Koho returns to council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There weren’t a whole lot of people at Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. Councilor Amy Ryan and youth councilor Siri Scales were absent, while Brandon Smith’s former seat is still vacant. City attorney Shannon Johnson and Public Works director Bill Lawyer were absent, as was police chief John Teague. Only three audience members were present, in addition to a Keizertimes reporter. All of which made Dennis Koho’s presence that much more surprising. Less than two weeks after being released from the hospital following a Feb. 6 heart attack (see last week’s issue for more details), Koho was slowly easing back into a normal routine. At the previous council meeting on March 7, councilors approved a month-long leave of absence for Koho. And yet, there was the council president, seated between fellow councilors Roland Herrera and Marlene Parsons. Mayor Cathy Clark welcomed Koho back to the dais three times, with the former mayor getting a round of applause the first time. Before the meeting, councilor Roland Herrera took a selfie – after all, this is 2016 – with Koho. Later in the meeting, councilors gave an update on recent meetings or events they have attended. Koho’s well-known humor came through. “I could tell you all about the hospital and rehab center,” Koho said. “You don’t want to go to the rehab center if you...

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