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Council says parks can rock and roll all night … until 9 p.m.

By JASON COX

Of the Keizertimes

Amplified music must cease by 9 p.m. thanks to new parks regulations passed Monday by the Keizer City Council.

The Council voted Monday, March 15, to enact the new restrictions and also reduced the amount of advance time needed to secure an event permit.

Recommendations came from the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre Task Force, according to a memorandum from City Attorney Shannon Johnson.

Depending on the type of event, the city must now get either 30 days or 60 days notice – this was changed from as much as 180 days advance notice.

Councilor Cathy Clark, who chaired the task force, said her group wanted to “make it clear when the sound was going to be turned on and when it was going to be turned off. Part of the problem last year was people didn’t know when it was going to stop.”

Exceptions could be granted for events like movie nights, she added.

In other business, the Council:

• Authorized temporary signage for the Keizer Farmers Market;

• Amended the Keizer Development Code governing floodplain development.

• Authorized Classic Homes Inc. to perform remodeling of the Keizer Little League concession stands. Repairs were needed due to a burst pipe in December. While the total project cost is $46,489, all but $1,000 is covered by the city’s insurance policy.