City of
                    Cottage Grove

Friday Update
(Published each Friday and posted late Friday Afternoon)

400 E. Main Street
Cottage Grove, Oregon  97424
Fax (541)942-1267

October 24, 2014

The City Manager will be on KNND’s Beeper Show on Monday, October 27th from 8:30 to 9:30 am. 

Cottage Grove Museum Opens New Offices
Wow, what a difference a little space makes.  The Cottage Grove Museum opened their new offices in the Veley House at 207 H Street this week.  Mayor Munroe, the City Manager, Public Works Director and City Planner attended the ribbon cutting at the Museum’s new offices.  The new office space made it possible for the Museum Board to move the office files and records out of the museum, freeing up a wealth of space in the museum.  The free space has resulted in better organization of displays and room to enjoy the artifacts that are on display.  If you have been to the museum before, you need to stop by and check it out now. 

Additionally, the Cottage Grove Museum is hosting a new exhibit, “School Days.”  The exhibit features items used in Cottage Grove schools over the past 100 years.  Just some of the items on display include Cottage Grove High School gym clothes from the 1920s, Cottage Grove High School cheerleader skirt worn in 1948, textbooks, slates and other learning tools.  The museum is hosting a special Open House on Sunday, November 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to celebrate the School Days exhibit.  The museum will be changing the exhibits quarterly so come back regularly to see the new exhibits.  The Open House is free and there will be light refreshments.  The Cottage Grove Museum is located at 147 H Street and the winter hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

Lane Economic Committee Presentation
The City Manager joined the City Administrator from Coburg and the City Economic Development Director from Florence on a panel to present rural community perspectives on Economic Development to the Lane Economic Committee.  The presentations highlighted the differences and the similarities between the communities and how a one size fits all approach does not properly address the needs of the rural communities.   The Lane Economic Committee is in the process of updating their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and is gathering input from a variety of sources as they undertake the update. 

Youth Advisory Council
It is that time of year again when the City is recruiting membership on the Cottage Grove Youth Advisory Council (YAC).  This is the 10th anniversary year of the YAC and we are excited to continue this opportunity for youth in the community to participate in local government and gain experiences that will help them be active citizens in their communities.  Plus the YAC has fun.  How many people can say they have run a video camera down a sewer line, ridden in a police car, operated a backhoe or visited one on one with State Legislators, City Councilors and the Mayor?  Members of the YAC can do all that and more. 

We are looking for Middle and High School aged youth in the community that are interested in being a part of the Youth Advisory Council.  The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is an opportunity for youth to share their voices with local government officials through Council meetings and interaction with staff.  They can learn and experience the wide range of services provided by City government.  They can meet and discuss important issues with elected officials from the City, County and State.  To be a part of the YAC, complete the YAC application available at City Hall, the Library or online and submit it to the City Manager’s office before November 3, 2014 or bring it to the YAC meeting on Monday, November 3rd at 6:15 pm.  For more information check out the YAC FAQs at:

Voting Time is Here
Ballots have been mailed in Lane County.  If you have not received your ballot, contact Lane County Elections Department at:  (541) 682-4234.  Let your voice be heard and be sure to turn in your ballot by November 4th.  There is a ballot drop box in front of the Cottage Grove Community Center.  The Ballot Drop box will be open until 8:00 pm on Election Day, November 4th. 

Soccer Golf at Middlefield Golf Course
Come join in the fun at the City of Cottage Grove's Middlefield Golf Course. Soccer Golf is happening now and everyone is welcome to play.  Soccer Golf is a great new sport for people of all ages... so bring the kids, friends, family, grandma and grandpa and come join in the fun of playing "golf" with a soccer ball.  At $5 for adults, $3 for kids, and $15 for the entire family (up to 8 people) soccer golf is a real deal... costs less than going to the movies.  Bring your own soccer balls or rent one of ours for $3 and come join in the fun.  Fall is a great season for Soccer Golf at Middlefield Golf Course.

Classic Film at the Library
Please join us for a screening of "Spencer's Mountain" starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara on Monday, October 27th at 1:30 pm at the Cottage Grove Public Library.  Free popcorn and drinks for everyone.

Reading with Rover – 1st Monday of the Month
Reading with Rover is coming up on Monday, November 3rd at the Cottage Grove Public Library.  All readers are welcome to come read to a Dog.

Safety on Halloween
Most people think of Halloween as a time for fun and treats. However, roughly four times as many children aged 5-14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year, and falls are a leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween. Many Halloween-related injuries can be prevented if parents closely supervise school-age children during trick-or-treat activities.

Parents can help prevent children from getting injured at Halloween by following these safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Safety Council.

Children should:
•    Go only to well-lit houses and remain on porches rather than entering houses.
•    Travel in small groups and be accompanied by an adult.
•    Know their phone numbers and carry coins for emergency phone calls.
•    Have their names and addresses attached to their costumes.
•    Bring treats home before eating them so parents can inspect them.
•    Use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid or sharp.

When walking in neighborhoods, they should:
•    Use flashlights, stay on sidewalks, and avoid crossing yards.
•    Cross streets at the corner, use crosswalks if available, and don't cross between parked cars.
•    Stop at all corners and stay together in a group before crossing.
•    Wear clothing that is bright, reflective, and flame retardant.
•    Consider using face paint instead of masks.
•    Avoid wearing hats that could slide over their eyes.
•    Avoid wearing long, baggy, or loose costumes or oversized shoes to prevent tripping.
•    Always look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.

Parents and adults should:
•    Supervise the outing for children under age 12.
•    Establish a curfew for older children.
•    Prepare homes for trick-or-treaters by clearing porches, lawns, and sidewalks and by placing decorations away from doorways and landings.
•    Avoid giving choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys as treats to young children.
•    Inspect all candy before children eat it.

To ensure the safety of pedestrian trick-or-treaters, parents and adults should:
•    Make sure children under age 10 are supervised as they cross the street.
•    Drive slowly.
•    Watch for children in the street and on medians.
•    Exit driveways and alleyways carefully.
•    Have children get out of cars on the curb side, not the traffic side.

Following these tips should help make this Halloween a safe and fun holiday.

Street Light Survey Completed
In anticipation of the change back to standard time on November 2nd, Public Works just completed a survey of all street lights throughout the City to identify any street lights that are not working.  Street lights throughout the City are owned and maintained by Pacific Power, EPUD, the City, or private homeowner associations.  Street lights that were not functioning correctly were noted and reported to the proper authority for repair.  There were a total of 30 street lights throughout the City that were not functioning properly.  There were 26 belonging to Pacific Power, 1 that belonged to Emerald People’s Utility District, and 3 that were the responsibility of the City.  If you ever see a street light that is burned-out or not functioning correctly, note the pole number and utility company name, and report it on the City’s App or directly to Public Works at 541-942-3349 and we will phone-in the repair order.

Students Tour Water Plant
On Wednesday of this week, the Row River Water Treatment Plant opened its doors to the South Lane School District.  Water Production Superintendent, Ray Pardee, and Senior Water Treatment Plant Operator, Sam Haynes, hosted approximately 20 students and staff from the Community Study Classroom.  Once a month the class tours a different industry in our community to learn about how it functions.  During their tour, students observed the multiple treatment processes that occur at the treatment plant to clean and disinfect the water and prepare it for distribution to the customers of Cottage Grove.  “The Water Cycle” was discussed as well as many other fun water trivia facts.  Did you know that about 70% of the Earth is covered with water and that overall our bodies are 70% water?  More information about drinking water can be found at:

Pump Optimization Class
On Thursday of this week, Water Production Superintendent, Ray Pardee attended an EWEB-sponsored class on pumping system optimization.  The purpose of the class was to demonstrate ways to improve pump efficiency and thereby reduce overall maintenance and operating costs.  All raw and finished water pumping costs the City approximately $75,000 per year in electricity alone.  Anything that can be done to make the total system run more efficiently will save money and reduce maintenance costs.

Quote of the Week
    “The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of everyday.”

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:
October, 2014
September, 2014
August, 2014