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Day: November 30, 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, December 5, 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. Oath of Office – Keizer Police Officer Andrew McCowan

5. COMMITTEE REPORTS a. Volunteer Coordinating Committee Recommendation for Appointments to Keizer Public Arts Commission, Keizer Parks Advisory Board, and Traffic Safety/Bikeways/Pedestrian Committee

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. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

a. RESOLUTION – Authorizing the City Manager to Award and Enter Into an Agreement with Trench Line Excavation Inc. for Water Main Replacement Project

b. RESOLUTION – Extending City Manager Employment Contract (2017-2018)

c. RESOLUTION – Extending City Attorney Employment Contract (2017-2018)

d. RESOLUTION – Amending the Resolution Authorizing Disposition of Surplus Property (Police Department Vehicles) Amending R2016-2707

e. RESOLUTION – Accepting the Canvass of Election Votes from the November 8, 2016 General Election for the Keizer City Council Positions (Mayor and Positions No. 1, 2, and 3) and City of Keizer Measure 24-397 (Imposes City Tax on Marijuana Retailer’s Sale of Marijuana Items)

f. RESOLUTION – Authorizing Chief of Police to Enter Into Memorandum of Understanding with Washington State Patrol

g. Approval of November 7, 2016 Regular Session Minutes

h. Approval of November 14, 2016 Work Session Minutes

i. Approval of November 21, 2016 Regular 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

December 12, 2016 – 5:45 p.m. – City Council Work Session

Flood Plain Map Changes

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

January 3, 2017 (Tuesday) – 7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

Oath of Office – Keizer City Council Positions No. 1, 2, and 3 and Mayor

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.

Santa at Volcanoes Stadium this Saturday

File photo
File photo

Santa Claus will arrive by helicopter to Volcanoes Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 3 to talk to Keizer’s boys and girls about what they want for Christmas.

St. Nick will appear from 12 noon to 3 p.m., or until the last child has sat on Santa’s lap.

Free photographs will be available of kids with Santa.

Keizer church hosts OSP outreach

Trooper Shelly Squibb talks with Sol Rivera, Patty Echeverria and Diana Alvarez at Inglesia Luz Del Valle Church during a law enforcement outreach event Thursday, Nov. 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Trooper Shelly Squibb talks with Sol Rivera, Patty Echeverria and Diana Alvarez at Inglesia Luz Del Valle Church during a law enforcement outreach event Thursday, Nov. 17. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Oregon State Trooper Cristian Cuevas was only called in to meet with his high school counselor once, and it remains something of a sore point.

“They only wanted to ask me why I wasn’t picking up my free bus passes,” said Cuevas at Inglesia Luz Del Valle Church in Keizer Thursday, Nov. 17.

Cuevas took part in a outreach event at the church on Dearborn Avenue Northeast intended to connect local Latino youth with potential job opportunities in law enforcement. Rev. Jose Dominguez arranged the gathering, which drew about three dozen attendees, as a follow-up to a community event in August to talk about community relations with local law enforcement.

One of the concerns that arose from the earlier conversation was the lack of diversity among the local law enforcement while minority populations continue to grow.

Cuevas, a native of Chile, talked about his path to the Oregon State Police, which he felt was probably reflected in the experience of today’s youth.

“I wish my councilor had brought me in to talk about the opportunities I might have had rather than free bus passes. I had a job at Albertsons and I paid for my bus pass every month,” Cuevas said. “That wasn’t the type of help I needed.”

Cuevas earned his diploma and joined the U.S. Marine Corps before finally making his way into law enforcement. Becoming an OSP trooper does not require a college degree, and Cuevas said his background paved the way to success in the job. He could read and write well in English and being bilingual earns him a 5 percent bonus in his check each payday.

“My ability to speak Spanish has prevented people from going to jail,” Cuevas said.

The lesson he encouraged attendees to take away from the night applied to even those looking for careers outside of law enforcement.

“You have to be your own advocate. You have to be proactive,” he said.

Trooper Tiffany Linn outlined the process for becoming a state trooper, which can be lengthy, but may lead to a wide range of opportunities.

“The process takes about 32 to 35 weeks, but that includes a rigorous background check that takes time,” she said.

In addition to becoming a trooper patrolling the highways and just about any other area in the state, assignments are available in forensics, SWAT, criminal, explosives, K-9, lottery enforcement, tribal gaming and dispatch, Linn said. For more information about what it takes to become and OSP trooper, visit www.osptrooper.com.

The number of opportunities is also growing, said Eriks Gabliks, director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which trains and certifies most public safety employees throughout the state.

“In the next two or three years, we expect to be hiring at least 1,000 officers and maybe as many as 2,000,” Gabliks said.