Day: July 22, 2014

Respecting their authority

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Usually a board responding to the Keizer City Council lets councilors have the final say. That is the case with the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Usually. There is now an exception: the Parks Board’s new matching grant program. Last week, by a unanimous 5-0 vote (councilors Cathy Clark and Marlene Quinn were absent), Parks Board members were given the authority to make final decisions on which projects to fund with the matching grant program. Under the new program, which started this month, the Parks Board partners with community members to double the funds for a project. Groups, organizations or individuals submit applications for their projects and indicate what they are willing to put into the project, both in terms of materials and labor. Parks Board members will go through the applications and choose the top ones, matching funding requests. Most projects will likely be small, since the Parks Board only has $14,000 this year, a cut of $6,000 from recent years. “The way the Parks Board would like it to work is the Parks Board would make the final determination on final projects,” city attorney Shannon Johnson told councilors. “It is a little unusual. Usually an advisory board will advise. You can leave it that way and say it’s a recommendation to council or staff. The individual amounts, we suspect, will...

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Boss recalls Knupp

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As days turned to weeks, Robert Allen Knupp’s co-workers held out hope. After the 54-year-old Keizerite was reported missing on June 8, his co-workers at Garten Services Inc. in Salem kept looking for him. “His co-workers have been great,” Garten CEO Tim Rocak said. “People really rallied to try to find Robert, passed out fliers, reached out to his family. Employees started search teams.” Sadly, those efforts were for naught. On July 9, it was reported the body of Knupp had been found. The Oregon State Patrol sent out a news release with the information and is investigating the death, with assistance from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Keizer Police Department and the Marion County District Attorney’s office. Knupp’s body was spotted shortly after 9:15 a.m. on July 9, with the Marion County Medical Examiner and the OSP Forensic Services Division also responding to assist with the recovery of the body. “A report was received that a deceased body was found in a field near Talbot in rural southwest Marion County,” the OSP release stated. “Marion County Sheriff’s Office and OSP responded to the scene and confirmed the report.” The news was a blow at Garten, where Knupp had worked for 17 years and was a custodial supervisor, providing training to individuals with disabilities. “You can only imagine,” Rocak said of how...

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