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2011 state of the city: A report to Estacada citizens

By BECKY ARNOLD

Estacada Mayor

First of all, I'd like to thank all of my supporters who re-elected me as mayor last November. I appreciate your overwhelming show of support and encouragement. Representing you as mayor is one of my greatest joys and is truly a labor of love for me. I am also glad to have all three incumbent councilors re-elected and returning, as this city council works so well together and really embodies the essence of teamwork.

Where 2009 was a year of overcoming challenges, 2010 was a welcome return to business-as-usual. The city council, committees and staff worked hard to provide service, leadership and thoughtful planning for our community. One of the highlights of 2010 for me was co-hosting the Community Summit, where nearly 40 organizations gathered to coordinate their efforts and receive training and inspiration in their volunteer service.

Another highlight was seeing the completion of construction on Hawthorn and Ivy roads, the pavement overlay on Southwest Second Avenue and the repaving and beautification project on Highway 224. Nearly all of this work was done with grant funding.

With the limited funds available through the city budget for our streets, grants and partnerships are vital.

Beginning the Estacada Downtown and Riverside Area Plan last summer was yet another highlight of 2010. This process will create a detailed plan that supports redevelopment and the promotion of a vibrant, mixed land use, multi-modal and economically successful downtown.

It will also identify ways in which to capitalize on the natural and existing features of the area, as well as improving connectivity between the riverfront and downtown.

In May 2010, the city manager conducted a Public Safety Survey in collaboration with the Portland State University Research Department, which assisted the council in understanding citizen priorities when it comes to public safety.

Stay tuned for updates on the council's progress throughout the year. I feel very fortunate to have such a great group of councilors to work with again. They are hard working, conscientious and have the best interest of the community at heart as they review and decide on issues that will impact Estacada both today and in the years to come.

Finally, how could I finish a message like this without thanking the entire city staff? Estacada is fortunate to have this group of people who go above and beyond the call of duty to guarantee that the needs of the citizens are met.

Estacada's 2010 accomplishments

• Mayor Arnold co-hosted the Community Summit with nearly 40 organizations represented.

• Highway 224 Transportation Enhancement Project with ODOT was completed.

• The National Incident Management System was adopted as the city's standard emergency response system.

• A Strategic Investment Zone was approved in partnership with Clackamas County.

• The library established adult programming, which included a visit from Oregon's Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen.

• An outreach to homebound patrons was initiated by the library.

• 304 children and 76 teens participated in the Summer Reading Program.

• Construction was completed on Hawthorn and Ivy roads with funding from a Community Development Block Grant through Clackamas County.

• The Southwest Second Street overlay was completed ($50,000 from SCA Grant 2009 and 2010).

• The water treatment plant produced 180 million gallons of water.

• The city issued 160 building permits, including 55 for new single-family residential homes.

• City manager conducted a Public Safety Survey in partnership with PSU Research Department.

• The development of the Estacada Downtown and Riverside Area Plan began (TGM grant from ODOT).

• Welcome sign between the library and Wade Creek Park was refurbished as an Eagle Scout community service project.

City of Estacada Statistics

• Total Valuation 2010-11: 187,195.625

• Total Valuation 2000-01: $100,199,243

• Estacada Property Tax Receipts: $577,835

• City Sheriff Contract: (80 hrs/wk) $438,105

• Average Deputy Response Time: 5 minutes

• City Boundary Acres: 1,312

• Tax Lot Acres: (not including streets): 1,132

• Population: 2,880

• Registered Voters in Estacada: 1,396

• Tax Lots in City: 1,336