From the mayor’s desk: Meadow Martell

Our Public Works Department has been busy. Park staff installed a dusk-to-dawn flood light for the new memorial flagpole. During breaks in the weather, staff and contract crews made progress on the splash pad, playground additions, sidewalks, and fence posts. Drain lines are designed so that in the future water can be re-routed to underground storage that could be used for irrigation. Our water restoration and collections plants are aging and need a lot of care by staff and contractors. The Drinking Water Plant as well as the Water Restoration Plant are evaluated and calibrated annually.
I would like to introduce the other up front staff person in City Hall. Lisa Richardson is our Planning Clerk. Richardson moved to Cave Junction from Lake Tahoe when she was 13. Her family had a cabin in Takilma and visited every summer because they liked the slower pace, the rivers, and mountains. So it was an easy change. Richardson has been married 17 years and her husband works at Evergreen Elementary. They have a son who is 14 and they live in the city.
Lisa started working as our city planning clerk in 2017. Previously she worked at First Community Credit Union. The city of Cave Junction offered her a good stable job, learning opportunities and good benefits. She does a lot of customer service and tries to treat everyone the same. She especially likes that the city has a nice staff of team players that work well together.
What does a planning clerk do? Richardson manages city permits for fences and the site plan building process, maintains property records and all property addresses, manages business licenses, schedules public hearings for Type 3 and Type 4 land use processes, and changes for subdivisions, commercial development, and zoning clearances. She answers questions and explains the planning process. Richardson does preliminary reviews of Type 3 and 4 plans and sends them to our city planner at Rogue Valley Council of Governments before Council approval. Josephine County Building and Safety manages structure building permits.
Cave Junction does not have a code enforcement officer. The city responds to nuisance violations such as noise complaints, dogs, RVs, trash and unsanitary living is based on complaints. You can come into City Hall, fill out and sign a nuisance violation request and give it to Richardson. The city will investigate, verify the problem, and notify the owner by certified mail. There are stiff monetary penalties for not responding to nuisance violations.