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Troutdale council continues discussion on investigation of mayor

A meeting, in which Troutdale city councilors discussed the outcome of an investigation into whether Mayor Jim Kight exerted undue pressure on city staff to have a personal structure built, has been continued to Monday, July 9.

The council met in executive session for more than three hours on Wednesday evening, June 27. Such meetings are open to the news media but not to the public.

The Troutdale City Council in November 2011 approved an independent investigation into Kight's controversial building and if he used his influence as an elected official to get the project approved.

Kight calls the building, which is located next to his house on Jackson Park Road by the Sandy River, an accessory structure that he and his wife use as an office.

The building has a carpeted living room, two carpeted rooms that are used as office space, kitchen space with a microwave and cabinets, a bay window, French doors from the living room that lead onto a deck and a basement area.

As such, councilors wonder whether Kight influenced city staff to approve the building as an accessory building instead of as a single-family dwelling, which would be illegal.

Kight, Council President Doug Daoust and Councilor Eric Anderson all declined to comment on the investigation or the meeting, citing advice from the city's attorney, David Ross.

The building was one controversy that in part led to the council's censure, considered an official expression of disapproval, of Kight in May 2011.