Month: September 2014

Celts slay Dragons 9-0

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In the one game it had last week, the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team dominated Dallas High School in a 9-0 win. “We were able to switch the ball nicely and maintain possession for most of the game, which really helped,” said Jose Daniel Caballero. The Celtics had only one gap in scoring that lasted more than 15 minutes, and set the tone for the game in the first 60 seconds. McNary took a 1-0 lead in the first minute on a goal by Garon Stanley off an assist by Mario Garcia-Garibay. Caballero netted the next in the fourth minute off another assist by Garcia-Garibay. The final two goals of the first half were by Garcia-Garibay and Isaiah Santana on penalty kicks in the 15th and 39th minutes, respectively. “We were talking really well and we had a lot of communication. It helped us take a lot of shots where we just didn’t quite get the goal,” said Garcia-Garibay. Caballero scored the first two goals of the second half on assists by Paulo Reyes, Bryan Keo netted one on an assist by Garcia-Garibay, Stanley got his second goal of the game with another assist by Reyes, and Michael Reyes scored on an assist by Jorge Garcia in the 72nd minute for the 9-0 final. The Celts stayed on the attack...

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Marijuana location on hold

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Plans for a medical marijuana grower are on hold while Keizer City Councilors continue to go through their process. For the past several months, councilors have been discussing potential restrictions and rules concerning such facilities. The issue is expected to be brought up again at the next council meeting on Oct. 6. In the spring, a moratorium on such facilities was established until May 2015, though councilors can move that date forward if they feel sufficient rules are in place. “Medical marijuana today is not permitted in Keizer,” senior planner Sam Litke said this week. Litke said the city has received one request so far for a medical marijuana dispensary, on River Road. “Council adopted the permit process,” Litke said. “It would have to be in commercial or industrial zones. Where they were allowed was identified. State law allows it there. The request on River Road was on land currently zoned for retail.” Last week, Gordon Hagglund applied for a permit to establish a use as a marijuana grower. The site address is 3585 Cherry Avenue NE. Hagglund said he applied on behalf of someone who wants to use Hagglund’s building at Cherry and Cade Street. “It’s a new business park,” Hagglund said. “I own the building. It’s all in limbo right now with the medical marijuana issue. We’re not sure what is...

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New plan for Area C?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new plan could be in the works for Keizer Station Area C. During the Sept. 15 Keizer City Council meeting, Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, told councilors a group was coming Tuesday, Sept. 23, for a pre-application conference “to revise the plan of the Area C master plan.” Brown preferred the amendment come directly to council for several reasons, such as councilors having the background and familiarity with the issues, the decisions including the ones in response to Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) remands having already been developed after “lengthy and arduous” work, the past decisions and conditions largely remaining intact, the applicant being under an “extremely tight timeline,” and the council being the final decision body in master plan applications. Plans for Area C – at Chemawa Road NE and Lockhaven Drive NE – were last submitted back in September 2012, with a main retail space of 77,000 square feet, 11 apartment buildings and a medical office building of 53,000 square feet. That was an amendment to an earlier plan calling for an 116,000 square foot building, believed to be a Walmart. The 2012 plan was submitted by controversial developer Chuck Sides, who acknowledged the revised plan was “cleaned up” to mitigate land use planning concerns. “Obviously the economy has taken a hit, and there’s not the...

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City not paying for Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As was explained during the budget process, the City of Keizer is not paying for the Big Toy play structure project. The problem is, wording in the approved 2014-15 fiscal year budget muddles the issue. Early on, Keizer City Councilors approved using $100,000 in seed or plant money to get the project going. That money, from park System Development Charge (SDC) funds, is to pay for expenditures such as the $32,000 to project consultant Leathers and Associates. Councilors also approved $150,000 in matching funds if a $150,000 grant had been secured earlier this year from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department through its Local Government Grant program. The project did not get funding through that grant, so the $150,000 in matching money is off the table. Under the Park Improvement Fund heading in the budget, capital outlay is listed as $150,000 for grant expenditures (the aforementioned grant had the OPRD application been successful) and $300,000 for improvements, which includes the initial $100,000. A note at the bottom of the page includes this note: “Capital outlay expenditures are for the ‘Big Toy’ project at Keizer Rapids Park.” On another page, there are again big numbers associated with the Park Improvement Fund and this note: “The 2014-15 ending fund balance is $265,000 less than the beginning fund balance. Available fund balance is being used for...

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Gridders prep for redemption with McKay

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If there’s one lesson Isaac Parker, head coach of the McNary High School varsity football team, wants the Celts to take away from a crushing 28-27 loss last week, it’s this: 20-0 is no time to get comfortable. “We were in a position where we could have easily won that game by a large margin, but the loss will hopefully instill a sense of urgency to get better right now,” Parker said. The varsity football team will attempt to get back on track after losing to West Albany High School last week, the second loss for the team in as many weeks. The Celtics (1-1 in conference, 1-2 overall) host McKay High School (0-3 in conference, overall) Friday, Sept. 26. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. McKay dropped a game to North Salem High School last week 20-14. The Royal Scots’ quarterback Matthew Ritchie threw for one touchdown and ran another in from the one-yard line. It was the second week in a row Ritchie connected with Tristen Wilson for a touchdown. On the ground, Scot Orlando Lupian is McKay’s biggest running threat. The senior has 189 yards and a touchdown on 47 carries this season. “They’re probably going to be a bit slower than some of the other teams we’ve faced, and that means we’ll have to be careful not to overrun...

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