(Published each Friday and posted late
Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424
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
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
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
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.
• Go only to well-lit houses and remain on
porches rather than entering houses.
• Travel in small groups and be accompanied by
• Know their phone numbers and carry coins for
emergency phone calls.
• Have their names and addresses attached to
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
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: www.drinktap.org.
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
Quote of the Week “The secret of being happy is
accepting where you are in life and making the most out of