Robert Kaplan, Eric Hansen join Ashland City Council

From left, returning Ashland City Councilor Tonya Graham and new Councilors Eric Hansen and Robert Kaplan raise their hands to be sworn in for four-year terms at the regular business meeting of the council on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Bob Palermini photo/palermini.com
January 5, 2023

New councilors, returning incumbent Tonya Graham sworn in for four-year terms

By Stephen Floyd, Ashland.news

The Ashland City Council welcomed two new members Tuesday, Jan. 3, with the swearing in of councilors Robert “Bob” Kaplan and Eric Hansen following their victories in the Nov. 8 election.

They were joined by incumbent Councilor Tonya Graham, who won a second term Nov. 8. Kaplan and Hansen succeeded former councilors Stefani Seffinger and Stephen Jensen, respectively, who declined to seek reelection.

The meeting was both-feet-in for the freshmen councilors, as discussions about zoning and land use policies pushed the meeting past the 9:30 p.m. cutoff mark, including the council’s unanimous decision to overturn the Planning Commission’s denial of an application for a commercial development at 165 Water St. 

The meeting ran out of time amid discussions about an ordinance that would make it easier for developers to build duplexes on land zoned for detached single-family dwellings. The council was presented with citizen testimony about the impact the ordinance may have on developers’ ability to meet strict street design standards and officials chose to save this and remaining agenda items for a later date.

Email Ashland.news reporter Stephen Floyd at sfloydmedia@gmail.com.

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Bert Etling

Bert Etling is the executive editor of Ashland.news. Email him at betling@ashland.news.


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