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

May 22, 2015

Yard of the Week
This week the Yard of the Week Prize Patrol was back on Clark Avenue and awarded the Yard of the Week to 2120 Clark Avenue. 

Memorial Day Ceremony
The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be holding a Memorial Day Ceremony in the Cottage Grove Armory at 11:00 am on Monday, May 25th.   Brigadier General Norm Hoffman will be speaking at the ceremony.  After the ceremony there will be a procession to the Main Street Bridge for a wreath ceremony and 21-gun salute.  

“The circus is coming, the circus is coming.”  This weekend the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be in Cottage Grove.  They will arrive at about 9:00 am to begin setting up their tent and will be providing free tours.  Their show times will be at 2:00 and 4:30 pm.  After the shows the circus will break down and move on to the next community. 

Disc Golf Tournament
Don’t forget this weekend at Middlefield Golf Course the Lynx Disc Golf Tournament will be held.  The tournament will bring over 150 professional and amateur disc golfers to Cottage Grove.  Stop by between 8:00 am and 1:30 pm on Saturday or Sunday and see some amazing disc golfers. 

Memorial Day
City Hall will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th.  Have a safe holiday. 

Main Street Refinement Plan Referendum
The City received notice this morning from Lane County Elections Program Supervisor, Roxann Marshall that the Chief Petitioners of the Referendum Petition failed to gather enough valid signatures to place the matter on the September 15, 2015 ballot. Of 547 signatures that were processed by the County, there were only 423 accepted signatures, which was 55 signatures short of the required 478.  Lane County Petition Processing Statistics Report

"Sing Along" at the Community Center
The Cottage Grove Community Center will be hosting a “Sing- Along” Thursday, May 28th in the Reception Hall from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Sing-Alongs will be held every other week through the summer. Pianist Doug Trappen will lead the group with songs from the 1880s through the 1980s with the last 15 minutes dedicated to solos. Please plan to attend and bring a friend.

Saddle Span Assembled
The saddle span that graced Bohemia Park last summer and was the venue for several concerts in the park, was reassembled this week for the upcoming 2015 Summer Concerts in the Park season.  Last fall, Public Works had acquired a large box trailer, which was used to store the cover material, support poles, and security cameras over the winter months at the City Shop.

Tree Branch Pickup will be held on Tuesday May 26th
A final reminder that the City of Cottage Grove’s annual tree branch pickup service will occur on Tuesday, May 26th.  The Public Works crew will pick up branches that are placed in street parking areas on this one day only.  If you have questions regarding the Tree Branch Pickup Program, or would like a copy of the informational brochure which outlines the specific program guidelines, please call the Public Works Department at 541-942-3349, stop by the Public Works office located in City Hall at 400 East Main Street, or go to the City’s website at:

Kimwood Fire Flow Meter
Kimwood Corporation, south of Cottage Grove, is served by a 16 inch water line, which runs down Highway 99 to Weyerhaeuser, and supplies water to a 10 inch meter for fire flow and a 2 inch meter for domestic service.  This week, the 10 inch meter developed a significant leak on one of the welds.  The Public Works Utilities Crew responded to the leak and the faulty weld was tapped and plugged.  This quick repair seems to have solved the problem for the moment.  However, the meter will be monitored and if the leak reoccurs, the 10 inch meter will need to be replaced at a cost of $3,770.00.

Safe Drinking Water Act Training
On Friday of last week, Water Production Superintendent, Ray Pardee and Water Treatment Plant Operator, Sam Haynes attended a one day class in Beaverton on maintaining compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act regulations.  Specific topics dealt with total coli form rules, surface water treatment rules, disinfection byproducts rules, lead and copper rules, and microbial contaminants.  It is important for the water production staff to understand the current drinking water regulations and to provide safe drinking water to the community. 

Library Receives Pilcrow Foundation Book Grant
The Cottage Grove Public Library has just been awarded a Pilcrow Foundation 2015 Children's Book Project grant. The Friends of the Cottage Grove Public Library will provide $400 in matching funds and the Pilcrow Foundation will double that and provide $800 toward book purchases. The result is $1200 for the purchase of children's books for the Cottage Grove Public Library.  Come check out these new children's titles soon at the Cottage Grove Public Library.

New Umbrellas at Middlefield Golf Course
The deck at Middlefield Golf Course received a little makeover with the addition of new umbrellas and hanging flower baskets just in time for the summer season. Stop by soon to relax on the deck at Middlefield, enjoy some lunch and a cool beverage, and enjoy the lovely hanging flower baskets and pastoral golf course view beyond. Special thanks to Alice and Greg and the team at Log House Plants for growing the amazing flower baskets for the City of Cottage Grove.

Free Ukulele Lessons
Each Thursday at 9:00 am, the Cottage Grove Public Library hosts Nolene Wheeler who leads and teaches Ukulele to players of all levels of skill.  If you are a beginner, we have Ukuleles that you can borrow and even check out from the Library. Ukulele for Kids begins on Tuesday, June 16th and will continue every Tuesday this summer at 9:00 am.  It’s free so bring a friend and join in the fun.

Summer Reading Kick-Off is Coming
Get ready kids (and parents), the Summer Reading Kickoff event at the Cottage Grove Public Library is Wednesday, June 17th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Please join us for free books and ice cream and the chance to meet some real life heroes. We hope to see you there.

Soccer Golf Happening Now
Now is the time to load up your friends and head out to Middlefield Golf Course to try America's newest sport, Soccer Golf.  For the month of May it only costs $1 to play the 9 hole Soccer Golf.

Groups of 8 people can play and you can bring your own soccer ball or use one of ours. It only takes about an hour to play the entire 9 holes, so grab your family and friends and come join us this weekend for Soccer Golf.  The Soccer Golf course opens each day after 1:00 pm.

Quote of the Week
    “As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars.”
                    ~John M. McHugh~

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:

May, 2015
April, 2015
March, 2015