City of
                    Cottage Grove

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

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Cottage Grove, Oregon  97424
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July 18, 2014

Bohemia Mining Days
The 55th Annual Bohemia Mining Days is here.  Hopefully everyone has gotten out and enjoyed some of the fun activities and events associated with the festival this year.   The festival runs through 5:00 pm Sunday.   Check the schedule in the Nugget or for the current schedule visit the Bohemia Mining Days website for specific information about what is going on at the festival.  You can also access the BMD website directly from the City’s App. 
Yard of the Week
This week the Yard of the Week is located at 300 North Douglas.  The yard not only has some spectacular plants that are just starting to bloom, but also is filled with a wide variety of collectibles and art.  Remember, pictures of all Yard of the Week winners for the current year are posted on the City’s webpage. 

Anyone interested in running in the November General election for a position on the Cottage Grove City Council can file for the position until 5:00 pm Tuesday, August 26th.  In November the following positions will be up for election, Mayor, Councilors in Ward 1 and 3 and the Councilor At Large position currently held by Councilor Doyle.  So far a candidate has filed for each position.  Current filing information on each candidate is available on the City’s election webpage.  

Rock, Roll n Rumble and Chili
Next weekend is the Annual Rock, Roll ‘n’ Rumble Car Show, Cruise and Dance.  Again this year the Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual Chili Cook-off during the car show.  So come downtown to see some beautiful cars and taste some amazing chili from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  After the car show, the cruise will begin at 6:00 pm and run until 8:30 pm with the cruise route running from the High School to Main Street and up Main Street to 8th Street.   It will be a great time to join in all the fun and excitement.  After the cruise, stick around for some dancing in the street at 7th and Main from 8:30 to 11:00 pm.   Rock, Roll 'n' Rumble information.

Tri at the Grove
If cool cars and hot chili aren’t your things, you can go to Cottage Grove Lake and watch or even participate in the Tri at the Grove.   The Tri at the Grove is recognized as one of the top 22 triathlons in the country.  The event features Sprint and Olympic distance courses with individual and relay team options. This is a USA Triathlon sanctioned race. The course was created with the racer in mind: calm lake swim and low-to-no traffic courses for the bike and run.  Nature-loving triathlon veterans and newbies alike flock to Cottage Grove to soak up the sun in a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all levels.  Races start at 8:00 am.  For more information visit the Tri website.

Joint City Council and School Board Meeting
The Cottage Grove City Council and South Lane School District Board of Directors will be holding a special joint worksession on Monday, August 4th at 5:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the South Lane School District Office.  A number of items have been prepared for discussion. 

Warm Weather Water Woes
This week’s hot weather is causing the Row River Water Treatment Plant to run around the clock to keep up with demand.  The RRWTP is producing approximately 2.6 million gallons a day of finished water, with instantaneous demand being much higher.  The Wastewater Treatment Plant is sending 567,000 gallons of treated effluent to Middlefield Golf Course each day for irrigation purposes.  Middlefield is then applying irrigation water at a rate exceeding 500,000 gallons per day.  This action is drawing-down the storage ponds to the point where river water is needed to supplement the total irrigation effort.  Forecasted cooler weather should reduce the water demand to more normal levels for this time of year.

Divers Clean Raw Water Intake Tanks
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, divers with Leviathan Underwater Construction International from Carlsborg, Washington were at the Row River Water Treatment Plant to clean the two raw water intake tanks.  There are two raw water tanks that fe
ed river water into the treatment plant.  The smaller tank is just behind the fish screens at the intake structure and measures 16x16x7.  The larger tank, which feeds the membrane filters, is just outside the treatment plant and measures 60x17x22.  Silt and sand settles to the bottom of these tanks and must be removed on a regular basis.  Silt and sand is a naturally occurring substance in river water.  As raw water enters the water treatment system, this silt and sand settles-out and accumulates on the bottom of the tanks.  Specially equipped divers enter the tanks and vacuum the silt and sand from the bottom of the tanks.  The silt and sand is then land applied to dry and return to the soil.  The picture to the right shows one of the divers preparing to enter the river intake tank.

Downtown Refinement Plan Update
The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Downtown Refinement Plan.  Alex Dupey of David Evans & Associates made a presentation of his teams report on the elements of the plan.  The public hearing on the plan was open and 20 people spoke.  The Community Development Director announced that the City had entered into a contract with Sperry Tree Care for a certified arborist to evaluate the existing trees along Main Street and prepare a report.  As a result of the work by the arborist, staff recommended and the Planning Commission agreed, to continue the public hearing to October 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers in order to receive the additional information.  The continuance will put the project past the completion date required in the Transportation and Growth Management Grant. The grant administrator from the state has agreed to an extension.

Quote of the Week
    “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
                        ~William Morris~

Previous Weeks of Updates Available:
July, 2014
June, 2014

May, 2014