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

November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving
This special Wednesday edition of the Friday Update is out early to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  City facilities will be closed on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day and will reopen on Friday after Thanksgiving with a reduced staff.  

Population Estimates
The City has received the annual Preliminary 2015 Population Estimate from Portland State University.  The preliminary estimate puts the City of Cottage Grove population at 9,875 on July 1, 2015.   The preliminary estimate will be certified by December 15, 2015.  The Population Research Center at Portland State University produces the annual Population Estimates for Oregon and its counties and cities.  These estimates are used by the state and local governments, various organizations and agencies for revenue sharing, funds allocation, and planning purposes. 

Small Business Saturday – November 28th
Join Main Street Downtown and kick off the Holiday Season in downtown Cottage Grove on Small Business Saturday, November 28th. Come downtown to see the wonderful shops, dine in delicious restaurants and win prizes!  Small Business Saturday is a promotion through American Express encouraging communities around the world to support their local small businesses.  On November 28th, every purchase at participating businesses in the Downtown Historic District will earn you a raffle entry. Raffle prizes will be on display in the window of 6th and Main Street and winners will be chosen on Monday, November 30th.  You can also join a Selfie Promotion to help encourage your friends to shop locally and check out the new Christmas charms for the Cottage Grove Charm Bracelets. There are maps to the various charms at several locations on Main Street.  We look forward to seeing you throughout the holiday season.

Lighting the Christmas Tree
On Saturday, December 5th the Community Christmas Tree in Trailhead Park will be lit by the Jolly ole’ Man in the Big Red Suit at 5:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to come and celebrate the lighting of the tree and then join the celebration with the Christmas in Downtown following the lighting ceremony.  Santa will once again make his way to City Hall after the lighting and be available to visit with kids of all ages until 8:00 pm.  Photos will be taken and made available on the City’s webpage.  There will be a wealth of activities all day long.  Be sure to not miss any of the activities. Check out the Chamber of Commerce website for a complete list of all the events or pick up a schedule at the Chamber Visitor center in the Community Center.  

“Stocking Stuffer” idea: Sponsor a State Book for Your Library
In December the Cottage Grove Public Library will be having a fund raising drive to replace our children’s state book collection which is outdated and worn out.  For only a $20 donation, citizens can purchase a gift for the library of the state book of their choice. The library will purchase the book and add a gift plate to the inside cover thanking the individual or family for their donation. All donations are tax deductible. Help the library reach their goal of all 52 books! (Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico are included in the collection)

Classic Movie at the Library
Please join us on Monday, November 30th at 1:30 pm for a free screening of Mister Roberts. This classic film stars Henry Fonda, James Cagney, William Powell and Jack Lemon and was released in 1955. We’ll have popcorn and beverages, so bring a friend and hope to see you here at the Cottage Grove Public Library.

Public Hearing Scheduled
The Cottage Grove City Council will consider the updated Transportation System Plan for the City of Cottage Grove including the Urban Growth area.  The public hearing is scheduled for the regular meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing on November 18th and recommended approval.  The staff report, public hearing minutes and proposed ordinance will be provided with the agenda prior to the public hearing.  City Council will hold a worksession on the draft plan on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers.  No public input will be taken at that time.  For more information, please contact the Community Development Department at (541) 942-3340 or via email at View the draft TSP online here  and explore the planning process in detail.

Watershed Holiday Event
On Tuesday evening of this week, City Planner, Amanda Ferguson and Public Works Director, Jan Wellman attended the Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council’s Holiday Event at the Axe and Fiddle.  This was a Holiday Open House and Science Pub featuring a talk by ODFW District Fish Biologist, Jeff Ziller, detailing Chinook in the Coast Fork Willamette: Past, Present, and Future.  The evening events featured an awards celebration, where the City of Cottage Grove was recognized as a Partner Organization contributing to the success of the Watershed Council.  Amanda and Jan were also recipients of a Partner Volunteer Award for 2015.  The evening concluded with a showing of the film “UPRIVER”, a film for the Willamette.  The City continues to work closely with the Coast Fork Watershed Council on projects that protect and enhance the entire watershed.

Breakfast With Santa
South Lane Fire and Rescue District and Kiwanis are sponsoring Breakfast with Santa on Saturday Morning, December 5th from 8:00 to 11:00 am at the Cottage Grove Fire Station at 233 Harrison Avenue.

Quote of the Week
    “May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year.”
                    Author Unknown

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:

November, 2015

October, 2015
September, 2015