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Chamber, EDA receive grant for bike plaza

The Estacada Chamber of Commerce and Estacada Development Association are $30,000 closer to realizing their shared vision of an Estacada bike and visitor plaza thanks to a grant from the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council.

The plaza was one of 12 recipients of the 2013 Tourism Development Grant.

In November, Dave Piper told the Estacada City Council that the Estacada Development Association, along with the Chamber of Commerce, hope to install a bike plaza in the grassy area next to City Hall, near the new public restroom.

Piper explained the vision: a kiosk with posters, informational fliers, information on local businesses and an interactive computer system.

In an effort to make “everything look friendly,” Piper added that trash receptacles and a water fountain also are part of the vision.

At the November council meeting, Piper said the plaza would cost about $75,000 total. The association already has applied for grants and plans to apply for others.

Piper stressed that the association was not requesting the city's “capital involvement” beyond supplying power, water and maintenance to the facility.

Barbara's Flowers & Coffee wins contest

The Chamber of Commerce and Estacada Development Association sponsored a “Light the Town” contest for downtown businesses to decorate their buildings for the holidays.

Barbara's Flowers & Coffee won first place.

Paul Strobel's State Farm Insurance office came in second and Mossy Rock came in third.

The winners received gift certificates from NW Hi-Tecu and Winthrop Web Services donated by Chamber President Jordan Winthrop.

Fire Department orders new rig

Estacada Rural Fire District No. 69 board of directors approved the purchase of a new pumper/water tender vehicle during their Nov. 21 meeting.

“By purchasing this combination vehicle we will surplus or replace two apparatus thus decreasing the future equipment reserve expenses for the district,” former deputy chief Fred Hertel wrote in an email in early December.

“The highlights of the new apparatus are as follows: It will carry 2,000 gallons of water, have a 1,500 gallon per minute fire pump, a full complement of hose and ladders, will carry Class A foam and have the district's first compressed air foam system,” Hertel wrote.

Hertel estimated the cost to purchase and equip the vehicle would be $630,000.

The vehicle has been ordered.

Hertel said it would take about eight or nine months to build.




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