Month: November 2011

County seeks security for urban renewal extension

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Taxing entities like Marion County, Keizer Fire District and others impacted by a proposed extension of Keizer’s urban renewal district would be eventually compensated by foreclosing on and sell land affected by outstanding bond debt, the city manager told county officials this week. But Marion County commissioners, fresh off cutting 56 beds from the county jail due to a funding shortfall, may seek a concrete arrangement. No firm date has been set for the county commission to oblige. The Keizer Fire District board has already agreed to give its support. At a Monday management update – akin to a work session where final decisions are not generally made – Commissioner Sam Brentano told City Manager Chris Eppley firm arrangements for repayment, possibly with interest, may be part of the deal. “How do you justify transferring the risk to the county?” Brentano said. “There has to be a real guarantee, not just you hope you’ll pay it back.” City officials have been meeting with entities like Keizer Fire District, Marion County and Salem-Keizer Schools to round up support for extending the urban renewal district. Eppley said the city has until December to extend the district so that a delinquent bond holder’s local improvement district debt won’t massively impact basic city services. The latest plan includes collecting 30 percent of the amount allowed to be collected,...

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Sponsors sought for Fest. of Lights parade

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The Festival of Lights Parade will light up River Road for the very first time on Saturday, December 10, and its organizers are seeking sponsors. The route will follow the same as the Iris Festival Parade: Starting at Lockhaven Drive NE and traveling the length of River Road until it reaches Glynbrook Street. The Keizer City Council has pledged in-kind sponsorship for the event, which will raise funds and supplies for Marion-Polk Food Share. That will include providing street barricades and security, waiving permit fees and donating use of the civic center for a pre-parade sponsor and VIP event. “You have a beautiful community center so we thought this would be a really great hospitality area for sponsors,” said Cheryl Mitchell, chief executive officer of the parade. Parade volunteers will clean up after themselves, Mitchell said, meaning the city shouldn’t have to hire cleaning staff. Hard costs to the city, including renting barricades and police overtime, costs about $1,700 for the Iris parade, city staff said. The parade group is also offering varying levels of sponsorship and particularly want to see River Road businesses involved, Mitchell said. “Our whole goal with this event is to become a regional draw,” she...

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