Summer Celebration set for this weekend; library plans centennial

Clackams County Commissioner Jim Bernard was present at a brief Estacada City Council meeting on Monday, July 22, where he explained that the commissioners have launched a program in which the county is divided into five geographic zones.

A commissioner is assigned to each zone in order to become familiar with the local issues. Bernard is assigned to Estacada, which falls into Zone 5.

He explained that for six months he will learn all he can about Estacada (and the other towns in his zone.)

“I want you to come to me if you have an issue or you have something I could take to the board,” he told the council.

“What’s your home number?” joked the council. “We’re going to be calling you a lot!”

In other business, Jane Reid, chair of the Estacada Area Arts Commission, updated the council on the organization’s activities over the year.

She discussed the Powerhouse Project, where local artists toured North Fork dam and powerhouse for inspiration; the Conversation Project, which brought scholars to Estacada for discussions on intriguing topics; Writer’s Night: where author Stevan Allred hosted an evening of readings and a reception and more events that the Arts Commission has brought to Estacada.

Reid reminded the council that the Summer Celebration will occur July 26-27.

The celebration has 12 coordinators and more than 100 volunteers.

The Arts Commission raised more than $22,000 in grants and fundraisers for the celebration.

“This isn’t coming out of the city’s coffers,” Reid said.

Councilor Michele Conditt said that she often points to the Estacada Area Arts Commission as an example of an organization that “does it right.”

Michele Kinnamon, director of the Estacada Public Library, told the council that the library will have a day-long party on Saturday, Sept. 7 in honor of its centennial.

“It’s really remarkable this town has had some sort of library service for 100 years,” she said.

The event will be family-oriented and have crafts, music and cake.

Kinnamon invited the council members to participate.

At the close of the short council meeting, Conditt thanked Councilor Curt Steininger for initiating a discussion about the city codes.

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