Big Toy grant request sent to council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Let’s run those numbers again. That was what city leaders working on a grant application for the Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park had to do. At the January Community Build Task Force meeting, committee members approved plans for how much local funding would be used and how much grant money would be asked for from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Local Government Grant. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, is completing the grant with assistance from Jackie Franke. Brown and Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, went over the numbers at the January meeting. After CBTF members approved a motion, it was believed that was the last time the task force would have to meet. However, while reviewing the numbers with Brown after that meeting, a Keizertimes reporter noticed numbers didn’t appear to be adding up. Brown realized there were indeed errors and encouraged another CBTF meeting. Such a meeting took place Tuesday night, with updated and correct numbers. Mostly. The purchase of land at KRP can be used as part of the local match for the grant application. In the paperwork CBTF members had in front of them, the entire 28 acres was listed, worth $1,355,600. That wasn’t the correct number. Brown read off numbers from the corrected sheet using 10.47 acres, worth $506,800. Once CBTF members...

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