Day: July 11, 2011

City sets hearing for Keizer Fire annexation of Clearlake neighborhood

The process to annex the Clearlake neighborhood into the Keizer Fire District drew interest from the Keizer City Council, which voted to hear more on the subject. Councilors passed a resolution which sets a public hearing to garner input on the issue. Councilor David McKane voted no. Officials from both Keizer Fire and Marion County Fire District 1 – which currently serves the Clearlake neighborhood – made presentations at the council Monday night. More...

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Residents served well by Marion County Fire District

GUEST OPINION By RANDY FRANKE On behalf of Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD#1), I want to address the current efforts by Keizer Fire District (KFD) to modify the long-standing fire district jurisdictional boundary lines between MCFD#1 and KFD (annexation). Because a recent letter from a KFD board member did not contain all the facts a formal response by the (MCFD#1) Board of Directors was needed. The Clear Lake area and its residents have been served by MCFD#1, or our predecessor Brooks Rural Fire Protection District, since 1941. Recently we were able to expand our emergency medical response capabilities and added an additional ambulance to the Clear Lake station for even quicker response time to the community. Yes, you read it correctly, we have always taken care of this area and in May of this year we EXPANDED our service. KFD is upset that MCFD#1 chose to improve services for the Clear Lake residents as KFD believes this could negatively impact them up to $75,000 annually in “lost” ambulance revenue. What they don’t tell you is that they routinely and consistently have to rely on outside agencies to provide assistance to the entire KFD area through mutual aid agreements. What they also don’t tell you is that they can’t handle their present requests for ambulance services and therefore lose approximately $250,000 (or more) in revenue to other entities who...

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Man robbed at gunpoint Fri. night

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A man was robbed at gunpoint while walking down Candlewood Avenue Friday night, and police are seeking a suspect. The 19-year-old Keizerite was walking alone in the 1000 block of Candlewood Drive NE at about 10:14 p.m. Friday, July 8, when he saw he was being followed, according to Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. The suspect demanded money and showed a black semi-automatic handgun. The victim gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash and fled westbound on Candlewood Drive NE to Cherry Avenue NE. Police think he ran south on Cherry Avenue. The suspect was described as a black male adult standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a shaved head. He was wearing a dark-colored hoodie and may have had on red and gray athletic shorts, police said. Officers searched the area that evening but were unable to find the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Vaughn Edsall at...

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Annexation might put city on hook for part of Keizer Fire bonds, says MCFD chief

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council plans to adopt a resolution scheduling a public hearing on the potential removal of the Clearlake neighborhood from Marion County Fire District No. 1 (MCFD), the seeming first step to placing it under the protection of the Keizer Fire District (KFD), but the MCFD chief and president of the MCFD fire board say it’s putting the cart before the horse. “Nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the legal system. I don’t think two years would be out of the realm of possibilities for appeals of something like this,” said Randy Franke, president of the MCFD fire board. While talks between the two fire districts have been limited at best since February of this year, Chief J. Kevin Henson said MCFD has yet to be contacted at all by city officials. Given the circumstances,  district officials are already planning to contest the process at the hearing for annexation, withdrawal, urban services agreements, division of assets, county commissioner meetings and CAD dispatch changes. “The boundaries can’t just change according to the ORS they cite. I don’t think [the city of Keizer] knows that and, because there hasn’t been a public process, I don’t think they know what they don’t know,” Henson said. Keizer Fire District officials have requested the city’s assistance in withdrawing the Keizer Prairie and Clearlake neighborhoods...

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Up and down week for Volcanoes

It looks like a football score, but it was baseball. The Volcanoes whipped the Tri-City Dust Devils 14-7 Saturday night at home to run their winning streak to five. Joe Staley, Mike Murray, Joe Panik and Brice Cutspec swung hot bats, and Rafael Martinez and Wilber Bucardo pitched well in relief before a crowd of 3,318. It was San Francisco Giants Day, with the Volcanoes wearing Giants jerseys and two veterans of the parent club from the 1960s, Joey Amalfitano and Jim Davenport, signing autographs. The visitors roughed up starting pitcher Reinier Roibal at the start, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Brian Humphries singled to center field, Tim Smalling doubled to left, and a single to left by Leo Reyes drove them both in. Jared Simon was hit by a pitch, Blake McDade’s grounder forced him out with Reyes going to third, and Reyes scored as Jayson Langfels grounded out. Ricardo Ferrer, who was to become the losing pitcher, set Salem-Keizer down in order in the first. Roibal did the same to the Dust Devils in the top of the second. In the second, the Volcanoes’ offense woke up for five runs. Murray doubled down the left field line and went to third when Brett Krill singled to center. Staley hit a home run over the center field fence. Garrett Buechele walked, and Cutspec...

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