Day: March 3, 2015

KPIC’s flood of information

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Soon, members of the Keizer Points of Interest Committee should be able to tell you all about historic floods in Keizer. KPIC members have been working on a kiosk for Keizer Rapids Park detailing some of the biggest floods of the Willamette River in the Keizer area. Discussion continued at the Feb. 17 meeting for the group. Bev Ecklund will be compiling details of the 1996 floods, when waters reached 35 feet, 1 inch. Too easy or too recent? Kris Adams will be gathering details of the 1964 floods, when waters reached 37 feet. Sherrie Gottfried and Charlotte Clark will work together to get information about the 1943 floods, when waters peaked at 38 feet, 6 inches. Going further back, Erica Hedberg will be looking up the 1890 floods, when the river hit 45 feet, 3 inches. Jill Bonney-Hill, chair of KPIC, is looking up the oldest and highest flood: the 1861 floods that hit 47 feet. Debbie Lockhart, the Keizer deputy city recorder who takes minutes at KPIC meetings, said a kiosk like the Marie Dorion one at the Pfc. Ryan J. Hill Memorial Park is being envisioned. “Maybe if you get key pictures, quotes and bring it together, then we can all decide,” Lockhart suggested to KPIC members. Bonney-Hill noted she told Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director, the group is...

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Parks Board talks budget

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The recent spring-like weather is a reminder things are picking up in Keizer’s parks department. Another reminder about things picking up: it’s budget season at Keizer City Hall, meaning discussions of priorities for parks, as well as other departments. Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, reminded members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, of the topic during the most recent meeting for the board. Lawyer has been going over the budget with Robert Johnson, Keizer’s Parks and Facilities supervisor. “Based on the current year budget, it’s a status quo budget (for next year),” Lawyer said. “Robert and I looked through where we are expenditure wise. One top need we identified is a tennis court resurface at Willamette Manor Park, which will cost about $11,000. That was out of capital money, with about $4,200 left. That’s in addition to the matching grant program, which is staying at $14,000. So there would be another $4,200 available for capital improvements. If you go with no new tennis court, you will have about $15,000. We had some other needs this year. The No. 1 priority for next year at this point is the tennis court.” Johnson said the current cracks – deemed “horrible” by Parks Board member Richard Walsh – would be cleaned out and filled, with the court then resurfaced. Walsh also asked...

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