PAGE A2, KEIZERTIMES, APRIL 21, 2017 Parks board wants staggered fee rollout Suggested amounts prompt heated discussion presented by DRIVE A LITTLE – SAVE A BUNCH! 3893 COMMERCIAL ST SE • SALEM MORE INFO AT NORTHERNLIGHTSTHEATREPUB.COM Lights, Comedy, Laughs! Saturday, APRIL 22, at 11:00 am MOVIE: L EGO B ATMAN [ PG ] Sensory Sensitive Show ONLY $4 Special showing for kids and adults with Autism or other sensory sensitivities. LIVE STAND-UP COMEDY! SATURDAY, MAY 6 Kris Shaw & Isak Allen 7 pm & 9 pm (21 & Over) Admission only $10. Reserved Seating for this show. UFC211 - Sat, May 13 Miocic v. Dos Santos HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT 9 FIGHTS IN ALL ON THE HUGE SCREEN Live Fights at 5:00 (21 & Over) - Tickets $13 Reserved Seating Available Now Online. Today in History According to tradition, Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. — April 21, 753 B.C. Food 4 Thought “The power of imagination makes us inﬁ nite.” — John Muir, naturalist, author. Born April 21, 1838 The Month Ahead Through Saturday, April 29 Willamette University’s theater department presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth at the M. Lee Pelton Theatre on campus. General admission is $10. 503-370-6221. thtr-tix@ willamette.edu. Through Saturday, May 6 Jesus Christ, Superstar at Pentacle Theatre, 324 52nd Avenue N.W. on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets $27.50 to $29 for weekends, $26.50 to $28 for weekdays. $1 more for opening night, includes after party. 503-485-4300, pentacletheatre.org. By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Ad- visory Board presented the fi ndings of a parks survey to the Keizer City Council earlier this month, they did not offer a recommendation at the time because the board had not met to discuss it. Board members took up the issue at their meeting Tuesday, April 11, and arrived at a recommendation, but only after a sometimes heated discussion. The end result is that the board unanimously recommended implementing a fee to support Keizer parks with a staggered rollout. If the city council went with the board’s recommenda- tion, the fee would start at $4 per month, increase to $6 the following year and then max out at $8 the year after that. “I think it’s good to show the taxpayers what we do with each level,” said Jim Taylor, parks board member. City offi cials have been talking for more than a year about potentially adding a fee to create a dedicated fund for Keizer parks. Results of a parks survey showed that more than 80 per- cent of respondents were willing to pay something for parks services. The fee would be billed per residence to approximately 14,000 Keizer homes. Ore. Treasury wants employees to have better plan than hope By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon State Treasury (OST) is trying to make it easier for employees to start saving for retirement – without employers incurring additional costs. Last week, Joel Metlen, a retirement analyst with the Oregon State Treasury, stopped by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon on Tuesday, April 11, to tell members about the coming changes. “The Oregon Retirement Savings program is an attempt at a solution to a large and growing program. People are living longer and not saving enough,” said Metlen. The retirement program, dubbed Oregon Saves and spearheaded by OST, will attempt to make it easier for employees to establish and grow retirement savings. Metlen said movement away from employer-based savings programs to privately-held ones, like 401(k)s, has left a gap for employees where there aren’t work-based plans. Friday, April 21 Laila Ali is the featured speaker at the annual beneﬁ t for the Medical Foundation of Marion-Polk Counties, 7 p.m. at the Historic Elsinore Theatre. Tickets range from $32 to $47. Proceeds beneﬁ t individuals without health insurance or are underserved. mpmedicalfoundation.org. BERNINA Stretch and Sew Fabrics hosting a BEAR-NINA Sew- In event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., located at the store in Schoolhouse Square, 5089 River Road N. Call 393-0132 to register. Saturday, April 22 Marion County presents Earth Day at the Oregon Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, parking on site is $5. For more information, call 503-874-8100 or email info@ oregongarden.org. Enlightened Theatrics presents “Divided Comedy Tour.” Ty Barnett (“Last Comic Standing,” “Tonight Show”) and Ian Harris (Netﬂ ix, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”) tackel race, religion, parenting, politics, relationships, and all the hot-button topics that often keep us divided, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Grand Ballroom, 187 High Street N.E. $17 in advance. enlightenedtheatrics.org. Dance with music by “Your 50’s Band” at the Keizer/Salem Area Senior Center, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $5 per person. Contact Bo Allen at 503-390-7441 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Eat for Change day at Chipotle at Keizer Station, beneﬁ tting Alzheimer’s Network. 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kickstands up for Monster Cookie April 30 The Monster Cookie Metric Century Bicycle Ride is on April 30. The cyclers will go from the Salem Capitol Mall to Champoeg State Park and back, which is 62 miles (100 km). Pre-registration is $25 with optional $7.50 lunch, $15 t-shirt, or $15 Monster Cookie socks. Pre-register ends April 24. Day-of-ride registration is $35. Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. For more information, contact Hersch Sangster at 503-390-8024 or email email@example.com. Diabuddies Dash at Keizer Rapids Park, 1900 Chemawa Road N. 10k run starts at 7:30 a.m. 5k walk/run starts at 7:45 a.m. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Salem MS Walk at the Capitol State Park. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. The Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America will have their team participating in the walk. Walk with the team and/or make a donation. For more information, email email@example.com. Sunday, April 23 Who’s on Third concert series, 3 p.m., Woodburn United Methodist Church (700 N. Cascade Dr.) Today’s concert features local pianists Roger and Nancy Wilhite. Free-will offering will be taken to cover costs. Monday, April 24 Weekly meeting of the Iris Festival coordinating committee at Keizer Chamber of Commerce ofﬁ ce, 6150 Ulali Dr. in Keizer Station. Open to the public. Thursday, April 27 Keizer Points of Interest Committee meeting, 6 p.m., Keizer Civic Center. McNary High School seniors versus teachers basketball game. 7 p.m. in the gym. Admission is $3 and supports the Senior Graduation Party. Friday, April 28 Alzheimer’s Network’s 7th annual Affair to Remember at the Willamette Heritage Center in the Spinning Room, 1313 Mill Street S.E. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for individuals and $80 for couples. 21 and over only event. Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30 30th Annual Oregon Ag Fest at Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $9 for ages 13 and up, free for children 12 & under. Parking is free. “It matters because people are 15 times more likely to save with an employer-based program,” Metlen said. Oregon Saves is a public-private partnership, but once the program is fully rolled out all Oregon employers that do not currently offer retirement savings plans will be required to offer it to employees. It was created with the passage of HB 2960 during the 2015 legislative session. Employers who don’t offer savings plans will need to provide employee data to to the state so that accounts can be set up, pass along information to employees, maintain payroll deductions and keep track of contributions. Employees will be able to opt out of the program and adjust their contributions. Without action on the part of the account holders, an automatic 5 percent will be deducted from each paycheck. That amount will increase by one percent each year until it maxes out at 10 percent. Savings will be placed into a Roth Individual Retirement Account and managed by professionals. A 1 percent fee of employee assets under the plan will be taken to cover the management cost. There is no employer fee. Metlen said one of the most frequently asked questions is what the state is getting out of the deal. “There is a huge self-interest for the state. Social safety nets are strained and without employees saving on their own, it will create greater strain on state budget,” he said. “Every employer will have to do something whether it’s facilitating the Oregon Saves program or establishing their own retirement plan through private provider.” A secondary goal of the effort is to encourage more innovation in employer-provided plans, he added. Metlen said a test group of businesses will begin offering the savings account this summer and a larger group will start this fall. Metlen already has a number of businesses set for the second phase, but is accepting additional businesses willing to join the pilot program. Metlen can be contacted at Joel.Metlen@ost.state. or.us. Larger-scale roll-outs will begin in 2018 with the goal of complete coverage by 2020. Youth writers: Enter library contest Southeast Keizer Neighborhood Association meeting, 6:30 p.m., Salem Mennonite Church, 1045 Candlewood Drive NE. Spotlight on Literacy Award Dinner & Silent Auction at the Willamette Heritage Center at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50. More information at www.midvalleyliteracycenter.org. Board member Matt Lawyer said the recommendation would allow Parks Supervisor Robert Johnson to expand ser- vices incrementally rather than taking on a number of new em- ployees and projects all at once, and show good stewardship of the increased funding. Board member Scott Klug took issue with the fi nal form of the recommendation, specifi cally one that ended with residents paying $8 per month when most respondents supported some- thing less than $8. “It bothers me that we don’t have a consensus of (survey re- sponders) wanting to pay $8. My fear is putting my name on a recommendation that supports that,” Klug said. “It’s not that it’s not the right thing to do. More than half of the survey, almost four-fi fths, came back saying they don’t want to pay $8.” Klug added that he was not necessarily against the move personally, but that it did not correspond with the survey results. Taylor added that the city council could also choose to go another direction despite the board’s recommendation. “Having been on the council, everyone takes the task of spending taxpayer’s money seriously. I know all seven of the council members and they aren’t going to pass something that is not necessary to the health of the city,” Taylor said. While Klug supported the recommendation as part of the board, he suggested that he might speak to the council during public testimony about his lingering concerns. The city council will take up the issue at a special meeting May 8 beginning at 6 p.m. There will be an opportunity for residents to chime in during public testimony. The Salem Public Library’s Spring Short Story Contest is accepting entries until April 29. Teen writers may submit up to two fi ction or non-fi c- tion stories. The stories must be between 250 and 1,500 words, and they must be wholly original. The submis- sions must follow the guide- lines available on the offi cial entry form: bit.ly/2oSXkbu. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: middle school and high school. First place winners will be award- sudoku Enter digits from 1-9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. ed $50, second place will gain $20, and third place will win $10. The winners will be notifi ed by email on May 18. Winning entries and se- lect runners-up will be read at the Awards Event on May 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Anderson Rooms A and B at the Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty Street S.E. looking back in the KT 5 YEARS AGO Dentist honored Dr. David Copeland, a longtime Keizer dentist - and later in life, a respected fl ower arranger — was recognized by the Wilark Park Garden Club with a bench near the Keizer Civic Center. 10 YEARS AGO 3893 COMMERCIAL ST SE THIS WEEK’S MOVIE TIMES Hidden Figures (PG) Fri 6:35, Sat 4:10, 8:10, Sun 6:10 The Shack (PG-13) Fri 4:00, 6:00, Sat 3:45, 5:35, Sun 12:25, 5:30 Split (PG-13) Fri 4:15, 9:00, Sat 8:45 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) Fri 1:20, Sat 1:00, Sun 2:50, 5:05 La La Land (PG-13) Fri 6:50, Sat 6:15, Sun 8:00 John Wick: Chapter 2 (R) Fri 8:35, Sat 6:40, 9:05, Sun 8:35 Caught in the act Daniel Bishop, 28, was taken out of Wells Fargo Bank on River Road in Keizer in handcuffs after police believe he attempted to rob the bank. When Bishop failed to exit the bank, police entered and Bishop surrendered without further incident. 15 YEARS AGO Police arrest Keizer teen in gang grafﬁ ti incidents Keizer police arrested a Keizer teen in connection with a graffi ti spree that left gang markings on at least three buildings. Fifty Shades Darker (R) Fri 9:15 20 YEARS AGO A Dog’s Purpose (PG) Fri 2:00, Sat 11:30, Sun 3:05 Police union votes against Stull, presses city for probe of chief Sing (PG) Sat 1:25, Sun 12:45 The LEGO Batman Movie (PG) Fri 1:40, 3:45, Sat 12:00, 2:05, 3:30, Sun 12:00, 2:05, 4:05 FOR ALL SHOWTIMES GO TO NORTHERNLIGHTSTHEATREPUB.COM Keizer police offi cers overwhelmingly voted against supporting Police Chief Charles Stull last week after he demanded their union vote to show he had offi cer backing.