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Urban Growth Boundary
was expanded last year and a
spot in the orchards became
the new site. Nearly 200 trees
were cleared for the site a few
weeks ago, as previously men-
tioned in the Keizertimes.
“They originally asked
about the orchard site and
were told it was not avail-
able because of zoning issues
since it wasn’t in the UGB at
the time,” Caillier said. “They
had been to the site, but it was
thrown out of consideration.”
Since the orchard site was
selected last year, Caillier said
Google map images, photos
and maps of the area have been
sent to people at Leathers.
Project leaders – in particu-
lar Caillier – have been in reg-
ular contact with Cundy via
phone and e-mail, but that’s
not quite the same as an in-
person meeting.
“Physically being with
somebody who has done a
bunch of these, having him
say things like ‘This is a really
good idea’ or ‘I wouldn’t sug-
gest that’ is big,” Caillier said.
“We’ve had the phone conver-
sations, but we’ve not sat down
with an actual construction
According to the Leath-
ers website, Hugill has been
a playground consultant with
the company for 13 years.
Cundy said Organization
Day typically is done eight to
10 weeks before the build.
“It’s a very important part
of the project,” she said. “Each
of the committees will meet
with staff and evaluate their
progress. If they’re not on
track, (Hugill) will put togeth-
er a game plan to get them
on track in the next eight or
nine weeks. My feeling is they
are doing well. I don’t expect
many bad things to happen.
“The idea is to make sure
everyone is on the same page
and to make sure the team
captains understand how the
build dates will work and how
the crews go together,” Cundy
Based on information she’s
been getting from Caillier,
Cundy doesn’t expect to hear
of any teams being behind
task. Even if they were, she
noted the build dates would
not be pushed back.
“We would just put togeth-
er a game plan to get them
caught up (by the build dates),”
Cundy said.
Likewise, Caillier isn’t ex-
pecting any teams to face an
urgent Plan B.
“I think the folks will
look at it and say we kind of
knew about this, but it’s good
to check with you,” he said.
“Most of the questions will
get answered next week. I
don’t think we’re totally pre-
pared, but we’re nowhere near
a crisis.
“We would like to have
75 percent of our volunteers
signed up by next Tuesday, but
that’s not going to happen,”
he added. “At most places, the
majority of volunteers showed
up the day of the build. I think
we’re going to be fine.”
Caillier said each team or
committee will have 30 to 45
minutes to meet with Hugill
and will have two or three
questions to go over, mainly
dealing with where that team
is at. The time will also allow
for the team leaders to ask any
questions they might have,
with Hugill able to answer
based on his experience with
other similar projects.
The day, open to the public,
begins at 10 a.m. at KRP with
a building site review. Two
more meetings will take place
at the Big Toy site, including
one focused on long-term
care, before a lunch break.
Meetings after lunch at the
Keizer Community Center
will take up most of the after-
noon, as Hugill will meet with
the leaders of each team, end-
ing with the design and special
features team at 5:30 p.m.
Following dinner, Hugill
will meet with construction
captains at 6:30 p.m. before a
summary meeting at 7 with
CBTF members, team leaders
and construction captains.
Caillier stressed the impor-
tance of the Organization Day.
“I don’t think you can have
a day any bigger for the proj-
ect, other than the build day
itself,” he said. “This day allows
the sharing of information,
exchanging ideas, confirming
things, seeing where we need
to do something. There’s no
bigger day.”