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Day: July 15, 2014

No parking at Shoreline corner

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Shoreline Drive has been getting some attention this week.

In addition to the rebuilding project on the street, a parking issue at Shoreline and Rafael Avenue North was discussed during Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting.

Councilors voted 5-0 to approve a no-parking zone on the corner.

“It has posed a safety hazard for turning right onto Shoreline,” Rhonda Rich with the West Keizer Neighborhood Association said during public comments early in the meeting. “There is a residential care facility with 10 to 12 cars usually parked along there. There are three or four spaces where those cars will need to park somewhere else. I’m not suggesting a new ordinance, but maybe a letter can be sent to the owner to park on the other side of Shoreline across from their property or in their driveway.”

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, noted a lack of restriction for parking on public streets in town has “somewhat created the situation” and mentioned he has talked to the manager for the property owner.

“They mentioned room to park across the street, also south of the property and in the driveway,” Lawyer said. “Between those three places, I don’t see a problem.”

Councilor Kim Freeman wondered if moving vehicles to the other side of Shoreline would be creating a new safety concern. Lawyer felt that shouldn’t be a problem.

“Unless staffing increases or there’s an increase in guest parking, there is room to accommodate the three or four cars displaced by this (no-parking zone),” he said.

Lawyer said the issue was first brought up by a Palma Ciea Villa neighbor and believes it is the first no-parking zone in a residential area for Keizer.

Council president Joe Egli noted he lives around the corner from the house and hopes the no-parking zone will help out.

In other business July 7:

• Council deferred on giving financial support to the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater, located at Keizer Rapids Park. Clint Holland made the request during public comments, but councilors felt the issue needed to brought up as an agenda item at a later meeting.

The free concerts kick off with two shows this weekend. Ty Curtis performs on Friday, July 11 while Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts perform the following night. Gates open at 5 p.m. both nights, with shows at 6:30.

• Pay increases were approved for city attorney Shannon Johnson and city manager Chris Eppley. Johnson was bumped up from Step 9 to Step 10 of Salary Range 36, while Eppley went from Step 9 to Step 10 of Salary Range 38.

Machell DePina, director of Human Resources for Keizer, said both city leaders got a 2.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment raise plus a 3 percent merit increase, meaning a 5.5 percent increase for both.

Converted to dollars, DePina said Johnson’s salary effective July 1 increased from $10,530 a month to $11,115.87 a month. In terms of annual salary, that means an increase from $126,360 to $133,390.44.

For Eppley, the monthly pay goes from $11,608.30 a month to $12,256.40 a month. In terms of annual salary, that means an increase from $139,299.60 to $147,076.80.

Both Eppley and Johnson had satisfactory performance reviews recently, making them eligible for the increases.

Egli, however, had concerns about the process.

“We just went through evaluation process and both are doing very well,” Egli said. “We’re very lucky to have Chris and Shannon at the city. I’m torn about this. It goes back to November when we voted on step increases. I voted no then because it was uncomfortable. We are comparing our city with Lake Oswego, West Linn, McMinnville and others. I feel we can tweak that to make it better. I’m going to vote no now, because I don’t like the process we have now. I was going to be quiet and let this go, but I have a fiduciary responsibility to the citizens.”

Councilors approved the increases 4-1 (councilors Marlene Quinn and Cathy Clark were absent), with Egli voting against. Egli noted he had some ideas he would talk with DePina about and might bring the issue back up at a later date.

• Councilors unanimously appointed Kathy Haney to a vacancy on the new Keizer Arts Commission. Haney is a Keizer artist who has done some of the past Iris Festival posters.

One of the initial Arts Commission members has resigned, creating an additional vacancy. The Volunteer Coordinating Committee will be utilized to fill that spot.

• There is no work session next week. The next council meeting will be Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

Shoreline being shored up

Work started this week on Shoreline Drive. The work is expected to be done by late September. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Work started this week on Shoreline Drive. The work is expected to be done by late September. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Shoreline Drive has hit rock bottom.

As such, the street is being dug up and redone, with work starting this week. The work is expected to be done by late September.

“Shoreline has reached the point where it’s not suitable to just resurface it,” Keizer Public Works director Bill Lawyer said on Monday. “It’s gone too far. The only option is to rebuild it.”

Lawyer said the road was originally built in the 1950s, though he wasn’t sure offhand when the road was last resurfaced. Lawyer noted he and former Public Works director Rob Kissler recognized five years ago the road would need to be rebuilt.

“There were other commitments to the street funds first,” Lawyer said. “We just hoped it wouldn’t get much worse. We wanted to not have a significant failure.”

Shoreline was originally a county road. At the request of city leaders, the Marion County Public Works crew examined the makeup of the road.

“A different type of base material was used,” Lawyer said. “Round river rock was used. The road actually held up surprisingly well, given what was there.”

Lawyer said once the pavement is taken off, a subcontractor will put in a concrete additive in to treat the rock underneath – much like adding glue to loose parts on a model.

“The idea is to come up with an efficient project, both cost and material wise,” Lawyer said. “We will amend what is there and strengthen what is there. It means instead of throwing everything away and starting new, you save time and money by using what’s there. It’s not a new process. This has been done successfully elsewhere, just not here before.”

Lawyer said the plan is to rebuild Shoreline from Cummings Lane to Wayne Drive, both the street and the sidewalk. The sidewalk work is necessary due to the scope of the roadwork.

“When a public agency has to do more than resurface a road, you have to bring it to current ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards,” he said. “The sidewalks on Shoreline are not wide enough and don’t meet current ADA code. We are rebuilding the curbs, sidewalks and street base, then we’ll repave it. It will all meet current ADA code.”

Lawyer said the end result will be road width staying at 30 feet, but wider sidewalks and curbs with drop ramps to meet ADA standards.

Contractor K & E Excavating has put up signs closing the work area to through traffic.

“We gave them 90 days in the contract,” Lawyer said. “They should be done by late September.”