Day: November 3, 2014

Order in the (council) chambers

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes During most Keizer City Council meetings, items on the agenda are taken out of order. An attempt has been made to change that. During their Oct. 20 meeting, councilors voted unanimously to amend the rules of procedure. In some ways, it was a return to an old form. In recent years, committee reports and any kind of special presentations have been listed towards the bottom of the agenda. Most times, at the start of the meeting mayor Lore Christopher would change the order and move the presentations to earlier in the meeting. The motion approved by councilors moves presentations, oaths of office and awards to the top of the agenda, after the roll call and pledge of allegiance. Committee reports are also being moved up on the agenda, instead of being near the bottom. Doing the latter was a suggestion previously made by councilor Dennis Koho, who was absent Oct. 20. “Many years ago committee reports were (at the front), then they got moved back,” city attorney Shannon Johnson said. “Often things will come forward.” Christopher said committee reports were moved back for a reason. “They used to be further up,” she said. “Some are very lengthy, of course that was when Richard (Walsh) was on council. People would sit all night, caring about one of the six issues under administrative action. They...

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For the active retirees

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Yes, another retirement community is being planned for Keizer. But developers of the Village at Keizer Ridge assisted living and memory care facility believe their building will fill a niche. Greg Roderick, president and CEO of Portland-based Frontier Management, gave the Keizertimes an update on plans last week along with Dale Burghardt of Burghardt Investments. Roderick noted Frontier has 55 such facilities around the country, with 27 in Oregon, including Cedar Village and Redwood Heights in Salem. The 126-unit, 100,000 square foot facility will be located at 1165 McGee Court NE in Keizer, next to the existing Emerald Pointe Senior Living Community. There will be 104 assisted living units, plus 22 memory care units. Burghardt said Village at Keizer Ridge is expected to open in the spring of 2016, though the Frontier website lists a late 2015 opening. “We have already started to excavate the site and are working on the foundation,” Burghardt said. Roderick feels Village at Keizer Ridge will offer unique experiences. “We are raising the bar and setting a new standard for memory care in the Keizer-Salem marketplace,” Roderick said. “We’ve got a bistro on the main level. In the morning we will have a coffee bar, with a wine bar in the afternoon and evening. There will be a family room feel with a fireplace. There will be a...

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CLAIMED: Celt boys take GVC soccer title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two short months ago, the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team had starry eyes and not a lot of star power. This week, the boys were basking in the gleam of a league title. With a 3-2 win over West Salem High School Thursday, Oct. 23, McNary landed atop the heap of the expanded Greater Valley Conference in its first year. It’s the first boys soccer league title in a decade. “It means a lot. No one thought we would be here, not even in the top three,” said sophomore Gustavo Villalvazo. “A lot of teams underestimated us and we shut their mouths.” McNary achieved the feat by matching strengths with several high-ranked teams early in the season, and then delivering knock-out punches when need. The team’s 6-1-1 final record in regulation play now lets them host their first playoff game against South Medford High School Saturday, Nov. 1, at 4 p.m. While it’s difficult to boil any season down to two games, it will have to suffice. Villalvazo said the team’s loss to McMinnville High School Oct. 8, was the first turning point. “We lost to them in the last 48 seconds of the game. When something like that happens, you don’t expect to bounce back, but we came out and beat the next team 4-1,” he said. The next...

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