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Open microphone

To the Editor:

A week ago I attended the Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center. This was a time when any citizen could speak on any topic. This was referred to as Open Mic.

My purpose for attending was to ask the council, once again, to have Keizer acquire its own zip code. If you put 97303 in the computer it states you live in Salem. If you put 97307 in, the computer states Keizer. The mayor said the city tried several years ago but was turned down by the U.S. Postal Service. I requested the council try again. I believe a city of 36,000 deserves its own zip code. Maybe our two U.S. Senators and our U.S. Representative could speak on the city’s behalf and get some action.

Although it was optional, all of the city council members including our mayor gave up another evening to hear what was on Keizer citizen’s minds. Unfortunately only seven citizens came to the meeting. This included the Keizer Fire District chief who attended to answer any questions that citizens might have about the fire district. Of course, the Keizertimes had a reporter there also.

Some of the discussion that evening was about the need for more commercial businesses to locate in Keizer to help finance city services through property taxes. The long term hope of building a power plant in Keizer was mentioned.

In the future, I hope more citizens take advantage of the Town Hall Meeting to ask questions about crime, parks, taxes, fees and other topics that may concern them. If the council is willing to give up more time, that could be spent with their families, we ought to take advantage of it.

Bill Quinn