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How our city is looking

Spring has arrived after a wet and cold winter here in Keizer. It is time for spring cleaning not in our own homes but also in the city.

The winter season always leaves its mark—freezing temperatures and driving rains play havoc on everything, especially our streets. Our streets are not the only thing looking less than stellar these days.

While drivers on Keizer’s major thoroughfares can’t help but notice the cracks and potholes in the street, they also can’t help but notice that some buidings and landscapes  need a good clean up. A place that bills itself as the Iris Capital of the World should have a main street that reflects that title, not only from the city but from the private sector as well.

We look to the city to take the lead on fixing and maintaining our streets when they suffer damage. The cracks and potholes send a message that we don’t care about our city, but we all know that is not correct. Along with public safety, residents expect the city to provide clean, well-maintained streets. With the summer travel season approaching the city should look its best.

Keizer has a stringent sign code, addressing the size and placement of signs. The planned mural on the side of the building housing Keizer Florist, proposed last year, generated discussions and legal opinions, all trying to determine how it fit into the city’s sign code. All that for a mural extolling our region’s bounty and yet landscapes along River Road go to seed, and buildings go without needed paint jobs.

When people purchase a building or open a business in Keizer, they are, in part, buying into the city’s codes. River Road is the red carpet that welcomes people to our city—the street should be maintained and we should expect our private sector to be the city’s partner to make the sidewalks and buildings worthy of the Iris Capital.