Estacada City Council appoints new members to group
Kimberlee Ables and Paul Strobel are the newest members of the Estacada City Council.
During a meeting on Monday, July 27, Strobel and Ables were selected by their fellow councilors from a pool of eight applicants for two positions vacated when previous members of the group Eric Hall and Luke Weaver moved outside of city limits.
Additional applicants included Tina Ruiz, Travis Gaul, Ali Hart, Charity Hughes, Rocky Skoog and Boris Shapiro.
Members of the City Council unanimously agreed with Councilor Jerry Tenbush's nomination of Strobel. Ables was nominated by Councilor Katy Dunsmuir and Mayor Sean Drinkwine. Councilor Justin Gates seconded the decision.
Ables and Strobel will serve on the Estacada City Council through the end of this year. Their seats are two of the four positions up for grabs in the November election.
Ables, a public information officer for Metro regional government, serves on the Clackamas County Leaders for Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, the Estacada Community Emergency Response Team and the International Association of Public Participation's Cascade Chapter.
"I think the most important role for a city councilor is being a conduit to the community, to be right down there with folks to understand what their concerns are and bring that back to the decision making bodies to make sure that the community voices are heard," Ables said, adding that it's particularly important to support vulnerable populations. "We need make sure that we're reducing as many barriers as we can so folks can get the help, access and and tools that they need to be able to go to school or go to work, whether that's transportation, broadband access (or) something they need to be able to feel a little bit safer in their community."
Strobel operates a State Farm Insurance office in Estacada. He is the vice president of the Downtown Estacada Association and serves on the Estacada Budget Committee. He is also on the board of directors for 300 Main and has worked with the Performing Arts Group of Estacada.
Strobel described "two very important aspects of a city councilor."
"One is to work very closely with the city itself to understand what they're doing, so you can challenge the city on what they're doing or support the city on the choices they're making as well," he said. "The other aspect would be an advocate for the folks in the community. I hear from a lot of people the good and the bad about what's going on in the city, and I'd like to be part of whatever it would take to be a solution to keep things moving forward."
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