Day: April 9, 2014

WKNA members do some spring cleaning

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Spring has been in the air with the West Keizer Neighborhood Association. One visible example took place March 15, when a group of WKNA residents took part in their annual Adopt-a-Street event. Chemawa Road was cleaned up from Keizer Rapids Park on the west end to the intersection with River Road North on the east end. “We ‘adopted’ that street last fall,” Carol Doerfler said. Doerfler was assisted by WKNA president Rhonda Rich, Davis Dyer, Herb and Liz Hoffman, city councilor Cathy Clark, Ozilline Doerfler-Schweitzer, Linda Dunn, Barbara Daniels, Carole and Al McCann plus city councilor Kim Freeman and her husband Ron, plus his sons Billy and PJ. The weekend before, a WKNA group cleaned out the flower bed at Cummings School. The readerboard area was cleaned out, with pansies planted by Rich, Doerfler and Gary Blake. Bark dust was provided by Copper Creek Mercantile. In other recent WKNA business: • Lt. Andrew Copeland with the Keizer Police Department mentioned at last month’s WKNA general meeting there were seven recent arrests for burglaries. There have been 17 burglaries connected to those arrested. Copeland said the mode of operation in the burglaries was to knock on the front door, then break in the back if no one answered. Copeland also gave tips to residents on how to reduce the likelihood of break-ins, such as...

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Councilors give feedback about Parks Board plans

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mayor Lore Christopher warned of the uphill battle, but complimented Keizer Parks and Advisory Board members on their desire to add a city parks employee. At their meeting last month, Parks Board members made a recommendation to add a utility worker to the parks department, citing the workload on department supervisor Robert Johnson. Several nights later, board chair Brandon Smith and newest board member Roland Herrera gave their pitch at a Keizer City Council meeting. “We made a motion and it passed for another parks employee,” Herrera said. “There’s a great need for that. There’s a backflow of maintenance, which is way too much work for Robert.” When the mayor asked what the cost for such an employee would be, Smith responded the cost would be about $60,000. “The Parks Board understands it is just a recommendation,” Smith said. “There is a need for that; there is a tremendous amount of work to be done. That is our recommendation as park advocates.” Such a recommendation will be discussed by the Keizer Budget Committee this spring, which will pass along recommendations to the council. In recent years there has been a push to add between one to four more officers for the Keizer Police Department. Adding an officer was a top push last year, but ultimately that didn’t happen as councilors approved a budget...

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