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1963: Fire takes out General Store

Sandy loses landmark that stood since 1911


2003 — Waste Management Inc. was not going to take no for an answer 10 years ago.

A little more than a month after city councilors rejected a request for an 8 percent to 13.6 percent increase in residual garbage rates, Waste Management hired Wilson Consulting to make a new argument for the rate hike.

The City Council on Dec. 2 voted 5-2 to reject the increase, with several councilors saying the city’s sole franchised garbage hauler was already making enough profit off Sandy residents.

Councilor Dick Steiner, a certified public accountant, said then that the company’s 4 percent profit was sufficient during the current economic downturn. Waste Management sought a 10 percent rate of return, or profit, and planned to ask the council in February to reconsider the December vote and allow rate hikes to generate the desired 10 percent profit.

1993 — Mike Reardon, a member of the Sandy Elementary District board, was pleased with the direction that the school district was going in 20 years ago.

With the merger of the high school and its feeder districts coming up, he was interested in running for the high school board in March.

“With the merger, there will be a lot of meat and potato decisions before them,” he said. “It’s a chance to have an impact and be involved.”

So Reardon, who was criticized for threatening to take legal action against the high school board, was following that board’s work as it pertained to redrawing the election zones.

The purpose of having election zones was to make sure all geographical areas were represented on the high school board.

According to Reardon, when the board was preparing to redraw its zones, he informed individual members there was a better way. Reardon said he received opposition to his proposal and that’s when Reardon threatened legal action.

1983 — The Sandy Pioneer Association, the precursor to the Sandy Historical Society, began a drive 30 years ago to raise $75,000 for the expansion of the Sandy Community Center to house a museum.

Also, Bison Industries, which manufactured garbage collection equipment, was moving from downtown Portland to the Sandy industrial park.

1973 — Hearings were scheduled 40 years ago to discuss the proposal to designate 12.5 miles of the Sandy River from Dodge Park in Clackamas County to Dabney Park in Multnomah County as a scenic waterway. The final decision on the designation, which would protect the river from being overdeveloped, would be the governor’s.

1963 — Fifty years ago, the Sandy General Store, a local landmark since 1911, was destroyed in a four-alarm fire, which apparently started around 4 a.m.

Sandy Police Chief Lyle Seaman said the roof on the residence attached to the rear of the store was caving in when the Sandy Fire Department arrived.

The top floor of the store was already in flames, he added. The extent of the fire at the time made it impossible to tell whether or not there was furniture in the residence, Seaman said.

The arson department of the state police was investigating the origin of the fire, but had not yet reached a definite conclusion.

Compiled from The Post archives.