Day: June 24, 2011

Big box appeal claims errors by city

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Opponents of a possible Walmart in Keizer Station claimed in an appeal filed last week that the city failed to guarantee required accompanying mixed use buildings would actually get built. The filing was with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals by Keep Keizer Livable, a group organized to fight the development that includes a 116,000 square foot large format store, apartments, a medical tower and a mixed use retail-and-office building. It’s situated at the intersection of Chemawa Road NE and Lockhaven Drive NE. The project is spearheaded by co-developers Chuck Sides and Alan Roodhouse, who also developed the currently-built portion of Keizer Station. Attorney Ken Helm notes in the filing that Keizer Development Code requires corresponding amounts of mixed use buildings when stores grow larger than 80,000 square feet, meaning in this case some 36,000 square feet of vertical mixed use would be required. After the council eliminated a provision which would allow the developers to forfeit some of their land in lieu of constructing mixed use, Helm wrote, the council “took a hard left turn.” Specifically, Helm states, a new condition added by the Keizer City Council would allow the large store to open if foundations for mixed use structures were put in place and “irrevocable funding for completion of that construction was shown.” Helm wrote this change “does not require...

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Ambulance rate hike in fire budget

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The 2011-12 budget for the Keizer Fire District received final approval from its board of directors Tuesday night. Totaling $5,524,111, the budget breaks down into a general fund of $3,583,576, a general obligation bond repayment fund of $212,738, an emergency medical services enterprise fund of $1,539,797 and an equipment replacement sinking fund of $188,000. The total tax levy of $215,640 is at the district’s permanent tax rate of $1.3426 per assessed valuation for operations and a local option levy tax rate of 35 cents per $1,000.  That amounts to $255.39 for a $150,000 home. Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the board agreed to seek approval of  annexation of the Clearlake area, the part of Keizer now in Marion County Fire District No. 1. The next step toward annexation would be for the city of Keizer to hold a public hearing on the proposal. The city then would withdraw Clearlake from District No. 1, the Marion County Board of Commissioners would approve the withdrawal, and the Keizer fire board would give the annexation its final approval. Fire Chief Jeff Cowan said that if annexation is not approved, the board is prepared to cut costs without laying anyone off. The board also hiked ambulance rates 3.14 percent to match Salem and Marion...

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Reporter’s notebook

Reporter’s Notebook is a new feature in the Keizertimes. Here our writers and editors will offer a glimpse behind the headlines to stories and issues bubbling just below the surface. Hot Box Babes is a hair salon, not a… Turns out it gets attention if you put up the words “Hot and “Babes” in bright pink on a sign in Keizer’s main thoroughfare. It got ours, which is why we stopped in a few weeks ago. Since then we’ve gotten several calls, and we’re told the city has too, openly wondering about that adult shop, or “lingerie modeling” studio, or whatever-it-is-but-it-isn’t-good. Let us put that rumor to rest: It’s a hair salon, nothing more, nothing less. An adult-oriented entertainment business would have a hard time in the Iris Capital. Keizer has extreme restrictions on that sort of thing: It has to be at least 1,000 feet from a school, church park or the BOUNDARY of a residential zone. Not a house or a yard, just the boundary of any land zoned residential. As a former city councilor put it, the only place a strip club is going in Keizer anytime soon is the middle of the Willamette River. Given that Oregon’s constitution protects lap dances as freedom of expression, whether Keizer’s regulations would withstand legal challenge is debatable. But it serves as a strong disincentive. – Jason Cox City...

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Job hunter’s jungle

By TOM SUING If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times…job-seekers telling me, “I’ve looked everywhere and there just aren’t any jobs!” Webster defines ‘everywhere’ as follows:  “In any or every place; in all places.” That’s a lot of places!  To the majority of job-seekers out there ‘pounding the pavement’, everywhere generally amounts to two places: The ‘help-wanted’ ads in the paper, and the various internet job-posting sites, such as Hot Jobs, Career Builders and Monster.  Now…those are two very fine places (I know that’s technically more than two…but I’m trying to show you something, here! Work with me!).  Let’s take a closer look at these two resources. Did you know that the newspaper can be far more productive outside the want ads if you know how to take advantage of all of its content?  The same applies to the internet.  Once you get away from the obvious, that’s when your job searching really becomes productive! “So…” you ask.  “What’s that mean?” “ How does that work?”  “TELL ME!  PLEASE!” Most job-seekers go through a ‘routine’ that yields fewer than 20% of all job opportunities available.  This is called the ‘publicized’ job market.  That’s OK…if you’re interested in being exposed to only 20 job opportunities out of 100!  This means there are a lot of missed opportunities that you could be tapping into.  Those missed opportunities...

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