Month: June 2010

Wild Wild Rec!

The Wild Wild Rec program has arrived, bringing with it cheap summer fun for the kids. It consists of a traveling trailer filled with play and sports equipment, and the cost is only a $5 membership to the Boys & Girls Club. And there’s scholarships available for those who can’t afford the fee. It will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It comes to Bob Newton Park on Tuesdays, Claggett Creek Park on Wednesdays and Willamette Manor Park on Thursdays. [MAP: 7] The program runs through August...

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Solid waste rates go up, Benevan gets a break

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Higher garbage pickup rates were approved by the Keizer City Council on Monday, June 21. The Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association sought a 7 percent increase on pickup rates. The last cost-based increase – that is, one that didn’t come without additional services – was in 1992, documents indicate. Commercial rates will not be affected by the change. Drop box rates will increase to match that of the City of Salem. For example, customers with a 20-gallon garbage can without yard debris pickup would see a 77-cent monthly increase. Add the yard debris can and the total rate increase is $1.12. For 35-gallon customers the rate increase is $1.24 per month, and for 65-gallon it’s $1.69 per month. Estle Harlan, a consultant for the association, said that the rates would still be “very good” even with the increase. “It will bring them into a good business margin that will make them able to do business well,” Harlan added. “It’s a business decision.” The City of Keizer will consider in July a move that would add compost pickup to residential service. A document haulers provided to the council showed that, since 1998, insurance rose 44 percent, the price of trucks went up 51 percent, registration costs for vehicles were up 142 percent, and fuel was up 143 percent. The change was approved unanimously, but...

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