Gant leaves City Council
City Councilor Aaron Gant is preparing to step down as he moves outside Estacada city limits.
Gant expects to serve through the end of this month, at which time there will be an appointment to fill his position. He was elected to the Estacada City Council in 2014 and has been the group's president for the majority of that time.
"I'll miss giving back to the community through time, effort and being involved," he said.
Gant is proud of several elements of his work on the City Council, including
the decision to not allow marijuana retailers downtown.
"I travel for my job and go into other downtown cores, and there's all this marijuana stuff. I'm proud that when you come to Estacada, it's not staring you in the face," he said.
He is also proud of the new buildings in downtown Estacada, such as Dollar General, Yo Treats and Clackamas River Outfitters; the intergovernmental agreement with the school district to create a 20-acre park nearby the Campanella Estates subdivision; and the welcome sign along Highway 224, which was one of his first goals upon joining the council.
A lifelong Estacada resident, Gant will miss many elements of living in town after he moves to Oregon City later this month.
"I'll miss seeing friendly faces at games and the grocery store, and being within five minutes of nature," he said. "I've always been proud to say I'm from Estacada and that I raised my kids here. I'd do it all over again."
Mayor Sean Drinkwine praised Gant's dedication.
"His loyalty to the citizens and the city is what it's all about. He's always prepared," Drinkwine said. "It will be hard to find someone who you can count on like that."