Of the Keizertimes

Councilors denied a request last week from Art Burr for $1,700 to assist the Keizer Community Library, an all-volunteer operation. Keizer has no public library.

“The library has serious need for more space,” Burr told councilors at the Monday, Sept. 20 Keizer City Council meeting. “We have room to display only a fraction of the available resources we have; we’re putting a growing number of our books in storage all the time … and only one single public-use computer so there’s people standing in line almost all the time to use it.”

Councilor David McKane asked how that sum would create more space inside the Keizer Heritage Center, which houses the library.

“That itself won’t do much,” Burr acknowledged. “But we’re looking at all kinds of other opportunities,” including renting a vacant storefront to house the library.”

Christopher recommended Burr bring a dollars-and-cents plan to the council should he ask for funding again. The city’s budget committee opted to cut the library’s stipend in the current budget, along with funds for a number of goodwill and charitable programs.

“While I’m a library supporter I would be much more interested in you coming to us and saying, here’s the plan, we need this much,” Christopher said. “Here’s so many of those value-added programs we cut. We cut them all … It’s like Solomon’s wisdom, having to choose between some of those programs. We supported all of them or none of them.”

Burr came to council in part because of a report of $11,300 in additional revenue coming to the city due to its franchise agreement with Clear Wireless, which provides internet service.

Council approved staff’s recommendation to purchase a carpet cleaner for the civic center; volunteer donations collected $925, and city funds were sought to pay about $700 toward the cost.

Councilors also approved spending $284.20 to cover the remainder of breakfast for visitors for the Good Vibrations motorcycle rally. Donations paid $1,200 to Keizer Renaissance Inn’s restaurant for the bill; the city opted to pick up the remainder.

They also spent $5,000 to pay for an adequacy review pertaining to the city’s Economic Opportunities Analysis.