City of
                    Cottage Grove

Friday Update
(Published each Friday and posted late Friday Afternoon)

400 E. Main Street
Cottage Grove, Oregon  97424
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March 27, 2015

West Coast Regional Summit
The City Manager attended the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) West Coast Regional Summit in Portland with about 140 other local government leaders from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah.  The managers reviewed recent work by author Daniel Pink regarding citizen engagement.  The managers also discussed performance measurement tools and programs.

If I Were Mayor Youth Contest
The deadline is quickly approaching for entries the "If I Were Mayor" youth contest.  Youth in the community are eligible for local cash prizes.  Visit the City's website for more information and entry forms. 

Special City Council Meeting
The Cottage Grove City Council has scheduled a Special City Council Meeting for Monday, March 30th at 12:00 pm to award a bid for the Row River Water Relocation – 2015 Project.

Fleet Maintenance Training
Fleet and Facilities Supervisor, Russ Kaleese attended the 65th Annual Vehicle Maintenance Management Conference in Seattle, March 24th to 26th.  The conference is the premier West Coast educational conference for the vehicle maintenance industry.  Agencies from Canada, California, Washington, Idaho and Oregon were represented.  This is the 18th year that Russ has attended the educational conference where he also serves as a Trustee on the Board of Directors.  This year’s conference focused on new fleet technology, specifically new engine designs, fuel saving practices, hybrid technologies, shop management, and diesel engine servicing.  The City Shop maintains and repairs over 300 pieces of rolling stock ranging from mowers, golf carts, and ATV’s to ten-yard dump trucks and backhoes.  Proper parts inventory practices and vehicle maintenance recordkeeping are integral components of any successful fleet maintenance program.

New Electronic Smoking Device Ordinance in Effect
On February 23, 2015 the Cottage Grove City Council passed Ordinance No. 3052 which adds Chapter 8.28 regarding electronic smoking devices to the City’s Municipal Code. The ordinance regulates the sale, possession and use of electronic smoking devises.  It also prohibits smoking or carrying a lighted smoking instrument within 25 feet of entrances, exits, windows that open, and ventilation intakes that serve an enclosed area in public places or places of employment.   More information can be found on the City’s webpage,

Just a Reminder ODFW Family Fishing Event Scheduled for April 4th in Cottage Grove
Families interested in angling can find a great fishing opportunity Saturday, April 4th at the Cottage Grove Pond in Row River Nature Park.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to release approximately 2,000 rainbow trout into Cottage Grove Pond in advance of the Family Fishing Event.  ODFW staff and volunteers will be on hand from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to provide access to fishing equipment and angling instruction.

Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers under the age of 13 can fish for free. A juvenile license is required for anglers 14-17 years of age. Juvenile angling licenses can be purchased for $9 from ODFW field offices and license outlets. All other anglers must have an Oregon adult fishing license.  This event is for kids, so while the standard fishing regulations will apply, ODFW would like to ask adults to leave the fishing to the young anglers for a few hours.
This will be the twelfth year for this event so, if you have children or grandchildren that would like to experience fishing, mark your calendar for this free event.  Cottage Grove Pond is located in the Row River Nature Park off Row River Road east of Cottage Grove.  The Cottage Grove Pond parking area is near the weigh station.

Gas Line Breakage Training
On Wednesday, March 25th, Police Chief Mike Grover, Police Commander Scott Shepherd, Community Development Howard Schesser and City Planner Amanda Ferguson attended a training seminar put on by Williams Pipe Line, “Gas Line Breakage.”  The training was held at Stacy’s Covered Bridge Restaurant.

Looking Glass Rural Program
At the March 23rd City Council meeting, Lorinda Wolfard, Program Supervisor and Kirstin London, Services Director with Looking Glass Youth & Family Services, gave a presentation to the Council about the programs they offer. They are looking for host homes to provide short-term shelter (up to 21 days) for youth to help end or avoid homelessness.  If you are interested in learning more about being a host home, contact Lorinda or Kirstin at (541) 767-3823.

Quote of the Week
        “The sweetest of all sounds is praise."
                ~ Xenophon, Historian~

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:
March, 2015
February, 2015
January, 2015