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Day: September 9, 2010

Extreme Makeover targets Oregon School for the Deaf

Rich Duncan

The Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) was announced as the recipient of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition build project.

At the surprise announcement on Monday, Sept. 6, the show’s design team met the students of the residential school for deaf and hard of hearing students known for its curriculum in American Sign Language. The students learned that OSD would be the recipient of a makeover during their back-to-school picnic when they saw an airplane pulling a 5,000 square foot banner overhead, greeting them with the message: “Good Morning, Oregon School for the Deaf!”

Keizerite Rich Duncan, of Rich Duncan Construction, is leading the build  in which crews will overhaul the boys’ dormitory basement and pave the way for OSD’s annual Nightmare Factory, a haunted house created in the space for the two weeks leading up to and including Halloween night.

“I am humbled to be a part of something so important in the lives of these kids. This project will have a lasting impact, not only on the current students, but on the lives of future students. My wife Shelly and I are grateful to be able to lead this build,” Duncan said in a press release.

Nightmare Factory generates much-needed income for the 140 year-old, financially-strapped school. The improvements and publicity are expected to help increase OSD’s fundraising revenue. In addition to the basement, a second building project will rehabilitate dorm rooms and a living area.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation is sponsoring more than 100 students and parents on a trip to their facility in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, while Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paige Hemmis, Michael Maloney and Johnny Littlefield, along with Duncan’s construction team and community volunteers, rebuild the structure.

The location of the build project is 999 Locust Street NE off Cherry Avenue south of the Salem Parkway. Spectator hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will run through the day of reveal. Parking is at the fairgrounds in the south parking lot.  Shuttles will provide transportation from the fairgrounds to the build site.

Spectators are asked not drive to the build site.

Marion-Polk Food Share will be collecting food at the site. In previous makeovers, as much as 80 to 100 tons of food have been collected for local food banks, organizers said.

The Salem project will be featured in the series’ eighth season premiere, Sept. 26.

To make donations and for up-to-the-minute information on the project, as well as information and details on spectator hours and details for parking and shuttles,  visit Rich Duncan Construction’s website at [MAP:1]

Grassroots Government

Parks Advisory Board

When they met: Aug. 10, 2010

What they did: Rick Day along with several other board members recommended purchase of a chipper to dispose of debris at area parks. A commercial-grade machine was available for $850, Day said, and he is hoping for donations from either the Keizer Parks Foundation or Keizer Rotary; anything too large for the chipper could be cut into firewood and donated to area charities. The group discussed at length a project to irrigate the dog park at Keizer Rapids Park, with Clint Holland saying the total cost for the project would be between $41,000 and $43,000. The board voted unanimously to recommend spending $19,000 for irrigation at the park. After adjustments, Parks Operations Supervisor Terry Witham said, the splash fountain is working well. The board cancelled their September meeting to join the Keizer City Council on its annual parks tour. They will visit Claggett Creek, Whittam Community Garden, Wallace House, Keizer Rapids and Keizer Station.

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

Next meeting: September 13 (Parks Tour).


Planning Commission

When they met: Aug. 11, 2010.

What they did: Elizabeth Sagmiller, stormwater program manager, discussed new stormwater ordinances as they relate to requirements imposed on cities. She said upcoming steps include completing the Construction Site Pollution Prevention Plan, outreach materials, promotion of the program and finalizing the stormwater ordinance. Sam Litke, senior planner, said the master plan for Area B of Keizer Station would be reviewed at the September meeting. Mark Caillier, a city councilor, urged the commission to address the sign code issue soon. Jim Jacks, a commission member, suggested the city may be able to help residents who live in a flood plain to obtain a discount on flood insurance.

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

Next meeting: September 8, 2010.


Bikeways Committee

When they met: Aug. 18, 2010

What they did: Public Works Superintendent Bill Lawyer reported all resurfacing work is done, except for the Dearborn/Verda project, and that work on Chemawa Road N. will not start until 2012 due to preliminary work that needs to be done in the meantime. Lighting along Wheatland Road was approved by the public works department and awaits Council approval. Lawyer also said construction of the Keizer Rapids Park boat ramp would start in 2013 if a grant application is successful. The group also discussed a need for bicycles at Boys & Girls Club bike safety classes because many of the children came without bicycles.

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

Next meeting: May 19, 2010.