EHS junior wins Oratorical scholarship

Noah Fleck, a junior at Estacada High School, walked away with $1,700 in scholarship funds for his participation in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.

by: CONTRIBUTED - Estacada High School Junior Noah Fleck took away $1,700 in scholarship funds for his participation in the American Legion Oratorical Contest.Fleck won the local contest held by Carl Douglas Post 74 of Estacada with an eight-minute speech on the United States Constitution emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the government and a three minute oration on a constitutional amendment.

Fleck won the district contest eventually advancing to the state finals competition on Saturday, March 1, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Salem. He took fourth place in the state competition.

Carl Douglas Post 74 Commander Doug Jamieson said the post would like to thank Fleck for his participation in the competition.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest is held every year for high school age students.

EHS serves as example to outside educators

About 20 educators from the Cascade, Jefferson and North Santiam school districts paid a visit to Estacada High on Friday, March 7, to learn about the school’s proficiency-based learning model.

The biggest change from other learning models is that grades are based solely upon whether or not the student has met an academic benchmark rather than on behavior such as handing in homework.

Behavior, Estacada High School Vice Principal Ryan Carpenter explained, is dropped from the academic grading system.

If the student can ace a test without doing the homework, the homework probably wasn’t necessary for her to learn what she was required to learn.

For other students, they may not be able to meet the benchmark if they don’t do the homework.

Estacada High School uses Flex Fridays to form individualized schedules for students to get extra help for subjects they struggle with. For students who do not require more time with a subject, there are opportunities for academic pursuits not covered in regular class.

The visiting educators listened to a presentation from Estacada High School staff, took tours with student guides and observed Flex Friday activities.

Citizen urges city to shorten permit process

Ben Wheeler has urged the Estacada City Council to streamline the process for approving building permits.

He made his request during the Monday, March 10, City Council meeting.

Wheeler is in the process of building a four-plex for Cascade Utilities on Zobrist Street.

Wheeler described how the city code requires plans for any new building in the downtown zone to go before the planning commission for a public hearing. The hearing requires 21 days-notice, and the planning commission may not be meeting for several weeks after that.

He said he felt that the requirement added too much time to the building process and suggested that city staff be granted the authority to approve a site plan for a new building, cutting out the public hearing process.

“I know that from my chair, I don’t ever want to hear someone is trying to build in our community and is having a hard time,” said Councilor Michele Conditt.

The council directed city staff to review the city code, determine the reasoning behind the requirement and to examine similar ordinances from other cities.

Citizen questions parking requirement

Earlene Raines asked the Estacada City Council why it is against city code to park a utility trailer in one’s driveway.

Raines made the inquiry during the Monday, March 10, City Council meeting.

Raines received an abatement notice for parking her utility trailer in one of her two off-street parking spaces at her residence.

She explained that as it is also not allowed to park a trailer in the street for more than 24-hours, to comply with code she would have to rent space to park the trailer, which would be a financial burden.

The council directed city staff to review the ordinance and to research how other cities address the parking of utility trailers.

Raines may keep her trailer parked there without fine until the council has made a decision on the code.

Artists wanted to design bike rack

The Estacada Development Association, Chamber of Commerce and the Estacada Area Arts Commission are inviting artists who live within 100 miles of Estacada to submit a design for a bike rack that will be installed next to the parking lot on the west side of City Hall at the corner of Broadway and Highway 224. Among other requirements, the rack must accommodate eight bicycles and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The deadline to submit a design application is 5 p.m. Friday, April 4. Submitted applications will be evaluated by a panel and up to three finalists will be selected to develop an outline for the project and participate in an interview with the panel.

The artist selected to design the bike rack will receive $6,750 for the design and fabrication.

For the complete rules on the application process, follow the “Request for Qualifications: Artist-Designed Bike Racks for Estacada Bike Plaza” link on the website.

For more information, call the Chamber at 503-630-3483.

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