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Day: October 18, 2012

Sides pays back bond debt; leaves worthless lot for city

Of the Keizertimes

Two prime parcels at Keizer Station set to be auctioned to the highest bidder to cover costs associated with an anticipated bond default won’t be placed on the block after all.

City officials announced late Monday afternoon that Chuck Sides paid a total of $627,009.25 to make current payments on taxpayer-financed local improvement district bond debt. The properties, which are adjacent to Interstate 5 along Keizer Station Boulevard, were to be auctioned on the steps of the Marion County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

On the two parcels, City Attorney Shannon Johnson said payments were made current, but the debt was not paid off completely.

“He had to bring them current before the foreclosure sale,” Johnson said. “That means he paid the past due payments, all the

Unbuildable land now property of taxpayers

Graphic by Andrew Jackson/KEIZERTIMES

Of the Keizertimes

While developer Chuck Sides paid up his local improvement district assessment just in time to avoid a foreclosure auction Tuesday, he left a third behind – one that the county assessor’s office considers to be worth nothing.

The 1.47 acre parcel was purchased by the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency for $602,169 to cover a principal amount of $510,888. The city of Keizer financed bonds that it is ultimately responsible for, regardless of whether the property owners pay the assessments.

How taxpayers may ultimately recoup those funds is yet to be determined. City Manager Chris Eppley said the long run plan was to market the property and sell it to the highest bidder.

“We’ll start by contacting those property owners who adjoin the parcel to see if any of them have interest,” he said.

The Marion County Assessor’s Office does not levy taxes on the property due to power lines that render the property virtually undevelopable.

Ghost hunters give talk at Heritage Center

File Photo

The paranormal takes center stage during the Halloween season as the Keizer Heritage Center hosts Western Oregon Organization of Paranomal Investigators (WOOPI) on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Elaine Davison and her team will present information about paranormal teams and what they actually do. They will discuss the various types of paranormal teams, and how reality differs from ghost hunters seen on television shows.

There are three types of paranormal teams: Ufology, ghost hunters and cryptozoology. The WOOPI team will talk about some of the equipment they deploy in investigations and their purposes.

The paranormal event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Keizer Heritage Center, and is free to the public but space is limited. Call 503-393-9660 for reservations.