Month: September 2016

Feds tighten stormwater regs, costs likely to rise

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Talking about stormwater management isn’t going to make you friends at dinner, but it can have a substantial impact on the route you might take to get to the party. A few years ago, residents were navigating some sections of River Road North with almost six inches of standing water during heavy deluges. The problem has been mitigated for the most part, but solving it didn’t come easily. To complete a video inspection of the drainage system in 2014 and 2015, crews removed 3,800 cubic feet of sediment and other discarded material. It’s the equivalent of 38 standard-sized dump trucks. That’s why changes to the way Keizer manages stormwater merited their own work session by the Keizer City Council, Monday, Sept. 26. Changes are coming to Keizer’s stormwater permit and it will impact both the development code and, likely, the city’s cost of doing business. Elizabeth Sagmiller, Keizer’s environmental and technical division manager, highlighted some of the changes expected when the city is issued a new stormwater permit later this year. “There will be additional costs, but we’re not in any way prepared to come to you with a number,” said Sagmiller. Keizer’s stormwater permit allows the city to discharge untreated stormwater into waterways. The existing permit allows Keizer to craft its stormwater policies to meet the needs of the community, but...

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Man caught mid-shave in strangers’ home

A Woodburn man was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 27, after he was discovered shaving in the home of a Keizer couple. Keizer police officers responded to the report of a burglary at 5:45 p.m. in the 5700 block of Kalmia Drive N.E. The husband had recently returned home and found a stranger in a bathroom shaving his head with a razor. The wife was home at the time of the incident, but was in a bedroom and unaware of the intruder. The couple told police they were fearful and intimidated and told the man to leave as they were calling the police. The suspect ran from the residence and was located later in the area of Lockhaven Drive Northeast and Verda Lane Northeast. Officers identified the man based on a description supplied by the victims and his partially shaved head. Entry to the home was made by breaking through a fence leading to the rear of the house and then opening a sliding glass door. Eric Avila, 39, was taken into custody without incident and is charged with burglary and criminal mischief. Anyone having additional information about his incident is asked to contact Officer Jeremie Fletcher at 503-390-3713, ext....

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Van Voorhis torches McKay

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McKay had no answer for Brendan Van Voorhis. Not when he ran right up the middle of the Scots kickoff team for a 90-yard touchdown. Not when he caught a short pass from Josiah Gilbert, made a defender miss and used his 100-meter track speed to score an 81-yard touchdown to give McNary a narrow lead at halftime. And certainly not when Van Voorhis beat a cornerback and safety help to grab another ball from Gilbert and raced to the end zone for a 76-yard touchdown to finish off McKay 46-41 on homecoming night. “That’s one of the better games we’ve had around here, that’s for sure,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said of Van Voorhis’ performance. Gilbert went up to Van Voorhis before the game, played on Friday, Sept. 23, and told him he would score four touchdowns. But Van Voorhis decided to do him one better, finishing with five scores and more than 400 yards in the shootout. “That kind of put a number in my head to try and get and (Gilbert) put the ball where it needed to be for me to score,” Van Voorhis said. “We were fired up about this game. We came out here and played like we were fired up. We wanted to win real bad.” McNary made it a point to get the ball...

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Cow pasture decisions must be made according to law

FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK Land use matters are tricky.  When the City Council hears certain types of land use applications, we sit as judges and have to weigh all facts provided to us against a strict set of criteria and State statutes.  The state requirements the city and the council must follow are the result of decades of land use planning and litigation, preserving our farm and forest lands and planning the space for cities through the management of land inside our urban growth boundaries. Perhaps our most important job in these types of issues is to ensure we work to be fair and impartial in our evaluation of land use proposals, striving to create an even playing field to weigh the proposal against all other development proposals within the city, and then to weigh those proposals against what is best for the entire city at present and into the future.  People who own property within the city have rights to do what they want with their land within established guidelines that meet state land use goals and adopted city comprehensive plans, zoning and development regulations. That means we continue to face decisions on how our city will change and plan how that will happen. I understand that many Keizer residents don’t like the decision the city council made on the Herber family’s desire to develop their land.  I...

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