Day: February 26, 2014

Speed bumps to be coming soon to KRP

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Don’t be surprised to see speed bumps on Walsh Way at Keizer Rapids Park later this year. The issue was brought up at a Keizer City Council meeting earlier this month by Carol Doerfler, who noted the current lack of speed bumps has resulted in near-accidents. “I walk down there frequently,” she told councilors. “I have seen three near-misses with my own eyes. One was with a gentleman on a bike with a kid in back, with another child following. Just as I thought to myself, ‘I hope they’re careful,’ I saw a girl in a car going about 40 mph. She had to slam the brakes to avoid hitting that child. “There should be serious consideration given to putting in speed bumps on that road,” Doerfler added. “Why aren’t there speed bumps there?” Mayor Lore Christopher agreed with the need, while also pointing to issues boat trailers would have with speed bumps. “You bring up a good point,” the mayor told Doerfler. “It would cause (drivers) to slow down and look for people.” Doerfler opined multiple ones are needed. “There needs to be three of them,” she said. “We have done a lot of boats and trailers. But kids trump boats.” Walsh Way goes right by one of the proposed sites for The Big Toy playground project before ending at the...

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Big Toy details being set

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes While some aspects of The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project are still undecided, other parts are being nailed down. In particular, there seems to be little worry of who can help direct the nailing down of the playground. That was evident during the most recent Community Build Task Force (CBTF) meeting as construction captains for the Sept. 17 to 21 build were talked about. City councilor Marlene Quinn, chair of the CBTF, asked Randy Cook if he had ideas for people who could be utilized as construction captains. “I have contractor friends I told last year would be involved with this,” Cook said. Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, mentioned the recommendation from project consultant Leathers and Associates. “We need 10 construction captains, every day for five days,” Lawyer said. “They don’t have to be carpenters. Those positions are more leaders and coordinators during the actual build. They need to get those materials over there, as opposed to the actual construction.” Cook said he’s recruiting other people to help, including a former business partner. “He worked on the Gilbert House project,” Cook said. “He’s pretty familiar with that chaotic atmosphere, so maybe he can help coordinate these guys.” Clint Holland mentioned Rich Duncan of Rich Duncan Construction, a key person in the Extreme Makeover project in Salem back in 2010....

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