City council vote on Keizer Little League Park contract postponed two weeks

Photo courtesy of Keizer Little League Facebook.

A city council vote to make For The Love of The Game the next operator of Keizer Little League Park will be pushed back to the Nov. 1 Keizer City Council meeting. The highly anticipated vote was supposed to take place during next week’s Oct. 18 council meeting. 

For The Love of The Game was created by Jerry and Lisa Walker, owners of the Mavericks League (formerly the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes), and their son Mickey. The non-profit was one of two groups to submit a proposal to operate the Keizer Little League Park. 

The Walker’s proposal was selected by a review committee and recommended to the city for approval. Since then, the city and Walkers have worked to draft a contract to be brought before the Keizer City Council for a vote. 

City Attorney Shannon Johnson said the decision to delay the vote by two weeks was because “we have discussed the matter with the Walkers and are going over a revised agreement, but were not able to finalize it in time for the October 18 meeting.”

“There are a lot of different components, it’s a complex topic,” said Keizer’s interim City Manager Wes Hare during a phone call Wednesday. “It’s taken a while to negotiate and to get to the point that the council has something definitive to vote on.”

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