By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Technically, the name is the Keizer Planning Commission.
For some commissioners, however, the group name might as well be Hotel California.
In particular, this line from the classic Eagles song would apply: “You can check out anytime you’d like but you can never leave.”
Three of the seven commissioners – Greg Rands, Jim Jacks and Jared Choc – each had their term expire in September.
The assumption was all three men were done immediately. Rands was told by Nate Brown, director of Community Development, he wouldn’t need to come to the Sept. 11 Planning Commission meeting because his replacement would be sworn in that night.
However, a couple of issues arose. First, there weren’t three volunteers who applied for the vacant seats. Michael DeBlasi applied and was confirmed by the Keizer City Council on Sept. 3. Erick Peterson also applied, but he already serves on two committees – plus he applied for another position as well – so he won’t be able to join the Planning Commission, at least for now.
Councilor Cathy Clark gave kudos to Jacks and Rands at the Sept. 3 council meeting.
“They have done a great job, with tremendous dedication,” Clark said. “We have such a talented group serving. It speaks to the quality of the volunteer servants in Keizer.”
After echoing the congratulations, city attorney Shannon Johnson then delivered some surprising news.
“I double checked something, since I was concerned about the lack of interest,” Johnson said. “It appears that the way the council ordinance reads, your position begins on a certain date and ends when your replacement is sworn in. According to ordinance, it is the same way for Planning Commission members.”
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