recent VCC meetings.
“I want to thank the three who offered to work with me,” LeDuc said. “I am very proud to announce the quintessential Keizer volunteer, the man who spearheaded the Keizer Tennis Association, Rick Hammerquist.”
Other VCC appointees were Chet Patterson, Kim Freeman, John Rizzo, Amy McLeod, Stephanie Bojorquez and Mark Caillier. Caillier finished his term as city councilor earlier in the evening and was appointed to the VCC by Christopher.
“It already sounds like a great committee,” said Christopher, who was the last to make an announcement. “My appointee will make it perfect. Mark Caillier will be my appointee.”
Councilors were appointed to their committees for the next two years, with Christopher reading the extensive list. Christopher will be liaison to eight committees or boards, with former council president Cathy Clark liaison to seven. New council president Joe Egli is on six, with Jim Taylor and LeDuc on five each. Dennis Koho is on four with fellow newcomer Marlene Quinn on two but serving as backup to several others.
While that may sound like a lot of meetings – in addition to the two regular council meetings each month – Christopher pointed out some of the groups only meet once or twice a year.
During the meeting, Christopher also gave an update on the work group that has been formed to help improve communication between the council and citizens. The group, chaired by former councilor Jacque Moir, will include five former councilors and two neighborhood association representatives in Rhonda Rice and Brad Coy. The group will meet on Jan. 19, with the goal of bringing ideas to the current council for how to bridge the gap with the community.
“We do want to get consensus as we move forward with that work group,” Christopher said.