Month: January 2011

Chickens move step closer to liberation in Keizer

The plight of urban chickens in Keizer got a little brighter Monday night, as the Keizer City Council opted to further study the issue. At a Monday, Jan. 31 work session councilors signaled interest in allowing chickens in more areas throughout the city. They asked city staff to come back with a proposal. Currently chickens are considered an farm animal – as opposed to a pet – and thus are only allowed in zones allowing agricultural uses. Policies on urban chickens vary depend on the city you call home. Recently more cities have adopted policies permitting residents to have chickens in their yard. Beaverton, Bend, Cannon Beach and Forest Grove allow four hens, with Dallas allowing five. Salem, Portland and Gresham allow three, and Eugene only two, although residents are petitioning there for unlimited hens. Corvallis even allows roosters. Setback and permit requirements vary by city: • Bend requires a $100 farm animal permit, and coops must be at least 25 feet from adjacent dwellings. • Eugene and Gresham also require a 25-foot setback from adjacent dwellings, while Beaverton, Salem and Forest Grove require a 20-foot setback. In Cannon Beach the setback is 15 feet. • Several of the cities set minimum lot sizes and setbacks from adjacent property owners. • Salem requires a coop be kept 10 feet away from the owner’s house. Other cities considering loosening restrictions...

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Husband indicted for murder in wife’s death

A Keizer man was arraigned Monday on murder charges after the death of his wife. A grand jury indicted Peter J. Zielinski, 39, on one count of murder, it was announced Monday, Jan. 31, in Marion County Circuit Court before Judge Nancy Campbell. He did not enter a plea. He appeared in a blue jail jumpsuit with a long-sleeved white undershirt. He did not speak during the hearing. His wife, 38-year-old Lisa Zielinski, was shot dead Jan. 12 in their home on Nightingale Court NE in Keizer. A probable cause statement released after Peter’s arrest stated he shot his wife, believing she was having an affair. She worked in sales and public relations at KYKN-AM radio in Keizer. Her memorial service was last week. Circuit Court Judge Dale Penn has been assigned the case. Attorneys John Weiner and Noel Grefenson were assigned as Peter’s public defenders earlier this month. He remains in the Marion County Jail with no possibility of bail. A status conference is set for Feb. 28. View the indictment document...

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JUST ASK! The state of the urban growth boundary

Ask us a question about just about anything and we’ll do our best to answer it, or find the people who can. Just Ask is a recurring Keizertimes feature. “What became of pushing the UGB North of Clear Lake Rd?” – Keith S. Dear Keith, First it’s important to understand there is no set line for where Keizer’s urban growth boundary (UGB) may grow. Clear Lake Road is logical to some, but the analysis is quite complex. A buildable lands inventory – assessing what land, including infill, is available for development in Keizer – is complete. Keizer is working with consulting firm Eco Northwest on two projects as part of its periodic review. One criteria of a periodic review is whether Keizer has a 20-year supply of buildable land for both homes and businesses. A regional economic opportunities study, involving Keizer, Salem, Turner and Marion and Polk counties, assesses what land is available in the area for future commercial needs, with job growth a priority. Sam Litke, Keizer’s senior planner, said Keizer “does have a need” but given the shared UGB with Salem, not that much. Salem has “quite a bit of industrial land” available, Litke said, and some areas – notably the Mill Creek Corporate Center – already have heavily-subsidized infrastructure in place, making it difficult for Keizer to compete for new business construction of that type. Litke...

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Loaded weapon in MCFD chief’s truck prompts call for resignation

By Lyndon A. Zaitz and Herb Swett At its January 19 meeting, the board of the Willamette Valley Fire and Rescue Authority (Marion County Fire District #1), heard from the public about the discovery of a hand gun registered to Fire Chief J. Kevin Henson  in the department vehicle he was driving when it crashed in December on Brooklake Road. Henson, injured when his vehicle rolled in the crash, was cited for illegal operation of an emergency vehicle. He was responding to a three-alarm fire.  The citation mentioned a loaded firearm in the fire department vehicle Henson was driving. In public testimony, Bob Palmer, a former volunteer and deputy chief with Marion County Fire District #1, asked whether this was true, and Randy Franke, the board president, said that WVFRA  had authorized the chief to carry a loaded firearm. Franke said before testimony began that any personnel issues were the purview of WVFRA only. In his testimony Palmer commented that he saw no reason for any fire district employee to carry a firearm on duty.  He added that he did not receive satisfactory answers when he asked the chief what specialized training he needed to carry a loaded weapon, whether he had any means in his vehicle other than locking the doors of securing it, and how he secured it if he had it on his person or in...

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‘Your Place’ bar aims to please

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Jack’s Place is now Your Place. Don Erich has taken over the bar at 3165 River Road N., just south of the Keizer city limits. “We want it to be a fun, safe, entertaining place for locals to go,” he said. Larry Gallagher is returning to the kitchen, bringing back daily specials along with the old menu, including “Your Big Burger,” a two-thirds pound monster with fresh beef. Fresh, made-in-house fries and buffalo chips are back on the menu, and Gallagher plans to offer daily specials. Salad, steak and more are also available. Wednesday nights remains the Blues and Jazz Night, and a grand opening Feb. 12 will feature High Point. Upcoming acts include Sagebrush of Bend and Rock Solid of Eugene. There’s karaoke every Friday evening, and poker tournaments on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Free wireless Internet is available. The bar also has lottery machines. Erich has managed a bar before, but most recently worked in financial...

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