Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, September 18, 2015, Image 1

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    SINCE 1979 • VOLUME 37, NO. 42
SEPTEMBER 18, 2015
Parks Tour stresses need for cash
Keizer City Councilors and Parks Board members talk while looking at Meadows Park Monday
evening during the annual Parks Tour.
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A lot of things grow in
Keizer parks, but money isn't
one of them.
Hence the repeated re-
quests for more funds during
the annual Keizer Parks Tour.
Members of the Keizer
Parks and Recreation Advi-
sory Board took Keizer City
Councilors on a tour of a few
city parks Monday evening.
The four parks on this year’s
tour were Keizer Rapids Park
(which has been a regular part
of the annual tour), North-
view Terrace, Bob Newton
and Meadows.
The tour started in the am-
phitheater area of KRP, which
was an opportunity for Parks
Board member Clint Holland
to show off work recently
done by Jerry Nuttbrock and
other volunteers.
It also allowed the vacant
Charge house to be in the
backdrop, fi tting since possible
plans for that building were
the fi rst main item of discus-
Holland, Nuttbrock, mayor
Cathy Clark, Keizertimes pub-
lisher Lyndon Zaitz and Parks
Board member Richard Walsh
are among those in a group
discussing what could happen
with the Charge house in the
“It’s a loose group envision-
ing what could happen in the
future with the Charge house
in relation to the amphithe-
ater,” Zaitz said. “It should be
at least a green room, maybe
a small classroom space. There
are a lot of interesting ideas.
The question is, how do we
pay for it? Talks are in the be-
ginning stages. This is an ex-
cellent opportunity to take
what’s here and enhance it.”
Ideas in the past have in-
cluded renovating the build-
ing, putting on a new roof
as well as tearing down and
starting over as a new outdoor
educational center.
“It might take millions
of dollars and years to do it,”
Holland said.
talks about
Please see PARKS, Page A10
Hearings offi cer A talk among the clouds
denies 32-lot
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Plans for a new 32-lot sub-
division in West Keizer were
denied recently, but the deci-
sion is being appealed.
Keizer Hearings Offi cer
Cynthia Domas heard the re-
quest July 16 to turn 5.73 acres
of land on Burbank Street into
Bowden Meadows, with lots
ranging in size from 5,000 to
10,856 square feet.
In a report dated Aug. 6 and
obtained by the Keizertimes last
week, Domas denied the re-
quest. The applicant is appeal-
ing the decision, which will be
the subject of a public hearing
at the Keizer City Council
meeting on Monday, Sept. 21.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m.
in council chambers at Keizer
Civic Center, 930 Chemawa
Road NE.
The project applicant is
Mark Farrow on behalf of
Trademark Enterprises LLC
for property owned by Robert
Bowden and Doug Harner on
behalf of JDC Homes LLC.
Several neighbors back in
July spoke against the plans
for the subdivision, which had
been approved in early 2008
for comprehensive plan zone
changes and lot line adjust-
ments, though the lots in the
current plan with the new ap-
plicant are slightly different.
More importantly, city en-
gineer Bill Peterson spoke
against the plans, in particular
related to sight distance.
“When you skew the dis-
tance like that, there is a hori-
zontal alignment,” Peterson
said. “It doesn’t meet the city
standard. If it did, that would
improve things quite a bit.
There’s a lack of adequate site
distance to the south on Bur-
bank. In my mind, I think it’s
unsafe. Neither (proposal), as
far as Public Works is con-
cerned, is adequate. I don’t
think the proposal meets the
The application failed in
several areas, including align-
“The record refl ects that
a prior subdivision applica-
tion was approved for the
same subject property with
one major difference,” Domas
wrote. “That difference was
the inclusion of Lot 70, which
is located to the north of the
proposed intersection of Trent
Avenue North and Burbank
Street North. Because Lot 70 is
no longer included in the sub-
ject property, street alignment
Please see DENY, Page A6
Never forget...
Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan speaks during the Keizer Fire
District's annual 9-11 service in front of the KFD building
last Friday, Sept. 11.
The teacher,
the student
Brianna Miller with part of the cloud-centric stage art she is prepping for the annual TEDxSalem
conference. Miller, a 2010 McNary graduate, will also speak at the conference.
MHS alum
preps TEDx
Salem stage
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Brianna Miller’s head has
been in the clouds lately, and in
more ways than one.
Miller, a 2010 McNary
High School graduate and a
more recent Pacifi c North-
west College of Art grad, has
been tapped as the fi rst ever
artist-in-residence for the an-
nual TEDxSalem conference.
For the past three weeks, she
has been at work developing a
cloud-themed installation for
the conference’s main stage.
It’s an idea that sprang for this
year’s theme, Fearlessness.
“When I look at the sky I
get a feeling of fearlessness and
inspiration. I was going to do
traditional clouds and make
them more realistic, but then
I came across the multicolored
pompoms and that reminded
me of the fearlessness we have
as children,” Miller said.
The annual TEDxSalem
conference is slated for Oct. 3 at
the Salem Convention Center.
Tickets are $50 and available at TED con-
ferences, and the TED Talks
they spawn and spread all over
the internet, celebrate technol-
ogy entertainment and design
through speakers talking about
their passions. This year’s slate
includes topics such as social
justice, dance, software devel-
opment, fi lmmaking and tiny
houses, among others.
Miller’s fi nal installation will
include one large cloud and
two smaller ones once they
are complete. All are bursts of
color. Miller’s initial hope was
to take the large paper lanterns
that form the base of the clouds,
slather them in glue and then
roll them in whatever it was
she chose to adorn them with,
but that soon proved to be an
unmanageable strategy. Now
she’s spending several hours a
week meticulously gluing each
pompom onto the base.
Please see TEDX, Page A6
ServeFest returns Sunday
If you come to Lakepoint
Community Church at the
Keizer Civic Center this Sun-
day, don’t expect a normal
church service.
More than 200 Lakepoint
volunteers will be putting on
the seventh annual ServeFest
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., provid-
ing a number of free services
for citizens.
ServeFest encourages Lake-
point regular attenders to be
the church, which they do by
serving critical needs within
their immediate community. All
are welcome to join Lakepoint
members in volunteering.
Lakepoint will provide
3,200 lunches, family photos,
haircuts, manicures, wellness
clinic, including vaccinations
(must bring medical identifi ca-
tion card), bicycle repair, a chil-
dren’s activity center and many
More than
3,000 people
are expected
to take part in
ServeFest this
Sunday, Sept.
20 at the
Keizer Civic
other free services for the com-
munity. Lakepoint will be giv-
ing away free school supplies,
personal care items, clothing for
people of all ages and surprise
raffl e items.
ServeFest wasn’t originally at
city hall, but was moved there
after outgrowing the original
“Our fi rst year of ServeFest
was 2009 at McNary High
School,” said Rachel Taylor, the
event coordinator. “We were
thinking maybe 500 people
would show us and 1,500 did.
It was confi rmation for us to
keep going.”
Keizer Civic Center is lo-
cated at 930 Chemawa Road
North. For more information,
contact Taylor at the church
at 503-428-3141 or rachelt@
McNary girls
soccer 2-0
MHS football
ready for
turf debut