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Petition gains more than 1,000 signatures to keep logger statue in its current home

A petition to keep Estacada's logger statue in its current position in front of City Hall on Main Street amassed more than 1,000 signatures.

Kimberly Binder, the petition's creator, presented the document to Estacada City Councilors and Mayor Sean Drinkwine during a meeting on Monday, July 24. She noted that it had garnered a total of 1,054 signatures.

After an Estacada News article reported that city staff proposed the logger statue — along with the Sasquatch statue the city inherited from the now-closed Mike's Second Hand Store — move to Timber Park to accommodate a future phase of the Station Cycling Plaza, Binder created the petition to keep the logger statue in its current home.

One signature on the online petition came from as far as Canada, but Binder estimated that 98 percent of the signatures were local. Numerous locations in Estacada, including the Community Center, Estacada Tackle, Dick's Logging, Lew's Drive-In, the Cazadero Inn, Taco Time, Just In Video, the Trails Inn Cafe & Timber Room, Chapman's and The Mason Jar, had paper copies of the petition for people to sign.

"The majority of the comments (on the petition) asked for the logger to remain a part of our history," Binder said during the City Council meeting. "Where the logger stands is a testament to who we are."

In a previous interview, she told the Estacada News that her concerns with moving the statue to Timber Park included lack of visibility and the potential for vandalism.

"The consensus is that everyone likes him right where he is," she said.

City staff told the Estacada News that the decision to relocate the logger to Timber Park had been reconsidered.

"Nothing is set in stone," said Melanie Wagner, assistant to the city manager, in a previous interview, noting that the question of where to move the logger statue would now be posed to the City Council.

During the council meeting, Drinkwine expressed his appreciation for the logger statue.

"The city will change, but keeping our history will always be first most," he said. "We're not looking to do anything so you don't recognize your little town."

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