The Philomath City Council plans to take the next step in the effort to hire a new city attorney during its Sept. 11 meeting at City Hall, according to the city’s published agenda.

Councilors will review a request for proposals that was put together by city staff and if approved, the job will be advertised. A timeline suggests approval of a contract by the end of the year.

Also on the agenda is a continued discussion about the city’s Façade Improvement Grant Program and a follow-up conversation on how to spend American Rescue Plan Act funds based on updated project and cost information.

The City Council also plans to talk about whether it wants to support efforts for the governor to declare Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a legal, paid holiday in Oregon, if the city should move forward with the implementation of Inclusivity Committee recommendations related to government accessibility and take a vote on a franchise agreement with Comcast.

The council plans to meet in executive session as allowed under state statute for “consultation with legal counsel concerning legal rights and duties regarding current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.” Executive sessions are closed to the public, limited only to the stated discussion and with no decisions through a vote allowed. A vote could be taken after the council reconvenes in public session  afterward.

For those not attending in person at City Hall, the regular meeting will be livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel.

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