COTTAGE GROVE SENTINEL November 16, 2016 V ILLAGE 11A C OUNCIL Continued from page 1A because we give them own- ership over how it’s managed,” Heben said. “I know that in every commu- nity there are decent people that have just had hard luck in their life,” Bryant said. “If we can provide them that opportunity, to have a decent community and pride in their own home, they can be productive citizens.” The Coalition’s Lise Colgan asserted to the Council that, while the village would be mod- eled on a Eugene initiative, it would be a “Cottage Grove proj- ect.” The Coalition plans to present its plan again to the Council on Nov. 28, where it will ask for an offi cial show of support. Continued from page 1A after 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, showed that Gowing had likely made the right choice. He held a slim lead over challeng- ers Mike Fleck and Jake Boone, a lead that held as subsequent returns came in hours later. Re- sults compiled the next morning show that Gowing triumphed over Boone by 118 votes and bested Fleck by 130 votes, meaning that he will succeed two-term Mayor Tom Munroe in the New Year. Boone, who monitored the re- sults with family at the Axe and Fiddle Pub, congratulated Gow- ing and wife, Celia, at Stacy’s Covered Bridge restaurant on his way to a live appearance on KNND radio. The Council will welcome one new face next year, as Plan- ning Commissioner Bob Ehler triumphed in a landslide over competitors Merlyn Adams, Rodney Cimburke and Henry Lancaster for Gowing’s vacated Ward II seat. Ehler’s lead was apparent early, a lead he would never relinquish, and he would go on to win by over 850 votes over Adams, his nearest com- petitor. Local radio personality Ken- neth Michael Roberts, who was appointed to the Council last year to replace Heather Mur- phy, scored a victory in a close contest over Ivan DelSol for one of the Council’s At-large seats. Roberts won by over 200 votes. hike on the ballot, though many acknowledged that the potential revenue would likely not keep up with escalating construction costs or the estimated $9 million backlog of needed street repairs in town. There was no strong, organized advocacy for the gas tax hike, which could certainly have hurt its chances of passage, as three-quarters of local voters said No. The Council has also put forth the notion of pursuing a bond to fund street repair projects, but it remains to be seen whether that pursuit will continue after such a resounding No vote for the fu- els tax. “We’ll probably have no ma- jor road repair projects in the future,” Meyers said last week, adding that “streets will con- tinue to fall apart even more. The roads may have to speak for themselves.” Meyers said the City could work to curb the costs it incurs in hauling street sweepings to the landfi ll, though such savings would be a drop in the bucket compared to the overall need. can do for enlistees. “I’m amazed how the U.S. military can take an 18 or 19 year old kid, who would prob- ably be working at the mill or going to school, and instead joined the military, which trains that person and equips them and prepares them for any number of things,” Timmons said. The National Guard Captain was re- ferring to one of his soldiers, a 19-year old who drove a 32-ton combat vehicle into hostile terri- tory without injuring anyone or encountering a single fatality. “Amazing,” he said. Timmons continued to say that Veteran’s Day is a great way to refl ect on how unique and strong our nation is. A few closing statements were made and the ceremony was adjourned. This is the fi rst grant from the Community Wellness Fund, which focuses on improving the health and wellness of Oregon Health Plan members. It was funded by $1 million when the Centene Corporation purchased Trillium Community Health Plan. The project will serve some 30 to 50 percent of the area’s pregnant or recently delivered mothers. It’s an extension of Cottage Grove’s family resource center, and staff will reach out to pregnant and new moms. The center’s hours will also be increased, and it will work to offer more respite services, cre- ate a support group for pregnant and parenting moms who are depressed and keep moms and newborns connected to primary health care. Such outreach is expected to aid the estimated 47 percent of families with chil- dren under fi ve that live below the poverty level in South Lane County. T AXES Continued from page 1A Great Care in a Great Place. Right here in Cottage Grove. At PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center, we care for every body, every day, in every way that we can. personalized primary care digital imaging physical therapy laboratory services outpatient services emergency department open 24/7 1515 Village Drive, Cottage Grove PeaceHealth Medical Group 541-767-5200 PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center 541-767-5500 peacehealth.org/cottage-grove Eugene, Florence and Co- burg, which also passed three percent taxes, and Lane County, which passed a three-percent tax for the County’s unincor- porated areas. Creswell voters, meanwhile, made their latest statement against pot-related business in their town, support- ing a ban on the prohibition of marijuana-related commerce there by a healthy margin. Many Cottage Grove Council- ors supported placing the gas tax V ETERANS Continued from page 1A “Like anyone who has gone overseas in service of this coun- try, I saw the opportunity that other people had to enjoy free- dom and the opportunity to de- termine their own direction as my soldiers served up and down the roads of Iraq,” he said. Tim- mons further expanded on not only what people can do for the military, but what the military G RANT Continued from page 3A Lane as well as across Lane County, including goals of the Lane Early Learning Alliance, Lane Community Health Im- provement Plan, Cottage Grove Be Your Best, and the 90X30 South Lane Community Pre- vention Plan.” The P-20 Com- munity Outreach coordinator is the state’s fi rst preschool to 20 outreach coordinator and made possible, in part, due to another OCF grant program. THANK YOU The Inaugural Mayor’s Ball made history on October 22. A special thanks to our community and supporters. The event raised more than $40,000 for the Cottage Grove Armory Restoration Project. Faye & Lucille Stewart Foundation Janice Albritton Cottage Grove Sentinel Russ Kaleese Woodard Foundation Casey Woodard Consulting Daniel E. James, Retired Navy SEAL Market of Choice BG William Edwards Commonweath Financial Network Steve & Vera Kilston Larry Tardie Hoyer Accounting Services, INC Patton’s Country Gardens PeaceHealth Cottage Grove Community Medical Center Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce Pinocchio’s Pizza Rally Coﬀee Roasters Michael and Bonnie Johnson Brad’s Cottage Grove Chevrolet Ruth & Gary Ackley Ed & Virginia Smith Bert Likens Grey Cat Inn Sherilyn Scwartz ATA Martial Arts Trudy Borrivik Don Hardwick The Brainard Family Gary Williams Oakway Catering Jack Sprats QuoteSoft, Inc Virgil and Lynn Miller Safeway Bakery Candace & Danny Solesbee Heritage Distillery Company Dr. Glenn Keiper Frank and Pam Simpson Cetera Advisor Networks The Axe & Fiddle Pub Paciﬁc Yurts Col. Christian Rees South Lane Fire District Wildish Construction Sassy Cupcake Rose Mary Hubbard Joshua Stewart Banner Bank Allysa Allen Vine2Wine Oakway Wine & Deli Matthew Knight Arena 5 Flying Monkeys Barska USA Sophie Blades Robert and Patricia Tully Lynn and Linda Ferrin Umpqua Bank Flower Basket The Carousel Deli Steve and Caroline Pettit Oregon National Guard Rhonda Worley Kell’s Irish Pub Butcher Baker Parties-To-Go Eddie Mae Mystery Parties Janice Albritton Darrel Williams Cascade Home Center Grays Garden Centers Stacey’s Covered Bridge Restaurant Nespresso South Lane School District Bill Whiteman Coast Fork Feed and Brewstation Myles & Mary Joanne Butner Steven Stewart Village Green Resorts Joan Peniston Noisette Pastry Kitchen Amanda Fergason Cakes by JoDee The Cottage Theater George & Teri Devine Conley and Bill Olverholser Portland Trailblazers Judd and Sharon VanGorder Target Stores Doug & Jeryl Lund Escape Rooms Portland Carousel Bed & Breakfast U of O Duck Shop Big Stuﬀ BBQ Eugene Hilton Smith Lund Mills Funeral Chapel & Crematorium Peter Windler Hallmark Stores Help us continue to make history by supporting the restoration of the Cottage Grove Armory. We welcome volunteers and contributions. For information, call 541-942-2441.