Day: October 12, 2012

School board marks $42M for repairs

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Use of remaining bond funds primarily for repair and renovation of schools was approved at Tuesday’s Salem-Keizer School Board meeting. The available funds from the 2008 bond total about $66.7 million, of which about $42 million would go repair and renovation after allocating $15 million over the next six years, at $2.5 million per year, for school infrastructure needs, and $10 million for reserves to address pending litigation and unforeseen circumstances. The bond funds have paid for construction of three elementary schools and one middle school and 277 repairs and renovations in 49 existing schools. Superintendent Sandy Husk told the board that all the work had been completed “on time, under budget, within scope and of high quality.” She noted that such factors as changes in the economy, the competitive bid environment, lower inflation and strong program management had made about $51.5 million of bond funds still available. A report from the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which the board received at an August work session, recommended the uses of the remaining funds that the board approved Tuesday. The vote for approval was 6-1. Director Jeff Faville opposed the motion because it allocated nothing for debt reduction. Also approved was listing of the former Middle Grove Elementary School for sale. The board had voted in May to move Middle Grove students to Chavez Elementary...

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We need Lore to stay in office as mayor

To the Editor: While serving on the Keizer City Council for a decade with Mayor Lore Christopher I had a front row seat to observe Mayor Christopher’s passionate optimism about the future of Keizer.  That optimism has allowed her to see the big picture and gave her the energy to work tirelessly to help improve our quality of life here in Keizer. Lore’s optimism is infectious and has allowed her to forge strong partnerships with business and regional partners as is evident in her being elected as president of the Oregon Mayors Association.  Her optimism and ability to mobilize support for Keizer from regional partners has allowed her to persevere through the difficult and sometimes painful process culminating in the development of Keizer Station which successfully created over a thousand jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenue in the middle of a recession that has decimated other cities. Similarly Lore’s optimism and love for Keizer gave her the ability to help complete improvements on River Road, the Community Center, Keizer Rapids Park (including the dog park), and a new state of the art police facility.  Keizer has very limited resources to do any of these things but with Lore’s leadership, innovation, and ability to collaborate with regional and business partners we were able to get all this done without any property tax increases.  Her job is not done,...

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Lore Christopher is my choice

To the Editor: The people of Keizer are fortunate to have the choice of two excellent candidates for the position of mayor.  Although sometimes at odds, they both contribute effectively to the efforts of the city council. I told them both that I would not do this but I have changed my mind.  Lore Christopher is my choice because of her unflagging support for the Keizer Community Library, support that has enabled it to grow in size and service to the people of Keizer.  For this, I thank her and urge others to consider it as well. Art Burr...

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KNOW thanks Keizer for event success

To the Editor: Thank you Keizer! On behalf of the women of KNOW (Keizer Network of Women), the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and the Keizer Chamber Foundation, I would like to thank all who participated in our 2nd annual Percey Event, Ladies’ Night Out. We had a phenomenal turnout and loads of fun.  You make the Giving Basket Program possible for Keizer Children.  Again this year, we will be able to distribute toys, clothing and food to 125 underprivileged families (400 children) this Christmas. On October 27, our next event is Pancakes and Boo; Applebee’s is pairing with us to serve an all-you-can-eat breakfast starting at 8 a.m.  The ladies of KNOW will be in costume and there will be a baked goods sale, too.  $7 tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, 503-393-9111. Thank you Keizer for helping us help Keizer kids.  And, a special thank you to Sheryl Resner and Mario Montiel of Edward Jones, for sponsoring the event. Keizer businesses and community, working together…we can make a difference Audrey T. Butler...

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Support Brandon Smith for Council

To the Editor: I was pleased to learn that Brandon Smith would accept serving as Keizer City Council Position #2 if he were elected in a write-in campaign.  I will be writing in Mr. Smith’s name on the ballot. Smith has exhibited strong leadership skills serving in this position for five years.  He is a well informed councilor who will listen to citizens before acting.  Mr. Smith has always treated my opinion with dignity and respect, whether he agreed with it or not. Brandon Smith possesses the important qualities I look for in a candidate:  he is well prepared and informed for council business as he conducts his research in an open-minded manner, hears all citizens who wish to be heard, treats citizens with dignity and respect, finally making his decision representing what he believes is best for the citizens of Keizer. Unfortunately, from what I have observed, it is my opinion that the other candidate does not possess the leadership qualities I look for in representing me on the council—making this write-in campaign necessary.  Please make your vote count best for the citizens of Keizer and join me and many others and write-in Brandon Smith on the ballot for Keizer City Council Position #2. Mike Kurtz...

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