Day: March 11, 2011

Voters have spoken loud and clear

To the Editor: The Walmart haters have been dealt a crushing blow by Keizer voters. Where will Keep Keizer Livable (KKL) go from here? Will they do the honorable thing, acknowledge defeat and disappear?  Or,will they bow to the big union puppetmasters, continue their anti-business nonsense against the will of the people? If KKL is sincere in their claim they only wanted the city council to listen to Keizer residents, they can enjoy a victory of sorts. The citizens of Keizer have spoken loud and clear, and the city council can now move ahead with a pro-business mandate from voters.  Once again Keizer means business. Bob Gallagher...

Read More

Sidewalks, econ. development among council’s proposed goals

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Identifying police protection levels, sidewalk coverage and analyzing how transient occupancy tax dollars should be best spent are among the Keizer City Council’s proposed short-term goals. Councilors worked on the list at a Monday, Feb. 28 work session. Also among a semi-final list were adding online billpay for utilities, a new city website, and an emphasis on economic development. The council still must approve the goal list. Regarding economic development, Councilor Cathy Clark proposed a volunteer committee, noting many other cities hire full-time economic development staff. “We can’t afford that, but dangit we have a lot of people who would volunteer their time,” Clark said. “… There’s opportunities we’re missing.” On accepting credit cards and PayPal online, Finance Director Susan Gahlsdorf said merchant fees have deterred city staff from pursuing these options. However the city does offer automatic bill pay. Draws from a checking account cost less than accepting a credit card, Gahlsdorf said. “We found some success moving people away from credit card payments,” Gahlsdorf said. “But it takes time.” “It all boils down to do we want to eat the cost, whatever that is, so it’s easier for the taxpayer to do it,” Councilor Jim Taylor said. “I think it’s a valid goal to have,” Gahlsdorf said. The group also discussed the possibility of leaving the urban renewal district open past...

Read More

Thank you to YL volunteers

To the Editor: We would like to give a big thank you to Jeramy Williams and 13 Young Life students for helping us last Saturday with our spring landscape clean-up at the Keizer Heritage center, after the trimming was done by Brian Hanssen of Hanssen Landscape Co. These students were: Alli Baca, Hannah Bachellier, Hydi Cunningham, Brad Dillon, Marissa Eaton, Carly Eggleston, Michael Fox, McCall Gosling, Samantha Hernandez, Taylor Norby, Alyssa Silagyi and Daniel Steen. These young people worked very hard all morning to complete the task and help earn money for upcoming camps.  Without their help, we could not keep this beautiful landscape setting around “The Old School” looking so great.  Thank you again. Al and Anne Rasmus Keizer Heritage...

Read More

MHS curtain draws back on Miracle Worker

KEIZERTIMES/Eric Howald Rebecca LaPorte as Annie Sullivan tries to get Emily Haskins as Helen Keller to eat like a well-mannered child during dress rehearsals of McNary’s Miracle Worker production. The show runs March 11-12 and 17-19. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for every show. For more photos, visit our photo...

Read More

Where is our ‘Pride, Spirit and Volunteerism?’

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. Longtime Keizer resident Dave Bauer called us recently wondering what had happened to the “Pride, Spirit and Volunteerism” motto that appeared at Newton-McGee Plaza – that’s the fountain at the southwest corner of River and Chemawa roads. [MAP: 2] It was named in honor of former city councilor Jerry McGee and the late former Mayor Bob Newton. It was vandalized several months ago, and whoever did it left a few letters spelling out a somewhat dirty, if juvenile, message. Use your imagination. City officials say they still have some of the letters, but the money to replace the missing ones isn’t budgeted. There’s no estimate yet on replacing them, according to Kevin Watson, assistant to the city manager. “We were just planning on waiting until the new budget,” Watson said. And City Manager Chris Eppley said there’s no plans to abandon the city’s motto anytime soon. “We are not steering away from the motto; we simply have chosen not to take on the expense of putting that back on the (focal point),” Eppley said. “We firmly believe in the motto of pride, spirit and volunteerism and will be returning that to the monument when … in the hopes that future...

Read More