Day: December 17, 2012

Playground options mulled for the Keizer Rapids Park

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes William Stitt came to Tuesday’s Keizer Parks Board meeting as a citizen with an idea for a new playground at Keizer Rapids Park. He left the meeting part of a committee hoping to fast track the building of such a playground. Stitt showed board members pictures and described a visit to an engineer friend in Oak Harbor, Wash. The friend showed Stitt the city’s play structure built at minimal cost to the city. There was a large structure for primary-aged children and a smaller, fenced-in structure for toddlers. The structures were built through New York-based Leathers and Associates. “This type of structure inspires the imagination,” said Stitt, a father of boys ages 4 and almost 2. “There is a lot of room to run around for older kids, tunnels to climb through and a separate area for toddlers. This has got a lot to it and will keep kids interested for a long, long time. I feel we’ve got a great opportunity to do something terrific with Keizer Rapids.” Stitt noted he looked at the Leathers and Associates website and found the company specializes in doing such play structures all over the country, asking children in local schools what they would like to see in a play structure and going from there. Stitt also noted the company helps with fundraising ideas and gives...

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Caillier set to exit

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mark Caillier knows the effort it takes to truly be a Keizer City Councilor. He also knows he’s no longer willing to put forth that effort. That’s why Caillier didn’t run for re-election this year to the Position 3 seat, a seat he’s held the past four years. This is Caillier’s second time retiring from public service, the first being his 2003 retirement from the Salem Police Department. Caillier runs Emergency Services Solutions, LLC. “I need more time for family and business now,” he said. “When I became a councilor, I found it to be a 20-hour a week job. I volunteered my time. If I do something, I do the best I can. I’m proud of what I did and we did a lot as a council. But it’s time for me to move on. I would never rule out the opportunity to run for council again, but it’s not the time now.” There will be three new councilors next month in Ken LeDuc, Marlene Quinn and Dennis Koho, the former mayor. Caillier’s advice to the newcomers is simple. “Do your homework,” Caillier said. “I spent probably eight or nine months going to every meeting I could. I still didn’t have a grasp on the issues. It’s a lot different when you’re in the chair. You need to prepare.” Caillier found himself...

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