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Day: May 2, 2014

Medical marijuana rec sent to council

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

It was all about the distance.

Keizer’s Medical Marijuana Facilities Task Force had its final scheduled meeting Tuesday evening at Keizer Civic Center, with the goal of coming up with a final recommendation to send to the Keizer City Council.

Originally the task force was given a deadline of May 1 to get that done, since councilors were tracking changes made to state laws regarding medical marijuana dispensaries. In the time since, however, councilors approved a moratorium on such facilities being allowed to open in Keizer until May 2015.

Still, members of the task force wanted to come up with a recommendation by the original deadline, in part because councilors could later move the moratorium’s end date forward.

State laws that went into affect earlier this year called for dispensaries to be 1,000 feet from any school, among other restrictions.

The task force recommended that number be increased to 1,500 feet.

Members looked at maps showing how many areas would be impacted if the distance away from schools was either 1,000 or 1,500 feet.

“With schools, for the most part I’m fine with 1,000 feet,” Jonathan Thompson said. “My only concern is the high school, with the business district close to it. McNary’s location in town is the one concern.”

McNary High School principal John Honey, a fellow task force member, shared the concern.

“Sandy Boulevard is problematic for the school, the community and the police department,” Honey said. “I recommend we move that boundary to 1,500 feet for schools which moves the boundary (from McNary) across River Road. It’s still in sight of kids leaving school, but it’s a better alternative than kids hanging in smoker’s alley on Sandy.”

Thompson suggested 1,000 feet for all schools except McNary, with a 1,500 foot boundary.

Evan Christopher noted the negligible impact on businesses if the boundary was extended elsewhere.

“It looks like not much business space is eliminated if we expand all schools to 1,500 feet,” Christopher said.

Based on that observation, Honey suggested at least middle schools also get a 1,500 foot boundary.

“Stuff from high school is trickling down,” he said.

Following more discussion, task force members agreed with the 1,500 foot boundary for all schools, in addition to 1,000 feet from public buildings. Members also agreed to not have a boundary around parks or daycares.

“I’m not concerned about toddlers wandering down the road,” Honey said. “We’re following the state law on all of these, except schools.”

Dennis Koho, the city councilor who chaired the task force, said the task force will be disbanded, but can be restarted if councilors want the topic looked into more.

McNary takes down Titans

Celt Tim Hays dives back to first base, avoiding a pick-off attempt. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Tim Hays dives back to first base, avoiding a pick-off attempt. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity baseball team may be in third place in the Central Valley Conference but the team might as well have been on top of the world Friday, April 25.

Facing West Salem High School, the top team in the CVC and No. 6 team in all of Oregon, the Celtics pulled off a 2-0 win.

“It felt good to beat the team who was first in our league. Their pitcher, Caleb Henry, was Pitcher of the Year last year and, quite frankly, Mickey (Walker) just out-dueled him,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach.

The combination of timely hits and a determined stand by Walker, a junior, on the mound saw the team through. Walker threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts and three walks in a complete game effort.

“My goal was to hit location, make them put the ball in play and trust my defense behind me. We made most of the plays and I couldn’t have asked for a better defensive stand,” said Walker.

McNary notched its first run in the bottom of the second inning on a double by senior Hayden Gosling that plated Jacob Wood from third base.

The only other run of the game came in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Jordan Barchus started things off with a double to center field and advanced to third on a ground out by Gosling. Connor Goff’s line drive to right field brought Barchus home.

“We made the plays we needed to make when we needed to and got the hits when we needed them,” Barchus said. “Mickey also did a hell of a job pitching and it’s probably one of the best pitching performances we’ve had. They are a great group of hitters and Mickey held them down.”

Walker outmatched Henry in every category from first-pitch strikes to walks.

The game set the stage for what promised to be a raucous week for McNary. The team had games with Sprague, McKay, South Salem and North Salem on tap.

“I want to test our endurance and stay in the competition for the title. We need to keep going and stay motivated through the entire week,” Walker said.

Keeker hoped the team would increase the distance between their third place standing and the fourth place Olys on Monday, April 28, but the Celtics lost 7-5.

A seven-run second inning put Sprague up 7-1, but McNary clawed back with three in the fifth.

Singles by Jacob Vasas, Wood and Walker loaded the bases and a single by Barchus plated Vasas and Wood and put Walker on third. Walker scored on a ground out by Gosling.

Two days prior to the West game, the Celts took a loss to North Salem High School, 4-0. The Vikings strung together one run at a time in the game’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take the win.

“It was the exact opposite of the West game,” Barchus said. “We didn’t perform well and they beat us.”

The Keizer team had runners on third three times in the contest, but failed to capitalize on any of the opportunities. Wood had the best day at the plate, going 2 for 4.

Barchus and Connor Suing shared the mound. Barchus pitched four innings allowing runs hits on three hits with five strikeouts. Suing pitched two innings with one run on two hits.

The 4-3 Celtics are sitting in third place with North Salem a game ahead and Sprague a game behind. Holding onto that position will be the challenge in a heated league, and the inconsistency at the dish has dogged the team all season.

“The key to our offense is getting everybody on a roll. We always have a few guys picking us up, but we need everyone going at the right time and bang out some runs,” Walker said.

Barchus said the team struggles with taking the mechanics the team practices each day and turning it into focus during games.

“Part of it has been the pitchers we’ve faced. We always draw the other team’s No. 1 or No. 2 guy,” said Keeker. “But that’s not the whole story. We’re striking out way too much. The ball needs to be in play and forcing the other team’s defense to make plays.”

Seniors sought for talent show

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Do you have a talent you want to share with the community? If you are a senior, the Iris Festival has the perfect venue for you: the Keizer Iris Festival Senior Talent Show on Friday, May 16, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

All senior entertainers are invited to register for the show—singers, musicians, dancers, comedians, magicians, whatever the talent.

The show will be held on the Community Stage at the Keizer’s Lions Club at 4100 Cherry Ave. N.E. To register or get more information contact Shelly Campbell at 503-871-4466 or e-mail to [email protected]

St. Ed’s to host annual dinner-auction

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St. Edward Catholic Church will hold its annual dinner-auction on Saturday, May 10. “Building Faith—A Monopoly of Fun” will include dinner, several silent auction rooms and a live auction. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 7 p.m.

Proceeds of the auction will help support a number of organizations and projects including Community Outreach, Keizer Community Food Bank, Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network and other care and service programs.

Tickets are $25 per person.

Agenda for Keizer City Council meeting

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KEIZERTIMES/File photo

CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT 

KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION 

AGENDA 

KEIZER CITY COUNCIL 

REGULAR SESSION 

Monday, May 5, 2014 

7:00 p.m. 

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers 

Keizer, Oregon 

1. CALL TO ORDER 

2. ROLL CALL 

3. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

4. PUBLIC TESTIMONY 

This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing. 

5. PUBLIC HEARINGS 

a. Urban Growth Boundary Amendment 

6. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION 

a. ORDINANCE – Amending Keizer Development Code Regarding Section 2.1310 (Development Standards for Land Divisions); Amending Ordinance 98-389 

b. ORDINANCE – Providing for Public Art and Public Murals 

RESOLUTION – Establishing Keizer Arts Commission 

c. Municipal Judge Services Contract 

7. CONSENT CALENDAR 

a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing City Manager to Award and Enter Into an Agreement with Cascade water Works, Inc. for Reitz Pump Station Booster Pump #3 

b. RESOLUTION – Approving City Engineer Report for Windsor Estate Street Lighting District 

c. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the Mayor and City Manager to Enter Into Intergovernmental Agreement for Right of Way Services (Verda Lane at Chemawa Road) Repealing R2014-2413 

d. RESOLTUION – Authorizing the City Manager to Execute Master Services Agreement with Delaware.Net, Inc. DBA EVO Government Websites 

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e. RESOLUTION – Authorizing City Manager to Execute Third Extension of City of Keizer Custodial Services Contract with Willamette Valley Rehabilitation Center, Inc. 

f. RESOLUTION – Ratifying the City Manager’s Execution of Comcast Business Service Order Agreement 

g. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Sign First Extension of Contract for Collection Agency Services with Valley Credit Services, Inc. 

h. Approval of April 21, 2014 Regular Session Minutes 

8. COMMITTEE REPORTS 

a. PROCLAMATION – Norwegian Constitution Day 

b. PROCLAMATION – Elks National Youth Week 

c. Appointment to Keizer Festivals and Event Services Team (KFEST) Committee 

9. OTHER BUSINESS 

This time is provided to allow the Mayor, City Council members, or staff an opportunity to bring new or old matters before the Council that are not on tonight’s agenda. 

a. New Business or Old Business Issues 

10. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS 

To inform the Council of significant written communications

11. AGENDA INPUT 

May 12, 2014 

5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session 

Canceled! 

May 19, 2014 

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session 

Budget Committee Meetings 

May 6, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. 

May 8, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. 

May 13, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. 

May 20, 2014 – 6:00 p.m. (if necessary) 

12. ADJOURNMENT 

Upon request, auxiliary aids and/or special services will be provided. To request services, please contact us at (503)390-3700 or through Oregon Relay at 1-800-735-2900 at least two working days (48 hours) in advance. 

Turf field to MHS in 2015?

If community members come through with $500,000 in cash and additional $500K in in-kind donations, Celtic uniforms might not be getting quite so dirty come fall 2015. (File)
If community members come through with $500,000 in cash and additional $500K in in-kind donations, Celtic uniforms might not be getting quite so dirty come fall 2015. (File)

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes

If everything goes according to plan, McNary High School athletic teams may be playing on a synthetic turf, multipurpose field come fall 2015.

That mouthful is what organizers would prefer everyone call the field likely to replace the currently grass football field. Success will depend on school and community leaders coming up with the half-million in cash and half-million in in-kind donations of services to install it next summer.

John Honey, McNary principal, said discussions for a new synthetic turf heated up as conversations about the Big Toy build in Keizer Rapids Park gained steam.

“They are two valuable projects that serve kids. As supportive as Keizer is, there probably isn’t $4 million out there for the projects and while the Big Toy serves kids during the summer, a new field could serve the community year-round,” Honey said.

Currently groups seeking to use the field are rejected almost out of pocket, Honey said.

“We spend most of the time trying to keep people off the field for the times that football, soccer and track teams use it,” he said.

With a synthetic surface, the school could begin hosting club sports like lacrosse and community efforts like American Cancer Society walk-a-thons. The band would also be able to practice on the field more than once a week beginning at 9 p.m.

“One of the problems is that if the band marches on the current field in the same pattern over and over, there is going to be a rut. On a synthetic turf, they can march in the same place without an impact,” Honey said.

Honey, who led North Salem High School when that school installed a turf field, said that the biggest advantage comes in upkeep. With the grass field, upkeep amounts to about $30,000 per year, but a turf field requires only two tools.

“It needs a special rake to loosen the fiber and a vacuum to pull out the organic material that gets stuck there,” he said.

Honey’s team borrowed the necessary equipment from neighboring districts at North Salem, but said the Salem-Keizer School District (SKSD) is looking at purchasing the equipment for the area high schools to share.

Fire claims arbovitae, fence

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Submitted photo

Keizer firefighters responded to a house fire at 2393 Northtree Court N.E., at 3:44 a.m. Friday. Upon arrival, firefighters found arborvitae and a fence burning between two houses.

Residents of the home woke to the sound of the fire burning. Upon seeing flames between their house and the neighbor’s, they evacuated their home and called 9-1-1. The residents then notified their neighbors of the fire.

Damage was limited to the exterior of the homes, a fence and the arborvitae. Residents were able to return to their homes. Estimated damages were approximately $5,000 and the fire is under investigation.

No injuries were reported in the incident. Two engines, 14 firefighters and a duty responded to the incident.

REI ready for opening

Backpacks and plenty of other gear was put on display recently at the new REI store in Keizer Station. The grand opening is today, May 2. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Backpacks and plenty of other gear was put on display recently at the new REI store in Keizer Station. The grand opening is today, May 2. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

From the start, things are done differently at REI.

The Salem-Keizer REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) has its grand opening this weekend at 6035 Ulali Drive NE in Keizer Station. Doors open at 10 a.m. Friday with a ribbon cutting.

Except it’s not any ordinary grand opening at the former Circuit City building.

Washington-based REI has been an outdoor gear retailer for 75 years, so a standard ribbon cutting just wouldn’t do.

“We are having a webbing cutting with a knife,” store manager Juan Quintero said while giving the Keizertimes a tour of the 22,165 square foot building on Monday.

The first 200 people through the door each of the first three days will receive a water bottle with an REI promotional card inside, with values ranging from $10 to $100. Those joining the co-op during the opening weekend will get an REI t-shirt, while those applying for an REI Visa card will get a $20 REI gift card.

There will also be live music and a free continental breakfast each day at 9 a.m.

Even before entering the store, patrons will notice a difference. Instead of normal door handles, the doors are opened by grabbing ice axes.

The ice axes date back to Lloyd and Mary Anderson’s formation of REI in 1938. Lloyd was a climber looking for an ice ax to use while climbing. He found a reasonably priced one from Austria. Friends started noticing and wanted their own, which led to the eventual formation of the Recreational Equipment Cooperative.

“Those door handles are an iconic REI feature,” Quintero said. “Lloyd and Mary Anderson in 1938 wanted better climbing gear.”

Store management was hired in early February, with most of the training for the store’s 53 employees done over a recent three-week period. Merchandise started coming in April 23, with staff working since then to get everything in place. During the opening week, experts from other REI stores will be helping to get the Keizer employees up to speed.

“Things couldn’t be going better,” Quintero said.

Quintero, who worked at REI from 1997 to 2007 before leaving to work at Dick’s Sporting Goods, returned to REI two years ago. He isn’t new to the rodeo in terms of opening an REI store, something he did in California in 2006.

“I’m telling my employees to enjoy the experience,” Quintero said. “It’s such a unique experience to open an REI. It’s such high energy and motivation. So many things are happening at the same time. Nothing else compares to that. It’s exciting on both sides. It is incredible.”

Most recently, Quintero was at the REI store in Tualatin. He knows firsthand of the desire for a location in the Salem market.

“Salem-Keizer has been waiting for this for a long time,” he said. “In Tualatin, I had people on a daily basis from here, asking when REI would be coming here.”

Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, looks forward to the opening of the store, located just across the parking lot from her office.

“I’m excited for the opening,” Dieker said. “It’s been highly anticipated as a great new retail offering in Keizer, especially on the side of sports adventure products. I’m real curious to see the visibility this brings and if this will bring in more visitors to our office.”

REI Salem-Keizer will have gear and clothing for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, travel and more. It will also have a bike shop, with a full range of services.

Quintero noted much was done to alter the space, which last held a retailer in early 2009.

“Other than the four walls, everything else is new,” he said. “Plus we put our own new walls behind the existing walls.”

Regular store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. More information is available at REI.com/Salem.

Jack Fry Stewart II

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J. Stewart

Jack Fry Stewart II, 52, passed away March 18, 2014 at the home of his sister Michelle and her husband Arnold Schaffer in Siletz.

Jack was born April 21, 1961 in Portland to Jack Fry and Shirley Anne (Mandell) Stewart. He is survived by his children Jeremy and Amy and stepson Michael of New Orleans, La. Siblings are Thomas Stewart, Michael Stewart, Terry (Geigle) Scott, Bradley Smith, Wallace (Corky) Geigle, Michelle (Stewart) Schaffer, Duke Stewart and Walter Stewart, all of Oregon, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother Shirley Anne (Mandell) Geigle Stewart from Hodgkins Disease. His biological father, Jack Fry Stewart I of Salem, is still living.

Jack was raised in Lincoln City and as a young man was in foster care. He leaves behind a loving family in Toledo proud to call him their own, the Werder Family.

He spent his adult life as the owner/operator of Fry’s Floor Coverings but also owned his own contractor/remodel business. He lived and worked in the Portland, Troutdale, Keizer and Salem areas and was most recently working in Quincy, Calif. He became ill in 2008 and had to move in with his sister Michelle (Mickie) and her family in Siletz.

Jack died from cirrhosis of the liver. He leaves behind his faithful companion Iggy (his cat). A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Even playing field

The proposed installation of artificil turf on Flesher Field at McNary High School is picking up steam. The long-delayed project is moving forward as supporters amass donations and seek financial grants. They hope that the fall 2015 football team will play on the new turf.

The project, once billed at about $2 million, is to keep up to date with other area high school football fields. The thought seems to be if other teams play on artificial turf at their home fields it is only natural that McNary has it, too.

John Honey, McNary High School principal, adds that artificial turf would allow the school to host other events such as local lacrosse teams and walk-a-thons. He says the field would be usable all year long regardless of weather—no worries of a muddy, rutted field. However, the school district has been notoriously skimpy when it comes to allowing outside groups to use their property.

The McNary Athletic Boosters Club (ABC) is leading the charge on this project and already has more than $100,000 in its coffers for the project. The club will rely on grants and advertising sales to raise what it needs. The club faces a delicate balancing act.

Some observers say that the expense of artificial turf is not worth it. Others in the public may wonder why ‘the school district’ is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a artifical glass while cutting programs.  The ABC will be out soliciting donations at the same time the supporters of the playground project at Keizer Rapids Park will be asking for money for their project.

Spending a million dollars or more on turf that will primarily be used for six or so football games in the fall does seem extravagant. While the money is not slated to come out of the school district’s budget, many in the public will believe it does and that will cause a public relations nightmare for the district.

The ABC and McNary High School will have to address those in the community who are concerned about other programs and students not benefiting from a large project. Where is the project to raise money to improve the audio system in Ken Collins Theatre? Not every student is involved or has an interest in athletics and they’ll want to know why their needs and interests are shortchanged.

Honey said that if a local lacrosse team wants to use the field that club will have to foot the bill to have lacrosse lines added to the field, to the tune of about $20,000. Is this a matter of  “We got ours, now go get yours.” Aside from the important issues of value of the turf and underfunded academics, the supporters will fan out into the business community and ask for donations to help the kids of Keizer with this project. These two major projects threaten to empty the philantropic wallets of Keizer’s generous businesses and residents. If the two projects move forward, what will be left for the smaller organizations that strive to help Keizer’s other demographics? Financial crumbs?

Artifical turf is all well and good but we, as a community, must set priorities that benefit everyone, not just a select few.

  —LAZ