Day: March 14, 2014

Photo Gallery: McNary Knight of Arts 2014

MHS goes renaissance for Knight of Arts The McNary High School fine arts department raised more than $29,000 at its annual Knight of Arts gala, March 8. The total includes money set aside for $5,000 in scholarships for current McNary students, but doesn’t include two donated guitars – one from the event’s oral auction and one from Bob Zielinski – or a recording session at Marigold Studios bought by a bidder and then donated back to the fine arts program. “McNary High School art teachers are amazing people who put all their heart, soul and energy into caring for and supporting kids – our kids. I am proud to work alongside them,” said Leah Garro, president of the Fine Arts Booster Club. The Keizer Elks stepped up with a $2,000 donation, separate from the evenings’ proceeds, that was used to stage the music, drama and arts celebration. [fbphotos...

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Don’t forget trapeze bars

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes First you thought the site selection was done for the community build play structure. But it wasn’t. During last week’s Community Build Task Force (CBTF) meeting, it was discovered something else wasn’t done: the design. Mark Caillier, general coordinator for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project, discovered the problem recently. “Our design is not approved yet,” Caillier said. “I thought it was, but it wasn’t. Things got dropped.” Caillier said the latest playground schematic from project consultant Leathers and Associates showed some items in a different place than originally discussed, such as the location of the dueling fire engines. “This doesn’t have what was on it in December,” Caillier said. “I don’t know how it changed.” As such, Caillier figured he would bring the issue up to the task force to see if anything had somehow gotten moved by mistake. “I want to look at what else is missing,” he said. “Another thing, I couldn’t find the Ford F-100 truck. It’s there, but in a different location.” Marlene Quinn, co-chair of the CBTF, said closing off the entrance to the tot lot from the parking lot wasn’t reflected yet in the drawings. “There are also two spring horses that are supposed to be there,” Quinn said. Fellow co-chair Richard Walsh noted there should be one entrance, no matter which of...

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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 17, 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      6. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION      a. RESOLUTION – Authorization for Appropriations Transfer for Water Meter and Sewer Loan Repayment      b. RESOLUTION – In the Matter of the Default of Northwest National LLC, an Oregon Limited Liability Company and HTLKS LLC, an Oregon Limited Liability Company with Regard to the Keizer Station Area A Local Improvement District and Authorizing the City Manager to Move Forward with Local Improvement District Lien Foreclosure      7. CONSENT CALENDAR      8. COMMITTEE REPORTS      a. Keizer Police Department Lifesaving Awards – Sergeant Jeff Goodman and Officer Kevin DeMarco    Page 2 – March 17, 2014 Keizer City Council Agenda   b. Appointment to Keizer Rapids Park Community Build Task Force (KRP3) Design and Special Features Committee      c....

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Power plant coming?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The land could be powerful in the future. Last week the settlement agreement between the City of Keizer and the Rawlins family was signed for the Rawlinses properties in Keizer Station (see related story, pg. 3). After the properties are put up for a sheriff’s sale, city leaders expect to be high bidders for the land. The Rawlinses could then purchase the land after at least 13 months, if so desired. If they purchase the land 13 to 16 months after the sheriff’s sale, it would cost them $3 million, with the cost increasing in $500,000 increments from there. Regardless of who owns two parcels totaling approximately 16 acres, a key question looms over them: what will happen with them in the future? “Most likely a power plant or something like that,” city manager Chris Eppley said during the March 6 special public hearing on the topic. “That would bring in a tremendous amount of tax revenue.” While the idea of a power plant hasn’t been discussed recently, it once was a hot topic for city leaders. In February 2010, city councilors, staff and citizens visited a natural gas-fired power plant in Goldendale, Wash. operated by Puget Sound Energy. That plant is similar to the one proposed for Keizer at the time, though less powerful. “If it were located where the developer is proposing...

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