Day: October 9, 2013

Solar panel stolen from speed sign

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Drivers on Verda Lane NE may have noticed a black space this week. During the summer, two electronic speed signs were installed in Keizer. One was put on Verda Lane just north of the Salem Parkway, while the other was put up on Lockhaven Drive NE across from Countryside Christian Church. “Keizer is now a victim of theft,” Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the Keizer Police Department said Wednesday afternoon. “The solar panel that operates the sign was stolen from the one on Verda.” Kuhns said it wasn’t immediately known when the theft took place. “Someone or someones went up the pole, cut the wires and unmounted the solar panel,” Kuhns said. “We believe it occurred over the weekend.” According to Kuhns, Sgt. Trevor Wenning noticed the sign wasn’t working last weekend. Wenning and Keizer Public Works staff went out Tuesday to investigate. “When he looked closer along with public works to diagnose the problem, they diagnosed the problem as a missing solar panel,” Kuhns said. “I guess we will have to figure out a way to make it more theft proof. It was the furthest thing from my mind. For someone to steal a solar panel is the last thing I thought would happen.” Kuhns said the preliminary cost for replacing the panel is $2,000. He doesn’t know when replacement will be done....

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Councilor Clark wants S-K School District to work more with others

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Cathy Clark wants to make it easier for local organizations to use local school facilities. The Keizer City Councilor brought up the topic during the Sept. 23 K-FEST ( Keizer Festivals and Events Team) meeting. Clark referenced Salem-Keizer School District documents dealing with the rental of school facilities. The City of Salem and the school district put together agreements earlier this year. Clark is wanting to use those agreements as blueprints to see if Keizer should follow suit. “Keizer doesn’t have anything like that,” Clark said. “We’re just researching. If we can find something that would be beneficial to the community and the schools, it will open dialogue. We need to make sure we know what is involved.” According to Clark, the issue first came up with leaders of the Keizer Youth Basketball Association mentioned difficulties in being able to use school gymnasiums for youth basketball. “We got frustrated,” Clark said. “They were being scheduled at 9:30 p.m. because there were so facilities. We want kids getting involved with youth sports. It improves health, mental health and leads to more success in school.” Clark said wording in the school district’s documents gives priority to school events, with outside groups getting lower priority. “Administrators have had a great deal of flexibility in scheduling facilities,” she said. “There are priorities that are required. It’s virtually...

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