Month: October 2013

UGB, housing challenges included in new comprehensive plan

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes After two meetings of discussion, members of the Keizer Planning Commission approved changes to the city’s comprehensive plan at their Oct. 9 meeting. The changes will now be forwarded to the Keizer City Council. City staff incorporated changes from the September meeting into the 97-page packet for this month’s meeting. The changes in wording were significant in places, includes nearly whole parts of several pages being updated. “The draft in your packet includes all the changes discussed (last month) and a lot of formatting revisions,” said Nate Brown, director of Community Development. “Nothing is new here, but there are two particular policy issues we want to make sure we understood and have discussion about here. They are pivotal issues, so we want to make sure the commission fully understands what they are.” One issue was the relation of the Keizer Comprehensive Plan to the Salem Area Comprehensive Plan and to the regional Urban Growth Boundary. “We are struggling with how to say we share a UGB,” Brown said. “Much of the language in our plan is shared in Salem’s plan as well. Keizer has its own comprehensive plan. There is a relationship.” To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the October 25 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the...

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Moles Appliance has new owner

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Nigel Guisinger has ideas of what to put up on the walls of his new office. There is the deer head from the first buck he bagged as a teenager, a picture of himself hunting with his grandpa and a Beatles poster. But the new owner of Moles Appliance – along with wife Genie (Moine) – dreams of being able to put up another picture. “We want to sponsor local sports teams,” Nigel said. “We want to get to that point. It’s been 20 years since I was in Little League, but I still see our team pictures up at Walery’s. I want pictures of teams we sponsor up on our walls. I feel it’s the responsibility of business owners to give back to the community.” The Guisingers know a thing or two about this community. Nigel and Genie are both from Keizer; Nigel graduated from McNary High School in 1999, with Genie graduating a year later. Nigel’s parents have lived in the same Keizer home since 1972. MOLES APPLIANCE Location: 3800 River Road N #160 Phone: (503) 390-0161 Since graduating from Oregon State University, Nigel has been selling construction equipment the past 10 years. With three young children, the Guisingers kept waiting for an opportunity to return to Keizer. The chance finally came recently as the couple bought Moles from Amir Fathizadeh for $150,000...

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School board wants new super by June 2014

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Guidelines for the process of selecting an interim superintendent and then a permanent superintendent were the subject of a work session of the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday. Superintendent Sandy Husk, who has held her position for eight years, plans to leave in January 2014 to become chief executive officer of the San Diego-based AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), an education-promoting nonprofit. No names of potential candidates for superintendent or even potential search firms were discussed at the meeting, which focused on preparations for hiring a search firm. The process for hiring a search firm will involve advertising the vacancy in the superintendent post and adopting hiring procedures and hiring standards. It will involve feedback from the public at regular meetings of the board. Mary Paulson, chief of staff for the district, said the procedures for hiring a permanent superintendent were likely to cost between $40,000 and $50,000 and would come from the contingency fund of the district budget. Jim Green, board chairperson, noted that the interim superintendent would have to have superintendent licensure from the state of Oregon. Nancy MacMorris-Adix, a board member, said experience in Oregon and experience with strategic plans are desirable. Another director, Paul Kyllo, said budget experience is necessary. Jeff Faville, a director, urged that the interim chief be someone needing as little learning curve as possible. He...

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It started in a Chevy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Roy Robeson may not have been able to join the military in 1943, but he got a nice consolation. He got the girl. Roy and Florence, both 89, celebrated their 70th anniversary last month. The couple moved into Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community in Keizer in August. The two had met at a rollerskating rink in Sweet Home the year before. “All the same age kids were there,” Florence said. “It was the place to hang out.” The two were 18 at the time. “We were just kids,” Roy recalled. Roy admits he didn’t win Florence over with his prowess on the rink. “I was not too good,” he said. “It wasn’t the skating moves that impressed her.” Florence quickly added it was the other wheels that helped. “Well, he had a car,” Florence said. “A lot of us kids didn’t have cars. He drove up. We were walking home, me and two girlfriends. He drove up and asked us if we wanted a ride.” The ladies gladly got into Roy’s red Chevrolet convertible. “It all started from there,” Florence said. Before the couple got married in September 1943, Roy was drafted. While in basic training for the Army and Air Force, Roy was injured. “I got hit in the kidney,” Roy said. “It has bothered me ever since. The Army wanted me to...

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City council passes again on dormant committee decision

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Erick Peterson wants to serve on another committee. Whether he can or not is up to members of the Keizer City Council. For the second time, however, councilors delayed making a decision on the issue during Monday night’s meeting. At issue is Peterson serving on two city committees: the Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC) and the Keizer Urban Renewal Board (KURB). Peterson has applied to be on the Budget Committee and the Planning Commission. However, city rules prohibit people from serving on more than two committees. Thus, some councilors didn’t want to appoint Peterson to the Budget Committee. “Some people tend to raise their hand for every committee,” Dennis Koho said. “You need to decide on the two to serve on. I am going to deny appointing to a third committee.” Councilor Kim Freeman, the former chair of both the VCC and the Budget Committee, agreed and pointed to the timing. “We won’t need the spot filled until April,” she said of the Budget Committee. “This is October. From the VCC view, we strongly believe two (committees) is enough. I believe we need to stick to the limit of two.” Others, however, pointed out council’s lack of a decision on disbanding KURB is causing the problem. The committee hasn’t met since November 2011. “One is a committee that we haven’t done anything with in...

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