2.20.12 Morning Coffee Break

Accessibility in Cornelius? Those at meeting say yes – A five-and-a-half-hour forum brought 70-some people to the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center in Cornelius Friday to discuss challenges faced by people with disabilities.

Banks in negotiations over Awesome exit – City of Banks representatives are discussing compensation options with staff members at the League of Oregon Cities, the organization the city hired to do a background check on former City Manager Kyle Awesome. Awesome left abruptly last fall after holding the position for only a few months when questions arose about his resume, leaving the city in a tailspin without a city manager.

Boeing wins $12 million tax break from Gresham for $300 million investment – The city of Gresham approved its largest ever property tax break Tuesday to help Boeing install $300 million worth of equipment at its massive manufacturing plant along Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The deal is expected to save Boeing $12 million in property taxes. It is the third break the city has approved for the company since 2007; the first two totaled $200 million.

Building permit boom means new jobs in Bend  – If you’re looking for a job, the city of Bend may be hiring. It plans to add a handful of people to deal with rising demand in building permits. Bend city councilors will talk about adding six new employees at their meeting on Wednesday.

City Council addresses communication policies, council procedures – The Lebanon City Council covered a wide range of topics at the Feb. 13 meeting, including council procedures and communication. Mayor Paul Aziz introduced a change to council procedures. He asked to limit roll call votes to those times when council votes on adopting resolutions and ordinances. The council agreed unanimously.

City Council approves takeover of Ashland Community Hospital – The Ashland City Council has given initial approval for the Rogue Valley hospital system Asante to take over the struggling local hospital. The city owns the Ashland Community Hospital facilities, but it’s now operated as an independent nonprofit. Hospital leaders say it’s at a disadvantage to larger hospitals and hurt by tight federal health care reimbursements. Without a merger, they say, it could close.

Clackamas River Water board member Patricia Holloway chooses to face recall election rather than resign – Patricia Holloway chose not to resign from the Clackamas River Water board, meaning she will face a recall election in March. Recall elections must be held separately from other elections, so Holloway’s recall election is set for March 19.

Council studying fees to trim gap – SPRINGFIELD — The City Council is getting closer to approving staff recommended changes to a host of municipal fees to residents and builders, but it first will schedule hearings to take public comment. Although not yet final, March 4 looks like the most likely date when residents will get their chance to weigh in on the proposed fee changes, which deal with everything from sidewalk cafe permits to owning a Vietnamese pig.

Hillsboro eagerly awaits Bloomberg Mayors Challenge results as new video is released – Hillsboro still has to wait a few painstaking weeks to hear its fate in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge. The city was designated as one of 20 finalists in the national casting call from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic organization last fall. The challenge asked cities to find innovative solutions to national problems at the local level.

Ontario mayor resigns – Ontario’s City Council meeting Tuesday opened with a little drama, as Mayor Joe Dominick, taking a swipe at the majority of the city council, announced, “Effective immediately I resign as Mayor of Ontario,” and walked out of council chambers.

Portland police reforms delayed further as judge allows union to join settlement talks – A judge Tuesday directed everyone to the table — city and federal negotiators and now the Portland police union and a community coalition — to iron out differences in proposed reforms to address a scathing critique that police use too much force against people who suffer from mental illness. If the city and police union can’t come to an agreement by April 5 with the help of a mediator, the U.S. Department of Justice can seek a court order to enforce changes to Portland police policy, training and oversight.