Thanks to Keizer Rotary, civic center may get a kitchen

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Civic Center could be getting a catering kitchen, largely thanks to Keizer Rotary. A brouhaha over a city proposal to spend more than $600,000 to add on to the year-old building quickly resulted in the project being scuttled. But there was space built for a smaller kitchen, and some appliances have already been purchased. Councilors liked the idea at a work session held Monday, June 14, but the financial outlay would have to be approved by the Keizer Urban Renewal Board, which is comprised of the mayor and city councilors. Where Keizer Rotary members would step in is for labor. Where the urban renewal fund contributes is materials. All in all the proposed cost is about $5,650. It would require no new construction. [MAP: 3] City Manager Chris Eppley said the kitchen would either prove adequate for user needs “or it will give empirical data to the concept of, ‘Let’s explore something larger.’” Already purchased items include a partially-installed range hood, a six-burner range with grill, a range hood fire suppression system, a dishwasher, two microwaves and cabinets. Needed to be purchased would be a sink, countertops, a complete fire suppression system and a residential refrigerator. Also needed would be basic electrical supplies along with paint and the appropriate permits. “All this is high-end residential equipment,” said Mark Caillier, a city...

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