by Meadow Martell
I often hear complaints about how our downtown looks. If you feel this way, it is time to get out and do something about it. Real change happens slowly, from the bottom up – one gesture, one person, one moment at a time. What are you willing to do to make this happen? There are so many possibilities to upgrade our downtown and transform it into something we can be proud of and you can be part of this shift. Here is one example of someone who took charge and made a positive change happen.
Have you noticed that some places around the Valley seem brighter? The collaboration with the City of Cave Junction, the Chamber of Commerce, IVCDO and Energy Trust of Oregon has so far resulted in almost 20 businesses and service organizations receiving LED lighting upgrades – at no cost – with more being scheduled. Energy Trust provides the lights and the contractors to do the work. Churches, offices, restaurants, manufacturers, and stores, and the historic I.V. Grange have taken advantage of this offer to lighten up and save energy. One more round of LED lighting upgrades is being organized. If your commercial-type building has fewer than 20 employees or is less than 20,000 square feet, call to see if you might qualify, and sign up! Call Forrest at IVCDO: 541-592-9279.
Other changes are happening in the city too. Copeland will soon be upgrading and adding ADA ramps. The bulk water station is being moved to a better location. The plans are being reviewed by an engineer to be ready to go out to bid mid-July. The CJ welcome sign on the north side of town is part of this project. So far, we are seeing less bulk water sales than last year. It is hard to say whether this is due to the cooler, wetter spring season or less grows. I want to assure everyone that the city of Cave Junction is following all the rules for cities selling water as outlined in the 2021 House Bill 4061. There is also a false rumor floating around that the city has raised its prices. There have been no changes in the price of Cave Junction bulk water in five years.
I hope you had a great Fourth of July holiday.
“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” ~Oprah Winfrey