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

April 18, 2014

Youth Advisory Council
The Cottage Grove Youth Advisory Council will be meeting on Monday, April 21st in the Armory from 6:15 to 7:30 to make preparations for the Business Fair in the Armory. 

Water Rights Supreme Court Petition
The City of Cottage Grove, through special legal counsel W. Michael Gillette, filed a petition for review with the Oregon Supreme Court on the Court of Appeals case that challenged and jeopardized the City’s water rights.  The Supreme Court considered the request for review and allowed the review.  The case will now be going to the Supreme Court for their complete review.   Oral arguments have been set for September 18, 2014 at 9:00 am.

Arbor Day
Join the Celebration of Arbor Day and the City of Cottage Grove’s 20th Tree City USA designation on Friday, April 25th at 10:00 am in Bohemia Park.   You can even join in and help plant trees with the Urban Forestry Committee and other volunteers. 

If I Were Mayor
The entry deadline, Friday April 25th, is quickly approaching for the If I Were Mayor contest.  Youth interested in entering the contest need to submit their poster, essay or video by 5:00 pm on the 25th.  There are local cash prizes and the top local winners will be submitted to the state-wide competition with the grand prize being an iPad Air.  For entry forms and more information about the contest visit the City’s webpage. 

Family Relief  Nursery Sigh of Relief Luncheon
The Family Relief Nursery will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary at the Sigh of Relief Luncheon on Tuesday, May 6th from noon to 1:00 pm in the Cottage Grove Armory.   Anyone that wishes to attend this event needs to contact the Family Relief Nursery at (541)942-4835.   South Lane Wheels will also be providing shuttles from downtown parking lots, contact the Relief Nursery for more information about the shuttles.  Be sure to make plans to attend this celebration of the 20 years of service that the Family Relief Nursery has provided the community. 

Business and Community Fair
The Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce Greeters will be holding the Annual Business and Community Fair, Thursday, May 8th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  New this year the Business and Community Fair will be held in the Cottage Grove Armory.  The Fair features a wide collection of local business and non-profits all under one roof for the local community to come check out.  Admission is free and it's a great way to explore all of the services, shopping and amenities Cottage Grove has to offer.  Many door prizes will be offered throughout the evening.  There will also be a raffle for the grand prizes, which include overnight stays or vouchers to The Mill Casino, Seven Feathers, Spirit Mountain and Chinook Winds. All proceeds from the Business Fair go towards the Chamber Greeter's scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to local graduating students.

2014 Annual Springbrook User’s Conference
Finance Department Staff attended the Springbrook User’s Conference held in downtown Portland this week.  With the recent conversion to the new accounting software from Springbrook, staff took full advantage of the many sessions at the conference which provided additional training on the specific modules we have implemented or will be implementing soon.  There were 68 different trainings offered throughout the three-day conference, with specific tracks for Utility Billing, Payroll, Finance, Reporting, Human Resources and IT, as well as general sessions that applied to everyone.  It proved to be a great chance for the Finance Department Staff to receive cross-training as well.  Finance Staff attendance would not have been made possible without the willingness of the part-time staff, Mindy Roberts and Kathy Kelty, and Melissa Keenan at Public Works, to “hold down the fort” while the staff was gone.  A special thank-you to them for their efforts.

FEMA Public Assistance Program
Emergency Manager Schesser attended the FEMA applicant briefing for the Public Assistance Program as a result of the Federal Disaster Declaration for the February ice storm.  Counties, cities and consumer owned utilities are eligible for disaster assistance in both response and repair if they are located in Benton, Lane, Lincoln, and Linn Counties.  At the meeting the City submitted a Request for Public Assistance.  Staff will now be compiling the required information to submit to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management in order to recover 75% of the eligible costs with a potential to recover 95% if we can meet the Sandy Act requirements. 

Tree Branch Pickup Program begins Monday, May 19th
Even with the mountain of branches and limbs from the winter storms, the City of Cottage Grove will be sponsoring the annual tree branch pickup program beginning Monday, May 19th.  This program is intended to assist property owners with their tree trimming by providing a convenient way to dispose of the branches.  City streets require a minimum overhead clearance of 13 feet 6 inches for vehicle traffic and a minimum overhead clearance of 15 feet in intersections.  Sidewalks require a minimum overhead clearance of 8 feet for pedestrian traffic.  It is the property owner’s responsibility to trim trees along their property to meet these clearance requirements.  This program is designed to help property owners comply with these requirements by assisting with tree branch disposal.  The Public Works crew will pick up branches that are placed in street parking areas through May 23, 2014.

Middlefield Golf Course Comfort Station Repairs
This week, structural beams were ordered to begin the repairs to the Middlefield comfort station, which is located on the 15th fairway.  The Middlefield comfort station sustained significant damage during February’s ice, snow, and wind storms.  The first priority at the golf course was to clean-up the downed trees and branches.  With that work completed, emphasis can now shift to deferred structural repairs of golf course buildings.  The comfort station will have a 12 foot and 26 foot beam replaced, along with associated roof supports and roofing material.

Screw Press Equipment Demonstration
On Wednesday of this week, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent, Ed Mills attended a screw press equipment demonstration in North Bend sponsored by BDP Industries.  A screw press is a more efficient way to thicken digested sludge with the addition of polymer.  The City currently uses a belt press to thicken sludge.  A belt press achieves approximately 14% to 15% cake concentration, while a screw press can achieve a 20% plus cake concentration.  A screw press also has about half the footprint of a belt press.  Achieving a higher percent cake concentration reduces the amount of water in the sludge and therefore reduces weight and disposal costs.  Eventually, when the City replaces the current belt press, a screw press will more than likely be considered.  Because of the smaller footprint, two screw presses having twice the capacity would fit within the existing building space, therefore eliminating the need to construct more building space.  Wastewater personnel are continually previewing the latest products and innovations in wastewater treatment technology in advance of planned plant expansions.

Membrane Technology Workshop
On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, Water Treatment Superintendent, Ray Pardee and Public Works Director, Jan Wellman attended a membrane technology workshop in Newport.  The workshop was sponsored by the Northwest Membrane Operator Association and dealt specifically with membrane plant operations and maintenance.  There were both classroom and hands-on sessions covering topics that ranged from current Oregon Health Authority rules to air compressor maintenance, turbidimeter and metering pump calibration, to membrane fiber pinning.  

Relay for Life Golf Tournament
The City of Cottage Grove is holding a special golf tournament to benefit the Cottage Grove Relay for Life.  The tournament will be on Saturday, May 17th with a shotgun start at 8:00 am.  Sign up your own team of four players or just sign up and be assigned to a team.  The cost is $25.00 per person and includes a delicious lunch.   Golfers of all ages and abilities are welcome to sign up.  What a great way to get a little exercise, breathe some fresh air, have a whole lot of fun, possibly win some great prizes or raffles and help a great cause.  Sign up today.  Contact Middlefield Golf Course at (541)942-8730 for more information.

Quote of the Week
    “About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.”
            ~Gloria Pitzer~

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:

April, 2014
March, 2014
February, 2013