Day: February 12, 2015

Access to Northridge Park brought up at Parks Board meeting

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s a topic that comes up from time to time at Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meetings: what to do with Northridge Park. The hidden park along Claggett Creek and 10th Street is nearly impossible to access, even though technically it is a city park. Keizer resident Cris Dudek asked during last month’s Parks Board meeting why the park was blocked off. “Northridge has three accesses, but none are approved,” Public Works director Bill Lawyer said. “A small piece of property bisects the park property. There is public access, but it’s very poor. At the Verda (Lane) one, the banking is steep. Homeowners there have built their own access, but there’s nothing on the property the city owns.” That led Dudek to ask if the public can enter. “Yes,” Lawyer said. “The last I know, there were no gates along the property we own. If you and your neighbors would be interested in punching a trail through, we would be interested.” Donna Bradley, a new Parks Board member, asked later if Northridge is the only park like that in Keizer. “It’s more of a natural area,” Lawyer said, noting there are several parks that fit such a description. “We don’t really have parks, other than Palma Ciea, that are undeveloped.” Lawyer noted neighbors can come to the city if they have interest...

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Rep. Post to meet and greet over coffee

New elected state representative Bill Post (R-Keizer) will be holding a meet-and-greet with constituents next Friday, Feb. 20. The event takes place from 8:30 to 9 a.m. at Big Town Hero, located at 5099 River Road North in Keizer’s Schoolhouse Square. Post wants to meet with constituents during the recently begun legislative session, to hear concerns and to share what is happening at the state capitol in Salem as the 78th legislative session gets underway. Post represents Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg in the state House. He is serving on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Rural Communities, Land Use and Water...

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Chamber hosting conversations

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Chamber of Commerce is looking to have community conversations throughout 2015. Dan Clem, director of the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee, gave an update on the plans during the Jan. 20 Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee meeting, held at the chamber office in Keizer Station. “We will have 12 community conversations throughout the year,” Clem said. “We had our first meeting Jan. 6 at JC’s Pizzeria and had about 12 people. We hope to have another with the health care industry on Feb. 26 at noon. We will talk about business and supporting Keizer business. Our intent is to carry on community conversations once a month. At the Jan. 6 meeting we connected with a couple of businesses. We are trying to strengthen that connection.” AJ Nash, a commercial broker with Hancock Real Estate, noted Nick Harville with SEDCOR (Strategic Economic Development Corporation) has been collecting information from tenants. “What he’s doing gives you the answers you’re looking for,” Nash said. “The access point is the property owner. If you have a good handle on the current tenant mix, Nick has gotten access to communities looking to go forward at the same time. That could be an incredible value for this organization. Rather than reinvent the wheel, get an idea of questions other communities are asking. There’s no better place than...

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