Decision comes after community members voiced disapproval. The pledge will begin council's Feb. 6 meeting.

In his first two meeting as Fairview's mayor, Brian Cooper removed the Pledge of Allegiance from the City Council's agenda without any prior discussion with council members.

But at the council's meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 6, the pledge will be recited once again. UPLOADED BY: BROWN, STEVE - Brian Cooper, Gresham Outlook - Opinion Former Fairview City Councilor Steve Owen speaks out against incumbent Mayor Ted Tosterud, and recommends a vote for challenger Brian Cooper. LETTER: Please support Brian Cooper for Fairview Mayor

Cooper decide to reinstate the oath after receiving criticism from City Councilors and community members.

"We have fake (online social media) accounts starting fights and non-Fairview residents calling my office regarding an issue that is basically between seven members of council, who actually have varying opinions on the subject," Cooper said in email on Thursday, Jan. 31, to Fairview City Councilors obtained by The Outlook. "I had high hopes that we would be able to sit down in a non-confrontational environment and listen to everybody's concerns and perhaps come up with something better. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem possible anymore."

Councilor Natalie Voruz objected to omitting the Pledge of Allegiance during the council's Wednesday, Jan. 16, meeting.

She applauded Cooper's latest decision.OUTLOOK PHOTO: MATT DEBOW  - Natalie Voruz , Gresham Outlook - News Transparency strongest asset to incumbent. She is running against Gresham employee Edward Jones.  Voruz seeks re-election to continue improving Fairview

"I look forward to moving past this and working with the other members of council to ensure Fairview continues to be a great community to live and work in," Voruz said.

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