“If I were mayor” contest winner Skyler Winters brought the Monday, July 8 Estacada City Council Meeting to order. And the following issues were discussed.

Movie Night

Estacada High School youth coalition Above the Influence President Kayala McAulay and Drug-Free Estacada Families and Youth (DEFY) project coordinator Sonja McCarty made an appearance to ask the council for its support for a community movie night.

They hope to screen a family friendly flick Friday, Aug. 23 in the lot next to the fire station.

“We think this would be a great way to reach out and support our public service people. And a great way to introduce our new police force,” McCarty told the council.

At the time of the meeting, the top three movie choices for screening were Despicable Me, Pirates of the Caribbean or E.T.

Despicable Me has since dropped out of the running.

City Manager Bill Elliott and Councilor Sean Drinkwine voiced their support for the movie night.

Mayor Brent Dodrill told McAulay and McCarty that they “have (the city’s) support.”

Fourth of July

Councilors Drinkwine and Michele Conditt expressed pride in the city’s Fourth of July celebrations.

“I would like to thank the Chamber (of Commerce) for a great parade. I think it was the best parade anyone has ever seen,” Drinkwine said.

“I want to express my pride in this city with the Fourth of July,” Conditt said. “I’m just proud to be an Estacadan this week.”

Industrial campus road

Developer Michael Park and city leaders have long hoped to construct a road and attract big business to the city’s industrial campus now covered only in wheat.

Now that most of the hurdles in the way of the construction of the road have been cleared, Elliott drew the council’s attention to bids for its construction.

“The bids came in significantly higher than we had hoped,” Elliott noted before asking the council to award the bid to Landis & Landis Construction.

They did.

“Well, this has been a long time coming,” Dodrill said.

Library plan

Michele Kinnamon, director of the Estacada Public Library, commented on a long-term strategic plan for the library.

“The main goal we have right now is to get people back into the library,” she said. “A lot of groups are in competition for people’s attention in Estacada.”

She noted that the library was striving to reach underserved populations.

The council approved the library’s strategic plan.

Estacada Development Association funding

The council granted an $18,000 request from the Estacada Development Association that will be used to help pay the salary of Main Street Program Manager Gloria Feider Polzin.

“We’ve been watching the development of the EDA over the years and watching the Main Street Program,” Dodrill said. “I would like to ask the council to support in an official way the EDA as the arm of Estacada’s economic development, especially downtown.”

The mayor indicated that he’d like to increase funds to the EDA.

He reminded the council that one of the comments from the Business Social in early June was that Estacada’s development organizations seemed fractured, and that it would be nice to have a designated leader.

Elliott voiced his hope that any leader of economic development in Estacada would broaden their focus beyond downtown to include the city’s industrial park as well.

*This story was edited on July 3, 2014 to reflect that the Estacada Industrial Campus was divided into a 50-acre parcel and 26 smaller lots of roughly one-acre each.

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