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this community event.”
The Keizer Holiday Lights
Parade sponsored by the Keizer
Chamber of Commerce and
the City of Keizer arrives on
River Road North Saturday,
Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.
“We’ve had a number of
groups and organizations sign
up that haven’t been part of
the parade in the past,” she
The line-up for the parade
features several big name
entries that are taking part
for the fi rst time. Newcomers
include Comcast, Budweiser,
Salem Electric, United Rental,
Mallorie's Dairy. Band entries
McNary, South,
Sprague and McKay high
schools as well as The Beat
Goes On.
The theme this year is
Wrapped Wishes. Bethell said
it was a take on they way she
viewed the toy catalogs that
arrived around the holidays.
“We would go through
those catalogs and have
everything circled by the end.
We called them Wish-Me
book. Christmas Day we got
to fi nd out which of those
wishes was under the tree,”
she said.
Bethell is eager to
see how parade entrants
interpret the theme.
The Grand Marshal of
the parade will be Gerry
Frank. Frank, until recently,
was owner of Konditorei
in Salem. Frank has deep
roots in the retail, restaurant,
political, civic and business
activities of the state and is
also an author.
“He's a fan of all things
kids and, when we talked
about getting somebody
to represent our target
audience, Gerry was the
logical choice,” Bethell said.
In addition to the parade
itself, the Chamber has
enlisted several partner
vendors offering food and
drink during the parade.
Willamette Valley Bank,
Yenne and Schofi eld, and
Copy Cats will offer warm
drinks as part of the event.
The St. Edward Latino
Youth Program
be serving up tamales.
Church will have free cocoa
at Remodeling by Classic
Homes. Franz Bakery of
Portland will serve grilled
cheese bites at JC's Pizzeria.
El Patron will serve tacos,
quesadillas and Mexican hot
Members of the McNary High School band march in the 2016 Keizer Holiday Lights Parade. The Celts will return again this year
along with four other bands.
Staging for the parade
begins at 3:30 p.m. on
Lockhaven Drive North
between McClure Street N.
and River Road. The parade
will start at the intersection of
Lockhaven and River Road
and travel south ending at
Glynbrook Street North.
River Road will close at
6 p.m. To make way for the
Chamber’s annual Jingle Dash,
a 5K fun run, which begins at
6:15 p.m. The run will begin
at JC's Pizzeria, 4200 River
Road N. Cost is $17 to $37 for
youth, depending on the day
of registration, and $27 to $37
for adults. Registration can be
completed on the Chamber
website, www.keizerchamber.
City adds new faces to most GROWTH,
committees, still has vacancies
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The Keizer City Coun-
cil appointed several new and
returning members to various
committees and boards at its
meeting Monday, Dec. 8.
Appointees were:
• Budget Committee -
Keith Blair, Don Clark, Kevin
Dial to positions 3, 4 and 5, re-
• Parks Advisory Board -
David Louden, Clint Holland,
and Wayne Frey to positions 5,
6 and 9, respectively.
• Keizer Planning Commis-
sion – Matt Lawyer to position
• Traffi c Safety/Bikeways/
Pedestrian Committee – Joe
Tilman and Pat Fisher to posi-
tions 5 and 7, respectively.
• Isaac Matthews will join
Planning Commission and
Traffi c Safety/Bikeways/Pe-
destrian Committee as youth
• Brooke Ridgeway is join-
ing the Art Commission and
Parks Advisory Board as youth
The city is looking for vol-
unteers to serve on the fol-
lowing committees: Keizer
Points of Interest Committee
(one vacancy); Parks Advisory
Board (one vacancy); Traffi c
Safety, Bikeways, and Pedestri-
an Committee (one vacancy);
and the Stormwater Advisory
Committee (one vacancy).
There are also additional open-
ings for youth liaisons available.
Applications and full de-
scriptions of the work each
group performs can be found
at the city website, www.keiz-,
Applications must be re-
turned to Deputy City Re-
corder Debbie Lockhart by
Jan. 10 to be considered at the
next meeting of the Keizer
Volunteer Coordinating Com-
“The UGB infl uences how
we look at parking and how
much we require. Every time
we open the code book, the
UGB is a factor,” Brown said.
This week, consultants
from OTAC were in town
interviewing groups of stake-
holders about their vision for
the future of Keizer. The in-
terviews were held Wednes-
day, Dec. 6, and included
representatives from neigh-
borhood associations, the
Hispanic community, mem-
bers of the Keizer City Coun-
cil, members of the Keizer
Chamber of Commerce, the
Keizer Planning Commission
and citizens-at-large.
“What we will end up with
is a report that compares and
contrasts Keizer with other
cities and how they dealt with
their growth, and look at how
it impacted livability and oth-
er issues,” Brown said.
Participants are encouraged
to dress up and compete
for the best costume award.
Cookies, hot cocoa, and coffee
will be waiting at the fi nish
The report is expected in
early 2018 and will presented
to the Keizer City Council.
Brown expected the largest
contribution from the consul-
tants to emerge from viewing
Keizer with a broader per-
“They’ve done similar
studies internationally and
across the nation,” Brown
In the meantime, Keizer
continues to grow. According
to the latest population num-
bers provided by Portland
State University, Keizer now
has 38,345 residents. That’s
a growth of about 2 percent
(or 840 people) over the 2016
fi gures and nearly double the
population the city had when
it incorporated in 1983.
The results of the growth
study, will be paired with the
results of the Keizer Revi-
talization Plan. The Revital-
ization Plan, which Brown
hopes to commence in 2018,
will examine commercial ar-
eas in Keizer, primarily River
Road north of the city lim-
its to Wheatland Road and
Cherry Avenue Northeast.
“When we have this body
of information, we will be
able to approach the council
and ask what they want to do
regarding UGB expansion,”
said Brown.
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