Day: April 4, 2014

Need CHEAP paint? (How about free?)

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Eamon Bishop got 15 gallons of paint for various parts of his Keizer home. Easily a $300 tab, right? Knock off $300 and that’s what he paid. How did Bishop get so much paint for free? No, it’s not because he works for a paint company, nor did he find an incredible one-time special deal. Instead, Bishop took advantage of the same program anyone in Marion County can. In 2000, the Marion County Public Works Environmental Services division started the state’s first curbside latex paint recycling program. The program, still in affect today, allows residents to put up to two gallons of latex-based paint out with each recycling. Initially that paint was collected and used for the county’s Paint Back program, a graffiti covering project. County ordinances require property owners to cover graffiti within 48 hours. Law enforcement agencies distributed the paint for free to victims. The paint is still available for that purpose, but about a decade ago the program morphed into the Latex Paint Recycling Program. The program allows anyone to go to either the Salem-Keizer (3250 Deer Park Drive SE in Salem) or the North Marion (17827 Whitney Lane NE in Woodburn) Recycling and Transfer Stations and get up to 15 gallons of recycled paint. Beth Myers-Shenai, Water Reduction Coordinator for Marion County, said a crew from the Marion County...

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McNary wins one, loses two in tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity baseball team got one win and suffered two losses in a tournament at Volcanoes Stadium during spring break. The tournament, which was supposed to run Wednesday through Friday, wasn’t completed until Saturday, March 29, due to numerous rain delays. “I think we did pretty well. Our pitching struggled a little bit, but we got that under control,” said Celt Connor Goff. “The rain really got to us though.” In the Celtic tournament opener Thursday, March 27, McNary outhit Barlow High School 8-5, but stranded runners meant a 3-2 loss for the Keizer team. “We battled pretty well, we just didn’t have timely hits,” said Tristan Mistkawi, a McNary senior. The Celts and Bruins both notched single runs in the first inning. McNary’s first run came on a hard grounder by Jordan Barchus that sent Connor Suing home from third, but Barlow pulled ahead 3-1 with a two-run second inning. Suing scored again on a wild pitch in the third inning, but left the tying run on third base. Suing went 2 for 4 at the plate with a double, and two runs scored. Barchus went 2 for 4 with a RBI. Travis Klampe pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts and five hits. The Celts drew Barlow again in the second round of the tournament Saturday, March...

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City increases grant request total by $50K

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes According to the commercials, 15 minutes could save you 15 percent. Members of the Keizer City Council are hoping 10 minutes from Monday will pay 50 percent more. Councilors met in a special session at noon on March 31 to repeal a resolution pertaining to The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park play structure project. The big grant application for the project, to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for its Local Government Grant due this Friday, was going to be for $100,000. It’s expected to be known in July whether the application proves successful. The city would be up for an equal amount in matching funds, which was done last year to get the project started. Roughly one-third of the Park Improvement Fund money was used to get designer Leathers and Associates out of New York on board as project contractor. But in recent weeks there had been dialogue as to whether or not the application should be for a higher amount. Councilors unanimously decided on Monday the answer was yes and thus approved a revised resolution asking for $150,000. The special meeting was necessary since the topic was brought up at the March 25 fundraising committee meeting and the next regular council meeting isn’t until Monday, April 7 – three days after the grant application is due. Councilor Jim Taylor, who had...

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Chemawa project restarting

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Just a bit later than expected, the final phase of the Chemawa Road North construction project should be restarted next week. Completion of the project, which was originally slated to be done in 2012, could happen in July, according to an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) official. ODOT is in charge of the project, which has an estimated price tag of $3.5 million. Both project manager Shane Ottosen with ODOT and Keizer Public Works Director Bill Lawyer said the resumption of the project depends upon the movement of utilities. Delays in that process last year led to only part of the project being done before work was shut down for the winter. If the utilities get moved this week as planned, Ottosen and Lawyer expect work to pick up again next Monday, April 7. “It’s tentative, but it could,” Ottosen said of work starting that day. “We’re still waiting on utility issues. There’s some work they want to get done.” Lawyer said on Monday afternoon Century Link was expected to be done with their relocating that day, with others to be done later in the week. “The relocates are due to be completed Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning we will be looking them over to see if there are any surprises,” Lawyer said. Utilities were supposed to be relocated by June 1...

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How our city is looking

Spring has arrived after a wet and cold winter here in Keizer. It is time for spring cleaning not in our own homes but also in the city. The winter season always leaves its mark—freezing temperatures and driving rains play havoc on everything, especially our streets. Our streets are not the only thing looking less than stellar these days. While drivers on Keizer’s major thoroughfares can’t help but notice the cracks and potholes in the street, they also can’t help but notice that some buidings and landscapes  need a good clean up. A place that bills itself as the Iris Capital of the World should have a main street that reflects that title, not only from the city but from the private sector as well. We look to the city to take the lead on fixing and maintaining our streets when they suffer damage. The cracks and potholes send a message that we don’t care about our city, but we all know that is not correct. Along with public safety, residents expect the city to provide clean, well-maintained streets. With the summer travel season approaching the city should look its best. Keizer has a stringent sign code, addressing the size and placement of signs. The planned mural on the side of the building housing Keizer Florist, proposed last year, generated discussions and legal opinions, all trying to determine how...

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