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Month: June 2010

WANTED SEX OFFENDER

William Michael Althouse

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office releases the following sexual offender information pursuant to ORS 181.507 & OAR 291-28-38. These statutes authorize the release of such information when it will enhance the public’s safety and protection.

William Michael Althouse was convicted and served sentences totaling more than 12 years in prison for felony Sexual Abuse I, Burglary I and Sodomy I.  These offenses require sex offender registration with law enforcement.  Althouse’s criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.  He has a history of exhibition, and exposing himself, as well sexually offending minor children that are both known and unknown to him.

Althouse was granted supervision with the following restrictions: no contacts with minors (male or female), required participation in sexual offender treatment, no use of alcohol and submission to polygraph testing.

Althouse was on GPS monitoring, but he cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and failed to report to his Parole Officer.  He is now wanted.  His last known location was the area of Locust St. NE and Cherry Ave. in Salem around 12:30 pm on 06/29/10.   Althouse is known to frequent wooded parks and likes to loiter around the riverfront area.  He methodically plans his offending behaviors and should be considered a threat to minor children.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call 911 or his Parole Officer, Marion County Deputy Seth Prouser, Phone: 503.792-5514

Mr. Althouse is described as:
Sex: Male
Race: White
DOB: 11/25/1945  (64 years)
Height: 6′-00″
Weight: 190
Hair: Gray with full beard and mustache
Eyes: Blue – wears glasses

The Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens that abuse of this information to threaten, harass or intimidate registered offenders will not be tolerated, and may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/2685455/.

Contact Information:
Keizer Police Department
503-390-3713

Firefighters rescue homeowner, pets

During Tuesday's fire, the homeowner attempted to escape by breaking through the drywall. He got stuck halfway.

Keizer Fire District firefighters rushed to a man’s aid at 6:52 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29.

The homeowner had been cooking dinner when he stopped to use the bathroom. While in the bathroom he heard his smoke alarm sounding. He opened the bathroom door to investigate and found heavy smoke and flames. He quickly shut the door to prevent further smoke from entering the small bathroom.

The homeowner called 911 and began kicking his way through the drywall into another room. When the man attempted to exit thru the hole he became stuck on the drywall and studs.

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find no visible smoke or flames showing. Upon opening the front door they were greeted by heavy smoke, but no flames. Crawling to the rear the house they saw the glow of fire.

Firefighter/paramedic Christina Johnson began extinguishment of the fire while her partner firefighter/paramedic Greg Biben searched for the homeowner.

Biben found the man in the bathroom stuck in the wall with this head thru to another room. Biben quickly joined the homeowner in the bathroom and shut the door to prevent the homeowner from breathing more smoke.

Biben pulled more drywall from around the homeowner and pushed him through the wall to safety. The homeowner then proceeded to exit the home the rest of the way on his own. Johnson extinguished the fire while Biben performed the rescue.

The homeowner, who was not identified, was transported by ambulance to Salem Hospital where his condition is stable.

Three fire engines, two ambulances, one duty officer vehicle and 25 firefighters responded to the call. The fire was under control at 7:09 p.m.

The house sustained fire damage in the kitchen and heavy smoke damage throughout. Damages to the home are estimated at $30,000.

Firefighters also rescued the family’s pet ferret and rat. The family’s four dogs were not injured as they were in the backyard at the time of the fire.

Marion County Fire District No 1 responded to the fire and transported the homeowner.

The fire was located in the 1300 block of Lawless St NE. The Keizer Fire District did not release the name of the homeowner as of Wedneday morning.

Police chief says status quo, much less progress, threatened by low tax rate

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By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer’s top cop is questioning whether the current city tax rate will be enough to meet growing police needs in the city.

Police Chief Marc Adams described the quandary thusly:

“I see a need for the department to grow staff-wise to be able to meet our mission,” Adams said. “But I also see a problem of, ‘How do you pay for it?’”

“With our low tax rate, it’s darn near impossible to operate a police department the city needs,” he added. “No matter how efficient you get, eventually you’re just not going to be able to do it.”

He noted Measure 5, passed in 1990, had a role in limiting the department’s revenue options. And he acknowledged that a public safety levy, in the midst of a recession, would be unpalatable.

“People can vote to go outside that tax rate, but in this economy right now no one can afford to do that,” Adams said. “That’s why we’re applying for every grant.”

And in an opinion piece by Councilor Jim Taylor published in last week’s Keizertimes, he wrote that “the city cannot continue to provide the same or more services without asking the citizens to pay more for them.

“We have now come to a point in our history that we are going to have to decide whether we want a lesser level of service, the same level, or more services,” wrote Taylor, who eventually voted to support the current budget after getting concessions like a hiring freeze on vacant positions paid for by the general fund. “The word ‘asking’ is key,” he added, indicating he would support an “advisory” vote for residents to tell city leaders what services they’re willing to do without.

While cuts totaling nearly a quarter-million dollars were made to balance this year’s city budget, the department has yet to be forced to lay off an officer.

It came up during budget discussions this year, specifically to cut an officer who was in training. Adams said doing so leaves a significant investment on the table.

But hiring is slow, and the department’s current budget is down nearly six percent – and will be down about 5 percent this coming fiscal year – from 2008-09 levels. The approved all-funds budget for police that year was $6,435,026, while the upcoming fiscal year is set at $6,119,000.

Where this will most likely be felt, he said, is “community-oriented policing” – a philosophy that, boiled to its essence, puts police in would-be trouble spots before major crimes occur.”

Adams wants officers to be able to “meet with people and be pro-active (via) non-directed patrol time – time in their day when they’re not responding to calls.”

In order to have officers spend 30 minutes an hour of non-directed patrol time – his self-described “dream goal” – it would require seven officers per shift. At today’s staffing levels, five is the ceiling and three officers is often the norm.

Overall staffing, including non-sworn personnel is at 48 in the upcoming budget. It was a 47-person staff in 2002-2003.

Represented officers received a 2 percent cost of living increase, but non-represented officers and staff did not get a raise this year.

And he said present funding levels means “we’re right on the edge of being able to providing reactionary policing, but we’re not able to do that problem-solving aspect of the community policing philosophy we used to be able to do. … It’s kind of sad.

“With reactionary policing, all you’re doing is this: A crime is committed, a police officer comes and makes a report, and sometimes we investigate it and arrest somebody.”

In addition, infill and large apartment complexes increase calls for service simply because you have more people. The city’s geographical relationship with Salem also plays a role.

“You’d like to think we’re just 36,000 people on an island, but we’re part of a metropolitan area of 300,000 and our crime problems are of a population of 300,000,” he said.

The unit facing the most dramatic cuts is the Community Response Unit (CRU), who is tasked in part with monitoring potential drug houses. When patrol falls short, officers from groups like the CRU are used to fill in the gaps.

“Drug house complaints and things we work aggressively go a little further down the list,” Adams said.

Since 2002-03, the department’s budget has grown by about $1.63 million. Materials and services – a fund that includes ongoing training for officers – is at its lowest funding level since 2005-06 in the upcoming budget.

“We can’t lay off staff and then take whatever they’re doing and give it to someone else because everyone already has a full plate,” Adams said.

Five Guys shows an interest in Keizer

Ask us a question about just about anything and we’ll find the answer.

This week we checked with two popular hamburger chains to see if Keizer locations may be in their future.

If there’s one thing Keizer doesn’t lack, it’s restaurants featuring hamburgers.

But two chains – one a Northwest mainstay and the other a newcomer to the area – have gotten attention from our readers. Sarah G. asked us via Facebook when we might expect a Burgerville, and Paul N. is wondering if Five Guys Burgers and Fries is considering Keizer.

A caveat: It’s important to understand that, in any leasing situation, changes can happen rather quickly, or negotiations can stall for years at a time. We get all the official sources we can before putting forth an answer, but it is hardly an exact science.

First, let’s answer the question about the chain that’s a relative newcomer to the area.

Five Guys consists of both franchised and corporate-run stores, and was founded in Virginia in 1986. It boasts more than 500 locations 35 U.S. states and in Canada, and recently opened its first Salem-area location on Lancaster Drive. The style is known in the restaurant business as fast casual – little or no table service, but it’s not quite fast food either.

Molly Catalano, a spokesperson for Five Guys, told us the only planned new Oregon location at the moment is in Springfield, “but it’s great people are interested in us.”

So we called Ryan Coady, who owns the Lancaster Drive franchise and has rights to build in our area.

“Keizer is definitely a place we’re going to be coming to,” Coady told us. “Just not exactly sure where yet. We have it on our radar.”

He hopes to have two more locations up and running by the end of 2011, but “whether that’s in Keizer remains to be seen.” place we’re going to be coming to,” Coady told us. “Just not exactly sure where yet. We have it on our radar.”

He hopes to have two more locations up and running by the end of 2011, but “whether that’s in Keizer remains to be seen.”

Burgerville is a Portland-area staple known for using northwest ingredients like Tillamook cheese and their seasonal offerings like Walla Walla onion rings.

In addition to their Portland-area stores, their closest ones to Keizer are in Monmouth and Albany.

“They do get a lot of interest from the Salem-Keizer area but there are no store opening plans right now” for Burgerville, according to Megan Alpers, a member of the chain’s communications team.

In addition, the chain hasn’t been expanding its fixed locations lately.

The last brick-and-mortar store to open was in Vancouver, Wash. in 2001.

Keizer’s best hope for a Burgerville location may come on wheels.

“We don’t have any specific information on any store openings, but they are looking to expand possibly at the Burgerville Nomad – their mobile kitchen,” Alpers said.

There are so many ways to ask us whatever you like. We’ll ask the people who know to get the answers you want.

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Local man’s studiousness rewarded with fellowship for science teachers

Matthew McCollum

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer’s own Matthew McCollum has always had an interest in the outside world around him.

Now thanks in part to a five-year $150,000 fellowship from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, he’ll get a boost in passing on that curiosity to the next generation.

McCollum is a 2005 McNary alumnus who holds a physics degree from Linfield College. He will be attending the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the fall to obtain a master’s degree in education, and is currently working as a research technician in the university’s pathology department.

He grew up attending Keizer schools, going to Gubser Elementary and Whiteaker Middle before moving on up to McNary.

“Growing up I always excelled in science, and I really loved it,” he said.

His interest was sparked by the outside world, he said – a curiosity about nearly everything.

“At such a young age, I wouldn’t even call it science,” McCollum said. “I didn’t think of it as a subject. “… I was fascinated with water and how you could put it in a bottle and freeze it, and the water bottle would explode. I was always in my back yard just kind of discovering things.

He credited two former McNary teachers in particular for encouraging him in his interests.

“My freshman year, with (Gary) Miller, we did something called the sludge test where they gave us a whole bunch of different chemicals in a jar, and we had to determine what was in the jar,” McCollum said.

And his junior year, chemistry with Kristine Walton lit a spark, he said.

“We took pure sodium, and when you throw pure sodium in water it explodes,” He said. “I remember going outside and seeing that reaction … lit up my world, I guess.”

Walton is now assistant principal at North Salem High School, while Miller works in the Salem-Keizer Public Schools district office as a teachers’ mentor.

“He was just a great student, curious and smart, worked hard,” Walton said.

McCollum was also a two-sport athlete in high school, playing baseball and basketball. He played baseball at Linfield for three years, pitching until his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) gave. He faced a choice: Have Tommy John surgery in hopes of restoring his elbow, or try another sport.

Then a senior who stood 6’8”, he decided to try his luck on the basketball court. He worked his way into the starting lineup almost immediately.

“I absolutely loved my senior year of basketball season,” he said.

He would go on to be an assistant junior varsity coach at North Salem High School, alongside brother-in-law Matt Lomax.

But while he was excelling on the field of play, it took him a while to decide to go into teaching.

“I kind of had an epiphany that being a teacher is what I want to do,” he said of his junior year in college. “I was doing research and really wanted to do more kind of beyond myself and work with people.”

The fellowship will provide significant financial assistance for tuition and living expenses, and includes trips to educational conferences.

His next one is right here in Oregon, as the American Association of Physics Teachers is holding its summer conference in Portland.

“That’s what’s going to be the most beneficial to me,” he said. “Just getting to meet other science teachers and collaborating with them – it’s priceless knowledge I couldn’t get anywhere else.”

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation aims to support and develop science and math high school teachers. According to its website, nearly half of secondary school teachers leave the field within five years.

Walton said choosing to be a science teacher often means leaving more lucrative options on the table.

“Especially in more of the physical sciences like chemistry and physics, you can, with a little more education, perhaps get into the industry and make a lot more money,” Walton said. “For someone as smart as he is to choose to teach really says a lot about him.”

The fellowship connects young teachers with resources, curriculum materials and contacts with the best in their field in order to keep them in the field and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with the next generation.

“Furious Love” by Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger

“Furious Love” by Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger
c.2010, Harper
$27.99 / $29.99 Canada
512 pages, includes notes

By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER

Purely from a geologist’s viewpoint, it isn’t much. Basically, it’s just a rock somebody pulled from the dirt.

But if someone offered you one of those rocks, you wouldn’t turn it down. You’d gladly wear it on your finger, your earlobe, or your throat – although you’d probably call it a diamond or an emerald or a sapphire. Still, it’s a rock. A little something plucked from the Earth just for you, you’re welcome.

When Elizabeth Taylor was married to Richard Burton, she collected those expensive rocks and “played” with them.  In the new book “Furious Love” by Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger, you’ll read about the box office bombs and boons, the baubles, and the battles.

Elizabeth Taylor didn’t think much of Richard Burton the first time she met him while at a pool party in 1953. Already into her second marriage, she was just 21 and a genuine Hollywood diva.

He was 28, recently “plucked from the London stage”, and drunk.

Nine years later, they met again on the set of the epic movie, Cleopatra. She was then on Marriage Number Four to Eddie Fisher; he had wed to a solid hometown Welsh girl. But “Dick and Liz” (a nickname they hated) were fire together. He stood up to her and wasn’t afraid to insult her. She had a bawdy side that delighted him.

Their affair started quietly – until the paparazzi caught on. After sneaking around for awhile, they openly flaunted their passion in front of photographers. Richard’s wife refused to grant him a divorce. Elizabeth tried to commit suicide.

He called the whole thing Le Scandale.

In 1964, Richard Burton married Elizabeth Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher and afterward, released a simple statement that said “Elizabeth Burton and I are very happy.”

But it wasn’t Happily Ever After.

Richard and Elizabeth both loved to drink, fight, and make up. He draped her in expensive, famous jewels. They fought over who was “more Jewish”. They shared a blended and beloved brood of children, but could never have a child together. Her career overshadowed his, then vice versa. They fought, divorced, reconciled and remarried, fought and divorced again, and almost reconciled a third time. Instead, she married other men (plural). He married another woman.

When Richard Burton died, his new wife asked Elizabeth Taylor to stay home.

Remember the guilty, furtive pleasure of poking through a pile of your grandma’s old TV and Movie Screen magazines? Yep, “Furious Love” is that kind of fun.

Authors Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberger dug deep for the dirt on “DickandLiz”, Hollywood’s most beloved, most vilified, most-married couple, to present a snarky love story that seems tame now but was gasp-worthy then. I think that’s why I loved this book: it took me back to a relatively innocent time when a Hollywood affair was an honest-to-goodness scandal worthy of Vatican comment and Congress condemnation.

If you’re looking for some old-school gossip to pass the summertime, you’ll find this book to be irresistible. For you, “Furious Love” is a true gem.

Terri Schlichenmeyer is based in Wisconsin.

A word with Bruun

History suggests Republican Scott Bruun has an uphill battle to unseat Rep. Kurt Schrader, the freshman Democratic congressman who represents Oregon’s Fifth District.

But Bruun, a West Linn resident who has spent six years in the Oregon House of Representatives, sees an opportunity here. After beating primary opponent Fred Thompson by nearly a two-to-one margin, he feels the district’s relatively balanced political leanings are enough to put him over the top.

Many political observers are calling this the race to watch in Oregon. The Cook Political Report rates the race as Lean Democratic, which means while the Democrat holds the advantage the contest is expected to be competitive.

With this in mind the Keizertimes sat down with Bruun for a wide-ranging question and answer session.

Q: So why are you running?

A: “I think we are absolutely barrelling down the wrong course as a nation. We are borrowing and spending and incurring debt at a rate that absolutely cannot be sustained.

I look at it for my kids and grandkids and say, ‘This is not a country we want to hand them. … indebted way beyond what we can sustain.

“I think we spent really the last year and a half spinning our wheels on things the majority of Americans don’t want. They didn’t want the health care plan.  They emphatically didn’t want the stimulus plan. They want a job. … Our federal government has completely failed to do that.”

“If you want to distill it … You have a government, and Kurt Schrader is part of that, that has no faith and trust in the American people. So everything done is a top down, command and control approach, where I would want the exact opposite of that.”

Q: Based on events thus far in the Gulf of Mexico, what should happen to BP?

A: “I don’t think we have enough information to know whether this is criminal negligence or whether it’s a systemic regulatory breakdown or it’s a one-off. I say that only because this is the first time, really, given all the offshore drilling we have done, where we’ve had problems. In the past with offshore drilling as I understand it is not in the offshore drilling itself but the transport – connecting with the ship and having issues there … This is unprecedented.”

“The most finger I’m going to point at this time – the initial incident response gave all power and authority to the Environmental Protection Agency. I think that was a mistake. … From what I understand, what I know, the first federal failure was putting the EPA on something that should have been done by the Coast Guard. … There may be criminal negligence and if there is it needs to be prosecuted. Right now we have our worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history and we need to get it fixed.”

Q: So what are your thoughts on offshore drilling:?

“I support offshore drilling with a big caveat: Is there something systemic here? We need to answer that question. I emphatically believe we shouldn’t stop offshore drilling based on this. You have to look at the history.

“I’m a big proponent of going away from buying foreign fossil fuel from folks who don’t like us. I think there’s clear national security issues and clear expatriation of wealth issues that I don’t like with that.”

Q: If elected, would you try to secure a third bridge for the Salem area, and where would you put it?

“It’s a real issue people are feeling. It’s like with the Columbia River Crossing – do you need it can you afford it and what will it look like from its done? From a federal perspective you have to demonstrate a federal need. We know that, as somebody who tries a little bit to wear green eyeshades looking at the budget, one value I see in federal spending is infrastructure so long as its intelligent infrastructure spending …

“When there’s a clear transportation need, you can argue there is a national interest in highways and bridges operating everywhere, then I think you can make the case why that should be nationally funded. As far as the details of where it would be ridiculous if I tried to answer that.”

Q What entitlements would you cut in order to tamp down federal spending?

“You don’t have to cut. You have to restrain the growth. You have to right-size the growth and make the growth intelligent rather than arbitrary. … One of the first things: In 2027 the age of Social Security goes from 65 to 67. We need to look at pushing that back a little bit. … I’m 44. People my age, most folks my age or younger than me, really don’t even think Social Security is going to be there. If you told someone my age that, instead of kicking in at 67 it’s going to be at 69 and a half, I think it’s absolutely reasonable to look at that.

“We also need to look at tying benefits into prices rather than wages. With the exception of this recession wages have grown faster than prices. But it’s unsustainable, at least more so than to look at increases of prices instead.”

Q: What are your thoughts on Arizona’s immigration law and the U.S. government’s efforts on the matter?

““Everything Arizona wrote into their new law is federal law as far as I know, and it’s not being enforced. If you’re a nurseryman and your job is to create these products, and your market is Home Depots or Costcos around the country, and at the end of the day that buyer, say it’s Costco, that buyer could care less about your work force. What they care about is the cost of that commodity product and the quality of that commodity product.

“If you’re a nurseryman with every desire to do the right thing, which means making sure the people working for you are working there legally, yet you know the guy down the street or in the next state may not be doing that, you’re in a really tough position. … That’s why enforcement is so important to that company willing to do the right thing.”

Dormant housing rehab program will be revived

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A housing rehabilitation program – which laid dormant for almost a decade – is being revitalized.

Some funds from a 1995 Oregon Community Block Grant for no-interest housing rehabilitation loans still remain in city coffers – currently about $314,000, thanks to interest proceeds and loan paybacks.

A Eugene company had managed the city’s program until 2001, when the city took over. The city has yet to issue a loan since then.

“It’s a combination of a lack of publicity and also time by staff to manage the program,” said Kevin Watson, assistant to the city manager. “It requires a lot of staff time to administer and review applications.”

The program is available to Keizer homeowners with low-to-moderate income as defined by the county’s median income. For 2009, a one-person household income can’t exceed $32,600. For two people, it’s $37,250.

Loans are interest-free and repaid when the house is sold or when the last surviving borrower dies. Maximum loans are $20,000.

“It’s an opportunity for … homeowners to fix up their homes for no cost,” Watson said. “… The idea being they’ll increase the value of the home so that when they sell the house they’re obviously going to make more money on it because it’s an improved house.”

Eligible projects would include basic structural repairs like roofs and gutters, dry rot, plumbing, heating systems or weatherization. They must meet standards set by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Watson wants to combine the program with some $138,500 the city is seeking in Energy Efficiency Community Development Block Grant funds. Watson said the same homeowners would be eligible for both programs.

“If you’re weatherizing, you can use the energy efficiency program to change your windows, and also fix your roof with the housing rehab program,” Watson said

For more information call Watson at 503-390-3700.

Wild Wild Rec!

C.J. Wagner, 8, makes art at Wild Wild Rec, a program jointly sponsored by the Keizer Parks Foundation, the city of Keizer and the Boys and Girls Club. They’ll be at Keizer parks throughout the summer offering low-cost outdoor fun. KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox

The Wild Wild Rec program has arrived, bringing with it cheap summer fun for the kids.

It consists of a traveling trailer filled with play and sports equipment, and the cost is only a $5 membership to the Boys & Girls Club. And there’s scholarships available for those who can’t afford the fee.

It will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It comes to Bob Newton Park on Tuesdays, Claggett Creek Park on Wednesdays and Willamette Manor Park on Thursdays. [MAP: 7]

The program runs through August 19.

Solid waste rates go up, Benevan gets a break

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Higher garbage pickup rates were approved by the Keizer City Council on Monday, June 21.

The Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association sought a 7 percent increase on pickup rates. The last cost-based increase – that is, one that didn’t come without additional services – was in 1992, documents indicate.

Commercial rates will not be affected by the change. Drop box rates will increase to match that of the City of Salem.

For example, customers with a 20-gallon garbage can without yard debris pickup would see a 77-cent monthly increase. Add the yard debris can and the total rate increase is $1.12. For 35-gallon customers the rate increase is $1.24 per month, and for 65-gallon it’s $1.69 per month.

Estle Harlan, a consultant for the association, said that the rates would still be “very good” even with the increase.

“It will bring them into a good business margin that will make them able to do business well,” Harlan added. “It’s a business decision.”

The City of Keizer will consider in July a move that would add compost pickup to residential service.

A document haulers provided to the council showed that, since 1998, insurance rose 44 percent, the price of trucks went up 51 percent, registration costs for vehicles were up 142 percent, and fuel was up 143 percent.

The change was approved unanimously, but Councilor Mark Caillier questioned the wisdom of seeking a 7 percent increase in one year. He said he would have preferred to see two or more gradual increases.

“It would have been better,” Caillier said.

Councilor Richard Walsh preferred the haulers’ approach.

“It saves us money,” he said. “At least we got the benefit of not paying 4 percent for the last five years.”

“I hate to see any rate increase, but I’m going to be realistic,” Councilor David McKane said. “I can’t think of anything I could buy 18 years ago I can buy today (at the same price).”

In other business:

• Residents on Benevan Court won’t be charged for a street lighting district.

City staff chose not to establish the district – which adds costs to property taxes in order to pay for street lights – because there were no lights on the street. Residents came to a city council meeting in May to contest the change.The tiny, dead-end street is off of Harmony Drive, where the closest light is. [MAP: 8]

“I agree with the neighbors who provided testimony at the May 17 Council meeting,” Kissler wrote in a staff memorandum. “The lighting district is not fairly distributed regarding assessments and lighting infrastructure benefits property owners along Harmony, not necessarily Benevan Court.”

• The Keizer Urban Renewal Agency authorized spending up to $5,700 to complete a catering center for the Keizer Civic Center. Much of the labor will be provided by Keizer Rotary members, who volunteered to complete the project.