Day: March 18, 2015

Lakepoint church usage fees explained

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes One councilor’s question of finances led to others extolling the virtues of a local church. Lakepoint Community Church uses the Keizer Civic Center each Sunday for its church service, paying the city $535 per week for the rental. Services start at 11 a.m. and are attended by approximately 150 people. A resolution for a two-year extension on the agreement was part of the consent calendar during the March 2 Keizer City Council meeting. While such a matter would typically be passed without discussion, in this particular case councilor Amy Ripp used finances as a basis for discussion. Ultimately councilors approved the two-year extension unanimously. “It looks like it’s been a great partnership,” Ripp said. “My question would be with the numbers. It’s been a great relationship for a great cause. But the numbers don’t add up to me. They receive more than a 50 percent discount. I would like to discuss it before we approve it.” City Manager Chris Eppley noted the weekly rentals add up to about $28,000 a year. “It is a good relationship,” Eppley said. “It’s a steady flow of income throughout the year. Sunday morning is the lowest use time for us. Because of that, it’s a good deal for them and for us. It seems like a fair rate for them.” City Recorder Tracy Davis noted Lakepoint was...

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Comcast helping Big Toy project

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A cable TV company learned about a big park project in Keizer thanks to e-mail. That led to Tim Goodman, director of Government Affairs for Comcast Cable in Oregon and Southwest Washington, publicly thanking Janet Carlson at the March 2 Keizer City Council meeting. Carlson, the Marion County commissioner, is co-chair of the fundraising task force for the Big Toy playground project, scheduled to be built by community volunteers over a five-day period in June at Keizer Rapids Park. Part of the public thanking included a $1,000 check and a pledge to help in the future. “Sometime back in the early fall Commissioner Carlson e-mailed me some information about a park here in Keizer, that you guys were developing a Big Toy,”Goodman said.“She indicated some financial help might be needed. Upon her request, I put in a request to Comcast. I was able to get a little bit of money.” But that wasn’t all. “In addition to that, I believe you guys are looking at a June construction date,” Goodman said.“I talked to our local tech op who manages all the local (Comcast) cable guys in Salem-Keizer.They are interested in putting together a team to come help ya’ll put it together.” Goodman then explained why he wanted to do the presentation while sitting next to Carlson. “I have to give Commissioner Carlson credit,...

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