Councilor plans to step down

DALLAS -- City Councilor David Voves has submitted his resignation to the Dallas City Council effective March 1.

DALLAS -- City Councilor David Voves has submitted his resignation to the Dallas City Council effective March 1.

Voves, who has served on the council since 2009, said the reason he is resigning is because he would be traveling several months out of the year and unable to fulfill his council duties during that time.

"I just thought that it wasn't fair to the people to have someone on the council who wasn't there to represent them," he said Monday night.

The former Dallas School District superintendent said he is taking more time to travel now that he is retired.

His term was scheduled to expire in 2013.

Voves said he was pleased to see the Dallas Aquatic Center energy upgrades and the establishment of a dog park while he was on the council.

Voves said he believed the current council will represent the citizens of Dallas well in the coming years.

"I've also have been very pleased with city council," Voves said. "I don't think people realize how much they put in for zero pay."

Voves' last council meeting meeting will be Feb. 22.

Council President Wes Scroggin said the council will discuss a method of filling the vacancy at a future meeting.

The city also discussed on Monday an ordinance that would require the mayor and members of the city council when sworn into office to recite an oath of office supporting the city of Dallas' charter and ordinances in addition to the United States and Oregon constitutions.

The Dallas City Charter requires only that the mayor and councilors swear to "support the constitutions and laws of the United States and of Oregon."

However, it has become common for city councilors to include upholding the charter and ordinances while taking the oath of office.

Newly elected council member Mark McDonald, when sworn in on Jan. 3, opted not to include citing to support the charter and ordinances in his oath of office.

Scroggin said the council had requested the city's Administration Committee examine the city charter, including the oath of office, with the possibility of recommending changes the council may want to pursue.

Monday's discussion stemmed from a draft ordinance to change the oath prepared by City Attorney Lane Shetterly.

Mayor Brian Dalton said the city can use an ordinance to establish an official oath as long as additional language not included in the city charter doesn't violate the charter or strike language from it.

McDonald said Tuesday that he was dismayed that the council was choosing to concentrate on modifying the oath of office instead of other city matters.

"It's such a shame that we concentrate on the oath of office when the city needs money," McDonald said.

Dalton said the ordinance in a final draft form, along with a legal opinion, will be submitted to the council for a first reading on Feb. 22.

In other business, the council:

* Formed the Biomass Facility Citizens Committee to review and make recommendations to the council regarding the development of a biomass facility in the city. City Manager Jerry Wyatt said the committee would likely meet in March.


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