Canby city administrator talks his past, Canby's future
Canby City Administrator Scott McClure came to the Chamber of Commerce's Feb. 4 luncheon to talk about where he's come from and where the city of Canby is going.
McClure, who told Chamber Director Kyle Lang his speech would be about how llamas affect world peace, actually didn't say a word about either llamas or world peace.
Instead, he talked about his background going to Gladstone High School and earning a degree in political science studying international relations to go into the CIA or the State Department.
However, at his first job working for the City of Gresham, he found himself learning the ropes and decided he liked working for cities.
He went on to work in Coos Bay, spent six years in Colorado where he started as an assistant city administrator and went on to become the administrator.
After that, he and his family moved back to Oregon where he spent 12 years as city administrator in Monmouth before moving to Canby in October.
"Canby is a nice town with nice people," he said. "It's economically diverse and well-maintained. It offers active community services, a good City Council and a great city staff, as well as top-notch services and actively engaged committees."
He explained that the city's budget is more than $55 million and it employs 138 people. Fees coming into Canby include property taxes, which McClure noted aren't as much as most people think.They only cover about 24 percent of operations. But other fees also help run the city, including utility, gas fees, county and development fees, service and transit fees.
McClure also talked about Canby's plans, noting that the city's parks weren't doing well until the city added a small monthly fee. Now the parks are in better shape with a splash pad coming — hopefully by Memorial Day -- looking at a ball-field complex as he complimented the Parks Advisory Committee.
The city continues to grow, he noted, with 450 housing units in the pipeline and 200 to follow. That doesn't include the businesses arriving on the industrial side like Caruso Produce, Stanton Furniture, and Columbia Distributing, which will bring on a large number of employees.
Other unique happenings are the quiet zones coming with the train intersections on South Ivy, Grant and Elm streets as well as the Grant Street Arch, which is like a giant sign over the railroad tracks leading from Highway 99E into downtown.
The city is planning an industrial route that goes from the Industrial Park that will come out by the Roadhouse on 99E.
"Every time a new development comes in, a traffic study is done to indicate street needs," McClure said.
The old library building is also up for lease or purchase, that may interest new restaurateurs or become a market.
An interesting speech, McClure showed that Canby is growing as a city with new businesses and new homes and a progressive City Council and city staff.
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