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Month: September 2016

Feds tighten stormwater regs, costs likely to rise

Bioswales disguised as landscaping, like the one pictured here in front of Back to Health on River Road North, will likely become more common under new stormwater regulations. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Bioswales disguised as landscaping, like the one pictured here in front of Back to Health on River Road North, will likely become more common under new stormwater regulations. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Talking about stormwater management isn’t going to make you friends at dinner, but it can have a substantial impact on the route you might take to get to the party.

A few years ago, residents were navigating some sections of River Road North with almost six inches of standing water during heavy deluges. The problem has been mitigated for the most part, but solving it didn’t come easily.

To complete a video inspection of the drainage system in 2014 and 2015, crews removed 3,800 cubic feet of sediment and other discarded material. It’s the equivalent of 38 standard-sized dump trucks.

That’s why changes to the way Keizer manages stormwater merited their own work session by the Keizer City Council, Monday, Sept. 26. Changes are coming to Keizer’s stormwater permit and it will impact both the development code and, likely, the city’s cost of doing business.

Elizabeth Sagmiller, Keizer’s environmental and technical division manager, highlighted some of the changes expected when the city is issued a new stormwater permit later this year.

“There will be additional costs, but we’re not in any way prepared to come to you with a number,” said Sagmiller.

Keizer’s stormwater permit allows the city to discharge untreated stormwater into waterways. The existing permit allows Keizer to craft its stormwater policies to meet the needs of the community, but the new one will be a move toward standardizing stormwater management across the country. The changes are being made at the behest of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Many of the changes are aimed toward making stormwater management more transparent, Sagmiller said.

“We will have to keep more detailed records and there will be increases in the frequency of compliance checks,” Sagmiller said.

Currently, compliance checks are made every five years, but the new permit will require staged checks every six months to a year. Environmental groups play an active role in watchdogging stormwater disposal and making sure agents are complying with the law.

The new permit is also going to require additional community education.

“Currently, we only have to develop a public outreach program. The new permit will require reaching out to 16 target audiences, like landscape architects, twice a year,” Sagmiller said.

Other changes will be directed at the development codes in the city. A heavy emphasis will be placed on green structures and infrastructure to mitigate stormwater.

“Once we know precisely what the permit requires, it will force us to sit down and evaluate what we do and how we do it alongside all of the other jobs we perform that aren’t part of the stormwater system,” said Bill Lawyer, Keizer Public Works director. “Part of that will be planning for some capital improvement projects, but the good news is that even some of our oldest systems aren’t in horrible shape.”

The new permit will probably also trigger the creation of a new stormwater management plan. The city’s current plan dates back to the 1980s.

“Ultimately, there are a few challenging things, but it will be a good thing for the community,” Sagmiller said.

Man caught mid-shave in strangers’ home

E. Avila
E. Avila

A Woodburn man was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 27, after he was discovered shaving in the home of a Keizer couple.

Keizer police officers responded to the report of a burglary at 5:45 p.m. in the 5700 block of Kalmia Drive N.E. The husband had recently returned home and found a stranger in a bathroom shaving his head with a razor.

The wife was home at the time of the incident, but was in a bedroom and unaware of the intruder.

The couple told police they were fearful and intimidated and told the man to leave as they were calling the police.

The suspect ran from the residence and was located later in the area of Lockhaven Drive Northeast and Verda Lane Northeast. Officers identified the man based on a description supplied by the victims and his partially shaved head.

Entry to the home was made by breaking through a fence leading to the rear of the house and then opening a sliding glass door.

Eric Avila, 39, was taken into custody without incident and is charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

Anyone having additional information about his incident is asked to contact Officer Jeremie Fletcher at 503-390-3713, ext. 3467.

Van Voorhis torches McKay

McNary senior Brendan Van Voorhis runs away from two McKay defenders for a 76-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)
McNary senior Brendan Van Voorhis runs away from two McKay defenders for a 76-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McKay had no answer for Brendan Van Voorhis.

Not when he ran right up the middle of the Scots kickoff team for a 90-yard touchdown.

Not when he caught a short pass from Josiah Gilbert, made a defender miss and used his 100-meter track speed to score an 81-yard touchdown to give McNary a narrow lead at halftime.

And certainly not when Van Voorhis beat a cornerback and safety help to grab another ball from Gilbert and raced to the end zone for a 76-yard touchdown to finish off McKay 46-41 on homecoming night.

“That’s one of the better games we’ve had around here, that’s for sure,” McNary head coach Jeff Auvinen said of Van Voorhis’ performance.

Gilbert went up to Van Voorhis before the game, played on Friday, Sept. 23, and told him he would score four touchdowns. But Van Voorhis decided to do him one better, finishing with five scores and more than 400 yards in the shootout.

“That kind of put a number in my head to try and get and (Gilbert) put the ball where it needed to be for me to score,” Van Voorhis said. “We were fired up about this game. We came out here and played like we were fired up. We wanted to win real bad.”

McNary made it a point to get the ball in Van Voorhis’ hands. Along with eight catches for 275 yards, he also had 44 yards on six rushing attempts.

“I knew (Van Voorhis) was just going to take over and he did,” Gilbert said. “It’s phenomenal.”

The Celtics needed all five of Van Voorhis’ touchdowns.

McKay quarterback Noah Tavera passed for 350 yards and three scores.

The Scots did most of their damage on fade routes with McKay receivers out-jumping McNary defenders for the ball.

“They were very accurate and went and got it and we didn’t play the ball very well,” Auvinen said. “We’ll keep working on it.”

McKay also scored 14 points on defense, twice returning interceptions for touchdowns.

Gilbert threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns but also had three interceptions and lost a fumble.

McNary defensive back Lucas Garvey twice intercepted Tavera, including once in the end zone at the end of the first half to set up Van Voorhis’ 81-yard go-ahead score.

The Scots got on the scoreboard first.

After converting a fourth-and-6 at the Celtic 41-yard line with a 36-yard completion by Tavera, Matthew Jarding reached the end zone on a 5-yard run with 7:57 remaining in the first quarter.

McNary marched down the field as well but its opening drive stalled at McKay’s 5-yard line when Josh Benson was tackled behind the line of scrimmage on fourth-and-goal.

Garvey’s first interception gave the ball right back to the Celtics and Gilbert found Van Voorhis for a 40-yard touchdown. On the first play of the second quarter, the two connected again for a 46-yard score  but McNary twice failed to convert two-point attempts and led 12-7.

McKay answered with 14 straight points on a Tavera touchdown pass and then a pick-6 to go ahead 21-12 with seven minutes remaining in the first half.

But Van Voorhis returned the following kickoff for a touchdown to get the Celtics within 21-19.

Joseph Leo Bagg

Joseph (Joe) Bagg peacefully passed away in his sleep at Meadow Creek Village Assisted Living, in Salem.

Joe was a long time resident at Emerald Pointe where he proudly handled the Poppy sales program for our veterans. He was a veteran also, at the age of 16 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy.

He is survived by daughter, Jo-Ann Rayner, her husband George, who was also Joe’s best friend, son Michael and his wife Susan Bagg of Toronto, Canada, and son Sean Bagg and his partner Lorena Romero of La Paz, Mexico. His wife, Audrey, preceded him in death in 2008.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Meadow Creek Village. Although his stay was brief, they appreciate the comfort that was provided Joe in the last month of his life. Gratitude is also extended to Sandy, Nikki and Amanda of Serenity Hospice and his fellow residents at Emerald Pointe who contributed to his quality of life.

Special thanks is sent to Kathleen Shelley, for her gifts of friendship, caring and thoughtfulness.

Joe’s remains will be taken back to Toronto, Canada for burial. A celebration of his life will be held there at a later date.

Wishes of condolences can be sent to: The Bagg Family, P.O. Box 21779, Keizer, OR 97307.

Cow pasture decisions must be made according to law

FROM THE MAYOR’S DESK

Land use matters are tricky.  When the City Council hears certain types of land use applications, we sit as judges and have to weigh all facts provided to us against a strict set of criteria and State statutes.  The state requirements the city and the council must follow are the result of decades of land use planning and litigation, preserving our farm and forest lands and planning the space for cities through the management of land inside our urban growth boundaries.

Perhaps our most important job in these types of issues is to ensure we work to be fair and impartial in our evaluation of land use proposals, striving to create an even playing field to weigh the proposal against all other development proposals within the city, and then to weigh those proposals against what is best for the entire city at present and into the future.  People who own property within the city have rights to do what they want with their land within established guidelines that meet state land use goals and adopted city comprehensive plans, zoning and development regulations.

That means we continue to face decisions on how our city will change and plan how that will happen. I understand that many Keizer residents don’t like the decision the city council made on the Herber family’s desire to develop their land.  I would love to engage in discussion about this topic, as I’m sure many of my fellow councilors would. However, we can’t discuss the issue just yet.  The vote on Monday was to direct staff to bring back the matter in ordinance form so that we can formally vote on the proposed zone changes that were requested of us. All discussion has been in the public setting of our council meetings to make sure everyone can read the same materials we do and hear the same discussion we hear. We need to be sure that all discussion continues to take place only in open meetings. So, until that vote has been taken, the city council simply can’t discuss the matter, not even among ourselves, or receive any information that hasn’t already been submitted to the formal record.  After the final vote has been taken, however, I and the other councilors will be free to discuss with Keizer citizens why we chose to vote the way each of us did.  I can only ask your patience for a little while longer and I promise, we will be willing and available to visit with you.

(Cathy Clark has been mayor of Keizer since January 2015.

This veteran will honor anthem

To the Editor:

First, thanks to Gene McIntyre for his remarks in last week’s Keizertimes (Protests during national anthem, Sept. 23). I would like to add just one item regarding the United States Code having to do with rising, removing your hat and standing at attention for the playing of the national anthem. Legislation passed by Congress a few years ago modified the code to permit veterans to present the hand salute for all appropriate occasions. Note, it would permit, not require the salute.

On a personal note, I have been reluctant to salute for most occasions because my time in the Air Force was between conflicts. However, due to the recent activities of a few, I have decided to begin the practice when in public. And I would urge other veterans to do the same. I think it would show that we outnumber the complainers.

Wayne A. Moreland
Keizer

Thank you community

To the Editor:

McNary High School’s Band Day was a huge success!

The band was out in full force on Sept. 10 collecting refundable cans, bottles and monetary donations. One hundred and fifteen band members, over 25 parent volunteers, the entire band booster staff and the amazing members of our beloved Keizer community came together to support the students of the McNary Band in a one-day rush to collect two semi-trailers full of cans and over $7,000 in monetary donations. This year was an amazing show of support from our community, we surpassed the amount of monetary donations we have received in the past and again filled to trailers. You helped us hold another successful Band Day.

One student said “This is fun, do we do this every weekend?”

The band students of McNary High School begin in early August getting music and drill ready for the marching season. They consistently work hard though the entire year to build their musical skills and talents and to support our fellow student athletes at the football and basketball games. They themselves compete for the state band championship and at the individual state solo and ensemble championships each year. The funds we collect on Band Day keep the tradition of musical excellence achievable. With all the expenses we face to keep the program running your support on our Band Day, and even the fireworks booth and Jazz Night fundraiser we hold each year, is vital to our success. So from our musical hearts to your giving nature please accept our thanks. Keizer is an “dream come true” community to work in, musically serve and live.

Jennifer Bell, band instructor
McNary High School

Donald Trump clings to deception

By MICHAEL GERSON   

There is a story from the history of professional wrestling in which a manager named Freddie Blassie comes to the edge of the ring and, while the referee is distracted, breaks a cane over the head of the opposing wrestler. After the match an interviewer asked Blassie, “Where’s that cane of yours?” He replied, “What cane? I didn’t have no cane!”

During the last political year, life has imitated professional wrestling. Those expecting such antics from Donald Trump during the first presidential debate were not disappointed. When confronted with his claim that global warming was a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese, Trump replied, “I did not [say it].” He did. When Trump’s claim that he could not release his tax returns because of an IRS audit was exposed as false, he still insisted on it. When charged with saying that he could personally negotiate down the national debt, he said this was “wrong.” The charge was right. When Trump’s transparently deceptive claim to be an early opponent of the Iraq War was debunked, he doubled down in a babbling defense citing Sean Hannity as the ultimate arbiter.

It is not surprising that Trump inhabits his own factual universe, in which truth is determined by usefulness and lies become credible through repetition. What made the first presidential debate extraordinary was not the charges that Trump denied, but the ones he confirmed.

When Hillary Clinton claimed he didn’t pay any federal income taxes, Trump said: “That makes me smart.” When Clinton accused Trump of defrauding a contractor out of money he was owed, Trump responded: “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work.” When Clinton criticized Trump for casual misogyny and for calling women “pigs,” Trump brought up Rosie O’Donnell and said, “She deserves it.” When Clinton recalled a Justice Department lawsuit suit against Trump for housing discrimination, he dismissed it as “just one of those things.”

When Clinton attacked Trump for coddling the Russians, Trump attempted to excuse them of hacking, shifting the blame toward obese computer geeks. When Clinton accused Trump of betraying American allies, Trump answered: “We defend Japan, we defend Germany, we defend South Korea, we defend Saudi Arabia, we defend countries. They do not pay us. But they should be paying us. … We cannot protect countries all over the world, where they’re not paying us what we need.” Rather than affirming the importance of NATO, or reassuring our Pacific partners, Trump reduced America’s global role to a protection racket, run by a seedy executive who admits to cheating contractors when he is “unsatisfied with [their] work.”

During the debate, the points scored against Trump were damaging. But the points he ceded would disqualify any normal politician, in any normal presidential year.

Trump has made some political gains over the last few weeks through greater discipline—speeches from teleprompters, carefully selected media interviews, no news conferences, a Twitter account in the hands of others. But the candidate has internalized none of this. He might as well have sung I Gotta Be Me as his opening statement in the debate. It was Trump unplugged, and often unhinged.

Past debate criticism has looked for hints and signs to determine losers —a candidate, say, looked impatiently at his watch or sighed in an off-putting way. Rhetorically, Trump drove a high-speed train filled with fireworks into a nuclear power plant. He was self-absorbed, prickly, defensive, interrupting, baited by every charge yet unprepared to refute them. During his share of a 90-minute debate, he was horribly out of his depth, incapable of stringing together a coherent three-sentence case. The postmodern quality of Trump’s appeal culminated in an unbalanced rant claiming, “I also have a much better temperament than she has.” An assertion greeted by audience laughter. And Trump concluded his performance by praising himself for his own grace and restraint, during an evening that showed him to be nasty, witless and deceptive. It should now be clear to Republicans: Vanity is his strategy.

Trump’s defenders will charge his critics with elitism. The great public, it is argued, gets Trump in a way that the commenting class does not. But this claim is now fully exposed. The expectation of rationality is not elitism. Coherence is not elitism. Knowledge is not elitism. Honoring character is not elitism. And those who claim this are debasing themselves, their party and their country.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Stop blaming PERS for money problems

A number of Oregonians chronically grouse about and wring their hands over the cost of PERS as causing all the state’s fiscal problems. However, fairness and law reigned and the Oregon Supreme Court shot down the plan to cut PERS retirees’ benefits due established and continued by contractual obligations.

But when it has come to raising taxes on those most able to pay by their business profits, the Oregon legislature ducks and covers. Meanwhile, Oregon’s corporate minimum tax is ridiculously low.  It’s been stuck at a pathetically low $10 since 1931.  This level was at one time even an embarrassment to Oregon’s business community.

In 2009, during the Great Recession that hammered the state’s finances, the Oregon corporate lobby stepped up with a couple of tax proposals. Led by Associated Business Industries (AOI), a business coalition proposed a flat minimum tax on all corporations—C-corporations and S-corporations—with a plan that called for a minimum tax of $300 a year, regardless of a company’s profits.

Another group, Oregon Business Association (OBA), recommended charging S-corporations a flat $250 regardless the level of sales or profits.  For C-corporations this group proposed a sliding scale starting at $250 per year and capping at $25,000 based on corporate in-state sales, not profits or taxing gross receipts.

The legislature adopted OBA’s idea, playing a bit with the details.  For S-corporations, the legislature set the minimum tax at $150, obviously less that what AOI and OBA sought. For C-corporations, the legislature wanted a sliding scales minimum tax, starting at $150 and going up to $100,000 for corporations with $100 million or greater in Oregon sales.

The legislature’s plan was opposed in the form of Measure 67 to which AOI was adamantly against while OBA stayed on the sidelines.  Some will remember that Oregon voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 67 in spite of a massive campaign of misleading information put out by the business community.

The business community is at it again with misinformation on which they’re willing to spend gobs of money on a 4-page, colorful, slick and shiny piece, that arrived in Oregon voter mailboxes on September 20: No expense was spared.

Meanwhile, the under funding of our schools goes on and on and the state is unable to address the needs of Oregonians and PERS retirees continue to be given the blame for all things fiscally evil in the state of Oregon.  Hence, that minimum tax issue is out there for consideration again.  Measure 97 has the promise of transforming Oregon’s schools, health and senior services, boosting the business climate and quality of life here.

Measure 97 would amend the minimum tax, increasing it strictly on C-corporations with Oregon sales greater than $25 million a year and only on the sales above that big business level. And this is an important and relevant piece of information: No small business will pay the updated minimum tax.

As things stand, large corporations like Bank of America, Comcast, and Walmart, view the current capped minimum tax as nothing but a small bother.  They know that Oregon has the lowest business tax level in the U.S. and, with CEO and executive pay in the stratosphere, they want to keep things just the “tidy” money way they are.  Further, they care little to nothing about what happens to the people of Oregon as long as money can be made off us.

If our state worked as an every-vote-counts democracy then the legislature would work for all of us.  Unfortunately for working folks, those with the big bucks, the corporations and others who have excessive means can buy our legislators. The only way we common folks can help ourselves is by getting together to vote in favor of Measure 97 and do so by not believing the false predictions that a tax increase will be passed on to the public in the form of higher prices.  How so? Because competition at the counter still best sells goods and services.

(Gene H. McIntyre’s column appears weekly in the Keizertimes.)

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, October 3, 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

a. Volunteer Coordinating Committee Recommendation for Appointment – Keizer Public Arts Commission

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. Heritage Tree Designation – 301 Dennis Lane North, Keizer

b. RESOLUTION – Forming Keizer Station Center Area C Street Lighting Local Improvement District

ORDINANCE – Spreading Assessments to Keizer Station Center Area C Street Lighting Local Improvement District

8. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

a. RESOLUTION – Disposition of Unclaimed Found Personal Property

b. RESOLUTION – Authorizing City Manager to Sign Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Local Government Grant Program Agreement for Keizer Rapids Park Big Toy Phase 2 Project

c. Approval of September 12, 2016 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

October 10, 2016 – 5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session

Canceled!

October 12, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. – City Council Special Session with City of Salem, Marion County, and Polk County

Urban Growth Boundary Issue Pertaining to Willamette River Crossing

October 19, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

November 7, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

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.