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Group also approved ordinance that will allow food carts in certain areas of the city

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada City Recorder Sadie Main leads councilors Justin Gates, Jerry Tenbush and Katy Dunsmuir in the oath of office during a meeting on Monday, Jan. 14.

The first Estacada City Council meeting of the year saw the swearing in of four recently elected city leaders.

Mayor Sean Drinkwine and councilors Katy Duns-muir, Jerry Tenbush and Justin Gates took the oath of office during a meeting on Monday, Jan. 14. Drinkwine has held the city's top leadership position since 2016 and ran unopposed in the November 2018 election. Gates has served on the City Council since 2012, and Tenbush and Dunsmuir are new members of the group.

"We have some great new councilors joining our team. We're excited," Drinkwine said during Monday's meeting.

Councilor Aaron Gant was also re-appointed to his position as Council President on Monday.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Estacada City Recorder Sadie Main leads Mayor Sean Drinkwine in the oath of office during a City Council meeting earlier this week. Drinkwine was re-elected to his position after running unopposed in the November 2018 election.

In other news from the City Council meeting:

  • Councilors approved the second phase of the Thomas Heights subdivision, which will include 24 lots on 9 acres between Darrow Road and Highway 224. The first phase of the subdivision, approved in 2017, contains nine lots. A section of Darrow Road was also annexed into city limits. During the meeting, several residents of Darrow Road voiced concerns about not being notified about the proposed subdivision and that construction on the prior phase left nails on the road and paint on their property.
  • Councilors approved an ordinance that will allow food carts in the industrial, commercial and downtown areas. Previously, those who wished to establish a food cart were required to have a conditional use or temporary permit, and the new ordinance will streamline the process. Food carts must be located on paved private property and cannot take away from the required number of parking spaces for a business.
  • Additionally, the ordinance establishes a process for the verification of nonconforming uses of land, and clarifies parking requirements for short-term rentals, the minimum lot sizes for various dwelling types, the applicability of design standards for partitions of lots and the period of tentative approval validity for subdivisions and phased development.
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