Month: February 2014

Agenda for Keizer City Council Meeting

CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT  KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION  AGENDA  KEIZER CITY COUNCIL  REGULAR SESSION  Monday, March 3, 2014  7:00 p.m.  Robert L. Simon Council Chambers  Keizer, Oregon    1. CALL TO ORDER      2. ROLL CALL      3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE      4. PUBLIC TESTIMONY    This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing.    5. PUBLIC HEARINGS      a. Amending Keizer Development Code Regarding Cottage Clusters      6. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION      a. RESOLUTION – Establishing Medical Marijuana Facilities Regulations Task Force    RESOLUTION – Temporarily Prohibiting the Location of Medical Marijuana Facilities Within the City of Keizer    b. ORDINANCE – Amending Keizer Development Code Regarding Section 2.308 (Signs); Amending Ordinance 98-389      c. Parking Ordinance No. 2005-535 (Request by tow Company to amend Ordinance to Allow Parking of Tow Trucks in Residential Areas)      d. Regulations for Temporary Displaying Art Work at Keizer Community Center      e. RESOLUTION – Establishing Keizer Economic Development Commission      f. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Apply for a Local Government Grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for the Community Build Playground...

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Lady Celts finish third in league

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a third place finish in the Central Valley Conference, the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team was set to take on the West Salem High School Titans in the second round of a tournament to decide state playoff seeding. The Friday, Feb. 21, game will be the third meeting of the two teams this season. In their first contest, the Lady Celts (7-3 CVC, 11-12 overall) came out on top with a 57-51 win, but the Titans (7-3 CVC, 12-10 overall) topped McNary 55-35 just five days prior to the start of the tournament. McNary finished regulation play in the CVC with a 59-40 win over McKay High School Monday, Feb. 17. The Lady Celts bounded onto the court to take a 25-12 lead after the first frame and expanded their lead to 44-24 as the teams went into halftime. McNary spread the offense around with Madi Hingston scoring a team-leading 12 points; Reina Strand had nine; Baili Keeton and Kaelie Flores put up eight each; Jasmine Ernest had six points; Emma Jones and Sydney Hunter notched five each; Ashlee Koenig had 4 and Alyx Peterson had two. The Titans got the best of the Celts three days prior as McNary struggled to sink shots throughout the first half. By the halftime buzzer, McNary had only managed to put...

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McNary singers, musicians release double-disc album

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The new McNary High School CD is a double-disc affair featuring not only choirs but the band and orchestra, too. “It was nice to have the band and orchestra included because we did so well last year,” said violinist Emily Wade. The new release, available at the high school, Uptown Music, Big Town Hero and Willamette Music Company features 18 tracks by the Celtic choirs, three by the orchestra, three by the band and two tracks of classical guitar by McNary grad Megan McLoughlin. Music for the CD was recorded over the past two years. For the choir members, many of whom are taking part in their second or third CD release, recording brings on challenges that they don’t face when performing live or simply practicing. “Most of us don’t even wear shoes when we’re recording because any of the sounds the risers make get picked up by the mics. It’s really stressful. I don’t even breathe between songs,” said senior Emily Hickman. Recording the music ups the ante for all the participants, said senior Dylan Bunten. “This requires a whole new level of concentration and focus because you have to get it perfect in a limited number of takes,” he said. Iris Scoffee said Ave vernum corpus, a Mozart piece, was her favorite of the ones included on the album....

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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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