Day: July 25, 2014

State Champs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer 10U Celtics had a history-making season this summer that ended with a state title in competition Sunday, July 13. The Celts beat Lebanon 5-1 in Hillsboro for the state championship, capping a 35-0 record against JBO 10U National teams and a 37-5 overall record. Pitchers Eric Olsen and Logan Ready shared duties on the mound and threw a no-hitter in four innings against Lebanon. Olsen struck out six batters, walked five and allowed one earned run. The Keizer team leapt out to a 3-0 start in the final game that included an RBI-single by Isaac Scroggins and a sacrifice fly by Jackson Alt. Gunner Smedema led the team at the plate going 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored. He singled in the first and third innings, the latter plated Jake Paton. Scroggins helped Smedema round the bases on a single. The Celts finished the state tournament with a 4-0 record. While the team saw much success during the season, it started off on shakier ground said Kyle Hughes, Celtic head coach. “We traveled to Redmond for an open tournament in May where we would play four teams above our level. Our boys lost those four games but learned about what it was going to take to be better as individuals and as a team,” he said. Hard...

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Cops nab tire slashers

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Two Keizer teens were arrested for puncturing tires on 15 vehicles. Sgt. John Troncoso with the Keizer Police Department said a 15-year-old Keizer male was arrested along with a 16-year-old Keizer male. Troncoso said on Wednesday the younger juvenile is believed to be solely responsible for tires being punctured on seven vehicles the night of July 17. Both were arrested for slashing tires on nine vehicles the night of July 20. On that night, there were seven victims, as one resident had tires on three different vehicles punctured. In addition, one victim from the first night spent $1,000 on new tires, only to have all four tires slashed again the second night. “This one really doesn’t make any sense,” Troncoso said. “At least with theft, you’re getting something of value. Here, you get nothing out of it. It’s just being mean spirited for sake of being mean spirited.” Troncoso said the 16-year-old was arrested at his residence on Windsor Island Road, while the other was arrested at his residence on Evans Avenue. In essence, vehicles hit were in between the two homes, on Shoreline Drive, Ventura Avenue, Dearborn Avenue, Windsor Island and Evans. Sugar was poured into the gas tank of one vehicle. Troncoso said the two were among four juveniles spotted by officers around 2 a.m. on July 21 and given rides...

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Doing more with less

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Recent discussion of Keizer’s salary survey and raises for city manager Chris Eppley and city attorney Shannon Johnson have brought a spotlight to the rather unique working conditions at Keizer City Hall – at least in comparison to comparable cities. As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, there have been some questions raised lately about the process and raises given to Eppley and Johnson. Both received 3 percent merit raises based on performance evaluations conducted by Keizer City Councilors, in addition to the 2.5 percent Cost of Living Agreement (COLA) raises other Keizer employees got. Keizer’s salary survey, completed last year, raised the salary range for both Eppley and Johnson, allowing both of them to reach the new top steps of their respective ranges. Machell DePina, director of Human Resources for Keizer, compiled salary ranges for city managers and city attorneys in January 2013 for the nine cities listed as comparables (Albany, Lake Oswego, McMinnville, Oregon City, Salem, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn and Woodburn), in addition to Marion County and the state of Oregon. The city manager range in adjusted compensation for Keizer at the time was $9,069.07 to $11,834.26 per month. The low end was 34.4 percent below the median; however, the high end was much closer, at 5.46 percent below. Most of the cities had a flat rate listed. The city...

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Report OKs cow park change

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Hearings Officer’s report about a controversial land use change at the “cow park” on Verda Lane isn’t coming to the Keizer City Council until September. If the public hearing on the topic from last month is any indication, council chambers will be a busy place again on Sept. 2. Herber Family LLC is attempting to change zoning from Single Family Residential to Medium Density Residential and to change the Lot Line Adjustment, consolidating the current 14 lots into one 7.5 acre parcel. During the June 12 public hearing, a developer discussed plans to build approximately 120 apartments on the property, which would require the removal of the cows currently on the property. Most of those who spoke at the hearing were against the idea, with many expressing a desire for the cows to remain. The report from Cynthia Domas was submitted to the city earlier this month. “It is hereby found that the applicant has met the burden of proving the applicable standards and criteria for approval,” the recommendation reads in part. “It is recommended that the Comprehensive Plan map amendment, Zone Change and Lot Line adjustment be approved.” The report acknowledges councilors will have final authority on the issue and lists a series of suggested conditions. The conditions include issuance of sewer permits, connecting to existing sewers, coming up with...

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