Drinkwine hopes for industrial expansion, job creation
During his recent State of the City address, Mayor Sean Drinkwine described his efforts to generate interest in bringing natural gas and cross-laminated timber to Estacada.
Drinkwine spoke at the Estacada Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday, April 19, saying the two industries would be valuable for local job creation.
"I've been trying to generate interest in Estacada in a different way (at county and state meetings)," Drinkwine told attendees of the chamber meeting.
He noted that a cross laminated timber, or CLT, plant in Estacada "would be the first of its kind here."
"It would be a good thing for all of us," Drinkwine said. "It would put cutters and loggers back to work in a more effective way."
Cross-laminated timber consists of several layers of lumber stacked in alternating directions and bonded with structural adhesives.
Drinkwine also discussed the value of a pipeline for natural gas making its way to Estacada, noting that it would spur additional opportunities for local industry.
"Our housing market is booming. Jobs are important," Drinkwine said.
Drinkwine also mentioned the variety of projects on deck in the city, including the library's parking lot expansion, City Hall's re-landscaping, and an intergovernmental agreement with the school district to create community sports fields and roads to the Campanella Estates subdivision.
Drinkwine noted that the city is also in the process of renegotiating its police services in order to have more patrol hours. The city has received a bid from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and has not yet received one from the Sandy Police Department, which currently provide services.
Drinkwine also called attention to a proposed update to the city's charter that voters will consider during the upcoming May election, which he described as "pretty important." The update would alter voting requirements on certain fees, bring the Charter into compliance with recent changes to state annexation voting laws, clarify when a temporary city councilor can be appointed and update the Charter's urban renewal voting requirements.
During the Chamber of Commerce meeting, Estacada Economic Development Manager Matt Lorenzen noted that because most lots in the Estacada Industrial Campus have been sold, the campus may be expanded in the future.