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Fee waivers at city hall raise questions


Of the Keizertimes

The Keizer First Citizen Awards Banquet at Keizer Civic Center on Jan. 26 was a feel-good event.

However, some don’t feel so good about the location or the process that was used.

For the fourth year, the banquet, once again put on by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, was held in the conference center at the civic center on Chemawa Road.

Before 2010, the event was held up the road at the Renaissance Inn conference center.

In December Rob Miller, past president of the chamber, asked the Keizer City Council to waive room fees for the event. The year before, the Keizer Rotary allowed the chamber free use of the room for the banquet as one of several events it gets to host for free each year thanks to paying for construction of the room.

In a somewhat unusual move, councilors voted on the issue – which was not on the agenda – Dec. 17. Usually items brought up during public comment aren’t voted on until they’re on the agenda for the next meeting.

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