Sadly, the 2015 holiday season is slowing ebbing away. The Christmas gifts have been opened, the wrapping recycled and the tree is beginning to look a little forlorn.
The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is spent by many looking forward to the coming 12 months, some people make resolutions (and stick to them). Others think about what they will do with the new year and what they wish to happen.
We have our wish list, too, of things we’d like to see in the coming year.
• The round-about at Chemawa Road and Verda Lane to be completed on time and with signage that will make it easy for uninitiated drivers to navigate a traffic control tool that works just fine all around the globe.
• A plan to make the Keizer Civic Center conference room financially stable, enough so that a lighting system can be installed that won’t leave speakers and performers in dark.
• Money is obtained to finish the big playground at the Keizer Rapids Park and other amenities so we can move onto other projects.
• A home for Keizer Homegrown Theatre. We think a pavilion at Keizer Rapids Park would do very well. It would serve not only as a 200-seat theatre for our performing groups including the Keizer Community Band and non-profit groups. The pavilion would also serve as a green room for weddings and concerts held at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre.
• A move forward to expand the Urban Growth Boundary. We advocate for an expanison along Interstate 5 north of Keizer Station and zoned for light industrial, medical and office park that would attract the types of business that would create jobs here.
• A serious and sober discussion on the state of Keizer’s main commercial thoroughfare. Wishing River Road to be a vibrant retail core won’t make it so. We seek action utilizing all the tools the city and other organizations have to foster a plan involving business, property owners and stakeholders.
• Push to have the 97303 zip code correspond exclusively to the border of the city of Keizer. This will make marketing the city to business a more straightforward endeavor.
• We push for the Keizer City Council, once again, to add neighborhood tours to its agenda just as they do park tours several times a year. National Night Out in August is a good time for residents to see their councilors, but we want them to be seen more regularly out in all the neighborhoods, where the people are.
• We want to see a push for more density in the city’s core in place of infill development that makes our desirable neighborhoods less so. The city should build up rather than out. Small town Keizer is long gone—our city is a mid-sized city that is close to busting at the seams. Rather than encroach on valuable agricultural land, let’s go tall and make it expensive for those who want to push out.
• We wish everyone a good new year that is filled with good health, prosperity and tolerance for others.