From the Mayor’s Desk

Summer is for real now, and major projects are in process or planning. If you were wondering what is happening just north of the Dollar Tree store, the city is brushing scrub off the site for the bulk water station. This will last all week.
Quotes for the splash pad will be in soon and we are hoping work will start promptly.
The city of Cave Junction, in partnership with Josephine Community Library, is publishing an invitation for builders to submit a bid. The bid process will close Thursday, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. If you know anyone who wants more information refer them to the Daily Journal of Commerce website at djcoregon.com. It’s really thrilling to see this project moving forward. The renovation will add a new 1,788-square-foot community meeting space, revamp the children’s area, create an outdoor learning area, and upgrade and modernize the building throughout. This bid period is a big milestone for the I.V. Library Renovation, getting us to construction this fall and finishing next summer! There will be some significant changes when this project starts. The library will need to be closed for 9-12 months. The library district is working to come up with library access alternatives during this time. There are three other library sites that will be open- Grants Pass, Williams and Wolf Creek, and there is also on-line access. Other discussion possibilities have included arrangements with a local business for a courier service and it would be great to find a site in Cave Junction where holds could be delivered maybe once a week. This would help the avid readers out there, including me, who would temporarily have book withdrawal symptoms without our local library. At some point the library will need volunteers to help box up and move books to a storage container. I will keep you posted. Personal fitness trainers will be welcome!
Our library has not been updated in more than 50 years. This is the first major project in Josephine Community Library’s overall plan to modernize the libraries in our county. And it all started back in May 2021 with Illinois Valley community input to help guide decisions about size and features. I remind myself that “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” (Confucius). Bravo to Josephine Community Library.