Day: January 8, 2013

Remember to keep the vision

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Would you like increased setbacks in your life? Normally the answer would probably be no. Members of the Keizer City Council, however, approved increased setbacks. At a meeting last month, councilors approved by a 7-0 vote changes to the Keizer Development Code revising the ordinance for setbacks or vision clearance standards. City attorney Shannon Johnson described what a vision clearance area is. “(It) is a triangular area at the intersection of streets, or a street and a driveway, two sides of which are lines measured from the corner intersection for a specific distance,” Johnson wrote in a memo to councilors. The triangle area for a driveway and street intersection is a 10-foot leg down both the street and driveway. For a street/street intersection, each leg has a 30-foot distance. “The significance of this area is that it should be free of obstructions that might impede the vision of a motorist from turning onto one of the two streets,” Johnson wrote. “The code states that a vision clearance area shall contain no planting, fence, wall, structure or temporary or permanent obstruction exceeding 30 inches in height.” During his presentation to councilors, Johnson emphasized the main reason for the changes. “The purpose of this revision is to increase the vision clearance area along streets (arterials) that have higher traffic speeds, in an effort to reduce...

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Merkley town hall in Keizer

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley will hold a town hall in Keizer next Wednesday, Jan. 9. He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America. The town hall is free and open to the public. “Talking directly to Oregonians in every county is a great way to hear about the issues folks want me to fight for in Washington,” Merkley said in a statement. “I urge all residents of Marion and Clackamas Counties to come and share their opinions and work with me to make our state and nation a stronger place.” In 2008, Merkley pledged to hold town halls in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. He upheld his pledge in the previous four years and is continuing that commitment in 2013. Marion and Clackamas Counties will be his 150th and 151st town halls as a U.S. Senator. The Keizer town hall will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE. The Keizer town hall is the first of two on the day for Merkley. Later in the afternoon, the Oregon senator is holding another town hall at the West Linn Community Center in West Linn. That town hall kicks off at 4:30...

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