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Councilors deny repeal of city’s marijuana distancing rules

Councilors deny repeal of city’s marijuana distancing rules

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council stuck to its guns when a local business owner requested the city repeal distancing requirements on marijuana shops. The issue of how to regulate marijuana shops ended up on the council agenda again at its meeting Monday, Aug. 15, as the owner of Keizer […]

City staff lays out potential funding levels, service improvements

City staff lays out potential funding levels, service improvements

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board got a better look at what different fee levels would provide as far as benefits at a meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9. The parks board is in the process of composing a survey to ask residents about their support for […]

Behind the badge: Q&A with KPD’s Union President (Part 2)

Behind the badge: Q&A with KPD’s Union President (Part 2)

By Eric A. Howald Of the Keizertimes Last week, we ran the first part of an interview with Keizer Police Department’s Officer Darsy Olafson. Olafson has been president of the KPD’s officer union for the past eight years and we wanted to get his take on current conversations regarding law enforcement happening around the country. […]

Verda farmhouse ‘unsalvageable,’ request says

Verda farmhouse ‘unsalvageable,’ request says

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Citing a primitive foundation that has led to sagging support walls, the “cow pasture” owners claim the Pugh-Savage-Hall farmhouse isn’t worth saving, and vow to block any attempt to have it registered as a site of historical significance. For those reasons, and others, the Herber family is urging […]

Behind the badge: Q&A with KPD’s Union President

Behind the badge: Q&A with KPD’s Union President

By Eric A. Howald Of the Keizertimes With law enforcement officers and their actions the topic of conversations across the country, the staff at the Keizertimes thought a conversation with the president of the Keizer Police Department Union was long overdue. Officer Darsy Olafson has served as president of the KPD officer union for the […]

Housing shortage impedes progress on homelessness

Housing shortage impedes progress on homelessness

By Eric A. Howald Of the Keizertimes Six months to three years. That’s how long a wait some area residents can expect to wait for affordable housing to become available, according to a panel of property managers who attended a meeting of the Mid-Willamette Homelessness Initiative July 20. “We have pages and pages of wait […]

Familiar faces apply for council vacancy

Familiar faces apply for council vacancy

Two Keizer residents have applied to fill a vacancy on the city council. Former city councilor Mark Caillier and one-time city council candidate Eamon Bishop will present their cases to the sitting members of the council at 6 p.m. Aug. 1. The preferred candidate will be appointed at the city council meeting at 7 p.m. […]

Hotel faces parking problem

Hotel faces parking problem

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A planned hotel in Keizer Station already has parking problems, and construction hasn’t even officially begun. Nate Brown, Keizer’s community development director, told members of the Keizer Planning Commission obstacles appear to be dissolving, but that conflicts between Keizer development code and a Operations and Easement Agreement (OEA) […]

Burning questions on city park’s survey

Burning questions on city park’s survey

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A planned survey of Keizer residents on the issue of parks funding has a looming deadline and may be headed back to the drawing board. The members of Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are hoping to assess just how much city residents are willing to pay for […]

‘We need to have a grown-up conversation’

‘We need to have a grown-up conversation’

Mayor ready to tackle general fund increase

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