By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Soon, members of the Keizer Points of Interest Committee should be able to tell you all about historic floods in Keizer.
KPIC members have been working on a kiosk for Keizer Rapids Park detailing some of the biggest floods of the Willamette River in the Keizer area. Discussion continued at the Feb. 17 meeting for the group.
Bev Ecklund will be compiling details of the 1996 floods, when waters reached 35 feet, 1 inch.
Too easy or too recent? Kris Adams will be gathering details of the 1964 floods, when waters reached 37 feet.
Sherrie Gottfried and Charlotte Clark will work together to get information about the 1943 floods, when waters peaked at 38 feet, 6 inches.
Going further back, Erica Hedberg will be looking up the 1890 floods, when the river hit 45 feet, 3 inches.
Jill Bonney-Hill, chair of KPIC, is looking up the oldest and highest flood: the 1861 floods that hit 47 feet.
Debbie Lockhart, the Keizer deputy city recorder who takes minutes at KPIC meetings, said a kiosk like the Marie Dorion one at the Pfc. Ryan J. Hill Memorial Park is being envisioned.
“Maybe if you get key pictures, quotes and bring it together, then we can all decide,” Lockhart suggested to KPIC members.
Bonney-Hill noted she told Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director, the group is still in the information gathering stage.
“We will be coming to the council in the future for funding,” she said. “I told the council I would be coming back at a later date to discuss the kiosk.”
At this point, there’s no timetable for when that date might be.
“We’ll come back each month with updates,” Bonney-Hill said. “There’s no rush.”
Lockhart noted the Japanese History Sign project wasn’t exactly an overnight job.
“It would be nice to have it by the early fall,” Lockhart said. “Gosh, we worked on the Japanese project for years. If it takes time, that’s okay.”
In other KPIC business:
• Lockhart noted the Japanese History Sign was printed recently by Sign Crafters of Oregon, but parks supervisor Robert Johnson noticed a problem.
“They put it on the wrong paper,” Lockhart said. “Robert told them it wasn’t the right way. They looked at the order and realized it. They are putting in another layer over it which will make it anti-graffiti.”
The fixed sign was installed on Monday.
• Hedberg and her family have been going around to the different geo-caching sites, making sure everything is in the right place.
“One wasn’t there, so I just created a new one,” Hedberg said, referring to the one by the Thomas D. Keizur statue in front of city hall. “I got a new container. The other ones I’ve found have all been dry. I am just making sure they are still there and dry.”
• Hedberg will be in contact with Dr. Wilbur Bluhm soon to do an interview with him for the Oral History Project. Kris Adams is hoping to make progress on an interview she’s trying to do about Terry Staats.
Adams was able to do an interview with Alice Jones.
“I did it just the other day,” Adams said. “She was a hoot and had a lot of information. She came across great. It went well.”