By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Officers with the Keizer Police Department will continue going all the way to Dallas to use a firearms range.
Before getting pictures of cops in 10-gallon cowboy hats, big badges and a Marc Adams-style drawl, however, relax: it’s the nearby Dallas here in Oregon, not in Texas.
The KPD entered into an agreement to use the Dallas Police Department’s police firearms range in the fall of 2012, when Texas native Adams was Keizer’s police chief and John Teague was the police chief in Dallas. Teague took over as chief in Keizer the following fall after Adams retired.
A revised agreement between the two cities was unanimously approved during the Jan. 20 Keizer City Council meeting during the consent calendar portion of the meeting. There was no discussion amongst councilors of the agreement or any other parts of the consent calendar.
Keizer will pay Dallas $300 a year for use of the firearms range. Discharging of firearms at the range is allowed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
In other council business:
• Agreements with several artists were also approved as part of the consent calendar, as a continuation of the Keizer Art Walk Project. The project began in the fall of 2008 when the Keizer Chamber of Commerce placed sculptures at visible places around the city. Chamber leaders selected the art while the city provided staff support for the placement of the art and also provided the insurance.
The original plan was for art pieces to be rotated each year, with the first five pieces being selected in 2009. At the end of the first year five new pieces were selected and installed, with artists entering into one-year agreements. The agreements have since expired.
The Keizer Arts Commission recommended keeping the present pieces on display for another year, with $200 paid to each artist. The agreement also calls for an automatic one-year extension and an additional $200 after the first year is up.
As such, agreements were signed for Jim Johnson’s piece “Praise” at Keizer Plaza; Joseph Mross’ “Trilat Relic 1” at Town & Country Lanes; Jim Dementro’s “Summer Breeze” at Albertsons and also his “Twilight Reverence” on Inland Shores Way, just north of Lockhaven Drive.
• Also approved under the consent calendar was a change to right of ways services with the Oregon Department of Transportation for the upcoming roundabout at Verda Lane and Chemawa Road.
An agreement from last May called for ODOT’s right of way for the project to be done by the end of this month, at a cost to the city of $27,832.
The revised agreement extends the acquisition date to the end of 2017, with a cost of $33,575.09. The agreement noted ODOT’s final acquisition of the property and transfer to the city can occur well after the project is finished.
Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for the city, said in October bidding for the project is scheduled for the beginning of March. The project is scheduled for this summer, with an early-to-mid June start time.