Row River Rd.
A pedestrian crossing for Row River Rd. was given the green light after the bid process wrapped up Monday night.
Pacific Excavation came in with the lowest bid for the project at $90,917. However, due to a clerical error, the bid cannot be awarded for seven days while the council waits for possible appeals by other bidders.
The project will include a lighted crossing and an island at the south property of Chevron Station across from AutoZone.
Councilman Jake Boone said the crossing was needed after he watched several older residents attempt to cross the busy street with an outlet to Insterstate-5.
The Cottage Grove varsity soccer team, volleyball team and football team were honored along with the local Grange for their achievements this week. The volleyball and soccer team came in sixth in state while the football team made it all the way, bringing home the state championship. Mayor Jeff Gowing addressed the overflowing chamber, saying, "As a Cottage Grove alumni, I am very proud to be up here honoring you."
Councilman Bob Ehler raised concerns during the council comments portion of the meeting about a traffic light at Hwy. 99. "I can't get through it without it turning yellow and one day I'm going to be down here screaming about why that light hasn't been fixed," he said.
League of Cities
Councilor Mike Fleck had one word to sum up his experience at the National League of Cities Conference held earlier this month, "Wow." Fleck, along with Mayor Jeff Gowing and Councilor Jake Boone attended the conference, reporting back to the board on Monday.
"Housing has been a really hot topic in our community. I see it every day in our agency. We’ll have money to assist in housing and they are unable to find a place to stay. As much as I’ve stayed away from the term affordable housing, it seems like that’s where we need to focus," Fleck said. He also noted that he would like to see the city fund traffic signs with speed radars affixed to them. Fleck told the board the signs ranged between $2,500 and $3,000.
Councilman Ken Roberts raised a question about the lighting at 10th St. near Bohemia Park after receiving an inquiry from a resident. Community Development and Planning Manager Faye Stewart told the board that new holes were being dug for light posts that would light the area in the near future.
The Dec. 25 city council meeting has been canceled due to the Christmas holiday.