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Candidates meet at forum

Candidates meet at forum

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Five people are running for four spots on the Keizer City Council in November. The five candidates were all present Tuesday for the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s candidate forum luncheon at the Keizer Quality Suites and Conference Center (the former Renaissance Inn). Current councilor Cathy Clark is the only […]

Big Toy delay will likely mean contract renewal for consultants

Big Toy delay will likely mean contract renewal for consultants

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are side effects to delaying the Big Toy playground project. Among them: having to renew a contract with project consultant Leathers and Associates. As originally planned, the play structure was going to be built this month at Keizer Rapids Park, shortly before the one-year contract with the New […]

Apartment plan gets nixed

Apartment plan gets nixed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes In the end, the numbers didn’t add up. As a result, members of the Keizer City Council unanimously rejected a proposal that would have cleared the way for approximately 120 new apartments along Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue, on land referred to as the cow pasture. […]

A look at the Big Toy budget

A look at the Big Toy budget

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As originally planned, the Big Toy would be built at Keizer Rapids Park next month. The project has been delayed until June 2015, as previously reported in the Keizertimes. The delay is a good thing, when looking at the budget for the project. County Commissioner Janet Carlson, co-chair of […]

Have crutches, will campaign

Have crutches, will campaign

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Some potential elected officials in Keizer are really hobbling around. Candidates for Keizer City Council and mayoral races have until the end of the day Tuesday, Aug. 26 to file for this fall’s election. There are currently five candidates for four open seats. Cathy Clark is the only candidate […]

Council OKs K23 social media experiment

Council OKs K23 social media experiment

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer City Councilors on Monday agreed to pay $4,900 for a two-month experiment. The experiment builds upon the city’s established KeizerTV.com and K-23 ventures with Rex Robertson. Currently the public access TV station broadcasts various Keizer meetings live on Channel 23 on Comcast Cable, as well as archiving them […]

Why Keizer’s tax rate is $2.08

Why Keizer’s tax rate is $2.08

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sometimes Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley has to give complicated answers to complex questions. Then there are the times he has simple answers for seemingly complex questions. Questions about potentially raising Keizer’s base tax rate fall into the latter category. As has been documented in recent issues of the […]

Councilors do some housecleaning

Councilors do some housecleaning

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer City Councilors repealed two pieces of legislation from 1988 during their July 21 meeting. City Attorney Shannon Johnson noted staff has been going through past ordinances and resolutions recently and found a few that needed to be repealed since they had been replaced or updated. One dealt with […]

Candidates spar in governor debate

Candidates spar in governor debate

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Dennis Richardson kept attacking. For the most part, Gov. John Kitzhaber steered clear of the attacks. The two candidates for governor sparred during their first debate last Friday, July 18 at the Salem Convention Center, as part of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual summer conference. A number of […]

Doing more with less

Doing more with less

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Recent discussion of Keizer’s salary survey and raises for city manager Chris Eppley and city attorney Shannon Johnson have brought a spotlight to the rather unique working conditions at Keizer City Hall – at least in comparison to comparable cities. As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, there have […]

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