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Shall the City's gas tax increase from $.03 per gallon to $.06 per gallon?

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Summary: If adopted by the voters, this measure would increase the City's gas tax by $.03 per gallon, for a total city gas tax of $.06 per gallon. Revenues from the City's gas tax are used exclusively to construct, reconstruct, improve and maintain city streets. The proposed increase in the City's gas tax would create more revenue for road construction,

City: More information needed to plan bridge repair

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
More information from the engineers who diagnosed structural problems at a popular pedestrian footbridge is necessary before determining the next steps to fix the bridge, the Cottage Grove City Council heard at its Monday night meeting.
The City recently contracted with OBEC Consulting Engineers for inspections of many of its bridges, and the report about the swinging footbridge that

Would-be mayors talk shop

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Deteriorating streets, property crime, low housing inventory -- last week's mayoral forum took on many of the issues affecting life (and government) in Cottage Grove, and responses from the three candidates for mayor in the November election offered a look at how each might approach the position.
Candidates and current City Councilors Mike Fleck, Jake Boone and Jeff Gowing

Vandalism, thefts prompt Main St. meeting

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 27th, 2016
Various Main Street business owners gathered at the Cottage Grove Armory to discuss the increasing rate of crime and suspicious activity happening around the area on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Cottage Grove Main Street Coordinator Shauna Neigh invited newly appointed Police Chief Scott Shepherd to speak on how to prevent things such as theft and also on how to assist police

Dept. of Education releases state test scores

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
The Oregon Department of Education recently released its assessments for 2016, and the South Lane School Board heard the local results of those assessments at its Sept. 12 meeting.
Over the past five years, there has been a steady pattern of significant decline in the percentage of students that meet or exceed expectations statewide. This is due to a

Gone is the 'interim' ó Shepherd officially named Chief of Cottage Grove Police

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
With a one-sentence announcement, it became official.
An email from Commander Conrad Gagner with the Cottage Grove Police Department announced on Wednesday, Sept. 14 that "effective today, Interim Police Chief Scott Shepherd has been named Chief of Police."
Shepherd has guided CGPD since former Chief Mike Grover retired last August, at which time it was announced that Shepherd would

The lowdown on each of the fall electionís ballot measures

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2016
Summary (from the Notice of Measure Election filed by the City on June 3): If adopted by the voters, this measure would impose a three percent tax on sales of marijuana items (including marijuana, marijuana products and marijuana extracts) by recreational marijuana retailers licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and located within the City of Cottage Grove. The tax

Engineers find faulty towers

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 20th, 2016
On their way home from school on Friday, Cottage Grove High School students could be heard grumbling as they passed a sign posted across a popular local landmark.
Their comments concerned the closure of the swinging bridge that spans the Coast Fork of the Willamette River between Madison Avenue and River Road, a closure recommended by an engineer tasked

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