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Grassroots Government

Parks Advisory Board

When they met: Tuesday, July 13

What they did: Vickie Hilgemann, a former parks board chair, said conditions at the Keizer Rapids Dog Park have deteriorated to the point where she will no longer take her dog there. She said the dog has to wade through high weeds and smells strongly of urine after visiting, to the point where she has to bathe the dog when she gets home. She said it needs to be mowed and irrigated more regularly and suggested a public-private partnership. In addition, she reported Kim Steen of D&J Dog Grooming has been inquiring as to the status of a drinking fountain she donated funds for, and wants the money back if it is not completed within the next six months. She also shared a letter from Kim Girouard – whose Keizer Veterinary Clinic made a large donations to build the park – decrying the parks’ neglect. She did, however, have some good news: The Wild Wild Rec summer recreation program is growing every week and has gotten good reviews from attendees. Public Works Superintendent Bill Lawyer said the city plans to have water at the park in this fiscal year, but has been on hold due to pending property acquisitions. He hopes to have this done in August. Board members indicated they would work on installing the sprinkler system. Parks Supervisor Terry Witham said city-wide changes have added two days of mowing to the schedule, and parks staff is unable to keep up. He said the weeds would be gone shortly, but will be replaced with dust. The board voted unanimously to recommend getting water in as soon as possible. The board also discussed using community service volunteers for park maintenance. Rick Day indicated a project to convert the existing caretaker house into a support building for the amphitheatre has been postponed for the time being.

Who was there: Jeanne Bond-Esser, Garry Whalen, Clint Holland, Alex Pellico, Rick Day, David Philbrick and Jim Parent. Absent: A.J. Nash and Danny Boyd.

Next meeting: August 10, 2010.


Bikeways Committee

When they met: Wednesday, July 21

What they did: Public Works Superintendent Bill Lawyer indicated lighting on Wheatland Road is expected to be installed and operational by when daylight savings time ends. And Public Works Director Rob Kissler is seeking a grant to finish all unfinished curbs, gutters and sidewalks on Wheatland Road. The board was in favor. The board was also informed of pending plans to add bike lanes, separated sidewalks and a signal light along Chemawa Road N. The board also discussed liability issues on organized bike rides, and the board agreed to coordinate bike safety classes with the Boys and Girls Club. The group authorized up to $300 for class giveaways.

Who was there: Jerry Lelack, David Dempster, Jim Merrill and Rick Jorgensen. Absent: Robert Fox, Cheri Christenson, Jeremy Jensen and Jim Taylor.

Next meeting: August 18, 2010.


Planning Commission

When they met: Wednesday, July 14

What they did: The board held a public hearing on nuisance abatement. The changes to the city’s development standards and junk/junkyards mostly were for clarification and terminology purposes. In other business, Brown said a traffic impact analysis for Keizer Station’s Area B would be ready for review at the September meeting. It’s possible an Area C review could come in October. It will be the first time the commission reviews a master plan prior to submission to the Keizer City Council. The commission will also be asked to review a text amendment to the sign code regarding temporary signs.

Who was there: Greg Rands, Jim Jacks, Doug Schneider, Holly Graf, Jonathan Thompson, Albert Castaneda, John Rizzo and Mark Caillier.

Next meeting: August 11, 2010.