Tomorrow is no longer decision day for the Portland City Council on whether the city should rejoin the federal Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Mayor Sam Adams' office announced that the hearing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 24 has been pushed back two weeks to March 10 at 2 pm. What is expected to be released this week, the mayor's office said, is a draft of a document that the council would consider.
Here's the release from Adams' office:
A City Council hearing on the city’s participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force has been rescheduled to March 10 at 2 p.m. The hearing was originally scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 24.
The rescheduling allows for city staff to finalize input from various stakeholders and issue a draft proposal for public input. The draft document is expected to be released this week.
“We’ve had a very thorough, vibrant and informed debate on this issue over the past 45 days,” said Portland Mayor Sam Adams. “It’s important that we maintain that approach, and give Portlanders the necessary time to review and react to our proposal.”
The rescheduling also mitigates concerns that the mayor and city officials have about the impact a potential snow storm could have on people’s ability to attend a Council hearing in downtown Portland.
Once ready, the draft document will be available for download at www.mayorsamadams.com/JTTF.
As with the originally scheduled Feb. 24 hearing date, the March 10 hearing will be broadcast on Portland Community Media (channel 30 on Comcast) and live-streamed online atwww.portlandonline.com.
Individuals who wish to participate via social media can do so via Twitter by using the #JTTF or #JTTFReview hashtags.