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Troutdale voters clarifying charter

Troutdale voters are giving their mayor and council members greater leeway to talk to the city manager.

In early, partial returns Troutdale voters were approving a charter amendmen clarifying what the mayor and council can discuss with the city manager 2,005 (84 percent) to 384 (16 percent).

The current charter does not specify that council members individually can discuss city business with the city manager.

The amendment clarifies that council members may discuss concerns with the city manager, provided their actions do not coerce the manager into taking actions he or she might not otherwise take.

City Attorney Ed Trompke said council members have hesitated to share personal views with the city manager and that "honest disagreements might be construed as coercion."