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 were $7.1 million, while the real market value of the properties was $2.2 million combined. Johnson predicted at the time the city would “extremely likely” be the high bidder in the sheriff’s sale.
If the city is indeed the high bidder, the clock starts on the next part of the agreement. Once the sale goes through, the Rawlinses will have the opportunity to buy back the properties for $3 million between 13 and 16 months later. The purchase price increases $500,000 approximately every year, topping out at $5 million after 50 to 60 months.
In other business Monday:
• Construction did not start up as predicted on Chemawa Road Monday.
“It has been delayed a week; it will now be next Monday,” said Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer. “I’m not sure what the delay was. It’s now set for April 14, starting on the south side of the street.”
Lawyer said the delay means the Oregon Department of Transportation project will probably be done between mid-July and early August. He noted it’s “probable” Celtic Way will be closed for a while in late May due to the work. Celtic Way is the road leading to McNary High School.
• Two more committees were dissolved: the Public Education Government (PEG) Television Broadcasting Advisory Committee and the Keizer Channel 23 Advisory Committee. They join two other committees dissolved earlier this year.
The PEG committee was established in November 2003 and hasn’t met in years. However, it was never formally dissolved until Monday.
K-23 was established in January 2008 but also hadn’t met in a while. Councilors agreed both committees accomplished what they were established to do.
• The municipal judge services contract between the city and A. Carl Myers was extended for three years to June 13, 2017. Council representatives will be attending arraignments and/or hearings every year.
Myers first became city judge in 2010. Last March, the agreement was extended to the end of this June.
• Two appointments were made to committees still meeting. Kathy Lincoln was approved for a vacancy on the Traffic Safety/Bikeways/Pedestrian Committee, while Charlotte Clark was appointed to fill one of the three vacancies on the Keizer Points of Interest Committee.