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Day: February 1, 2016

Agenda for Keizer City Council meeting

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CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT

KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION

AGENDA

KEIZER CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR SESSION

Monday, February 1, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers

Keizer, Oregon

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL

3. FLAG SALUTE

4. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

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

8. ADMINISTATIVE ACTION

a. RESOLUTION – Supporting the Formation, Joint Leadership and Purpose of the Mid-Willamette Homelessness Initiative Task Force; Authorizing Mayor to Sign Mid-Willamette Homelessness Initiative Task Force Charter; and Delegating Authority to the Mayor to Appoint Members to the Task Force

b. RESOLUTION – Adopting Public Art and Public Murals Policies; Repeal of Resolution No. R2015-2615

c. Location Approval for Public Art Sculpture

d. ORDINANCE – Amending Ordinance Adopting the Keizer Marijuana Retailer Permit Process; Declaring an Emergency; Amendment of Ordinance No. 2016-743

e. Taxation of Recreational Marijuana

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)

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

February 10, 2016 (Wednesday)

6:00 p.m. – City Council/Planning Commission Joint Work Session

• Urban Growth Boundary Expansion

February 16, 2016 (Tuesday)

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

February 23, 2016 (Tuesday)

5:30 p.m. – City Council Work Session

• Tour of Liberty House

March 7, 2016

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

March 14, 2016

5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session

• Emergency Management

14.ADJOURNMENT

Upon request, auxiliary aids and/or special services will be provided. To request services, please contact us at (503)390-3700 or through Oregon Relay at 1-800-735-2900 at least two working days (48 hours) in advance.

Water issue gets resolved at WMS

KEIZERTIMES/File photo
KEIZERTIMES/File photo

It took nearly two weeks, but an issue with the water at Whiteaker Middle School was finally resolved last week.

Julia DeWitt, principal of the middle school located at 1605 Lockhaven Drive NE, said sediment was finally cleared and the water service interruption ended on Jan. 18.

“The origin of the issue stemmed from a maintenance service over the winter break,” DeWitt said. “Our fire suppression system was flushed by an outside contractor. Through the process of pushing a large volume of water and high amount of pressure, manganese from Keizer’s main lines broke loose and entered Whiteaker’s domestic water supply/lines.”

DeWitt said school leaders consulted with the Marion County Environmental Health Department and Keizer City Water Department.

“We flushed our lines over a series of days until it ran clear everywhere,” she said. “Then, we followed with tests for bacteria, metals (pipe degradation) and pH levels – all of which have come back clear –  before going back online.”

DeWitt said the process took about two weeks.

“Our service interruption lasted from the morning we returned from the winter break, Jan. 5 through Jan. 18,” she said. “It took a solid eight days of flushing Whiteaker’s water lines for our water to run clear of sediment. The additional days were due to waiting on final lab results.”

During the water service interruption, the Salem Keizer School District provided bottled drinking water and handwashing stations for staff and students to use.

DeWitt had high praise for all involved.

“Whiteaker’s staff and students were amazing through this time,” she said. “Everyone stayed focused on learning. It was business as usual. I attribute this to our strong school community, as well as to the outstanding support from several Salem-Keizer departments. They ensured that our daily water needs were provided for and partnered for a plan to resolve the issue.”

As far as DeWitt could tell, the issue was isolated to WMS.

“During this time, the Keizer Water Department said they have not had any other complaints in the area and they have not been doing any flushing of lines,” DeWitt said.