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During Chamber of Commerce lunch, leaders give updates about next phase Wade Creek Park. fire district contract

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton shares information about the district's contract for service with Estacada during a Chamber of Commerce meeting last week.

Those involved with the next phase of Wade Creek Park have raised $1,200,00 for the project.

Skip Haak, former chair of the Estacada Parks and Recreation Commission and one of the leaders in making the plan a reality, shared details about the next phase of the park at Seventh Avenue and Northwest Wade Street during a meeting of the Estacada Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Features of the park's third phase will include an outdoor amphitheater, a community room, picnic shelter, new trails, exercise features and a restored stream.

Along with approximately $400,000 from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, city leaders are also applying for grants from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Restoration, Land and Water Conservation Fund, Estacada Community Foundation, Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and the Oregon Community Foundation. The park will also be partially funded by system development charges.

Fire Chief discusses contract for service

During last week's chamber meeting, leaders from the Estacada Rural Fire District and Clackamas Fire also updated attendees on the details of the contract for service between the districts.

Approved by both boards of directors, the contract will begin on Jan. 1, 2020, and continue through Jun. 30, 3021. Voters from each district will consider the integration of Estacada Fire into Clackamas Fire during the November 2020 election. The integration would need to be approved by constitu-ents of both Estacada and Clackamas to take effect.

Clackamas Fire will staff the Estacada Fire Station with three firefighters for all 24-hour shifts, something that Estacada Fire can provide only 68% of the time. The George Fire Station will be staffed with additional volunteers, and Clackamas will provide Estacada with 24-hour fire chief coverage. If a merger is approved, staffing at the Estacada Fire Station will increase to four people.

When the contract goes into effect, Estacada's employees and volunteers will be transferred to Clackamas Fire District.

"Our people are our number one asset we have," said Clackamas Fire Chief Fred Charlton, noting that Estacada Fire employees

will retain their seniority upon being transferred.

Charlton added that the increased collaboration will be valuable for residents of both fire districts, who have had intergovernmental agreements since 2015.

"Our fire district touches Estacada on three sides. If we can increase staffing and service in Estacada, we can also help residents of Clackamas Fire," he said.

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