Day: May 16, 2014

Officer could be added

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As originally proposed, Keizer would be getting two additional patrol officers as part of the 2015-16 budget. One of those positions could end up being added earlier. Well, kind of, sort of. During the first budget committee meeting of the year May 6, city manager Chris Eppley proposed adding three new positions later this year: a computer forensics person for the police department, a code enforcement officer and an information system technician. At the same time, Eppley proposed adding two patrol officers the following year. However, some committee members asked about moving up that timeframe. Eppley worked with Finance Director Susan Gahlsdorf and had a revised proposal for the May 8 budget meeting: adding a patrol officer this coming fiscal year – but not until January. “We do listen to this group,” Eppley said. “At least a chunk of the group wants to pay for at least part of a patrol officer position. Susan has come up with a methodology that does work, but it requires some sacrifices.” For one thing, anticipated PERS (Public Employees Retirement Systems) increases of 16 percent would have to be around 8 or 10 percent, which would represent savings of $50,000 to $60,000. Gahlsdorf said such savings would make the position sustainable over the long-term. “PERS has to come in lower than anticipated in September,” Eppley said. “That...

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Truth in advertising

To the Editor: The various companies vying for your and my communications business irritate the heck out of me. They make questionable claims for the superiority of their product while burying facts in print almost too small to read.  In one example, a guaranteed price for three years of Internet service is made meaningless by the fact that it requires ‘bundled services.’ And don’t assume that the advertised claim for high speed Internet service means that what they offer is better or even comparable to what you have now.  I checked and it wasn’t.  All of this is before you even consider the fine print and what may be hidden there. And how about the lady who asserts in every TV commercial “If we can’t beat the price on any comparable mattress, the mattress is free.”  Sounds good, doesn’t it? Marketing practices are such that finding a comparable mattress can be difficult but, even if you could,  what is to prevent the seller from offering it for a dollar less or even one cent less?  I’ll bet they don’t give away many mattresses. Art Burr...

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Sehr gut! Gustav’s coming to KS

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Where some will see a 5,500 square foot building at Keizer Station, Suzeanne Mager sees a new BMW coupe. For sure, the owner and president of Portland-based Gustav’s German restaurants doesn’t see the Volkswagen van she learned to drive on. In March, Gustav’s officials signed a lease with California-based Donahue Schriber for a 5,500 square foot building, which will go at the corner of Ulali Drive and Stadium Drive in Keizer Station. Benner Stange Associates Architects, which has designed many of the Keizer Station buildings, will be the architect of the new restaurant, which will be between Men’s Wearhouse and McDonald’s. “There should be a groundbreaking in the next six to eight weeks, then six to eight months for construction,” Mager said. “We’re hoping for a February 2015 opening.” Mager has been doing plenty of time over the past 18 months figuring out where to expand to and how to spruce up the looks of the brand. “It’s been a while in the works,” Mager said of coming to Keizer. “We’re looking forward to something new. Vice president of operations (Rene Briede) and I have spent the last year traveling and researching, evaluating what we wanted to do with Gustav’s. We evaluated what the brand looks like and where to go.” Mager looked as far north as the Seattle area and as far...

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Various impacts in Keizer during annual Iris Festival throughout this weekend

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There will certainly be some dancing in the streets this weekend. It’s Keizer Iris Festival weekend, highlighted by the parade down River Road starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. A pet parade starts at 9:40. The theme for this year’s 27th annual festival is Dancing in the Streets. While the parade is staying the same, the big news with the annual celebration this year is events being moved from Keizer Station to Cherry Avenue. A full list of activities for the weekend is in the official guide to the Iris Festival, produced by the Keizertimes last week. The free guide is available around the community and was sent to Keizer households last week; extra copies are also available at our office, 142 Chemawa Road N. Sgt. Trevor Wenning with the Keizer Police Department said the change in location for most Iris Festival activities led to a revamping of traffic flow. “We’re going to have officers out there at certain intersections directing traffic in one direction,” Wenning said. “We need to keep that flow going. In the past we had traffic going all four directions. This year some motorists will have to turn in the direction of the Salem Parkway or I-5. Those who live in the neighborhoods along (the parade route) may be inconvenienced, since they may have to go a few blocks out...

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