From the mayor’s desk: Meadow Martell

Meadow Martell

Veterans Day in Jubilee Park was an outstanding event. Our Public works staff worked diligently with the placement of the final pavers project in time for the Veterans Day event. The gathering was well attended by veterans, family, and the Illinois Valley High School band and choir. There were tributes from American Legion Post #70 and the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary representatives.
Oregon State Representative Lily Morgan did the dedication of the Veterans Memorial. The fly over by Kingsley Field National Guard was resounding and heart-stopping. I would be negligent if I did not mention the wonderful lunch and loaded dessert table served afterwards in the Pavilion by Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star. Many people contributed time, money and food to make Veterans Day and the monument dedication a big success.
If you would like to honor a family member in active service or remember a relative who was in the military serving our country, you can sponsor a pavestone. Pavestone sponsorships help pay for the flagpole and complete the monuments in the plaza. You can make a tax-deductible donation towards the Veterans Memorial by donating through the Illinois Valley Community Development Organization, a 501c3 nonprofit at www.ivcdo.org. Contact Roger Brandt, 541-592-9320 for more information.
If you have not heard of it already, Representative Lily Morgan is resigning from the Oregon House of Representatives, effective Dec. 3. Representative Morgan has been a big champion for Southern Oregon and Cave Junction. Her support at the state level will be missed. Ms. Morgan has taken a position much closer to home as the city manager for the city of Gold Hill.
It is a busy time of the year for our Public Works Department. The new slide in the Jubilee Park playground has replaced the old broken slide. The splash pad is progressing and pouring of the outer ring will begin this week. Last week the bulk water station broke down and replacement parts are no longer available. The station is currently running manually from 8-9:00 a.m. and 1-2 p.m. The city is proceeding with the new bulk water station contract starting Nov. 21 with a 90-day completion deadline.
Progress has been steady at the Lil’Pantry and KOA sites. The owner of the Junction Inn has declared bankruptcy, and the process is working through the courts. No telling how long that will take.
Have a great week!