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Just how bad is the roof at the former caretaker’s house at Keizer Rapids Park?

The status of the former Charge family house has been a hot topic lately and was so again last week at the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. Parks Board member Rick Day has advocated replacing the roof with a new one and repurposing the house as an educational center.

However, the Keizer City Council hasn’t had a vote yet on whether the house should be torn down and started over or if only repairs are needed. As was pointed out at the Aug. 13 Parks Board meeting, replacing the roof would steer the decision away from tearing down the current house.

“The roof needs to be replaced,” said Day, who spoke to council about the topic earlier this month. “I would like to get a roofing contractor out there to evaluate it. The roof is in disrepair. It sounds like there is support for some general cleanup around there.”

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, questioned just what support was given by the council.

“When I asked can we do any work there, the answer I got was no,” Lawyer said. “We can’t spend any money on that, so I would need to get clarification on that. That’s a big hurdle.”

Day wants a permanent metal roof, fearing the existing roof could cause damage.

“I want to get estimates, looking at the system to further put the plan in place,” Day said.

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