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Post had even more
diffi culty talking about a
While one big project could
affect St. Paul, part of his
district, talks about what will
be included have remained
“It is a very secretive thing.
I’m not even sure who is on
that committee. They are
trying to negotiate and they
are keeping it close to the
vest,” Post said.
He said he was similarly
in the dark regarding budget
proposals for public schools,
and said he supported
decoupling the K-12 budget
from the rest of the budget to
get it moving.
Between anxieties over the
general budget, the school
budget and the transportation
package, Post said legislators
are in a “weird detente
because no one wants to tick
off the other side.
package is using up all the
bandwidth. It’s like a clogged
up toilet. With no agreement
on transportation, everything
is backing up behind it.”
He also voiced frustration
over the money being
proposed for allocation to
projects without a statewide
impact, and cited $990,000
being allocated to the
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fee had the lowest level of support (15.9 per-
More than 40 percent of those who re-
sponded to the survey said they were age 55 or
older. About 14 percent of the survey respon-
dents were under 18 years of age.
In addition to sussing out support for a
dedicated parks fee, the survey asked residents
about their priorities when it comes to main-
taining existing facilities and amenities and
what they want prioritized if or when money
becomes available for new amenities.
Regarding maintenance: maintaining rest-
rooms was tops; daily cleaning and debris re-
moval was second; removal of poison oak was
third; maintaining playground equipment was
fourth; and updating and repairing park equip-
ment was fi fth.
On new amenities and services, respond-
ers wanted: more removal of poison oak; more
walking and biking paths; more restrooms;
more youth sports options and removal of ivy
and dying trees as top priorities.
Lawyer noted that maintenance tasks in
general took a higher priority than even the
most popular new amenity requested by re-
In spaces available for additional comments
Portland Japanese Gardens as
Post told attendees that if
they have concerns about a
specifi c issue, then the best
course of action is to become
their own lobbyist. Search
Information Sysem (olis.
leg.state.or.us), fi nd
what is being proposed and
visit legislators on those
committees or travel to the
Capitol building and offer
“If my constituents are in
the hallway, the lobbyists are
out of the room. Find the bill
or groups of bills that interest
you and then come down
and testify or knock on our
doors,” Post said.
the top areas of concern for respondents were:
not opening new parks if the city can’t main-
tain what is already available; closing or selling
underutilized parks; charging day use fee for
park users; and the ability of low or fi xed in-
come residents to afford the fee.
While the response to the survey was not
barnstorming, City Manager Chris Eppley
noted that the biannual city survey typically
elicits the same kind of response.
Parks board member Jim Taylor, a former
city councilor, suggested that the problem is
not a new one.
“It’s the same problem we’ve had for years
of people not understanding the budget pro-
cess. It’s things that they don’t know and don’t
have to know. They don’t know we have a
parks budget of $336,000, they think it’s $3
million,” Taylor said.
Mayor Cathy Clark thanked the parks board
for its extensive work on the survey and out-
reach to residents.
“Sometimes the least cost means paying for
it. (Your work) helped us get a batter grasp of
the true cost,” Clark said.
Without a set date for the special council
meeting, Clark said budget planning would
proceed without taking a parks fee into ac-
count. City staff have already begun drafting
their needs for the 2017-18 fi scal year and the
Keizer Budget Advisory Committee begins
meeting in May.
SKEF celebrates 35 years
Celebrate event will honor
the Salem-Keizer Education
Foundation’s 35th birthday
on April 22 at 5 p.m. The
event will be located at the
Salem Convention Center.
The activities will include a
cake decorating competition,
an auction, dinner, live music,
and party games.
The tickets are $50 per
person. Purchase tickets at
org. Bring a cake before the
judges to win prizes and
bragging rights. To register
for the contest in youth,
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buildings in both Keizer and
Macleay. Most no longer run
and all of the vehicles need at
least a little maintenance.
included a fi re engine, which
Zane’s mom donated to a
museum in Brooks.
something until it needed
brakes or whatever and then
he’d go buy another car,” Leek
said. “It was easier to go buy
another car than it was to fi x it.
I enjoy the working on them
more than the collecting them.
I love the collecting but I like
working on them. I like taking
stuff that’s broken and making
American-made and the more
rare the better. His favorite
brands were Kaiser, Studebaker,
Hudson and Packard. That has
stuck with his son.
“I like driving something
that’s not like everything
else on the road,” Zane said.
“It’s engrained in me. Dad
had always driven something
Zane’s fi rst car was a baby
blue 1960 Studebaker Lark
that he drove to McNary High
School in the late 1980s.
“I was a nerd in school and
probably still am but I just liked
driving something different,”
he said. “It’s just more fun.
And I like the challenge of
driving something old because
new cars are so easy now. I
pride myself on being a good
mechanic. Driving something
old keeps me sharp on my
skills and it makes me learn
Zane drove a 1960
Studebaker Hawk to work
in Beaverton, where he’s a
fi refi ghter, for 12 years until
he wrecked it.
“That was my daily driver
and it was a great car,” he
said. “I wrecked it and it
just broke my heart. I killed
my car. Never once got left
stranded. That’s something I
took pride in.”
At the moment, Zane has red 1957 Studebaker truck he
fi ve cars insured, including a paid $400 for to a woman in
2006 reliable Jeep and a more Grants Pass.
“I needed something that
fun 1946 Willys Jeep, which
I could haul junk with, tons
he worked on with his dad.
of scrap metal
will be handy
rid of some
it’s all new,”
Zane said. “I
don’t have to
— Zane Leek
would like to
sell the cars
I found it out in Wilsonville they don’t want and then use
when I was working there at that money to restore the
the fi re department. We used ones they do want.
“I’ve narrowed it down
to go out to this mobile home
park all of the time for fi re to about 15 I’d like to keep,
and medical calls. I used to which is still a crazy amount,”
see it sitting behind this guy’s said Zane, who was a little
house. One day after work I disappointed Wolfe and Fritz
just knocked on his door and didn’t purchase any cars when
asked if it was for sale. My dad, they visited Keizer.
But months later, Zane
brother and I drug it home
received an email from Wolfe,
and put a new engine in it.”
Zane said he was out in the who wanted his dad’s old
shop with his dad probably 1936 Nash Lafayette coupe.
as early as three years old. Off camera, the two agreed to
The project that has kept him a price and the most expensive
busy over the past year is a pick ever continued to grow.
it down to
about 15 I’d
like to keep.”
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