Day: December 17, 2014

Council looks at completion of goals

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Incoming members of the Keizer City Council were ready to talk about goals. It appeared they weren’t going to get the chance, since a majority of current councilors weren’t present. A work session was planned for Monday, allowing current and incoming councilors alike the chance to review the 2013 to 2015 city council goals, while also looking ahead to ideas for 2015 to 2017 council goals. The problem was only three current councilors – Joe Egli, Cathy Clark and Kim Freeman – were present, one short of a quorum. After waiting 20 minutes, Egli announced the meeting was canceled due to the lack of a quorum. Moments later councilor Dennis Koho strolled in, so the meeting was on. Much of the meeting consisted of Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley going over both short-term and long-term goals approved by councilors in March 2013, with a summary of the progress made on each of the goals. For example, the first goal was unfreezing one to four police officer positions. Eppley noted recruitment is going on for a new officer as well as a forensic computer position. “The previous chief would have said we need 15 or more (new) cops,” Eppley said of former chief Marc Adams. “The current chief (John Teague) feels two more are necessary. We may need to re-discuss about that before adding...

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Park funding idea brought up again

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Remember those plans to add funding for parks in Keizer? Brandon Smith sure does. Smith and other members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board spent much of 2013 looking at potential long-term funding solutions for parks. Board members spent multiple meetings mulling over the idea of adding $2 to monthly water bills, which would add between $300,000 and $350,000 a year for parks improvements. The plan had been to hold a public hearing in February, soliciting feedback from citizens about what amenities should be added to parks and then putting a five-year levy on the fall ballot. Mayor Lore Christopher, however, dumped cold water on those plans last December, telling Parks Board members to put those plans on hold until the community build play structure – the Big Toy – was completed. At the time, construction was set to happen in September, though that has since been pushed back to June 2015. “Schedule it for October of next year,” Christopher said at the time. “Complete the community build, then talk about the capital improvement plan.” Smith, who chaired the Parks Board this year and will join the Keizer City Council in January, noted he brought up the idea during a council goal setting meeting on Monday. “I wanted to talk about the parks funding mechanism,” Smith said. “We spent a lot...

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