Day: February 24, 2012

Supporting Keizer Fire annexation

To the Editor: I am supporting the Keizer Fire District annexation of Clear Lake because Clear Lake is a community within the city of Keizer. Keizer is no longer north Salem, times change and the future arrives.  Marion County Fire District #1 and Keizer Fire District have worked well together providing service to Clear Lake residents for decades.  These measures would eliminate overlapping of the two Fire Districts serving Keizer at a time when both Fire Districts need to be economically focused and concerned. They are both very professional organizations but let’s stop talking about turf and start resolving the most important issues of reduced budgets and cost effective service. If Keizer Fire District was servicing south Salem, I am sure Salem and Marion County Fire District #1 would want to annex that area.  Salem has expanded east, west and south. The Keizer Fire District has the right to annex Clear Lake to enhance the Keizer Fire District’s overall service to the citizens of Keizer. Personally, I believe it would have been best if this issue was professionally negotiated between the two Fire District boards. Unfortunately, it has taken a course of its own involving the courts, the Keizer city council, local newspapers, the Oregon Legislature (HB 4090) and soon the voters of Keizer.  The saddest point is the professionals at the two fire districts now find themselves in...

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Keizer Fire is best for Clear Lake

To the Editor: I am a Keizer Fire District volunteer and I strongly support Keizer Fire’s annexing the Clear Lake area.   This decision is logical for multiple reasons. First, Keizer Fire is not going to close any station, is NOT putting firefighters out of work, and is NOT putting the people of Keizer at risk. The people in Clear Lake will have a lower tax rate and the taxes they pay will go towards improvements and services in the area they live, instead of East Salem.  The people in Clear Lake will have a dedicated ambulance, ready 24/7, unlike the current ambulance that moves to East Salem for coverage numerous times a day. Keizer residents will benefit from this annexation.  As with any item on a ballot, I ask you to be an informed voter.  Most importantly, learn the facts. Samantha Howell...

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Annexation makes sense for all of city

To the Editor: It only makes sense for the people of Keizer to vote yes for the measure to annex the Clear Lake neighborhood into Keizer Fire District.  It defies reason for anyone in Keizer, to vote no when they learn the true facts on the matter. Keep Keizer Safe (Marion County Fire District’s Political Action Committee) is running a campaign of misinformation designed to scare and mislead voters.   It alarms the board of Keizer Fire District that members of  Keep Keizer Safe are in our community representing themselves as Keizer Fire District firefighters.  If someone comes to your place of business or home and tells you they are representing “the Fire Department”, and to vote no or the fire station will close, your taxes will go up, or Keizer firefighters will be laid off… this is a blatant lie and is the strategy to confuse voters promoted by the leadership of Marion County Fire. Keizer Fire District board of directors, Keizer volunteer and career firefighters, the mayor, Keizer City Council-—all support the measure, and all agree, it is in the best interest of Keizer to vote yes and yes on your ballot for the measure to annex Clear Lake into the Keizer Fire District. Joe Van Meter Keizer Van Meter is president of the Keizer Fire District board of...

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Yes on measures

To the Editor: The vote in Keizer to annex the Clear Lake neighborhood into the Keizer Fire District should be a yes vote for everyone that lives in Keizer. It defies logic to have Keizer served by two fire districts. We Americans demand efficiency from our government and public services. This measure to annex Clear Lake does exactly that. It aligns Keizer with Keizer services. It keeps the tax revenue here in Keizer for Keizer services. It eliminates the unnecessary duplication of two administrations. Your yes vote benefits all of Keizer by increasing ambulance coverage to all of Keizer at no cost to the rest of Keizer. It is tax reduction to the people of Clear Lake and aligns the revenue with those that have been providing the service for 20 years. That is good government. Please join me in voting yes to measures 24-325 and 24-326 to annex the Clear Lake neighborhood into Keizer Fire District. Most voters live in both the city of Keizer and Keizer Fire District. They will have two questions on their ballot. A yes vote on both questions is required to pass. Like the mayor said, “Let Keizer be Keizer.” Clint Holland...

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From the president of KVFFA

To the Editor: I am writing this letter on behalf of the Keizer Volunteer Fire Fighter Association.  We feel there has been a lot of confusion over the annexation of the Clear Lake fire station located in North Keizer and we just wanted to take time to share the facts with you. • The Clear Lake ambulance is housed at the Clear Lake station, but spends a good portion of its day in east Salem.  Keizer Fire District ambulances will be dedicated to Keizer and not east Salem. • Keizer Fire District will continue to operate out of the Clear Lake Fire Station, thereby better serving all of Keizer. • By combing the two areas of service the cost of overhead is drastically decreased allowing Keizer Fire District to more wisely use tax payer money to hire additional firefighters/paramedics and purchase life saving equipment. • Keizer Fire District will operate an engine company out of the Clear Lake Fire Station. No different than how it is operated now. Keizer will enjoy the benefit of having two engine companies simultaneously dispatched to every fire in Keizer. This is a drastic increase in service. • Marion County ambulances traditionally staff with one paramedic and one EMT-Basic. Keizer ambulances staff with two paramedics. • Keizer Fire District has been serving Keizer with exceptional excellence and dedication for over 63 years and they...

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