(Published each Friday and posted late
Cottage Grove, Oregon 97424
July 25, 2014 Yard
of the Week
This week the Yard of the Week is located at 324
Adams. This historic home is surrounded by a large
yard full of flowers, shrubs and a vegetable garden.
If you don’t, we
do. The City has a mountain of wood chips as a result
of all the trees and debris from winter storms and this
year’s limb pickup. Since we have more than we’ll ever
use, we are making the chips available for free to anyone in
the community that wants to come and take them.
Between the hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekdays anyone is
invited to come to the City Shop and fill their buckets,
pickup truck or even semi-truck with wood chips. The
chips are a mix of every type of tree we have in the
community and the size of the chips varies from fine to
medium. The City typically uses the chips for
landscaping and mulch along trails. The chips
have not been composted.
So please, if you or anyone you know could use some chips,
come and help yourself to the chips.
The City Manager will be on KNND’s Beeper show on Monday
from 8:30 to 9:30 am.
Cool Cars, Hot Chili
Main Street from Hwy 99 to 5th Street will be closed all day
on Saturday. Be sure to come downtown for the Rock,
Roll ‘n’ Rumble and see the cool cars in the show &
shine or the cruise. The show & shine starts
at 8:00 am. While you are downtown you can taste a
variety of chili in the Chamber of Commerce’s Chili Cook-off
from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
City Charter Public Forum
The City Council and Charter Review Committee have scheduled
a Public Forum for Tuesday, August 5th between 5:00 and 7:00
pm in City Hall. The forum will provide citizens an
opportunity to talk to members of the Charter Review
Committee about the proposed Charter Revisions. Make
plans to stop by and visit and learn a little more about the
City of Cottage Grove Charter and the proposed Charter
Summer Water Supply
This week marks the midway point for the summer irrigation
season. Overall, the Willamette Reservoir System is
79% full, with Cottage Grove Reservoir at 88% full and
Dorena Reservoir at 81% full. Releases from the two
local dams are currently exceeding inflow and are at the
minimum flows established for fish passage. The Coast
Fork Willamette River is flowing at 50 cubic feet per second
and is controlled by the Cottage Grove Dam. The Row
River is flowing at 100 cubic feet per second and is
controlled by Dorena Dam. The City of Cottage Grove
draws 100% of its domestic water from the Row River.
The US Army Corps of Engineers usually begins draining the
reservoirs, in anticipation of the fall/winter rainy season,
shortly after Labor Day weekend. The Row River Water
Treatment Plant is currently operating 20-22 hours a day
producing 2.0-2.3 million gallons per day, depending on
Tipping Fees to Increase
Lane County Waste Management has received approval from the
Lane County Board of Commissioners to increase tipping fees
at the Short Mountain Landfill to $75.55 per ton. The
current rate is $67.00 per ton. This will be an
increase of $8.55 per ton. The new rate will go into
effect on September 1, 2014. The rate per ton will
then be adjusted by the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
percentage each year. The new rates also have a
provision for reduced per ton charges if there is recovery
or reduction of material that removes the material from the
waste stream by recycling, composting, or reuse, etc.
This rate increase will definitely have a financial impact
on the City for disposal of street sweeper material.
Earle Quinlan Retires
Earle Quinlan, who has served the citizens of Cottage Grove
since 1995 in the Police Department, retired July 21, 2014
as a reserve police officer. Earl was a volunteer
receptionist, parking control officer and investigation aid.
After Earle retired from the above positions, he became a
reserve officer in June, 2002. Thank you Earle for your
service and good luck in your retirement.
Quote of the Week “Experience is not what happens to
you; it's what you do with what happens to you.”