Day: September 15, 2014

Gate between MHS and Sandy is closed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A new, simple approach is being utilized to cut down on incidents with McNary High School students causing issues on Sandy Drive. The issue, which has been ongoing for years, flared up again last spring as neighbors complained students were loitering in their neighborhood starting around 6:30 a.m. on school days and not leaving until 4 p.m. “When we see them with the drugs, or urinating in the bushes, we call the police,” Shabri Vignery said last spring. “But by the time the police are there, they are gone and the drugs are put away. They are loitering a long time and we can’t do anything about it.” In response to complaints, city staff put up a gate that can be closed. “We continued to discuss on a district level if (the gate) should be open,” MHS principal John Honey said last week as the 2014-15 school year kicked off. “It became more and more evident we should close it. We sent out fliers and did phone calls to the residents there. We went up and down Sandy last week and talked to the residents. The gate has effectively been closed.” That’s a noticeable difference from previous years. “In the past, the gate was always open,” Honey said. “You could walk around either end. We have extended the ends to tie into the...

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Future of cows uncertain

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The surprise decision last week by the Keizer City Council to reject plans for new apartments at the “cow pasture” along Verda Lane seemed to, on the surface, be a good thing for the cows. Still to be determined: what will happen to the 20 or so cows that graze on the grass and when that will happen. “I want to stress the property is going to change,” Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, said during the Sept. 2 meeting. “It is private property under private ownership. It was be developed and the cows will eventually go away.” Brown acknowledged this week if nothing is done with the land, the cows could stay. The odds would seem to be against that, since members of the Herber Farm LLC met with Multi-Tech Engineering’s Mark Grenz and asked Grenz what the best use of the land would be. Grenz, in turn, submitted a plan for approximately 120 apartments into the city. Grenz, who took issue with how he was characterized at last week’s meeting and emphasized he is simply the applicant and not the developer, noted the Herbers haven’t decided what to do yet. If councilors indeed approve a formal ordinance rejecting the submitted proposal, one option for the family would be to appeal to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA), while...

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