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Councilors do some housecleaning


Of the Keizertimes

Keizer City Councilors repealed two pieces of legislation from 1988 during their July 21 meeting.

City Attorney Shannon Johnson noted staff has been going through past ordinances and resolutions recently and found a few that needed to be repealed since they had been replaced or updated.

One dealt with a 1988 resolution establishing parking permit fees for temporary RV parking. The fee was amended several times before a 2005 ordinance removed the fee entirely. Johnson said it was appropriate to repeal the 1988 resolution “to reduce confusion relating to fees for issuance of a parking permit.”

Another fee dealt with a 1988 ordinance establishing water service connection fees. In 2006, councilors adopted a water meter set fee. While apparent the 2006 resolution was meant to replace the 1988 ordinance, Johnson said the older one was never officially repealed.

“Ordinance No. 88-124 should be repealed to reduce confusion as to which fees are valid,” Johnson said.

A change was made to a resolution from June dealing with fees for public record searches. The Transportation System Development Charge Improvement fee structure was also clarified.

In other business July 21:

• Tanya Hamilton, giving the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board update, noted the first application had been submitted for that board’s new matching grant program: a request from Keizer Homegrown Theater for microphones at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater in Keizer Rapids Park, where KHT put on Julius Caesar last weekend.

“It could be used for all events and it would be city-owned,” Hamilton said of such a system.

Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, said the request covered mics and speakers.

“I didn’t expect that, but that is a dang good idea,” said mayor Lore Christopher.

Hamilton agreed.

“Isn’t it exciting?” she said. “We’ll make the decision.”

The next Parks Board meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 12 in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center.

• Dave Bauer noted construction on Shoreline Drive went later into the night than he expected one night recently. He sent an e-mail to councilors when construction wasn’t done until 10 p.m. and came to share his thoughts.

“I don’t want other neighborhoods to have the same experiences,” he said. “Bill (Lawyer) has given me information that work is starting at 7 (a.m.) and ending at 7 (p.m.). I understand there are times when things take a little longer. It was just a communication issue. I’m just sharing so we don’t have that at other places.”

• Councilors unanimously approved a liquor license application request for Tequila Nights Bar and Grill at 3393 River Road North, the former DJ Bar and Grill.

Cesar Vallejo spoke on behalf of owners Ernesto Anaya and Yesenio Anaya-Vallejo and noted the family has had a small grocery store next door to the bar for the past six years.

“All we know to do is work hard,” he said.

• Councilors also unanimously approved a request from Clint Holland to give $2,000 to the KRA for its Concerts in the Parks Series. Holland had made the request during the July 7 council meeting.

Once the season is over, Holland will be asked to submit a report showing expenses in excess of revenue. Up to $2,000 in the excess will be paid.

“Clint’s group down there does an awful lot of work,” councilor Jim Taylor said. “Bands are more expensive now, but they are better and draw in bigger crowds. We’ll know at the end of the year. I can assure you Clint puts a lot of his own effort and finances into it.”

City Manager Chris Eppley noted the KRA operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit.

“To date they have not shown any profits,” Eppley said. “Clearly they are putting a lot of their own funding into it.”