From the mayor’s desk: by Meadow Martell

It has been a very busy summer for me. I have had travel time, grandkids for two months, several groups of visitors, and my daughter from Australia. I will be in Portland this week to see my daughter back off to Townsville and bring one of my granddaughters back after visiting her grandmother in Portland. Everyone will be heading back to Santa Fe, N.M. the end of this week. Schools in Santa Fe start Aug. 17. Things will slow down for me soon and I will have more time for city business, local events and gardening. I can’t thank our staff enough for the superb job they do keeping everyday city business running smoothly.
After I’ve been gone, one thing that helps bring me quickly up to date is our own Illinois Valley News. Sitting down and reading the I.V. News is one of the first enjoyable things I do, to catch up on what has been happening in our community. It is informative and entertaining. We are very fortunate to have a local newspaper. I hope you support them; they do have a digital option available now at theivnews.com.
I will be back in my office Thursday, July 21 evening when there is a council workshop at City Hall at 7 p.m. Topics to be discussed are: The renewal of the city lease with the golf club; Measure 109 – the ballot proposal by the county to opt out of psilocybin manufacturing and service centers in the county and whether the city of Cave Junction wants to opt in to one, or both of those options; and discussion about potential county proposals for funding law enforcement. Workshops are an opportunity for the council to have less formal discussion among themselves on certain topics. No decisions are made. Any proposals will be brought to a regular council meeting. The public is welcome to come and observe. This is not an open community discussion time.
The Reser Family Foundation has selected Main Street Cave Junction as their 2022-2025 community for the Small Community Initiative. This program funds economic development and community development in small, rural Oregon communities. MSCJ will be joining Spruce up Warrenton, the Milton-Freewater Downtown Alliance, and A Greater Applegate in the Applegate Valley. Now that the city has taken on the signage for the north side of town, the grant from the Reser Family Foundation can help fund the Oak-to-Art project that MSCJ took over from the senior center. This is a very exciting development!