Council adopts sign ordinance

The Cave Junction City Council held their first meeting of the year at City Hall Jan. 8. During the meeting the council passed a sign ordinance after the second reading of Ordinance No. 602.
The ordinance serves to amend the city’s municipal code to include specific rules and regulations for portable business signage. The amended ordinance limits businesses to two portable signs per property, as well as outlining how businesses without property connected to Cave Junction’s main street can place signs in front of other businesses with the written permission of the relevant property owner. The motion to adopt this ordinance passed unanimously. On a high note, the mayor gave her State of the City Address. During this, Mayor Meadow Martell praised the city of Cave Junction for making it through a rather rocky 2023, noting several things that have been done to better the city over the last year such as the approval of transitional living facility I.V. HOPE Village and the Veterans Day dedication ceremony at Jubilee Park.
Public Works Director Alex Ponder gave the council an update on the construction of the Jubilee Park spray pad and the Rockydale Well. Although inclement weather has been challenging for the crew at Jubilee, with the creative use of tarps, the project is moving slowly but steadily. Regarding the Rockydale Well, Ponder explained that things are going well there and the public works department is just waiting for the proper equipment to be delivered so that progress can continue to be made.
After his presentation, Ponder then explained that his department has been on the hunt for a new excavator in recent months, and while they had finally found something suitable, the council’s vote was necessary to approve purchasing it. The council did this, passing a unanimous motion to approve the purchase.
Teresa Stover also updated the council briefly on the upcoming library renovation project, explaining that despite the earlier obstacles that had been faced, the second round of bids for the project was promising, with a new contractor being selected.. The contract was almost rewritten, and the environmental assessment was almost finished.