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Day: September 1, 2014

New homes on Bair proposed

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

The developer hoping to convert the “cow pasture” by Claggett Creek Park into apartments is also proposing a new subdivision on Bair Road.

Mark Grenz with Multi-Tech Engineering has submitted an application to turn a 2.32 acre parcel by Bair Park into a new 12-lot subdivision. A hearing on the application was conducted recently by Cynthia Domas, Keizer Hearings Officer.

The property in question is designated on the Keizer Comprehensive Plan map as Low Density Residential and is zoned Residential Single family. The property address is 1010 Bair Road NE.

As proposed, lots would range in size from 5,704 square feet to 11,999 square feet. The average lot would be 6,946 square feet.

Bill Lydon is listed as the property owner.

In addition to the new homes, a new road would also be required, according to a city staff report.

“Seven of the proposed lots within the subdivision will be served by a new street which will be constructed within the subdivision,” the report reads in part. “This new street will extend from Bair Road almost to the southern property line. No other connections from the site are warranted given the development of the property to the west and south are both developed with existing single family homes that preclude any logical connection from the subject property.”

Plans indicate a cul-de-sac will be constructed as part of the project.

Further infrastructure would need to be added if plans go forward.

“The applicant will be required to provide the following public facilities: water hook-up, sewer hook-up, storm drainage to each of the lots within the proposed subdivision,” the report reads. “With these items placed as conditions of approval this request can meet this criterion.”

The staff report indicated the proposal meets criteria for a new subdivision.

“The available evidence indicates the subdivision proposal complies with the decision criteria,” the report reads. “Staff recommends approval of the subdivision subject to the following conditions, which shall be completed, including review and approval by the appropriate department, prior to the time lines outlined below. Compliance with the Conditions of Approval shall be the sole responsibility of the applicants and/or property owner.”

As in the cow pasture case, the hearings officer report will be submitted to the Keizer City Council.

A busy day for Keizer Police

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

From start to finish, Aug. 20 was a strange and busy day for the Keizer Police Department.

It all started around 8 a.m. when a member of the KPD’s Community Response Unit (CRU) spoke with Angelica Maria Rodriguez, 33, who had been living illegally in a residence at 4795 Verda Lane NE.

According to a release from the KPD, officers started getting complaints in January from neighbors regarding the residence, with complaints centering on damage to a neighboring fence, garbage piling up and numerous people coming and going at various hours. Officers determined the residence was in the foreclosure process and eventually became owned by Deutsche Bank.

Rodriguez was established as living at the house, even though no evidence could be found that she had ever owned or rented the house. A representative from Deutsche Bank informed a CRU officer that Rodriguez was not permitted to occupy the house.

In early August, when the CRU member went to the residence, Rodriguez refused to leave, citing “Occupy Portland” privileges. She refused to elaborate and only spoke through the closed front door.

On Aug. 20, a CRU officer was at the front door when Leon John Brown of Salem, 56, came upon the scene and engaged in a struggle with the officer. During the struggle, Rodriguez came out of the house and assisted Brown.

Both the officer and Brown were treated for minor abrasions. Brown and Rodriguez were both arrested and taken to the Marion County Correctional Facility.

Brown was charged with resisting arrest, assaulting a public safety officer, interfering with a peace officer, possession of methamphetamine and warrants for possession of meth and interfering with an officer. His bail was set at $180,000.

Rodriguez was arrested for resisting arrest, interfering with a peace officer, criminal trespass and three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. Her bail was set at $60,000.

It was determined Rodriguez had children ages 13, 14 and 17 residing with her at the residence, with the children released to a relative. Marion County Dog Control took custody of a dog in the house.

CRU officers obtained a search warrant and went through the residence, obtaining evidence of trespass, criminal mischief, user amounts of methamphetamine and methamphetamine smoking devices. Investigators found filthy, cluttered and unsafe living conditions.

Late in the afternoon, KPD officers received several unusual calls in the span of several minutes: a driver who crashed into a ditch, a driver run over by his own vehicle when he got out and didn’t realize the vehicle was still in gear and a grass fire.