Day: March 2, 2012

Clear Lake issue: Deception at its best

By RON RALEIGH Folks have been posting yard signs in and around the Keizer area calling for a no vote on the upcoming Clear Lake fire district annexation measure. By design, these signs are blue and white, (colors of Keizer Fire District’s emergency apparatus). These signs say keep Keizer Safe, Save our Firefighters, Save our Ambulance. A person could assume these signs were the responsibility of members of Keizer Fire District or citizens of Keizer opposed to the annexations. Wrong, they are the work of others.  It is amazing how many of these signs have been removed by business and home owners once they were provided with the facts. Many saying they thought they were allowing the signs to be posted, because folks had implied that they were with Keizer Fire District. The deception continues. Recently I, along with several members of Keizer Fire District, recently passed out literature regarding the annexation to residents. A number of folks said, “You guys were already here, telling us what a bad idea it was.” Many were left with the impression that the Clear Lake Station would be closed, Keizer Fire would not be able to staff both stations, emergency response would have to come from the Brooks station. Most were understandably upset once they were presented with the facts. With the passage of this measure, Keizer Fire District will staff the...

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Tennis courts at Claggett Creek

To the Editor: Here are the reasons I support the Keizer Tennis Association building courts at Claggett Creek Park: • It is 10.8 acres • It has 60 parking spaces and a rest room. • There are no other courts on the east side of Keizer that I am aware of. • It would be near the Boys and Girls Club at Kennedy Elementary School. • It would be centrally located. • There are sidewalks on both sides of that park, unlike Keizer Rapids Park. • The park is  located on bus routes. • There is enough room for four to six courts and would offer the only youth-size courts in the Salem/ Keizer area. We need to invest in our youth and young adults and give them something to do in Keizer. Carol Doerfler...

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Yes to Clear Lake annexation

To the Editor: My Marion County tax statement shows I pay more to Marion County Fire District #1 than the entire city of Keizer.  Why? Because this is a fire district that, for the past three years, has needed a yearly budget of at least $200,000 just for legal expenses. We should question the viability of a fire district that frequently files law suits, needs to bail their chief out of jams, and is also questioned for their practices by other government agencies and the union which represents their employees.  This demonstrates a leadership fraught with dysfunction, distracts from business, and is being a lousy steward of tax dollars. By contrast Keizer Fire has had no legal or union issues since Jeff Cowan has been chief.  Now that is running a clean ship. Marion County Fire is desperate to dupe the public into fearing a change of fire districts.  The flyers they have scattered are full of lies.  One Home Owners Associaiton, whose president sticks to the Marion County Fire Chief like a limpet, has forbidden their members from displaying in their yards anything but “Vote No” signs.  That’s sick and demonstrates that the tentacles of coercion reach everywhere.  Only the voters of Keizer can save Clear Lake from these people.  Vote yes on March 13. Kris Lockard Keizer   If you have yet to make up your mind...

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No to Clear Lake Annexation

To the Editor: The Vineyards Phase 2 Homeowner Association endorsed a letter last year based on incomplete information regarding the Keizer Fire District Clear Lake Annexation. After a better understanding of the issue we are formally withdrawing our initial letter requesting annexation of the Keizer Fire District for the Clear Lake area.   We are completely satisfied with the service that Marion County  Fire is currently providing our community. We appreciate your assistance in keeping the community informed of the issues at hand. David Voorhies, President Clay Rushton, Vice President Vineyards Phase 2 Board To the Editor: State Rep. Brian Clem spoke at a Keizer council meeting and asked them to delay the March election until after the legislature met and reviewed the law regarding their annexation process. Instead the councilors decided to ignore his request and moved forward.  In addition, there’s a pending court case that might be decided in April on this very subject.  The Keizer City Council ignored us when we said we didn’t want a cell phone fee, they ignored us when we said we didn’t want a 911 fee.  The council risked public money in a private development—Keizer Station.  When will the City and Fire District learn to respect my money?  Vote no. Becky Johnson Keizer To the Editor: As a Keizer resident it offends my sense of fair play and justice that people...

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Too many inconsistencies and unanswered questions in fire annexation plan

My wife and I live in Clear Lake and I am the president of the Vineyards Phase 1 Home Owners Association.  When this all started last summer, I worked with our home owners association board to gather as much information as possible from both fire districts as well as the city.  In the end we came away with more questions than answers.  This annexation appears to not have been completely thought out.  In fact, the Keizertimes (Feb. 24) stated “The city staff has done no analysis of how Keizer would be better served by KFD instead of MCFD.” I have great concerns about the problems this forced annexation will create and I don’t feel that the projected savings of roughly $4 a month is a bargain considering what is lost if Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD1) no longer serves us out of the Clear Lake Station.  It certainly is no bargain for the rest of Keizer. First in the series of unanswered questions and inconsistencies is the issue of resources.  Right now we currently have auto response by Keizer Fire District (KFD) and MCFD1 from Chemawa Road north to the city limits.  This means we enjoy both districts covering each other and dispatching resources to a fire related call.  If a call requires more resources than what KFD can provide, MCFD1 can be brought in quickly to assist...

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