Hiring of city administrator on agenda

The Ashland City Council will hold three meetings in succession on Tuesday night since members are not meeting on Presidents Day today.

The council will meet in the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St.

At a 6 p.m. study session that is open to the public, council members will discuss giving equal scoring opportunities to sustainability, economic development and cultural groups that apply for city grants.

Some people had raised concerns that sustainability groups couldn't win enough points under a proposed scoring system for evaluating grant applications.

At 6:30 p.m., council members will retreat to an inner room of the civic center for a closed-door executive session about an employment issue.

At 7 p.m., the council will return to the main room of the civic center for the beginning of a regular council meeting.

The City Council will consider whether to confirm Mayor John Stromberg's appointment of former Deschutes County Administrator Dave Kanner to the post of city administrator in Ashland.

Kanner, who also previously worked as Jackson County Deputy Administrator, was fired from his job in Deschutes County in August 2011.

People there said he demonstrated honesty, integrity and professional expertise, but he had a blunt style and didn't often offer praise to his staff.

Also during the regular meeting on Tuesday night, the council will consider whether to:

  • Authorize the purchase of 2,773 square feet of land along Ashland Creek for a trail corridor at an estimated cost of $23,532.
  • Pass a resolution taking a stand against a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that granted "personhood" to corporations, allowing them to make unlimited indirect political contributions.
  • Approve allocations of city hotel tax money.
  • Adopt a new scoring system and set goals for the allocation of city sustainability, economic development and cultural grants.

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