In November, Keizer Fire District will have a General Obligation Emergency Equipment Bond Measure on the ballot.
On Tuesday evening at the Keizer Fire District Board meeting, the motion was passed to ask the citizens of Keizer for a small increase in their taxes to better serve them.
“We do the best to maintain our equipment and keep it in good working order, but time and wear are against us,” fire chief Jeff Cowan said. “We knew our fleet of engines and ambulances would have to be replaced, but we made the choice to pay off our station bond first and be financially responsible. Our priority is service and staffing, now we need to replace our equipment.”
The proposed equipment bond has an estimated tax rate of $.14 per $1,000 of assessed value and will bring in approximately $6.2 million.
This bond will be at a lower starting rate than the station bond which began at $.20 per $1,000 of assessed value. The amount decreased over time as local growth and new construction added to our assessed valuation on properties in Keizer. The station Bond will be paid off in February 2016.
If passed, the Emergency Equipment Bond would provide the funding to replace three engines, five medic units, one command vehicle, one rescue, one brush rig and have the 23-year-old ladder refurbished. The equipment would be purchased over the course of the bond. Most of the purchases would occur within the first two years of the bond to replace the aging fleet.
Currently two of the engines are more than 20 years old and lack modern safety features to keep firefighters safe. All three of the ambulances need to be replaced due to age, wear, mileage and reliability. The rescue vehicle was taken out of service due to unreliability.
The Volcanoes had a 3-3 record for the week just before the Keizertimes went to press, ending with a shutout of the Hillsboro Hops.
Aug. 6: Volcanoes 3, Eugene 2
Salem-Keizer opened this road series with a well-pitched game that ended with a great bit of fielding.
Eugene came close to tying the score in the bottom of the ninth with Ian Rice on third base and Tyler Alamo on first. Helping Caleb Smith get his sixth save, third baseman Jose Vizcaino Jr. deflected a grounder toward second baseman Junior Amion, who fired the ball to first baseman John Riley.
Michael Connolly, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, became the winner at 3-1 by pitching six innings and striking out three. Cory Taylor pitched two innings with four strikeouts before turning the ball over to Smith.
Eugene scored in the third when Kevonte Mitchell came home on a double play and in the sixth when Alberto Mineo’s sacrifice fly drove in Frandy Delarosa.
The Volcanoes scored twice in the fifth, with Amion singling Riley home and coming in on an error. In the seventh, Miguel Gomez tripled Vizcaino home. Mark Malave was the losing pitcher in relief.
Aug. 7: Volcanoes 9, Eugene 2
Eugene led 1-0 until the sixth inning, when Salem-Keizer went ahead by a run. Then came the eighth.
In the eighth, the Volcanoes came to bat 14 times and scored seven runs. They went through three Emerald pitchers for a rally that featured two stolen bases by Ronnie Jebavy and one by Jose Vizcaino Jr., who had hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Eight Volcanoes had at least one hit, with John Riley getting three and Miguel Gomez two.
Andrew Suarez, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, went four innings, allowing three hits and one run and striking out three. He was removed because of his pitch count limit. Rayan Hernandez, the first of four relievers, got the win, his first. Eugene starter Jose Paulino took the loss.
Aug. 8: Eugene 1, Volcanoes 0
It was a series win but no sweep.
Emerald pitchers silenced Salem-Keizer bats, with starter Oscar De La Cruz striking out seven and allowing only four hits in his six innings, running his record to 6-4. Pedro Araujo got his first save.
Logan Webb had one of his best starts for the Volcanoes, giving up the one run and allowing six hits but striking out six in his six innings. Jaret Leverett pitched the last two innings.
Eugene’s run came in the second inning. Alberto Mineo tripled and scored on a single by Adonis Paula.
For the Volcanoes, CJ Hinojosa had one of his best games of the season with three hits, two of them doubles, in addition to fielding expertly. There were no errors in the game.
Aug. 9: Hillsboro 4, Volcanoes 2
Salem-Keizer pitchers gave up only one earned run, and the Volcanoes’ Shilo McCall hit a home run, but it was not enough for a home series-opening win.
Both Volcano runs came in the third inning. John Riley singled,and McCall knocked the ball over the fence. Salem-Keizer was ahead 2-0 then, but the Hops scored twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth.
In the fifth, Sergio Alcantara singled Nate Robertson home and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fernery Ozuna. By then there had been two outs and an error by Steven Duggar in right field.
Josh Anderson reached first base on an error by shortstop CJ Hinojosa in the sixth. Trevor Mitsui singled, and with two outs both scored on a single by Alcantara.
Hillsboro starter Carlos Hernandez was the winning pitcher with a 4-1 record, and Cameron Gann had his first save. Nathanael Santiago was the losing pitcher in relief.
Aug. 11: Volcanoes 7, Hillsboro 0
The Volcanoes decided they preferred a third shutout win for the season to getting swept in a series.
Salem-Keizer’s big inning was the four-run first. Steven Duggar singled and was on base when Miguel Gomez hit his fourth home run of the season. The second out followed, and then CJ Hinojosa hit his third homer of the year. Fernando Pujadas doubled, went to third base on a wild pitch by Hillsboro starter and loser Tyler Mark, and scored on a single by Junior Amion.
Hinojosa had three hits for the night.
Nolan Riggs, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, went six innings and allowed the Hops their total of three hits, running his record to 3-1. Rayan Hernandez pitched in relief.