Month: February 2012

OH SNAP! Gym coming

Keizer is getting another 24-hour gym. SNAP Fitness is coming to Creekside Shopping Center at 5442 River Road N., according to the company’s website. No opening date is listed. It operates three other gyms in the Salem area – one each in west, south and east Salem. Based in Chanhassen, Minn., the company opened in 2003 and boasts clubs in 44 states and six...

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The annexation vote

On Page One of this week’s Keizertimes Jason Cox and Eric Howald explain the basics of the Clear Lake annexation issue that voters will find on a ballot hitting their homes soon. We have previously called for the need to alter intergovernmental agreements that have outlived their purpose. One of those agreements we cited last year was fire coverage in the Clear Lake. At that time we said that Keizer Fire District should annex that area and put all of Keizer under one service. We have not changed our view despite the way the entire process has been muddled by nastiness, cross-accusations and recriminations from the beginning. That’s why we called for a five-year moratorium on the process earlier this year. That suggestion is moot  now that the annexation question is going to the voters. The election, now in the hands of city of Keizer and Keizer Fire District voters will decide the fate of fire and medical emergency coverage in Clear Lake. The election is about more than just Clear Lake. Voters should say yes to both Measure 24-325 and Measure 24-326 for three good reasons: response times, tax savings and future growth of Keizer. In  a medical emergency, every minute counts. Annexing Clear Lake will allow Keizer Fire to staff and operate two 24-hour medic units, one in Station 6 on Wheatland Road and one at the...

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Clear Lake needs your vote (twice)

By LORE CHRISTOPHER As Mayor of your city, I am proud to call this city home. In the last 22 years we have raised three children, relocated a grandmother and helped several close friends move to this gem of a city. Safety has always been a selling point for our city and has personally allowed me peace on nights when my kids attended McNary High School’s annual all-night graduation party or after a lengthy council meeting. Clear Lake neighborhood residents are not currently afforded this same security and safety. During the past year there has been fierce debate from outside our city about fire service. Keizer has 37,000 residents and all but 1,000 receive their fire service from the Keizer Fire District. Clear Lake neighbors play on the same baseball teams, pay the same water and power utilities and are protected by the same police department. Why should fire service be any different? Every resident deserves local and reliable services. We must bring our Clear Lake neighborhood, into the same fire district as all of Keizer, at no additional cost to residents. I have been concerned about the management and leadership of the Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD#1) for some time. In the past year, negotiations with MCFD#1 have escalated to the point of legal action. Their actions have clearly shown deliberate action to prevent our city from...

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Keizer city councilors comments on annexation measures

Brandon Smith A YES vote on both measures will result in lower taxes for the residents of Clear Lake and increased service for everyone in Keizer.  The decision decades ago to have Marion County serve the undeveloped area of North Keizer may have made sense at the time, but the situation has changed.  After many months of written and oral testimony, conversations with residents, and multiple lawsuits filed by Marion County Fire District (with most dismissed), I’ve come to the conclusion it is in the best interest of ALL Keizer residents to be served by one fire service provider – Keizer Fire District.   I’ll be voting YES for Keizer Fire District on March 13. David McKane After two, maybe three, public hearings on this issue and much written testimony I am not convinced this action is necessary to increase or even maintain the level of fire protection and ambulance service in the city of Keizer.  Today two separate fire protection services have dedicated assets that protect Keizer.  I would argue we also have the assets of all of Marion County Fire District #1 behind us as well. If Marion County is expelled from Keizer I actually believe the assets we have available to us today are diminished. The argument of  “let Keizer be Keizer” is very parochial and does not take into account how this action will negatively...

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Annexation

To the Editor: I have heard people talk about ‘Keizer takes care of Keizer’ and ‘Keizer serving Keizer’ regarding the fire service and the March 13 election.  What is most important to me is getting prompt fire and emergency medical service when needed.  That will only happen if things stay the way they are!  Two fire districts working together in a time of need.  Vote no on measures 24-325 and 24-326. Christine Fryman...

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