Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Quiet Spring Break

It's Spring Break week here in Ashland, which means quiet, quiet, and more quiet. Honestly, it's been nice to get some of the filing and desk cleaning jobs done that have been put off since, well, last spring break. There are a few bits of information you might find interesting:

Jackson County Waste Diversion Days
Properly dispose of household paints and chemicals

Free Latex Paint Drop-off Event
April 30 & May 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Drop off your household latex paints for proper disposal. Remember: household latex paints only; this event is not open to business waste or oil based paints. Need some paint? Check out the free re-use table. Jackson County Drop-off sites:
Rogue Disposal & Recycling transfer station, 8001 Table Rock Road, White City, 779-4161,
Recology Ashland Sanitary Service transfer station, 3000 N. Valley View Road, Ashland, 482-1471,

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event
May 7-8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring your household hazardous waste to Rogue Disposal Transfer Station, 8001 Table Rock Road. Cost is $5.00 per vehicle. Trade in your mercury thermometer for a digital one at no charge. Acceptable items include: cleaning supplies, batteries, pool and spa chemicals, lead and oil-based paint, paint removers, wood preservatives and light ballasts.
Do NOT bring: fluorescent bulbs, medical or biological waste, explosives, radioactive materials, ammunition, commercial or industrial waste, asbestos, 55 gallon drums, propane tanks, fire extinguishers or other metal tanks. For more information, contact Rogue Disposal at 541-779-4161 or

Thanks to Paige Prewett of the Jackson County SMARTWorks & Jackson County Recycling Partnership for the Waste Diversion Days information.

Did you know you can now follow the City of Ashland on Facebook? If your Facebook homepage is how you get your daily dose of news, you can find City of Ashland news there too. Just search for 'City of Ashland' while on Facebook, or use the link on the City's homepage. We'll soon have Twitter up and running too!

Economic Development
I've had the pleasure of participating in the Economic Development Strategy work, specifically with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). I must say this has been an interesting process thus far. Both the TAC and the Policy Committee have worked very hard to honestly understand both the good and the bad in Ashland's economy. Currently, both groups are working in tandem on creating a definition of Economic Development for Ashland and a Vision Statement for the future of Ashland's economy. They are also just beginning to figure out how to take the leap between what the vision Ashland's future economy and what we (community members, city government, and regional partners) need to do (or not do) to get to that vision. If you have any interest in learning more about the project, check out the economic strategy webpage and all the links on the left-side of the page. If you've got comments or questions on the process contact Councilor Russ Silbiger,, Councilor Kate Jackson or staff member Adam Hanks,

Hope your Spring Break is wonderful!

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