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Estacada City Council approves $9M-plus budget

Continued economic development and an updated transportation growth management plan are some items on the city of Estacada’s budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

At a meeting on Monday, June 27, the city council unanimously approved a $9,745,000 budget, an $892,535 increase from the previous fiscal year.

The city has applied for a $115,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to facilitate the update of its transportation growth management plan, a document that charts all of the city’s streets, including ones built with new housing subdivisions.

City manager Denise Carey believes the updated transportation growth management plan will be vital to Estacada’s continued development.

“Updating the plan will allow the city to improve connectivity between older and newer areas in town,” Carey said. “It’s a really important guide to keep updated, especially when you’re having growth.”

The city will know if it received the grant in August. If Estacada is not awarded the funds, the city plans to continue with the project on a smaller scale.

“We might complete just one chapter of the plan,” Carey said.

The budget also increases funding to the Estacada Development Association, from $30,000 to $45,000. With the funds, the Development Association will launch an online listing of properties in downtown Estacada that are for sale or lease, continue to have promotional activities in downtown Estacada and maintain the salary of Executive Director Nancy Hoffman.

“We want to continue to bring people to Estacada’s downtown, so they’ll walk around and enjoy local merchants,” Hoffman said, when discussing the Development Association’s goals.

One way the association hopes to achieve this is by applying for a $100,000 grant from the state’s Main Street program

“We hope to bring a high impact project to downtown Estacada,” Hoffman said.

The Development Association will also continue to host events, such as Estacada Uncorked, to encourage people to spend time downtown.

Budget committee member Ralph Branson was pleased with the budget.

Through the efforts of the Development Association, Branson is hopeful more businesses will hang out their shingle in downtown Estacada.

“I think we’re continuing in the direction we’ve always gone in, and it’s a good one,” he said.

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