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KEIZER CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Robert L. Simon Council Chambers
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. ROLL CALL
3. FLAG SALUTE
4. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS
a. West Keizer Neighborhood Association Annual Report
5. COMMITTEE REPORTS
6. PUBLIC TESTIMONY
This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing.
7. PUBLIC HEARINGS
a. Gustav’s Bargarten Keizer Station Liquor License Application
b. 2015 Liquor License Renewals
8. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION
a. ORDER – In the Matter of the Application of Bonaventure Senior Housing, LLC, Oregon Territory, LLC and Jerold and Kathleen Egner for Approval of the Keizer Station Master Plan/Lot Line Adjustment (Area C – Keizer Station) (Master Plan/Lot Line Adjustment Case No. 2014-20); Repeal of Order in the Application of E Village, LLC Adopted April 18, 2011; Repeal of Order in the Application of E Village, LLC Adopted December 3, 2012; Repeal of order in the Matter of the Application of E Village, LLC Adopted March 18, 2013
9. CONSENT CALENDAR
a. RESOLUTION – Approving Extension of the Cable Television Franchise Agreement with Comcast of Oregon, Inc. (Formerly Known as Far-West Communications, Inc., DBA AT&T Cable Services)
b. RESOLUTION – Authorizing City Manager to Sign Meter Reader Service Agreement with Metereaders, LLC
c. Approval of January 20, 2015 Regular Session Minutes
d. Approval of January 26, 2015 Work Session Minutes
10. COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS
11. OTHER BUSINESS
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.
12. WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS
To inform the Council of significant written communications.
13. AGENDA INPUT
March 2, 2015
7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session
March 9, 2015
5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session
March 16, 2015
7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session
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Despite suffering its first loss in the Greater Valley Conference last week, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team was back in the mix three days later.
“I couldn’t have been happier,” said Ryan Kirch, Celtic head coach. “Our kids played hard in the game with South Salem (High School) and still lost, then they went down to a tough space at West Albany and battled incredibly hard.”
The Celts trailed the Bulldogs by a point (13-12) after the first period Friday, Feb. 6, but locked down on defense in the second and third quarters.
“We got flustered at first by their 2-3 match-up zone, then once we got a hold on it we scored early and often. We had to adjust and went to man defense to help,” said senior Devon Dunagan.
In the second and third frames, the Celts outscored West Albany 23-10.
“It was a physical first half, but I think we just wanted it more after halftime,” said McNary’s Mathew Ismay.
Junior Harry Cavell led scoring with 19 points against the Bulldogs, which included going 12 for 12 from the free throw line. Tregg Peterson put up 14 points; Trent VanCleave had 11; Dunagan and Connor Goff had four apiece; and Cade Goff Ismay and Jason Sperle each put in two.
“The second and third quarters were big for us and that’s the sign of a good team,” Kirch said. “It was really one of our better games this season.”
McNary had games on tap this week with West Salem and McMinnville high schools, two teams that gave the Celtics a run for their money in contests earlier this season.
“We have to learn from the struggles in those first games and know going in what we can do to contain their strengths,” Dunagan said.
Strong starts would go a long way toward helping the effort, Ismay added.
As the regular season enters its final throes, Kirch said the team’s biggest challenges will be game-to-game.
“Basketball has a long season and staying mentally focused until the end is always difficult,” he said. “We’re ranked ninth in the state right now and we’d like make the top eight and win the first playoff game so we can host the second one. Until then, we need to keep our eyes on what’s in front of us.”
A number of RadioShack stores across the country will indeed be closing, including the one in Keizer.
When asked last week by the Keizertimes about the rumored closures, both the store manager in Keizer and a company spokesperson declined having any knowledge of company plans.
“We don’t have any specific information to share at this time regarding stores or markets,” the spokesperson said in an e-mail Feb. 3. “We do not have any comments related to the ongoing speculation about the plans for the business as a whole.”
The company’s stance has changed since then.
The Texas-based company, started in 1921, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Feb. 5.
According to a news release from the company, RadioShack has signed an agreement with Standard General for the latter to acquire between 1,500 and 2,400 of the U.S. RadioShack stores. In turn, General Wireless has agreed to establish a “store within a store” Sprint mobile phone retail presence in up to 1,750 of the acquired stores, pending court approval.
RadioShack currently has about 4,000 company-owned stores in the U.S. Stores outside of this country are not covered by the agreement.
Company leaders announced 1,784 stores are expected to be closed by the end of March, with closures set to happen in three waves.
The Keizer store, located in the Keizer Creekside Shopping Center at 5410 River Road, is among the 17 Oregon stores making the list for closures. The Keizer store is part of the second wave, meaning it will close by Feb. 28, though an exact closing date has not been listed yet.
The RadioShack in Salem’s Lancaster Mall is among the 162 stores in the first wave, scheduled to be closed by Feb. 17. The second wave includes 986 stores. A third wave of stores, 636 in total, is expected to be closed by the end of March.
The news saddened some shoppers at the Keizer RadioShack on Tuesday.
“I’m disappointed,” said Dorene Standish, a RadioShack shopper of 35 years. “They had served the community well.”
Doris Ditter is also a longtime shopper.
“I’m sorry to see it close,” she said. “People here are always helpful and they know what they’re talking about. We’ve lived here for 30 years and this is where we come for help.”
In a FAQ on the company website, the company indicated it has asked the court to honor all returns and exchanges, as well as customer warranties.
“These steps are the culmination of a thorough process intended to drive maximum value for our stakeholders,” RadioShack CEO Joe Magnacca said in a statement.
If so, that made the now-former mayor perhaps the only one in the room.
Christopher picked up the 2014 Keizer First Citizen Award during the annual First Citizen Awards Banquet at the Keizer Quality Suites on Jan. 31, just a few weeks after stepping down following 14 years as Keizer’s mayor.
At the same event last year, Christopher formally announced she would not be running for mayor again.
While Christopher faced a strong group of nominees in Big Toy general coordinator Mark Caillier, business owner Rich Duncan, Purple Heart recipient Don Conat and former Keizer City Councilor Richard Walsh, Christopher was the heavy favorite.
Still, Christopher said she didn’t know until last year’s winner John Doneth started listing her accomplishments.
“When they had us all (stand) up, I got nervous and thought I might need to write something down,” she said. “When John Doneth said she volunteered to do the (Keizer Little League) candy drive, that’s when I knew it was me.”
In a new tradition, Doneth had all former First Citizens in the room come to the front of the room before he read the list of this year’s nominees. Each of the 12 present stayed up front and greeted Christopher as she came up, with 1992 First Citizen Mike Gaynor adding humor to the occasion by taking a selfie with the newest recipient.
“It makes your hands sweat,” Christopher said afterwards of greeting the row of former recipients. “I mean, it’s really humbling. These people, I’ve stood on their shoulders. It was on what they built. And I got to continue to build onto it. You look at all of those people, you look at what we’ve accomplished in 30-odd years as a city.”
As a longtime mayor, Christopher accrued various awards and recognitions, including the Mayor’s Award last year from Salem mayor Anna Peterson.
“That one really meant a lot. I put that in the front room,” Christopher said. “But this means a lot. This is a culmination of working for 14 years with all the people in that room. Where does this rank? This is the far top, because it really is the recognition by your peers.”
Doneth wanted all First Citizens recognized because, as he put it, he had to be up front.
“Keizer First Citizen, I’ve always believed, is the highest honor the community can bestow on one of its citizens,” Doneth said. “I’d like to start a new tradition and have all the former First Citizens come up and form an honor roll. Keizer is blessed by having many great people who volunteer.”
After introducing each of this year’s nominees, Doneth didn’t keep the suspense up for long, starting with Christopher’s little league involvement 25 years ago and giving it away for good by mentioning this year’s recipient joined the council in August 1998 thanks to a random drawing after a tied vote.
“During her tenure, 2,000 new jobs were added in Keizer,” Doneth said of Christopher. “That’s 2,000 new jobs during one of the worst economies in 40 years. She is the absolute epitome of our city motto of pride, spirit and volunteerism.”
Christopher beamed as she shared her speech.
“My mom told me as a kid you’re judged by the company you keep,” she said. “I hope that’s true. I hope that these people that are in front of you, the city council members that I’ve served with, and my fellow nominees, I hope I’m judged by those folks because there’s none finer.
“I want to thank the Keizer Chamber of Commerce for recognizing me, but I feel guilty,” Christopher added. “Although you see my name and face in the paper, I really did very little. All of the heavy lifting and the hard work was done by you. I just got to take the credit, so thanks. I really appreciate it. I’m so proud of the things we’ve accomplished together.”
The newest First Citizen talked of the pride she has of Keizer.
“I love driving down River Road and seeing the art we’ve put on there, I love seeing the meandering sidewalks, I love seeing the thriving businesses, I love seeing Keizer Station where I can buy socks and underwear – and do it on a regular basis,” she said. “I love knowing that 2,000 people minimum are able to support their families because of our efforts. I love that. I don’t need my name on anything because it’s all mine and it’s all yours. We’ve done it together.”
Christopher expressed confidence in new councilors and new mayor Cathy Clark, who was seated at Christopher’s table in the back of the room.
“I watched the first council meeting I wasn’t there,” Christopher said. “They were all great. They asked great questions. I was so proud. More than proud, I was confident these folks are going to be good. As an outgoing councilor, that means a lot to know there will be people to fill your shoes and do as well as you, if not better.”
At the end, Christopher couldn’t resist taking a good natured jab at fellow former councilor Joe Egli, who had nervously stumbled through his Merchant of the Year earlier in the evening, while at the same time thanking her husband.
“Last but not least, I want to thank my husband Ron. For 14 years, not one time did he ever complain about having to go to a meeting, an event, a dinner,” she said. “He was a full and 100 percent supportive helpmate. It allows you to be the best you can be and give the best you can to the city you’ve chosen to serve. I love you honey, and unlike Joe Egli, baby, you will get lucky tonight. At the going away party (Jan. 17), I said the same thing, and he did.”
Event emcee Nathan Bauer couldn’t resist picking up on the idea and poking some fun at Egli, who happens to be his co-worker.
“Congratulations Lore on the award and congratulations too, Ron. You got some good news, huh buddy?” Bauer said as laughter filled the room. “It’s a good night at the Christopher house. Joe Egli, that’s how you give a speech. Boom!”