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    COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL December 30, 2015
11A
2015
Continued from page 3A
In case you haven’t heard, we’re the place to be on New Year’s Eve.
Join us for a festive celebration of food, drinks and fun.
In October, the OLCC approved 77 pages
of administrative rules for the recreational
marijuana market, rules that take effect in
January of 2016, when the state will begin
accepting applications for licenses to sell,
grow and process recreational pot. A tempo-
rary 25 percent tax on recreational sales will
begin on Jan. 4, 2016, though a 17 percent
tax will later be levied on those licensed to
sell recreational marijuana when the OLCC
fi nalizes its licensing program. Local and
county governments will be allowed to levy
a tax between zero and three percent on top
of the state tax, and retailers will be allowed
to retain two percent of the tax to cover their
expenses. Recreational stores with OLCC
licenses are expected to open sometime in
the second half of 2016.
Bonds sought
by SLFR, SLSD
New Year's Eve Party
in the Lounge!
Dinner Specials
Drink Specials
DJ & Dancing
Party Favors
Champagne for all at midnight!
El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
Sharon
Cohen,
manager of
the Medica-
tion Station,
views mari-
juana clones
for sale at
the dispen-
sary — Cot-
tage Grove's
fourth
— which
opened this
summer.
What’s next
Supporters of a local bond that will be
pursued by South Lane School District
to replace the aging Harrison Elementary
School building hope the bond will fare as
well at the polls as one pursued by South
Lane County Fire and Rescue in the fall of
2015.
The Fire District’s Measure 20-237, ap-
proved by 63 percent of voters in Novem-
ber, will allow for the issuance of $2.6 mil-
lion in bonds for the purchase of one new
ladder truck, two fi refi ghter engines and
two water tenders. Fire Chief John Wooten
Sentinel fi le photo
said that the District had not purchased new
equipment since the District was founded
with the merger of the Cottage Grove and
Creswell departments in 2003, adding that
much of its equipment is at least 25 years
old.
An advisory committee formed to exam-
ine the feasibility of a bond to replace Har-
rison Elementary began meeting in January
of 2015. District offi cials felt that a drop in
the tax rate for the current Cottage Grove
High School could allow the bond to pass
without raising local property tax rates. The
committee chose to pursue a 25-year, $29.8
million bond to rebuild Harrison, prioritiz-
ing technology and safety and security up-
grades throughout the District among a list
of possible projects to utilize any remaining
bond dollars.
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Committees dedicated to planning the
bond process and campaigning in its favor
have been formed and are following a de-
manding schedule of meetings in the com-
ing months. Bend-based BLRB Architects
has been enlisted to help shepherd the bond
process, and the bond will appear before
local voters in the May 17, 2016 primary
election. Should the bond pass, the Dis-
trict hopes to open the new Harrison at the
Taylor Ave. location of the former Cottage
Grove High School in 2018. A “community
conversation” to engage the public on the
bond process will be held on Jan. 13 at the
current Harrison building.
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A dry winter and spring of 2014 led to one of Ore-
gon’s most severe fi re seasons in recent memory, and
through much of July and August, fi res raged on all
sides of the south Willamette Valley. The early fi re
season offi cially began in mid-June, and by early Au-
gust, smoke and haze in Cottage Grove bore witness
to the Cable Crossing Fire east of Glide in Douglas
County. By then, the Stouts Fire was continuing to
burn 15,000 acres east of Canyonville. On Aug. 23,
local fi refi ghters joined the Oregon Department of
Forestry to battle the Taylor Butte Fire in the Qua-
glia/Pitcher Lane area near Mosby Creek, and crews
responded quickly on Sept. 29 to a fi re caused by an
illegal burn in the Veatch Road area just west of Cot-
tage Grove, a fi re that fi rst responders said could have
engulfed the surrounding hillsides and even threat-
ened the City of Cottage Grove itself.
Sentinel fi le photo
Danail Rachev conducts the Eugene Symphony in its fi rst Cottage
Grove performance at Bohemia Park in July. The Faye and Lucille
Stewart Foundation and the City of Cottage Grove fi nanced the
concert. The Symphony is scheduled to return in July of 2016.
As the clock winds down toward the final hours of 2015, we want to
remind you once again about the dangers of drinking and driving,
and urge you to celebrate wisely this year.
WISHING YOU A HAPPY & SAFE NEW YEAR!
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