Rademacher urges action, not more studies

Two citizen speakers raised issues that prompted a lot of discussion at the Estacada City Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 26.

Marsha Kelly a “recent avid walker” urged the council to fix unsafe sidewalks.

She drew attention to the sidewalk curb near the junior high school at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street. The odd lip of the curb can (and has) caused unsuspecting walkers to trip.

She expressed concern for elderly walkers.

Kelly said she also worried about the track team running along Coupland Road as the shrubbery is overgrown and driver’s have poor visibility.

Alan Rademacher shared his years of experience watching the city spend large sums on studies for economic development without seeing much actual economic development.

He said that he had long felt that Estacada needed a city planner and was heartened that the Estacada Development Association seems poised to assume that role.

But after reading that the city was considering granting $40,000 to the association, he felt prompted to urge leaders to spend responsibly.

“I’d like to see the Estacada Development Association spend money wisely, but not on more studies,” he said.

Several councilors thanked the citizen speakers in their closing remarks.

The council approved its Memorandum of Understanding with the Estacada Development Association. $40,000 was granted to the association (including the $18,000 it has already been given) towards hiring a Main Street Manager/Economic Development Manager. The sum will be prorated upon hiring that person, as the $40,000 was intended to be a yearly salary.

City Manager Bill Elliott asked the council if they were interested in purchasing property next to Wade Creek Park for the city. The asking price for the property is $170,000.

Councilor Michele Conditt said that she was not in “a real big hurry to buy it” but thought that “it might be time for a parks and recreation district.”

She thought the property would be nice to have for Parks & Recreation activities, library summer reading programs and the like.

Councilor Sean Drinkwine said that the property could accommodate an amphitheatre next to the skate park, an idea that excited Conditt.

“I think we’re having a hard time preserving what we have in our community,” Councilor Rob Gaskill cautioned.

“It sounds like both of you are saying now is not the time to make some sort of offer,” Mayor Brent Dodrill said.

“No, now is not the time,” Conditt said. She mentioned that it doesn’t seem that the property will be sold in a hurry either.

Dodrill mentioned that he’d like to see a sketch of Drinkwine’s amphitheatre idea.

In other business, Elliott reminded the council that the Sandy Police Department was set to take over law enforcement services in Estacada at midnight, Sunday, Sept. 1.

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