Day: November 11, 2010

The Springs marks 10 years

The Springs at Sunnyview, an independent retirement living community, located in northeast Salem will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. Several model apartments will be open for touring with hors d’oeuvres available at each apartment. The Springs chef will serve made-from-scratch soups and homemade bread in the lobby for guests. The dining room will feature an array of desserts and coffee. The Springs is located at 1950 45th Ave N.E. and Sunnyview Rd, in...

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Cell phone fee push starts Mon.

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The framework for a fee on cell phone providers – and potentially affecting their customers – is on the agenda at the Nov. 15 Keizer City Council meeting. If passed, the telecom ordinance would give councilors authority to assess a fee on gross percentages of telecommunication company revenue. City Manager Chris Eppley has initially proposed a 3 percent fee for wireless providers, but that won’t be set at the Nov. 15 meeting. Eppley proposed the fees would be earmarked within the general fund for paying 911 costs as well as public safety communications, i.e. radio and other communication systems, and an area-wide records management system. All three are managed by the Willamette Valley Communications Center. Keizer Police, along with Keizer Fire, Salem Police, some other Marion County agencies and all Polk County agencies, contract with WVCC to some extent. The stated purpose is to recover some of the costs associated with providing 911 service to residents. The state assesses a 75-cent 911 fee on every phone line, cellular or land-based, and distributes portions to cities to cover the cost of 911 service. However, these distributions alone do not cover the cost of providing 911 service, along with other tasks the city contracts with WVCC for, including providing a records management system and a radio communications system. “This would also go towards that, which...

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