Day: August 20, 2015

KFD board pursuing emergency equipment bond

In November, Keizer Fire District will have a General Obligation Emergency Equipment Bond Measure on the ballot. On Tuesday evening at the Keizer Fire District Board meeting, the motion was passed to ask the citizens of Keizer for a small increase in their taxes to better serve them. “We do the best to maintain our equipment and keep it in good working order, but time and wear are against us,” fire chief Jeff Cowan said. “We knew our fleet of engines and ambulances would have to be replaced, but we made the choice to pay off our station bond first and be financially responsible. Our priority is service and staffing, now we need to replace our equipment.” The proposed equipment bond has an estimated tax rate of $.14 per $1,000 of assessed value and will bring in approximately $6.2 million. This bond will be at a lower starting rate than the station bond which began at $.20 per $1,000 of assessed value. The amount decreased over time as local growth and new construction added to our assessed valuation on properties in Keizer. The station Bond will be paid off in February 2016. If passed, the Emergency Equipment Bond would provide the funding to replace three engines, five medic units, one command vehicle, one rescue, one brush rig and have the 23-year-old ladder refurbished. The equipment would be purchased over...

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S-K splits week with 3-3 record

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes had a 3-3 record for the week just before the Keizertimes went to press, ending with a shutout of the Hillsboro Hops. Aug. 6: Volcanoes 3, Eugene 2 Salem-Keizer opened this road series with a well-pitched game that ended with a great bit of fielding. Eugene came close to tying the score in the bottom of the ninth with Ian Rice on third base and Tyler Alamo on first. Helping Caleb Smith get his sixth save, third baseman Jose Vizcaino Jr. deflected a grounder toward second baseman Junior Amion, who fired the ball to first baseman John Riley. Michael Connolly, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, became the winner at 3-1 by pitching six innings and striking out three. Cory Taylor pitched two innings with four strikeouts before turning the ball over to Smith. Eugene scored in the third when Kevonte Mitchell came home on a double play and in the sixth when Alberto Mineo’s sacrifice fly drove in Frandy Delarosa. The Volcanoes scored twice in the fifth, with Amion singling Riley home and coming in on an error. In the seventh, Miguel Gomez tripled Vizcaino home. Mark Malave was the losing pitcher in relief. Aug. 7: Volcanoes 9, Eugene 2 Eugene led 1-0 until the sixth inning, when Salem-Keizer went ahead by a run.  Then came the eighth. In the eighth, the Volcanoes came to...

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