Day: April 26, 2013

Renaissance Inn is ready to serve

To the Editor: As many of you are aware the Keizer Renaissance Inn and Conference Center has filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  This however, does not effect our day-to-day operations and we will continue to conduct business as usual. We apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.  If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your continued support. Sherrie Gottfried Director of Sales & Catering Keizer Renaissance...

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Wrong way current

To the Editor: I really enjoy Keizer Rapids Park and frequently go there.   What does surprise me is apparently no one took the time to do a study of the river’s currents before installing the boat ramp. If one takes the time to walk down the boat dock (or just the river) you will notice the river flows  the opposite direction (upriver) in that location due to the back eddies making docking a boat of any size almost an impossible task even by the most experienced operators. It also traps river debris, trees, flotsam etc.   It’s too bad no one, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Parks and Recreation, Keizer Parks, the contactors, or any of the other many regulatory boards that had to sign off and/or were involved with this boat ramp didn’t raise this concern. Another novel idea would have been to just ask our local Keizer citizens who use the river and ask their opinion to realize the pilings were going to be placed on the wrong side of the boat ramp. (Expensive) lessons learned I guess. Dave Lapof...

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City council communications

To the Editor:  I watched the city council meeting on Channel 23 the other night and was amused at some of the content. The Council/Citizen Communication Work Group recommendations were finally addressed. The Work Group had three meetings and came up with only three suggestions. One was to extend public hearing time for citizens from 3 to 5 minutes. The second one was to prohibit the use of electronics by council members during council meetings and to have the council members pay attention to the citizens as they give their testimony. The third one was to have written rules for reference for council members. I was the only citizen to attend a work group meeting to give input. I suggested the council only listen to citizen testimony and should refrain from making dispraising remarks during testimony. This includes telling the citizen they are wrong and here are the facts. The time to do this is after all public testimony is concluded so it does not become personal. During public testimony the council members should keep their opinions to themselves. I also believe the mayor’s proposed Internal Oversight Process is a waste of time and energy.  The whole process is to censure a council member who breaks some yet-to-be-determined rule. My questions are, how many times will the process be used during a four-year period? Will all of the rules...

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