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 26, 2014

Water Main Break

The City of Cottage Grove experienced a water main line break on South 10th Street near Quincy Avenue this afternoon at about 2:20 pm.  The waterline break lifted the entire road surface of 10th Street about 4 to 6 inches in places near Quincy.   South 10th Street is closed to traffic between Monroe and Quincy Avenues while crews make repairs.

Water customers may experience cloudy water.  The water is safe to drink the cloudiness is from the mineral scale buildup on the interior of the water pipes being stirred up from the high flow from the break.  Water Treatment plant personnel estimate that the break was flowing at least 7,000 gallons a minute.  The break was isolated and turned off and total water loss is estimated at about 500,000 gallons. 

Happy Thanksgiving
On behalf of City Staff, we wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  

Youth Advisory Council
The Cottage Grove Youth Advisory Council will be meeting on Monday, December 1st from 6:15 to 7:30 pm. 

Santa is Coming
Be sure to come downtown for Christmas in Cottage Grove on Saturday, December 6th.   There are events throughout the day downtown.  At 5:00 pm Santa himself will be helping with the lighting of the community Christmas Tree in Trailhead Park.  After the tree is lit, he will make his way to City Hall for pictures with the kids.   For more information and a schedule of events you can check the calendar on the Cottage Grove app or visit the Chamber of Commerce web page.

Sampling Frequency Reduced
This week, the City of Cottage Grove received notice from the Oregon Health Authority-Drinking Water Services that as a result of a year of test results which do not exceed threshold limits, the City has been authorized to reduce the sampling frequency for Total Trihalolmethane (TTHM) and Haloacetic Acids (HAA) under the Stage II Disinfectants & Disinfection By-Products Rule.  This means that instead of collecting samples for these contaminants quarterly each year, the City will now only have to collect samples once each year.  This should result in an approximate annual savings of $2,000 in laboratory testing fees and a savings in City staff time for the additional sample collection, record keeping, and reporting.  To remain on reduced monitoring, the City must remain below specific thresholds for the containments in the annual tests. Once the City’s population reaches 10,000, the sample frequency will again change.

Request for Proposals (RFP) for Building Inspection Program
The City has issued an RFP inviting proposals to provide services for the Building Inspection Program.  The RFP is for a full service building inspection program, requiring a third party plan review and inspection firm certified in all plan review and inspection categories.  The firm will coordinate the delivery of the program with the Community Development Department.  Permit application and issuance will continue to be from the Community Development Department.  Further information can be obtained from the Community Development Department or online.  The proposals are due by Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 10:00 am.

Armory Open House
Come see the plans for the restoration of the Cottage Grove Armory on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Armory (7th and Washington).

Cottage Grove Transportation System Plan Open House
Help us design the future of the community’s transportation network on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Community Center (700 Gibbs).

For more information about these open houses, contact (541) 942-3340 or visit

New Main Street Coordinator
Shauna Neigh will join the Cottage Grove Main Street Program as its incoming Main Street Coordinator on December 3, 2014. She will be working with Lexie Simpson, our current (and valued) Main Street Coordinator for two months to transition into the position before Lexie leaves us and Cottage Grove for new horizons. Shauna has an extensive background in project management and volunteer organizations, and will bring a positive, fresh perspective to the position. Please help us welcome Shauna to Main Street Program.

Toys for Tots
City Hall has a “Toys for Tots” donation box for new, unwrapped toys for children.  Donations will be accepted until Friday, December 12th.  For more information call (541) 600-4483 or visit their website:

Quote of the Week
            “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
                                    ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy~

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:
November, 2014
October, 2014
September, 2014