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  • Council to replace Chapman

    Live Internet stream of today's study session offered for first time
  • Ashland City Council will meet today to discuss the process for replacing Councilman David Chapman, who resigned in October, and will meet on Tuesday to discuss creation of a sustainability plan for city government.
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  • Ashland City Council will meet today to discuss the process for replacing Councilman David Chapman, who resigned in October, and will meet on Tuesday to discuss creation of a sustainability plan for city government.
    Today's study session begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Development and Engineering Services Building's Siskiyou Room, 51 Winburn Way.
    The Council generally doesn't take public comments at study sessions, but the public can attend.
    For the first time, the city plans to offer a live Internet stream of the study session.
    Chapman, who had a long history of occasionally losing his temper during meetings, resigned effective Oct. 26.
    The city charter directs the council to appoint a replacement within 60 days.
    For past vacancies, Ashland has run advertisements seeking applicants, and councilors have interviewed and picked replacements.
    A proposed timeline calls for advertising the position beginning on Tuesday, with applications due on Friday, Nov. 16.
    Councilors could interview applicants during a Dec. 3 study session, then vote on a replacement at the regular Dec. 18 meeting.
    In addition to discussing the process to replace Chapman, City Council will discuss whether to allow council members to attend meetings via electronic means, such as telephone or video conferencing.
    They will also talk about whether to have a policy on Air Force jet fly-overs.
    Ashland historically has had a fly-over on the Fourth of July, but a resident is seeking support for a Memorial Day fly-over.
    At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the council will have a fairly light agenda for its regular meeting in the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St.
    The council had expected to take public testimony on a proposed merger between Dignity Health and Ashland Community Hospital, but Dignity Health pulled out of talks last week.
    Other topics on Tuesday include potential adoption of a housing needs analysis and a framework for creating a city government sustainability plan.
    For details on today's study session and Tuesday's regular meeting, see www.ashland.or.us/SectionIndex.asp?SectionID=475. The website includes a link to watch a live Internet stream of the study session.
    Regular council meetings have long been televised by Rogue Valley Community Television. See www.roguetv.org/index.asp for schedule and channel information for Tuesday's regular meeting or to watch it live on the Internet.
    The council decided against televising study sessions because of the cost, choosing instead to make them available on the Internet using Ustream.
    Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or vlaldous@yahoo.com.
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