1994: Drama between City Manager and City Councilor continues to publicly unfold

by: ARCHIVE PHOTO - The caption to this 1974 photo read: TV's popular Ed Reimers chats with Shirley Lippincott of Estacada at the National Crusade Kickoff Meeting of the American Cancer Society held reently in Atlanta, Georgia. Both participated in the two-day meeting of key volunteers of the Society representing all 50 states. The inspirational meeting was climaxed by a dinner for the 1,000 persons attending the meeting.


Estacada’s long-awaited water treatment plant was nearing completion. The paper reported that it was probably the most costly project in Estacada’s history.

The construction of the water treatment plant had faced its share of challenges.

Operating engineers, laborers and sheet metal workers had all gone on strike at some point during the project.

Obstacles kept on coming: the first reservoir site planned for the plant had been rejected due to poor soil quality, contractors faced material shortages and November 1973 had record rainfall.

An icy winter didn’t help matters either.

Officials said the new water system would be operational by April 1974.

In the meantime, residents continued to use unfiltered but heavily chlorinated water.

by: ARCHIVE PHOTO - 1984: 18-year-old Tamiko Shibahara was preparing for the Oregon Junior Miss pageant.


Estacada city councilors went door-to-door to survey residents on their opinions of Estacada.

Preliminary results showed that most residents were satisfied with the police service provided by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and with Estacada in general.

Poor road conditions (especially on the roads “with more potholes than pavement”) and the shabby appearance of downtown Estacada were the most frequent complaints heard by the councilors.


The drama between City Manager Shelley Jones and City Councilor Sandy Pense continued to play out in the paper.

The week before, Pense responded in writing to questions from the then Clackamas County News.

Her responses were published.

Pense publicly accused Jones of frequent tardiness, attending conferences without council approval and taking excessive vacations.

Jones refuted Pense’s accusations during a 45-minute presentation to the city council.

Jones brought documentation to show that she had not even used all of her allotted vacation time and had worked, in fact, more than 40 hours a week.

Despite Pense’s statement that Jones never returned calls, Jones produced records showing that Pense had only left her one message in the last year.

City staff and other councilors seemed to rally behind Jones.

City Recorder Denise Carey read a letter of support of Jones to the council that had been signed by several city employees.

City Councilor Karen Hardman compared Pense’s attacks of Jones to “the McCarthy times.”

The paper reported that Pense stared straight ahead without visibly reacting to what was said during Jones’ presentation.

“I thank Miss Jones for clarifying these things for me,” Pense said later. “I had some questions, and they’ve been answered.”

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