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Day: September 17, 2014

Med marijuana permit process tuned

Marijuana-leaf

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Keizer City Councilors continue to fine tune a permit process for medical marijuana facilities in city limits.

City Attorney Shannon Johnson explained an ordinance with the latest updates during the Sept. 2 council meeting.

The issue has been a regular topic in Keizer and other cities around Oregon this past year in light of new state laws that went into effect early this year.

Recent changes by city staff have included a refining of public property to include all parks and any property zoned public, which would exclude water pump stations and Keizer Station Area B and Area C excess properties.

The issue of permit fees is expected to be brought up during the Sept. 15 council meeting.

“You still have to adopt the fees, but I don’t see it as a problem,” Johnson said. “The zoning issue is one that will become resolved by the time someone applies. You can wait until locations are determined.”

Councilor Dennis Koho, who chaired the city’s Medical Marijuana Task Force in the spring, believes the issue has been dragged on long enough.

“I want it adopted tonight,” Koho said.

Councilor Jim Taylor, while praising the task force’s work, wasn’t as inclined to move as fast.

“I would support it, if not for this issue being on the ballot in November,” Taylor said. “As such, this is a little premature. I think we need to wait to see what happens in November. I hate to waste staff’s time and money, but I won’t be supporting this.”

Councilor Cathy Clark expressed concern about the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s part in enforcement.

“That’s a problem when you write legislation on a kitchen table,” Koho said. “I think the issues will be taken care of by legislators.”

The ordinance was approved by a narrow 4-3 margin. Approving were Koho, Egli, Marlene Quinn and mayor Lore Christopher. Against it were Taylor, Clark and Kim Freeman. The topic will come up again as a second reading at the Sept. 15 meeting.

In other business Sept. 2:

• Most fees were waived for the showing of “The Amazing Spiderman” at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park this Saturday, Sept. 13. Gates for the free showing open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at dusk.

Clint Holland with KRA, who made the request for fees to be waived, noted around 900 people showed up for last weekend’s JFK show, a record attendance at the facility.

Council president Joe Egli made a motion for the $286 in fees to be waived. Clark asked for – and was granted – the $52 application fee to be added back. The motion was approved unanimously.

• Several appointments were made to committees. Jerry McGee was appointed to the Keizer Budget Committee, Tanja Homrichhausen was appointed to the Keizer Points of Interest committee, Jeff Lewis was appointed to the Keizer Festival and Events Services Team and Homrichhausen was also appointed to the Keizer Arts Commission.

• Nate Brown, director of Community Development, noted the boat ramp at Keizer Rapids Park is being recognized nationally with an award. Brown explained the organization and the location of the banquet during which the award will be presented, with city manager Chris Eppley checking to make sure he had everything straight.

“So an organization in Chicago is giving an award to a city in Oregon and having the award banquet in Arkansas,” Eppley said. “Now that is awesome.”

• Sept. 17 to 23 was proclaimed as Constitution Week in Keizer. Sept. 17 marks the 227th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention.

Public law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclaimed each year by the president of the United States.

K-23 production manager debuts short film Sept. 23

Phillip Wade (left), Keizer-23 production manager, at work behind the scenes of his new short film Chryzinium. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Phillip Wade (left), Keizer-23 production manager, at work behind the scenes of his new short film Chryzinium. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes 

Phillip Wade, Keizer-23 production manager, is making his big-screen debut later this month.

Wade acts in, and produced, a new short film title Chryzinium, which will premiere at Salem’s Grand Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Wade plays a small part in front of the camera, a mysterious antagonist named Eli, but had an even larger part behind the scenes.

“Fortunately this happened to be small role, so it didn’t take away much from my duties behind the camera,” said Wade.  “Producing includes purchasing and renting equipment, budgeting, securing finances, hiring cast and crew, scheduling shoot dates, securing locations, coordinating set building, and ensuring the production stays on schedule for completion.”

Chryzinium is the brainchild of Wade’s brother, Tim Mark Wade, and director Rick Lord.

“They came up with (the concept) after watching an end-times theologian discuss the coming anti-Christ, as described in the Book of Revelation. I soon became enveloped in the idea, quit my job as a web developer, and plans for the movie quickly transformed into a script, which was written by Rick,” Wade said.

The film is the story of John Gussman and his daughter, Madison, in a post-apocalyptic era where using a controversial, life-altering drug, Chryzinium, has become universal law. The film tackles the question of how far humanity might go to survive.

“Among other things, Chryzinium has a strong message demonstrating the ever-present danger of government overreach. In light of recent events, we believe this is something we as Americans should pay closer attention to,” Wade said.

Wade handled much of the budget planning and shoot schedule, which took place earlier this year.

“I headed up securing the finances which took place through April. Fortunately, we also had a number of generous folks that donated to the production to enable it come to fruition,” Wade said.

Wade found it difficult to pick out one aspect of the experience he enjoyed most, it was more the process as a whole.

“Finding a dedicated team and persevering to the finish line can be a challenging aspect, but ultimately very rewarding. Being on set, filming the actors and watching months of hard work from many people with all kinds of incredible talent culminate into a single frame is a beautiful thing,” he said.

As for what’s next, Wade said the hope is to shop the short film around as a proof-of-concept that would birth a feature to be filmed next summer. In the meantime, his partners in Matchlight Films, the Chryzinium production company, will be keeping busy.

“We have several short films planned for the coming months,” Wade said.

Admission to the Chryzinium premiere is $2 or two cans of food, all proceeds are being donated to Salem’s Union Gospel Mission.