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1984: Council calls library operations into question

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Estacada’s Broadway Theater was playing Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” and “a wonderful picture filmed in Holland, in Technicolor” — “A Dog of Flanders.”


Kathy Weick of Estacada was named “Miss Rodeo Oregon.” Weick was also voted “Miss Congeniality.”

Weick planned to compete for the “Miss National Rodeo” title in a contest in Oklahoma City in December 1974.


The Estacada City Council was concerned about the high costs and short hours worked at the Estacada Public Library.

At the direction of the council, City Manager Duane Robinson had studied the library and drafted a memo.

Some councilors were troubled to learn that the three-woman staff of the library worked 61 hours a week combined for the building which was open to the public a few hours every day but Sunday for a total of 28 hours weekly.

“What do they do for 33 hours?” asked Councilman Dave Vail of the hours they were working when the library wasn’t open.

“I think that the library needs to be a little more accessible to the general public,” he added.

Councilman Borden Granger was concerned that library employees were being paid far higher than full-time city of Estacada employees: library employees made $12.91 per hour not including benefits while city employees made only $8.


The paper ran two editorials by Editor David Bates and Publisher William H. “Bill” James filled with sharp criticism of former mayor Tom Nelson and his Citizen’s Voice PAC.

In an editorial titled “No vision, no credibility, and no accountability,” Bates and James accused the PAC of publishing fabricated documents in an attempt to smear City Manager Shelley Jones.


The Estacada City Council passed an ordinance that required the city to allocate 1 percent of the total construction cost of new public buildings, that cost more than $50,000, to public art displayed in or next to the new or remodeled building.


The Sandy City Council approved the contract that allowed the Sandy Police Department to provide law enforcement services to Estacada.

Estacada officials were concerned when departing Sandy City Manager Scott Lazenby was quoted in the paper saying, “We will not be the police department for Estacada. Residents of Estacada receive a base level of enforcement from the county sheriff. (Sandy) will be providing supplemental patrols during dedicated hours to supplement the base level of county service.”

Lazenby made this statement during a filmed Sandy City Council meeting.

“They (will be) our primary law enforcement,” Councilor Curt Steininger told the paper. “As far as we’re concerned in Estacada, Sandy (will be) our primary law enforcement.”

City Manager Bill Elliott was also troubled by the quote.

“It doesn’t read like we all understood it.”

He reached out to Sandy Police Chief Kim Yamashita for clarification.

“We will consider ourselves to be the main law enforcement agency of Estacada and provide the best level of service possible to the citizens of your community,” Yamashita responded in an email.

She reiterated that Estacada would receive the same law enforcement contract services that Estacada had received from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Prior to switching to the Sandy Police Department, Estacada had contracted with the Sheriff’s Office for police coverage since 1978.

When reached for comment, Lazenby attributed confusion over the quote to “semantic issues.”