Day: April 14, 2014

Photo Gallery: Keizer Rotary Club Raffle Party

The Keizer Rotary Club held its annual Raffle Party with a tropical theme on Saturday, April 12, at the Keizer Civic Center.  More than $60,000 was raised.  Vickie Jackson was the chair of the event. Melinda Parker was the winner of the grand prize of gold and silver valued at $10,000. Dennis Koho won the second place prize of a $1200 travel voucher. [fbphotos...

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Big Toy initiator resigns his role, cites family

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes William Stitt was thinking of his children when he first brought up the idea of a regional play structure in Keizer. Stitt was also thinking of his children when he recently stepped down from the Community Build Task Force that is overseeing The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project. Stitt, who works at Oregon Catholic Press in Portland, has been finding night meetings tough to do since his wife works at Sylvan Learning Center during the evenings. With two young sons at home, Stitt made a decision to focus on them in the evenings, not meetings. “It’s ironic that the same reason that I approached the city (my boys) is now keeping me from attending the meetings,” Stitt said. “I guess what it comes down to is I have to do what is right for my boys and my family. I want to be there for them. If I have to bow out, it’s for the right reason. I love my boys. This is a chance to spend more time for them.” The play structure will be built Sept. 17 to 21. Stitt, who hopes to help with the construction, noted eldest son Liam turns six on Sept. 25. Younger son Charlie is 3. “When my wife was pregnant with Liam, I started thinking of playgrounds,” Stitt said. “The first one I...

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Rawlins properties auction April 29

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two last steps were taken Monday evening to prepare for the auction of the Rawlins properties later this month. During a brief Urban Renewal Agency meeting Monday evening, agents authorized the payment of Urban Renewal Funds to the city for the properties in Keizer Station Area A. Per the settlement agreement between the city and the Rawlinses, city officials agreed to bid at the foreclosures of the two properties, which are roughly 16 acres combined. Later during the Keizer City Council meeting, councilors approved a resolution accepting the Urban Renewal Funds. City attorney Shannon Johnson noted the actions were in line with the ninth amendment of the Urban Renewal Plan. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a public oral auction for the properties on April 29. As mentioned previously in the Keizertimes, city officials have an obligation to bid the entire amount still owing for the properties. “That total is approximately $7 million,” Johnson said. “Of that, $3.7 million is a cash bid while the rest is in credit. This puts us back on model.” Councilors Dennis Koho and Jim Taylor abstained from voting due to conflicts. No other councilors made comments. In both cases motions were approved 4-0, with Kim Freeman absent. When the settlement agreements was signed last month, Johnson said the Local Improvement District (LID) assessments against the properties...

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