Long road for educational center

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C. Eppley, R. Day

C. Eppley, R. Day

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

If an educational center is to be developed at Keizer Rapids Park, it could be way down the road still.

Either converting the Charge house into an educational center or starting over with a new building was discussed at the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last week. Rick Day, a Parks Board member who has pushed for the project in recent years, brought up the topic during Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting.

In addition, Day and others met with Chris Eppley, Keizer’s city manager, on Tuesday to discuss the subject.

The Keizertimes was planning to cover that meeting, which was held in the city manager’s conference room and technically not a public meeting. Minutes before the meeting, city attorney Shannon Johnson sent Eppley out to explain the newspaper would not be able to cover the meeting because Johnson feared his “very blunt” discussion could lead to unflattering front page headlines.

The night before, Eppley had confirmed the time and location of the meeting. He apologized for Johnson’s late decision but did call the Keizertimes immediately afterwards to discuss the meeting.


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