By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Mark Caillier just can’t get away from the Keizer Civic Center.
Leaving the Keizer City Council at the start of last year didn’t do it. After all, Caillier is part of a couple of groups that meet regularly at city hall, including The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project.
Next month, for the second year, Caillier is overseeing a project to clean up around the grounds of the civic center. The landscaping work parties will take place Feb. 8 and 22, from 9 a.m. to noon on both days.
“Last year we knew we had a core group of people, so it was only one day,” Caillier said. “I’m not sure about this year, thus the two days. The community center is maintained by volunteers in terms of landscaping.”
Caillier said about 60 people from Salem Baptist Church got the work done in three hours last year. While he knows of some people coming this year, Caillier isn’t exactly sure how many that will be.
“We’ll have folks bringing in hedge trimmers, loppers, things like that,” he said. “Folks that know how to use them, we could certainly use their help. The big job is cleaning and dumping material into dumpsters and dump trucks. We could use some wheelbarrows and trash cans. There is plenty of work to do. There is stuff for everyone.”
Work will include trimming bushes around Keizer Community Center and also doing landscape work at Chalmers-Jones Park behind city hall. The Claggett Creek Watershed Council, of which Caillier is part, is sponsoring the clean-up.
“All the stuff has to be dumped,” Caillier said. “The native species which were planted grow well, but the down side is that when they get trimmed back, they grow faster. We need to use a bush trimmer for some of this stuff. If we have enough people, I’d like to add Chalmers-Jones around the fountain this year.”
Those interested in helping out can contact Caillier at 503-930-7481 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups or individuals alike can participate.
“Or people can just show up,” Caillier said. “We’ll take any and all help. It’s not hard work.”