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Erick Peterson wants to serve on another committee.

Whether he can or not is up to members of the Keizer City Council.

For the second time, however, councilors delayed making a decision on the issue during Monday night’s meeting.

At issue is Peterson serving on two city committees: the Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC) and the Keizer Urban Renewal Board (KURB). Peterson has applied to be on the Budget Committee and the Planning Commission.

However, city rules prohibit people from serving on more than two committees. Thus, some councilors didn’t want to appoint Peterson to the Budget Committee.

“Some people tend to raise their hand for every committee,” Dennis Koho said. “You need to decide on the two to serve on. I am going to deny appointing to a third committee.”

Councilor Kim Freeman, the former chair of both the VCC and the Budget Committee, agreed and pointed to the timing.

“We won’t need the spot filled until April,” she said of the Budget Committee. “This is October. From the VCC view, we strongly believe two (committees) is enough. I believe we need to stick to the limit of two.”

Others, however, pointed out council’s lack of a decision on disbanding KURB is causing the problem. The committee hasn’t met since November 2011.

“One is a committee that we haven’t done anything with in two years,” Marlene Quinn said of KURB. “Take that out, then he’s only on one committee. If we’re not going to dissolve it, that’s not fair to Erick. I vote to appoint him.”

Council president Joe Egli noted he has worked with Peterson on various boards and believes he would be a good fit for a proposed Business Advisory Committee the city is looking to put together with the Keizer Chamber of Commerce.

“I could see Erick going into that and doing well,” Egli said.

Cathy Clark said the KURB issue “will be worked out” but agrees with the two committee limit.

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