By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Spring has been in the air with the West Keizer Neighborhood Association.
One visible example took place March 15, when a group of WKNA residents took part in their annual Adopt-a-Street event.
Chemawa Road was cleaned up from Keizer Rapids Park on the west end to the intersection with River Road North on the east end.
“We ‘adopted’ that street last fall,” Carol Doerfler said.
Doerfler was assisted by WKNA president Rhonda Rich, Davis Dyer, Herb and Liz Hoffman, city councilor Cathy Clark, Ozilline Doerfler-Schweitzer, Linda Dunn, Barbara Daniels, Carole and Al McCann plus city councilor Kim Freeman and her husband Ron, plus his sons Billy and PJ.
The weekend before, a WKNA group cleaned out the flower bed at Cummings School. The readerboard area was cleaned out, with pansies planted by Rich, Doerfler and Gary Blake. Bark dust was provided by Copper Creek Mercantile.
In other recent WKNA business:
• Lt. Andrew Copeland with the Keizer Police Department mentioned at last month’s WKNA general meeting there were seven recent arrests for burglaries. There have been 17 burglaries connected to those arrested.
Copeland said the mode of operation in the burglaries was to knock on the front door, then break in the back if no one answered.
Copeland also gave tips to residents on how to reduce the likelihood of break-ins, such as making sure papers don’t pile up on the porch, turning off the porch light during the day, taking trash cans in off the street, trimming bushes and knowing neighbors.
• Copeland also mentioned the KPD is starting bike patrols in West Keizer and have gone through training. The patrols are part of the ramped up Community Response Team. The patrols will not operate during inclement weather.
• Councilor Clark gave an update on several transportation projects, including the proposed third bridge in Salem. Clark noted 60 percent of traffic on the bridge over the Willamette River starts or ends outside of the Salem-Keizer area, making Keizer a “pass through” for vehicle traffic.
• The next WKNA general meeting takes place Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Keizer Civic Center. Nate Brown, director of Community Development, will be talking about the Urban Growth Boundary issue at Keizer Rapids Park for a proposed Big Toy site.