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Day: November 26, 2014

Agenda for Keizer City Council meeting







Monday, December 1, 2014 

7:00 p.m. 

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers 

Keizer, Oregon 







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


a. RESOLUTION – Relating to Sewer Administration Fee – Repeal of R2006-1702 

RESOLUTION – Relating to Wastewater Service Charges (2015-2016) 

b. ORDINANCE – Establishing Erosion Control and Pollution Prevention Regulations; Repealing Ordinance No. 2011-635 

RESOLUTION – Relating to Erosion Control Fees – Repeal of R2011-2152 


a. RESOLUTION – Adopting 2014 Keizer Rapids Park Master Plan Amendment – Amending R2006-1729 

ORDINANCE – Adopting an Amendment to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Dated January 2008 (Keizer Rapids Park) – Amending 2008-570 

b. ORDINANCE – Prohibiting Truancy – Repealing Ordinance No. 99-409 ORDINANCE – Amending Ordinance Specifying Hours of Curfew for Minors – Amending Ordinance 99-410 


a. RESOLUTION – Extending City Attorney Contract 

b. RESOLUTION – Extending City Manager Contract 

c. Approval of November 3, 2014 Regular Session Minutes 



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. 


To inform the Council of significant written communications


December 8, 2014 

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

2015-2017 City Council Goals 

December 15, 2014 

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

January 5, 2015 

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

Oath of Office for Newly Elected Council Members 

Election of Council President 

Council Liaison Appointments 


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New art coming to River Rd.


Of the Keizertimes

More public art is coming to Keizer.

At their Oct. 28 meeting, members of the new Keizer Arts Commission meeting approved the placement of two sculptures.

One of them, depicting a tuxedo-clad man with a staff and top hat, will be placed on a slab at Copper Creek Mercantile (4415 River Road North) by Bentley’s Coffee. The second sculpture, a kneeling fireman, will be placed at Abby’s Pizza (3451 River Road North).

No timeline was specified for the placement.

The motion for the two placement, passed on a 5-0 vote with two absent, came after commissioners reviewed six submissions by the same artist who previously did the Rejoice at Keizer Plaza. The Keizer Chamber of Commerce Foundation had previously approved the funding for displaying two sculptures, according to Arts Commission vice chair Rick Day.

Mayor Lore Christopher, chair of the commission, noted a previous sculpture at Keizer Veterinary Clinic – one of the six submissions – was found to be too provocative.

“Everyone thought it looked like a dead baby,” she said. “We got that comment more than once. It was placed on the doorstep. It literally looked like someone had dropped off a baby.”

Christopher noted the placement involves a $500 stipend to the artist for the first year, followed by $200 a year after that.

“This is the guy who did Rejoice, Christopher said. “People love that sculpture. We did a call to artists and this is all we received.”

Christopher said artist Bruce Fontaine’s “Sentry,” the city’s first public art project when it was installed in June 2010, was damaged by vandalism and Fontaine took it back.

“It was the cutest dang thing,” the mayor said. “It ended kind of badly.”

The first piece discussed by commissioner was a female in a long dress with a billed cap. Jill Hagen expressed concern about youth deciding to hang on one of the lifted arms.

“That is a viable concern, if they would hang on the arm and if it would snap off,” Day said. “We could ask the artist if there are any concerns about kids jumping on it.”

Commissioners passed on a reclining body sculpture as well as the sleeping baby one.

“I’d want to pass,” Christopher said of the latter. “It might look different elevated on the pedestal. It was provocative to begin with.”

Day predicted the sculpture might get some ink because of that.

“The paper gets bored, so they’d probably jump on that,” Day said with a chuckle.

“Exactly!” Christopher replied. “They’re particularly bored right now.”

There was unanimous love for the man in the tuxedo with the staff and top hat.

“That is really cool,” Day said.

Christopher and others agreed.

“I think that is adorable, too,” she said. “We totally like him.”

A hooded person sculpture didn’t elicit such favorable response, but the kneeling fireman did.

While there were three locations considered – Sonic being the third – Abby’s and Copper Creek were the two chosen.

After discussion of whether there was a rush, Day indicated the placement should happen soon.

“We have three empty spaces, the money has been allocated, it’s time to take action,” he said.

Christopher is confident there will be more interest in public art thanks to the formation of the Arts Commission.

Thank a politician today


It’s a mistake to be nostalgic for some golden age in politics when everyone was nice to each other. Such a time never existed.

Still, this is a particularly rotten moment to be an elected official, and especially a member of Congress, a body whose ratings are even lower than those of journalists. If you run for office these days, all your mistakes (and some you never made) are broadcast widely in some horrible TV spot.

So this Thanksgiving, let’s all express gratitude to our fellow Americans who dare to run for the House and Senate. By way of offering mine, I want to thank a few good people we’re losing to retirement or electoral defeat.

Progressives will miss Reps. George Miller and Henry Waxman, both California Democrats. I wrote about Miller when he announced his retirement at the beginning of the year, singling him out as a fearless liberal who’d fight the Republicans at every step, but also work with them happily if something useful could get done.

Waxman is one of the smartest members of Congress, and you never wanted to be at the wrong end of a Henry Waxman hearing. My colleague Harold Meyerson listed just some of the things Waxman bills accomplished: They made our air cleaner and our drinking water safer, put nutritional labeling on food, got medical care to people with AIDS and increased safety standards for food. Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson called Waxman “tougher than a boiled owl,” probably not something you want to think about at your Thanksgiving table.

Miller and Waxman (like the late Ted Kennedy) spent their careers championing universal health care. So did Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. It’s fitting that all of them got to help Obamacare pass.

During budget skirmishes, politicians found it easy to stand up for Medicare, but Rockefeller stood up for Medicaid, which isn’t as popular. He also tried to get a public option into the Affordable Care Act. Harkin is a wonderfully outspoken populist, and I particularly admire the message he sent when he ended his 1992 presidential campaign. A lifelong battler for the disabled whose brother is deaf, Harkin made his announcement at Gallaudet University, which is geared to deaf and hearing-impaired students—and started his speech in sign language. How many presidential candidates have made such a personal moment about people other than themselves?

Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., is one of the nicest people in Congress—that’s how they seem to make them in the Midwest—and is best known for the detailed tax reform proposal he offered earlier this year.

But I also owe Camp an apology. He has devoted a lot of energy to adoption and foster care reform. I wrote about a successful bipartisan bill in that area back in 1997 and mentioned the roles of Rockefeller and the late John Chafee, (R-R.I.). Camp should have received credit, too, and being Catholic, I knew I’d feel guilty until I got that fact in print.

Candor demands that I note I was rooting for my friend and former Georgetown dean Judy Feder when she twice ran against Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va. I honor her public service, too, and still think she belongs in Congress. But I respect Wolf, who is retiring, for the exceptional work he has done on behalf of religious liberty around the world, and he was very early among politicians in seeing danger in the spread of gambling throughout the country.

A quick thanks to Rep. Thomas Petri, R-Wis., for trying to remember his roots in the progressive Republicanism of the old Ripon Society; to Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., for her personal witness against the horrors of gun violence; to Sen. Carl Levin, D-M.I., for being brave and prophetic on the Iraq War in 2002; and to Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., for casting a courageous vote for background checks.

Thanks also to editors who saved me from many stupid blunders in columns like this, particularly my friend James Hill whose retirement means I will miss enormously enlightening, twice-a-week conversations.

These folks, and others I wish I could mention, no doubt identify with Teddy Roosevelt’s tribute to the person in the arena “whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.”

 “If he fails,” TR told us, “at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

(Washington Post Writers Group)

The Big But


Following President Obama’s ambitious executive order on immigration — not unprecedented in subject matter but unprecedented in scope and ambition—we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent.

Obama’s action was a substitute for legislation—imposed precisely because legislation he favored did not pass. So what issues might have been raised during the legislative debate Obama pre-empted?

There is the matter of arbitrariness. Obama’s defense of his action is sweeping and unqualified. We are not a nation that “accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms.” Unless, of course, they arrived less than five years ago. A moral rule is apparently bounded by a bureaucratic line. And an appeal intended to put Republicans on the defensive also puts Hillary Clinton on the spot. One possible news conference question: “Madam Secretary, if an American president has the unilateral power to remove people from the shadows, why not people who arrived during the Obama years?”

There is also the matter of implementation. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes about 4 million cases of all kinds each year. Now as many as 4 million applications — involving documentation of the arbitrary five-year limit — will be added over an indeterminate period of time. USCIS — which is currently overwhelmed — has six months to prepare for the onslaught. Opportunities for fraud and exploitation will certainly multiply. Will the lines for services provided to legal immigrants lengthen? An actual legislative debate might have clarified these challenges, particularly in light of the administration’s Obamacare and Veterans Affairs debacles.

The American political system not only lacks action; it lacks deliberation. On immigration, Obama has provided the first by circumventing the second — and provided a precedent for other presidents to avoid deliberation on other matters. During campaign-like events, Obama has made a strong case for immigration reform legislation, employing arguments that could have been made (and were) by George W. Bush. He has not made a case for short-circuiting the legislative process, except for noting that Congress has not acted in the way he wants, on the timeline he prefers. It is an Augustinian ploy, made from a Jimmy Carter-like political position.

But—and this is perhaps the most significant conjunction of its kind since Kim Kardashian’s —Obama’s action shows the power of even a weakened president to influence a public debate. After all of the important legal, practical, political and procedural objections to Obama’s executive order, he has called attention to a fundamentally sympathetic group of human beings caught in an unjust and unworkable system. People who come to America to construct a better life, sometimes at great personal cost and risk, are not common criminals, even when they lack documentation. They (and all of the rest of us) deserve an immigration system that honors both the rule of law and human dignity. Our current one does not.

Obama’s willful revision of that law has problems of its own. It falls short on visas for high-tech workers. It provides no path to citizenship. In the most cynical (and most likely) interpretation, it uses undocumented workers in a vast political ploy.

But, no Republican running for president—or, at least, no Republican with serious prospects of actually becoming president—can simply say that the group that Obama has registered will be summarily deported. This would be impractical, immoral and politically self-destructive. Any future Republican proposal for comprehensive immigration reform will need to include a provision that deals with this humanitarian concern. Obama’s action, however currently controversial, will not be entirely undone.

This is already evident in the serious Republican response to the executive order — from a strengthened and disciplined Republican congressional leadership—which has focused on confronting Obama’s overreach rather than scapegoating people his action is designed to help. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush placed his opposition to Obama’s power grab within the context of a call for comprehensive reform — the only position that allows the GOP to confront its long-term demographic challenges.

Obama’s action on immigration creates a situation similar to health care. Obamacare was passed in a partisan march, implemented incompetently and sold to the public (as we know from professor Jonathan Gruber) in a deceptive fashion. But Republicans running for president will still need to propose a market-oriented alternative for the people currently getting health coverage under Obama’s plan.

This may be Obama’s very mixed presidential legacy. His methods are controversial, divisive, sometimes disturbing and often failed; his goals have shifted the American political debate.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Walker headed to St. Martin’s

Mickey Walker, a pitcher for the McNary High School varsity baseball team, smiles after signing his letter of intent. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Mickey Walker, a pitcher for the McNary High School varsity baseball team, smiles after signing his letter of intent. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

Before the varsity baseball season got underway last spring, Head Coach Larry Keeker heard the same thing about Mickey Walker from two different assistants during an intrasquad scrimmage.

“They said Mickey knows he belongs, and he knows he belongs on the mound. When he walks out there and plays, that’s how he plays,” said Keeker.

At the time, Keeker wasn’t exactly certain where Walker would fit in the line-up, but Walker made his presence known every time out. He finished the season 6-0 with three shutouts, one one-hitter, a pair of two-hitters and a win against every team in the league. He was named to the all-league first team and tapped as Central Valley Conference pitcher of the year before being honored as a second team all-state pick.

“That’s a great journey and a great accomplishment, and it’s a result of Mickey’s dedication, hard work and passion for the game of baseball,” Keeker said.

Those same three traits are what led to Walker signing to play with St. Martin’s University in front of a McNary High School library packed with friends, relations, and several former coaches Tuesday, Nov. 18.

“(The Saints) have some good talent coming up in the program, and it’s a smaller school which fits what I’ve gotten used to,” said Walker, who attends school in Silverton and plays for the McNary baseball program.

Most high school athletes struggle to get looks from college recruiters, but Walker benefitted from a special invitation to play for Capitol City Select, a Salem-based college-preparatory team. Despite being 16, Walker was invited to play with the 18U team and traveled much of the West Coast throughout the summer.

Two of the team’s coaches, Scott and Justin Barchus, have close ties to McNary.

“The coach at St. Martin’s saw me play in a tournament up in Washington and invited me to come and check out the school,” Walker said.

As part of the Lacey, Wash.-based Saints, Walker will occasionally return close to home for games against conference foes Western Oregon University and Portland’s Concordia University. The St. Martin program is graduating 10 seniors in June meaning Walker will have a good chance of starting in his freshman year.

Walker said he’s most looking forward to the freedom college represents, but he’ll be working on honing his game during his senior year.

“It will all be fundamentals,” he said. “Trying to get better and more consistent in the little things.”

Walker is the son of Jerry and Lisa Walker, owners of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.