Day: October 22, 2010

Rolanda Joyce Barnett

Mrs. Barnett, of Keizer, died Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010. She was 76. Born to Albert and Cornell Heard May 13, 1934, in Los Angeles, she met and married Robert L. Barnett in April 1971. Together they moved to Keizer for retirement in 1993. She worked as a custodian, pediatric nurse, payroll clerk and permit technician, and enjoyed reading, fishing, bowling, crocheting, knitting, cooking, listening to music and watching westerns. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Elgilena Heard. Survivors include: Her husband of 39 years, Robert; daugthers, Tina M. Mimms, Yvonne A. Mimms and Jacqueline (Capice) Simms of Los Angeles; brother, Albert (Mary) Heard and niece Lisa C. Heard-Goines of Cincinnati; granddaugthers, Robin and Jennifer Mimms of Keizer; and four grandsons, Julius Roberts, Christopher Coleman, Marcus Simms and Brandon Simms of Los Angeles. Services were held Friday, Oct. 15, at Pauline Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church in Salem. Online condolences can be left at www.anewtradition.com/obituaries. Arrangements by Crown Memorial...

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If you have nothing nice to say…

I have been watching the local political commercials on television and have been aware of increasing negative ads. It made me question what the candidates really understood about government and the office they were running for.  I have never run for a political office, but common sense would tell me to follow a protocol in place for political campaigns.  Using the advice from a campaign manager, I would start a fund raising campaign and ask friends, family, and organizations at all levels to donate money and lend their support. This would mean investing the hard earned money I have raised where it would do the most good. Television commercials are expensive, thus I would plan my message for the average person to understand in a fifteen-second spot. While watching television I see a campaign ad in whcih the candidate is pictured in a small window of my television screen stating “I approve this message” or the mice size print on the bottom of the screen  reading “the party is responsible for the content.” A television commercial should be able to tell me in a few seconds what office the candidate is running for, the responsibilities of that office, and how the candidate is going to solve the problems the office is in charge of. If not solve the problems, then tell me what ideas they will present to better...

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Council passes sign regs., votes to remove troublesome tree on Linda Ave.

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Relaxed rules on temporary signs were passed by the Keizer City Council Monday, Oct. 18. The council must formally approve an ordinance enacting the new regulations at its next meeting, but no one came to speak at Monday’s public hearing on the matter. They also announced a proposal to postpone purchasing new fluoridation equipment for several of the city’s wells will be before the council on Nov. 1. The move would not end city-wide fluoridation at the wells where equipment is already installed. The passed rules include allowing A-frame signs as temporary signs so long as they are 6 square feet or less in size. The changes also reduce the amount of signage allowed for real estate: Six square feet for residential and 16 square feet for commercial properties. Currently the maximum size is 32 square feet for all real estate signs. Further rules on temporary signs: They cannot be less than 50 feet from other A-frame signs, can be placed only on private property, cannot block a sidewalk, exit or other pedestrian area, and must be taken inside when the business is closed. Regarding feather signs – those feather-esque flags featuring a company logo – they would be allowed as a temporary sign. Despite their prolific presence in the city, these were not allowed per the sign code. In other business, the Council:...

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Celtics clash with fine-tuned Olys

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a streak of four losses there’s only one option left for the McNary High School varsity football team according to their coach. “Our next step forward has to be a win,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. The Celts take on the Olys at Sprague Friday, Oct. 22. Game time is 7 p.m. McNary lost its most recent Central Valley Conference clash to South Salem, 34-21, while Sprague picked up its first CVC win last week over North Salem in a 55-41barnburner. The Olys were led to the win by runningback-cum-quarterback Jordan Giza who rushed for 151 yards in the team’s 361-yard rushing attack for the night. Sprague passed for another 120 yards . “We have to stop Giza,” Ward said. That may be a tall order for the Celtics who allowed South’s Jake Fohn to run for for 162 yards in the team’s last outing, but the two team’s match up better, said Garren Robinett, a McNary senior. “It seems like we’re a shoelace away from winning a game and Sprague is a matchable opponent,” Robinett said. Robinett is closing in on more than 700 receiving yards for the season. McNary will be counting on another big game from quarterback Kyle Ismay, the conference leader in passing yards, 1,745, but the team will have to avoid the costly mistakes that...

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Special election on big box may cost about $20K

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A decision on whether big-box retail restrictions will be on a March 2011 ballot should come by Nov. 2, officials said. Keep Keizer Livable collected approximately 3,770 signatures, just about 1,000 more than necessary to make the ballot. However, the petitions must be verified to show each signature belongs to a registered Keizer voter. Signatures will be forwarded to Marion County, and the city has 15 days after Monday, Oct. 18 (the date the petition was filed with the city) to announce whether the measure will qualify for a special election ballot in March 2011. It’s expected costs of administering the election will be anywhere between $22,822 and $27,387, said City Recorder Tracy Davis. Davis said the expected cost of the general election came from Marion County’s elections supervisor. She said the estimated cost for an election outside the primary and general are about $1.25 to $1.50 per voter; Keizer had 18,258 registered voters as of July 21. Davis said an exact figure should be available in early January. The measure would restrict retail buildings larger than 65,000 square feet to Area A of Keizer Station. This is where Target, Lowe’s and all other Keizer Station development has taken place to date. The petition is the latest round in what has turned into a three-year battle between Keep Keizer Livable, several city councilors...

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