From the mayor’s desk: Meadow Martell

At the last City Council Meeting, Alex Ponder, our Public Works Director, reported that the bulk water station control cabinet is installed and plumbed. Paving should be completed this week. We are still waiting for PPL to install a meter for the station, and we have no affirmative date when. Barring any hiccups the station should be operational in June. The Welcome to Cave Junction sign is again moving forward. We don’t have a construction schedule yet, but we are expecting that poles for the sign will be in production in the next two weeks with other components following. The Rockdale Wells Project is picking up again now that the weather has improved. We should see a lot of progress in the next couple of weeks. The spray pad is getting very close to opening. Watch for a Grand Opening announcement sometime in early June.
Update on the Library: The excavation and trenching underground utilities for the meeting space addition is completed, and framing is underway. During interior demolition, more asbestos was discovered. A change order for abatement was necessary. Fortunately, the library requested and was approved for an asbestos abatement grant from Josephine County Solid Waste Agency that will pay the full cost. Don’t forget that you can place library books on hold online and pick them up at the I.V. Senior Center each Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you like to browse the shelves browser as I do, at the Senior Center library site they often have some recently returned books that you can check out that day.
More good things are happening downtown. Check out the attractive wrap on the electrical box at River Street. Three more are planned for downtown. Both the city of Cave Junction and the Main Street Cave Junction organization have plans for murals that will be happening sometime soon. On Saturday, a small team of energetic women from MSCJ planted donated plants from the Plant Society at several downtown locations and at the Visitor Center. Main Street Cave Junction is looking for another board member. If you have some good ideas and the energy for making our downtown more attractive you can contact the MSCJ president and owner of the shop Wild Herbs LLC, Amy Lusson, at 971-517-9692.