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Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424
March 27, 2015
West Coast Regional Summit
The City Manager attended the International City/County
Management Association (ICMA) West Coast Regional Summit in
Portland with about 140 other local government leaders from
Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.
The managers reviewed recent work by author Daniel Pink
regarding citizen engagement. The managers also discussed
performance measurement tools and programs.
If I Were Mayor Youth Contest
The deadline is quickly approaching for entries the "If I Were
Mayor" youth contest. Youth in the community are eligible
for local cash prizes. Visit the City's website for more
information and entry forms.
Special City Council Meeting
The Cottage Grove City Council has scheduled a Special City
Council Meeting for Monday, March 30th at 12:00 pm to award a
bid for the Row River Water Relocation – 2015 Project.
Fleet Maintenance Training
Fleet and Facilities Supervisor, Russ Kaleese attended the 65th
Annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference in Seattle,
March 24th to 26th. The conference is the premier West
Coast educational conference for the vehicle maintenance
industry. Agencies from Canada, California, Washington,
Idaho and Oregon were represented. This is the 18th year
that Russ has attended the educational conference where he also
serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors. This year’s
conference focused on new fleet technology, specifically new
engine designs, fuel saving practices, hybrid technologies, shop
management, and diesel engine servicing. The City Shop
maintains and repairs over 300 pieces of rolling stock ranging
from mowers, golf carts, and ATV’s to ten-yard dump trucks and
backhoes. Proper parts inventory practices and vehicle
maintenance recordkeeping are integral components of any
successful fleet maintenance program.
New Electronic Smoking Device Ordinance in Effect
On February 23, 2015 the Cottage Grove City Council passed
Ordinance No. 3052 which adds Chapter 8.28 regarding electronic
smoking devices to the City’s Municipal Code. The ordinance
regulates the sale, possession and use of electronic smoking
devises. It also prohibits smoking or carrying a lighted
smoking instrument within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows
that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area
in public places or places of employment. More
information can be found on the City’s webpage,
Just a Reminder ODFW Family Fishing Event Scheduled for
April 4th in Cottage Grove
Families interested in angling can find a great fishing
opportunity Saturday, April 4th at the Cottage Grove Pond in Row
River Nature Park. The Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife plans to release approximately 2,000 rainbow trout into
Cottage Grove Pond in advance of the Family Fishing Event.
ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. to provide access to fishing equipment and angling
Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers under the age of
13 can fish for free. A juvenile license is required for anglers
14-17 years of age. Juvenile angling licenses can be purchased
for $9 from ODFW field offices and license outlets. All other
anglers must have an Oregon adult fishing license. This
event is for kids, so while the standard fishing regulations
will apply, ODFW would like to ask adults to leave the fishing
to the young anglers for a few hours.
This will be the twelfth year for this event so, if you have
children or grandchildren that would like to experience fishing,
mark your calendar for this free event. Cottage Grove Pond
is located in the Row River Nature Park off Row River Road east
of Cottage Grove. The Cottage Grove Pond parking area is
near the weigh station.
Gas Line Breakage Training
On Wednesday, March 25th, Police Chief Mike Grover, Police
Commander Scott Shepherd, Community Development Howard Schesser
and City Planner Amanda Ferguson attended a training seminar put
on by Williams Pipe Line, “Gas Line Breakage.” The
training was held at Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant.
Looking Glass Rural Program
At the March 23rd City Council meeting, Lorinda Wolfard, Program
Supervisor and Kirstin London, Services Director with Looking
Glass Youth & Family Services, gave a presentation to the
Council about the programs they offer. They are looking for host
homes to provide short-term shelter (up to 21 days) for youth to
help end or avoid homelessness. If you are interested in
learning more about being a host home, contact Lorinda or
Kirstin at (541) 767-3823.
Quote of the Week
“The sweetest of all
sounds is praise."
~ Xenophon, Historian~