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

January 23, 2015

Shred Event
Don’t forget – tomorrow – Saturday, January 24th from 10:00 am to noon the City will have a document shredding truck at City Hall. We will be shredding documents for the City and any citizens that bring their documents for only a donation of a non-perishable food item for Community Sharing.   Help stop identity theft and properly dispose of those confidential documents and papers that you don’t need around the house any more. 

Little Free Libraries of South Lane County
The Ford Family Foundation Leadership South Lane Cohort Team has been working on a project over the last several months called “Little Free Libraries of South Lane County.” The little free libraries are based on the “Take a book, leave a book” model. There will be a grand opening of two libraries on Saturday, January 24th from 10:00 to 11:30 am at Stewart Orchard Park, S 8th Street & Johnson Avenue and from 11:30 to 1:00 pm at the Whiteman Community Park, 207 N. H Street & Birch Avenue.  See flyer attached for more information.

The City Manager will be on KNND’s Beeper Show on Monday, January 26th from 8:30 to 9:30 am. 

Cottage Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Awards and Installation Banquet
The Chamber of Commerce held their annual banquet on Saturday last week and the City was well represented.  Congratulations to all the award recipients: to Lindsey Haskell, who received the President’s Award for Community Excellence recognizing him for his decades of service to the community through his volunteering on various boards and commissions as well as being on the City Council; to Ruth Linoz as First Citizen, it has been a pleasure working with her in restoring the operations of South Lane Wheels and to both the Jr. First Citizen Justin Bennett and Runner-up Jarett Raade who have both been active members of the Cottage Grove Youth Advisory Council. 

Chamber Board Meeting
The Mayor and City Manager attended the Chamber of Commerce Board meeting on Wednesday.   As a part of the meeting the City Manager provided an update on the Armory Schematic Design project. 

Cub Scouts Visit Armory
The City Manager attended a special meeting of Cub Scout Pack 140 at the Cottage Grove Armory on Wednesday evening.  The manager led the group of over 20 active young Cub Scouts and their parents through the Armory for a quick tour and also gave a quick update on the progress of the Schematic Design Project.  After the tour and presentation the Cubs played a rousing game of clothespin tag in the Drill Hall before going home. 

Prescription Drug Discount Program
The City of Cottage Grove continues to participate in the National League of Cities Prescription Drug Discount Program.  In December participants in the program were able to save 18.8% on their prescriptions in the month of December 2014 for a total savings of $363.84.  Since the City joined the program in June 2009 citizens have saved over $26,051 on their prescriptions.   Participation is free.   Prescription discount cards can be picked up at City Hall, the Library or you can print off a card online from the City’s web page.

City Attorney Request For Proposals
The City has issued a Request for Proposals from interested attorneys or law firms to provide City Attorney services for the City.  The complete Request for Proposal is available on the City’s website or from the City Manager’s office.  Deadline for submission of proposals is February 20th at 3:00 pm.  

Oregon Water Utilities Council
On Thursday of last week and Thursday of this week, Water Production Superintendent, Ray Pardee and Public Works Director, Jan Wellman attended two separate Oregon Water Utilities Council (OWUC) meetings in Salem and Eugene.  The OWUC meeting in Salem was a legislative symposium and the goal was to inform water providers throughout Oregon of water related issues that will likely be addressed during the 2015 legislative session.  The OWUC meeting in Eugene was a regular monthly meeting of the OWUC and included presentations from the Oregon Water Resources Department and Drinking Water Program.  Proposed significant permit fee increases were presented and discussed. 

Equipment Technician Seminar
On Wednesday of this week, Fleet and Facilities Manager, Russ Kaleese, Mechanics, Dale Smith and Don Brown, and Parks Maintenance Worker, Christian Beach attended the 2015 Equipment Technician Seminar in Tualatin.  This was a short seminar sponsored by Western Equipment Distributors and dealt with the diagnostic troubleshooting process and operation, the Groundmaster 4000 hydraulics operation, and sprayer training.  These short duration, low cost seminars are very valuable to our equipment and grounds maintenance personnel to help them stay abreast of new techniques and innovations.

Native American Cultural Events
This month the Cottage Grove Public Library is featuring Native American books, artifacts, and special events and everyone is invited to attend.  Join us on Saturday, January 24th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm for an afternoon with Nez Perce Elder and Great-Great Grandson of Chief Joseph, Roy Hayes, Jr. This event features Culture: Native items on display and how storytelling preserves cultural histories. It also features Crafts: Native American bead and leather work; learn to bead, braid and do leatherwork.  Join us also on Saturday, January 31st for similar Native American themed activities.
All ages welcome.

Owyhee River Author Event
The Cottage Grove Public Library is truly excited to be hosting an Author Event with Bonnie J. Olin who will share her new book, "The Owyhee River Journals" and will show a 20 minute video of an expedition into Deep Creek and the East Fort of the Owyhee. This exciting event will be Tuesday, February 17th at 6:00 pm in the Reception Hall at the Cottage Grove Community Center. All ages are welcome to join us for this amazing glimpse into the Owyhee Wilderness with Bonnie Olin who has spent a tremendous amount of time exploring that unique region.

Main Street Refinement Plan Public Hearing
The City Council will hold a public hearing on the Main Street Refinement Plan at their regular meeting on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers.  The Planning Commission has held a public hearing and recommended approval.  The specific Planning Commission recommendation, staff report, public hearing minutes and proposed ordinance will be provided to Council on January 26th.  Copies of the current draft of the plan can be viewed in the Community Development Department at City Hall or online at  Any questions should be directed to the Community Development Department.  

Citizen Representative on Lane Regional Housing Rehabilitation Policy Committee (RHRP)
The City of Cottage Grove is a founding member of the RHRP committee which advises the non-profit administrator St. Vincent DePaul in the implementation of various Community Development Block Grants for rehabilitation of owner owned housing in Lane County for low and moderate income families.   Each member has an elected official and one community member on the policy committee.  The community member may be an interested citizen, representative of a community development corporation or of a service or other organization.  Until the end of last year Lindsey Haskell was the community representative on the committee.  The City is now seeking applications to appoint a new community member to sit on the policy committee.  Applications can be obtained at the Community Development Department or email:  Deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 25th at 5 pm.

Go Ducks Winner
Congratulations to the Finance Department employees, Bert, Mindy and Shawna for guessing the correct number of seven Go Ducks two weeks ago. Most entries missed the seventh Go Duck which was hidden acrostic “check the first letter of the heading of each Friday Update item.”

Quote of the Week
    “I can accept failure; everyone fails at something.  But I can't accept not trying."          
            Michael Jordan

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:
January, 2015
December, 2014
November, 2014