From the mayor’s desk: Meadow Martell

If you missed the City Council meeting on Monday here are some updates of things happening that you might be interested in. If you can’t attend in person, the City Council meetings on the second Monday of every month are also live on ZOOM.
It is exciting to see the events and projects that are going on in our little town. There will be a Harvest Festival Event Oct. 14, 12 –4 p.m. in the parking lot of Big Foot Printing. This event is becoming a regular annual autumn event and features a bounce house, petting zoo, face and pumpkin painting and much more. So come on out to Cave Junction downtown, bring the family, and have some fun!
Get ready for a spooky Halloween time in Cave Junction. IVHS is going to have a Haunted House Oct. 28, 4 p.m.-12 p.m.
You may have noticed an exciting thing happening in Jubilee Park. Work on the Spray Pad near the playground has begun. With the changes and cost adjustments that had to be made to stay in budget, completion may be a little late for this year, but you can bet this will be a big hit for the hot weather next year.
Work is proceeding on the Illinois Valley Library Renovation Project. The draft contract between the city of Cave Junction and Ausland Group was approved by the city’s attorney and Business Oregon. Josephine County has approved the building permit.
As you can imagine with a project of this size and complexity, even though you think all the bases have been covered, additional requirements from various governmental agencies still can happen. Under review are three Additional Services proposals with ZCS for the third-party cost estimate of the parking lot reconfiguration, environmental review support including stormwater detention and treatment design, and additional engineering activity. The team is working through cost-cutting options to bring additional costs within budget. The final amount for the contract will probably be reviewed by the Cave Junction Council at its Nov. 13 meeting. Construction is expected to take six to eight months. Having participated in the regular calls with the library representatives and the architects I am very impressed with all the hard work, creative ideas and commitment to our community by all the parties involved. We will get our “new” library and it is going to be amazing!
Reminder: Don’t forget that City Hall closes at 3 p.m. on the last business day of the month.