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Falls City removes councilor from job

Poor meeting attendance cited as reason to dismiss Reynolds

December 18, 2013

FALLS CITY — The Falls City City Council voted to remove one of its councilors at its Dec. 11 meeting.

Alyssa Reynolds, who was elected to the council just last year and took the oath of office in January, was voted off the council for poor attendance.

Alyssa Reynolds

Alyssa Reynolds

The city charter allows the council to remove one of its own after he or she misses three consecutive regularly scheduled council meetings.

Reynolds has missed six of the last 13 meetings, including the September through December meetings.

The council decided last month after Reynolds missed the September, October and November meetings to give her one more chance to attend, approving a motion that she attend the Dec. 11 meeting or be removed from the council.

Both Mayor Amy Houghtaling and City Administrator Amber Mathiesen said they had been in contact with Reynolds and told her of the vote. On Dec. 11, however, she was absent again.

The council's vote to remove her was unanimous.

Houghtaling said after the meeting that Reynolds had told her she had scheduling conflicts on meeting nights.

"I told her that she had a decision to make," Houghtaling said.

Reynolds did not return multiple requests seeking comment.

In other business, the council:

• Gave approval by consensus for the city's charter review committee to begin planning a public information campaign about the proposed new city charter. Adopting a new charter requires a vote of citizens and the campaign would aim to inform voters about the proposal before a vote takes place, likely in November 2014. The council still has to approve the proposed charter for the ballot and has until July to do so.

• Decided not to proceed with an ordinance outlawing the feeding of wild animals, including several group of problem turkeys.

"We thought the ordinance was not realistic," Houghtaling said. "We are going to live with the turkeys."

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