(Published each Friday and posted late Friday Afternoon)
E. Main Street
Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424
March 7, 2014 Beeper
The City Manager will be on KNND’s Beeper Show on Monday, March 10th from 8:30 to 9:30 am.
Tidy Up the Town with Tom
Do not forget, next week on Friday, March 14th be sure to plan on
joining Mayor Tom Munroe for the Tidy Up the Town with Town. Meet
at All-America Park in the morning by 9:00 am and then work on tidying
up the town until noon. There will be a lunch for volunteers that
join in and help the Mayor tidy up the town. Bring your tools,
gloves or anything else you might need to help get downtown cleaned up
Ribbon Cutting / Open House
The Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon cutting
and open house to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lauraine’s ATA
Martial at 802 East Main Street on Saturday, March 15th. The Open
House will begin at noon and the ribbon cutting will happen at about
4:00 pm. Come on down and join in the celebration and
congratulate them for their 10 years. There will be
demonstrations throughout the celebration so you might even be able to
learn a few moves.
Day Light Savings Time Begins
Day Light Savings begins this weekend. Be sure to “Spring” ahead one hour.
The American Water Works Association will be holding the waterworks and
wastewater short school next week in Eugene. City Public Works
employees from the water and wastewater treatment plants and water
distribution and wastewater collection operations, will be in
attendance. Water and wastewater employees are required to attend
this annual 3-day short school to maintain State required
Special Limb and Branch Collection
As a result of the snow, ice, rain, and wind storms in early February,
Public Works was faced with a large volume of downed trees, limbs, and
branches. This has kept Public Works busy cleaning-up City
property and assisting private property owners with the disposal of
their woody debris. The City held a special limb and branch
collection for local residents the week of February 17th through the
21st. Because of the volume of woody debris, the special
collection extended into early March. The regular limb and branch
collection held each May usually generates about 25 loads. The
recently completed special collection generated 160 loads and extended
over thirteen days. Public Works is no longer collecting limbs
and branches curbside. However, if residents still have limbs and
branches that need to be disposed of, they can be taken to the City
Shop for disposal.
Family Fishing Event Scheduled for April 5th in Cottage Grove
Families interested in angling can find a great fishing opportunity
Saturday, April 5th at the Cottage Grove Pond in Row River Nature
Park. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) plans to
release 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 1:00 p.m. to provide access to fishing equipment and
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 eleventh 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
Harmful Algae Bloom Stakeholder Meeting
On Tuesday, Water Production Superintendent, Ray Pardee attended the
2014 Oregon Harmful Algae Bloom Stakeholder Meeting, which was held at
Oregon State University in Corvallis. For the past five years,
the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has been the recipient of a grant,
from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), to cover
the cost of testing and monitoring for harmful algae bloom
cyanotoxins. The City of Cottage Grove benefited from this grant
by having OHA pay for the testing of routine raw and finished water
samples to detect the presence of cyanotoxins. The five-year CDCP
grant ended in September, 2013. The focus of the stakeholder
meeting was to determine how to proceed with required testing and
monitoring now that the grant funding has expired.
Main Street Refinement Plan Open House a Success
The Community Development Department and the City’s consultants, David
Evans & Associates, held a successful Open House on Wednesday,
March 5th, to discuss draft alternatives for downtown’s future
streetscape as part of the Main Street Refinement Plan project. Over 30
local business and property owners and other community members attended
the open house, where they had the opportunity to review and make
comments on two draft streetscape plans. The next open house will be
held in 4-6 weeks, where the consultant will present the Preferred
Alternative for Main Street based on the comments from Wednesday’s open
house. If you are interested in seeing the work done thus far and
making further comments, please check out the project website at
New Dam Inundation Map – 4 Viewing Events
As you are probably aware, new dam failure inundation maps for U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers dams in Oregon were released to many county and
city emergency management agencies and other municipal organizations in
2013. These maps show the area downriver of our dams that might be
inundated in two extremely unlikely and severe dam failure
scenarios. These maps are primarily designed as a tool to help
the Corps of Engineers and local emergency managers understand risks
and consequences, so they can design effective mitigation and response
plans. These maps are not like FEMA flood maps or others the public
might be familiar with.
They are also not evacuation or response plans. As stand-alone
products they do not provide the public with easily understood
information about the risk they face in a dam safety emergency or
guidance on how to respond. The existence of these maps has
generated great public interest and viewing demand in Lane County. For
all the above reasons plus Department of Homeland Security
requirements, we prefer not to distribute such maps to the public.
Instead, we prefer to have qualified Corps and/or other agencies’
employees available to help people understand the maps.
Viewings will be held in Cottage Grove, Westfir, Eugene and
Springfield. To ensure people have enough time, information and
staff attention to understand the maps, admission will be by advance
reservation, with groups of 10-20 people admitted at 30 minute
intervals at the top and bottom of each hour.
In Cottage Grove the viewing date is Wednesday, April 2, from 5:00 to
8:00 pm. Members of the public who previously had requested to see the
maps through the Lane County Emergency Management Office will receive
an email with instructions on how to reserve a space. If you did
not previously request to view the maps you can make that request to
the Corps of Engineers at the following email address:
Building Inspection Program Renewal Requested
Every four years the City must apply to renew our assumed building
inspection program from the State of Oregon, Building Codes Division
(BCD). In the past a one page request had to be completed.
Starting this year a new process is in place for program
renewals. This is in response to counsel received by the BCD from
the division’s Assistant Attorney General to formalize the delegation
of authority from the state to local communities. In order to
satisfy the division’s formal process of our intent to renew our
program, specific information regarding the Building Codes Program in
Cottage Grove was required.
When our request is approved, the Division Director for BCD will sign
and return the Memorandum of Agreement and our program will be renewed
effective July 1, 2014. Copies of the submittals can be
viewed at the Community Development Department.
State Fire Marshal Changes Smoke Alarm Battery Message
Since 2002, Oregon law has required all ionization-only smoke alarms
that are solely battery powered to come equipped with a 10-year battery
and a hush feature. Some alarms with 10-year batteries are also made to
be tamper proof. Because of these requirements the historical national
slogan “Change your clock, change your battery,” may not apply to many
Oregon households who have alarms with 10-year batteries. “It’s
time for all fire agencies in Oregon to change their message to better
reflect Oregon statute,” said State Fire Marshal Mark Wallace.
The following three main themes are being stressed regarding smoke alarm education when the
biannual time change occurs:
• Test smoke alarms before automatically changing the battery.
• Follow manufacturer instructions when testing and maintaining alarms.
• Replace all smoke alarms 10 years old or older.
Lane County Submits Initial Damage Assessment from Winter Storm to State
Linda Cook, Emergency Manager for Lane County, submitted an initial
damage assessment from the winter storm that we experienced in February
to the State Office of Emergency Management. Initial quick and
dirty assessments of costs were submitted by various governmental and
semi public partners. In providing the partners with a copy of
the submission, she stated “Initial Damage Assessment to the state
reflecting over $7.1 milion in damages (the Lane County threshold is
$1.2 mil and the State’s threshold is $5.3 mil so we have
exceeded both). I want to thank everyone for reaching out
to your colleagues to help pull this together. This was a strong
community effort that will hopefully result in some level of
federal assistance “ If a federal declaration is issued then
there is a public assistance process each partner will need to go
through to request up to 75% of our costs to be reimbursed. A copy of the Initial Damage Assessment is attached for your information.
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