From the mayor’s desk:

Meadow Martell

When President Taft in 1909 proclaimed the Oregon Caves as a National Monument, the State Highway leading to the Caves intersected the Redwood Highway at Cave Junction. Cave Junction was proclaimed as the “Gateway to the Oregon Caves.” The City of Cave Junction became an incorporated city in 1948. This year is the Diamond Jubilee and a major milestone marking 75 years of growth and service in the city of Cave Junction. The origin of jubilee was first recorded in 1350-1400 and literally means “to shout for joy.”
Our downtown Main Street revitalization organization, Main Street Cave Junction is planning a celebration Jubilee Jamboree in our very own Jubilee Park. The date is scheduled for Saturday, June 10. Tentative plans at this point are bring your own picnic lunch from 12 -3 p.m., MSCJ will provide the birthday cake. There are preliminary plans for a skateboard competition, family games, maybe some music and whatever other ideas are out there for celebrating the Jubilee anniversary of Cave Junction. Mark your calendars! If you want to help, contact me at meadow.martell@cavejunctionoregon.us. Let’s make this a fun and exciting celebration!
Back to the work of City Hall and Public Works business: Staff at the Water Treatment Plant have completed this year’s Consumer Confidence Report. The city will be sending out a link to this report on the back of next month’s bills that will take you to a page on our website where you can review this year’s report. Take some time to check it out. The Water Treatment Plant crew is getting ready for the summer season. There are three distribution pumps at the water plant. These pumps ship water to town after it has been treated. Our big pump was shipped up north about a month ago to get rebuilt. It came back March 16 and by the end of the day the treatment crew had it installed and back up and running.
Last week, the Valley received heavy rains and warmer temperatures causing the snow to melt rapidly around the Valley. This combination of weather events causes higher than normal flows in the storm water system. However, due to the diligent work and ongoing maintenance of our Streets Distribution and Collections crew, localized flooding was kept at bay.
Charter Communications is installing conduit and fiber for phone, internet, and television down Daisy Hill Road to the end.
Spring officially started Monday, March 20 marking the spring equinox, when the day and night of equal length. Hooray!