From the mayor’s desk: Meadow Martell

As 2023 starts its usual busy and exciting flurry of activity building to a new year, I have started looking forward to what 2024 may have in store for the city of Cave Junction. I am thinking about what priorities I would like to see in my sixth year as mayor. Despite some setbacks dictated by the federal grant, the plan is still to see the completion of the Cave Junction library expansion by the end of 2024. The Jubilee Park splash pad and new playground equipment will be ready for the good weather. The new bulk water station on Golf Club Drive should be ready and finished in time for the next season. The Rockydale well project is slowly moving forward in spite of complications.
In 2024 I hope to see the city begin the process of developing a master plan for the Old Stage Road park. Affordable housing is a big and looming issue. I.V. Living Solutions continues to move forward with beginning steps to address the homeless issue in Cave Junction with their project of building I.V. HOPE Village, a homeless transitional housing facility. Small baby steps, but a beginning.
One thing I know for sure is that the city of Cave Junction is fortunate to have dedicated staff that are competent, hardworking, and committed to helping our city improve and move forward. I would like you to know and appreciate them too.
Meet Kattie Bell, probably the first person you see when you walk into City Hall. Bell started working as the city utility services clerk in March 2023. She is a hometown girl who grew up in Cave Junction, went to I.V. High School and has an associate degree in early childhood development from Rogue Community College. Bell has a family of three girls, ages 4, 6, and 9 and is a coach for her daughter’s basketball team.
Bell manages water and utility services for over 1,000 households in Cave Junction. She works with our public works crew to inform them about utility meters that need to be read or fixed. She updates municipal court records, takes reservation applications for Jubilee Park, manages back flow testing and address lists for the Public Works team, and transfers data into the system.
Bell is committed to customer service. She listens and helps people look for solutions to problems. Not only is Bell good with people, she also really likes plants, and they like her. Her office is filled with happy greenery.