2003: City debates how to enforce the sign code


School children in several Oregon counties were searching for black currants under the direction of state and national white pine blister rust specialists. The rust was capable of destroying whole forests of white and sugar pine.


For the second time in two years, a local woman was disturbed and upset to find one of her cows ritualistically slaughtered. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office was looking into the incident, but had not yet decided whether to pursue the investigation as malicious mischief or to turn the case over to Animal Control to pursue animal cruelty charges.


The lake at Timberlake Job Corps was being drained to ease pressure on the dam. The decision to drain was prompted after an inspection that took place after an earthquake in March 1993. Engineers were concerned that the dam was unstable. Officials had not yet decided whether to repair the dam or remove it entirely.


Councilors debated whether to enforce Estacada’s sign code.

At the time, Estacada had a sign ordinance that required a building permit fee. The fee covered the Public Works Department’s time to calculate the proper size and placement of the signs.

In 1996, the sign code had been amended to prohibit sandwich boards.

According to the ordinance, the fine for a sign code violation was $500. The City Recorder promised that businesses would not be fined unless officially informed in writing of the violation and cited in court.

In April 2003, many business owners were in violation of the code by either not having a permit or exhibiting sandwich boards. In an August 2002 council meeting, members of the City Council objected to enforcing the sign code, which had not been enforced in recent years. A town hall meeting was scheduled for business owners and councilors to discuss the sign code.


John Mullen, park manager for the Trion McIver Park Unit, and members of his team were beginning to seek funding for Phase 2 of the Cazadero Trail. Phase 1, the construction of a trail that began in Boring and ran for three miles southeast, had been completed in 2010.

In the 1970s, the Oregon Department of Transportation had acquired land that once hosted a railroad line to Estacada.

Officials planned to convert the old railroad grade to a trail for hikers, cyclists and horseback riders.

In the 1980s, the land was cleared in preparation for the trail, but lack of funding delayed the trail construction for nearly thirty years.

Phase 2 would run from Barton into Eagle Creek for 3.8 miles. Mullen and his team hoped it would be completed in the summer of 2013. However, connecting the approximately quarter mile gap between the two trails required expensive bridges to cross the highway and creeks. The connection of the two trails was not projected until further into the future. Mullen noted that the progression of the Cazadero Trail was a matter of funding.

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