Banks City Council dais will live on in Gates, Oregon

Banks – The City of Banks Council Chambers are being renovated starting Thursday, November 16 in an effort to expand the room for future meetings. As a result, the city will no longer be able to use the old dais that city councilors and city board and commission members have sat at for years.

The Banks Council Chamber Dais, as seen in this October 10, 2017 City Council meeting. Chas Hundley/Banks Post

So what to do with it? Banks City Recorder Angie Lanter reached out to other city recorders in Oregon – and as a result, the tiny City of Gates (population 471) that straddles the border of Linn and Marion counties 35 miles east of Salem is the proud owner of the former Banks dais.

According to Jerry Marr, Mayor of the City of Gates, the dais will replace their current setup – a couple of folding tables – in the summer of 2018 when they finish an expansion project on their own city hall.

“It’s an answer to prayer, really.” Marr said in a phone call.

And so, today the City of Gates Public Works Superintendant Greg Benthin drove to Banks, packed up the dais on a trailer, and made the long trek down to Gates, where a small piece of Banks will serve another small Oregon town.