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

July 25, 2014

Yard of the Week
This week the Yard of the Week is located at 324 Adams.  This historic home is surrounded by a large yard full of flowers, shrubs and a vegetable garden.

Got Chips?
Got Chips?If you don’t, we do.  The City has a mountain of wood chips as a result of all the trees and debris from winter storms and this year’s limb pickup.  Since we have more than we’ll ever use, we are making the chips available for free to anyone in the community that wants to come and take them.   Between the hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays anyone is invited to come to the City Shop and fill their buckets, pickup truck or even semi-truck with wood chips.  The chips are a mix of every type of tree we have in the community and the size of the chips varies from fine to medium.  The City typically uses the chips for landscaping and mulch along trails.   The chips have not been composted. 

So please, if you or anyone you know could use some chips, come and help yourself to the chips. 

The City Manager will be on KNND’s Beeper show on Monday from 8:30 to 9:30 am. 

Cool Cars, Hot Chili
Main Street from Hwy 99 to 5th Street will be closed all day on Saturday.  Be sure to come downtown for the Rock, Roll ‘n’ Rumble and see the cool cars in the show & shine or the cruise.   The show & shine starts at 8:00 am.  While you are downtown you can taste a variety of chili in the Chamber of Commerce’s Chili Cook-off from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. 

City Charter Public Forum
The City Council and Charter Review Committee have scheduled a Public Forum for Tuesday, August 5th between 5:00 and 7:00 pm in City Hall.  The forum will provide citizens an opportunity to talk to members of the Charter Review Committee about the proposed Charter Revisions.  Make plans to stop by and visit and learn a little more about the City of Cottage Grove Charter and the proposed Charter Revisions. 

Summer Water Supply
This week marks the midway point for the summer irrigation season.  Overall, the Willamette Reservoir System is 79% full, with Cottage Grove Reservoir at 88% full and Dorena Reservoir at 81% full.  Releases from the two local dams are currently exceeding inflow and are at the minimum flows established for fish passage.  The Coast Fork Willamette River is flowing at 50 cubic feet per second and is controlled by the Cottage Grove Dam.  The Row River is flowing at 100 cubic feet per second and is controlled by Dorena Dam.  The City of Cottage Grove draws 100% of its domestic water from the Row River.  The US Army Corps of Engineers usually begins draining the reservoirs, in anticipation of the fall/winter rainy season, shortly after Labor Day weekend.  The Row River Water Treatment Plant is currently operating 20-22 hours a day producing 2.0-2.3 million gallons per day, depending on demand.

Tipping Fees to Increase
Lane County Waste Management has received approval from the Lane County Board of Commissioners to increase tipping fees at the Short Mountain Landfill to $75.55 per ton.  The current rate is $67.00 per ton.  This will be an increase of $8.55 per ton.  The new rate will go into effect on September 1, 2014.  The rate per ton will then be adjusted by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) percentage each year.  The new rates also have a provision for reduced per ton charges if there is recovery or reduction of material that removes the material from the waste stream by recycling, composting, or reuse, etc.  This rate increase will definitely have a financial impact on the City for disposal of street sweeper material.

EarleEarle Quinlan Retires
Earle Quinlan, who has served the citizens of Cottage Grove since 1995 in the Police Department, retired July 21, 2014 as a reserve police officer. Earl was a volunteer receptionist, parking control officer and investigation aid. After Earle retired from the above positions, he became a reserve officer in June, 2002. Thank you Earle for your service and good luck in your retirement.
Quote of the Week
    “Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.”
                        ~Aldous Huxley~

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:
July, 2014
June, 2014

May, 2014