Public Notices

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT

The Elkton City Council will hold a public hearing on September 8, at 8:45 a.m., at City Hall, 366 First Street, to take final testimony on the following land use application.

File Number 2022-001
NATURE OF APPLICATION Variance Request
APPLICABLE CRITERIA Elkton LDDO Chapters 3.4.040, 4.7.040
APPLICANT/OWNER Kellee Garcia
LOCATION (site) 690 E Street, Elkton OR 97436
PROPOSAL Variance to increase the maximum height of a fence within a rear yard setback from 6 feet to 8 feet.
STAFF CONTACT Gary Trout, City Clerk, cityofelkton@cascadeaccess.com 541.584.2547

 

The purpose of this notice is to provide an opportunity to comment and express concerns you may have related to the approval criteria, prior to the City Council’s decision to approve or deny the request to increase the maximum height of a fence within a rear yard setback from 6 feet to 8 feet.

Citizens may present testimony for or against the proposal by submitting written comments or by testifying at a public hearing on September 8, 2022, at 8:45 a.m. In order for your written comments to be included in the staff report, they must be submitted to City Hall by 12:00 p.m. on September 1, 2022. Written comments may be submitted:

  • City Hall, 366 First Street, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m;
  • mail to Planning, City of Elkton, P.O. Box 508, Elkton, OR 97436;
  • fax to (541) 584-2547; or
  • email to cityofelkton@cascadeaccess.com

Your comments are important and will greatly improve the decision-making process, but please note that you will not receive an individual response to information submitted. By law, comments received that are not related to the approval criteria may not be considered. City Council will review the request for compliance with applicable criteria based upon information in the application, the staff report and comments received. Approval must include affirmative findings that are consistent with the Land Development and Division Ordinance, provisions of the Comprehensive Plan, and applicable Statewide Planning Goals. After the Public Hearing closes, City Council will issue a decision to approve, deny, or adjust the requested variance and the decision will be mailed to the applicant and to all parties legally entitled to notice.

The staff report will be available for review at the City Hall seven days prior to the public hearing. The staff report will also be posted to the City’s website at: elkton-oregon.com, or by request (contact Gary Trout, at (541) 584-2547 or email to cityofelkton@cascadeaccess.com). Copies of the applicable municipal code, the staff report, and related documents can be purchased for the cost of copying. The public hearing will follow the city’s hearing rules of procedures.

Failure to raise an issue at this opportunity for comment or hearing, in person or by letter, or failure to provide statements or evidence related to an issue sufficient to afford the decision maker an opportunity to respond to the issue, precludes reliance on that issue in any later appeal of the decision that will be made after consideration of the statements and evidence submitted, including an appeal to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals based on that issue. The failure of the applicant to raise constitutional or other issues relating to proposed conditions of approval with sufficient specificity to allow the decision maker to respond to the issue precludes an action for damages in circuit court.

 

 

Notice of Receipt of Ballot Title

Notice is hereby given that the City Elections Official of the City of Elkton has received a ballot title related to prohibiting psilocybin-related businesses. Any voter may file a petition for review of the ballot title in the Douglas County Circuit Court, Roseburg, Oregon. The deadline to file a petition for review is 5:00 p.m. on August 29, 2022. Copies of the ballot title are available on the City of Elkton’s website, www.elkton-oregon.com, or at Elkton City Hall, 366 First Street, Elkton, OR 97436.

The text of the ballot title is as follows:

CAPTION: Prohibits psilocybin-related businesses within the City of Elkton.

QUESTION: Shall the City of Elkton prohibit psilocybin-related businesses within the city?

SUMMARY: State law permits persons licensed, controlled, and regulated by the State to legally manufacture psilocybin products and provide psilocybin services to persons 21 years of age and older. State law authorizes the governing bodies of cities and counties to adopt ordinances to be referred to the voters that prohibit the establishment of psilocybin product manufacturers and psilocybin service center operators within the area subject to the city’s or county’s jurisdiction. The City of Elkton is referring to the voters an ordinance prohibiting psilocybin product manufacturers and psilocybin service center operators within the city.

Approval of the measure would prohibit the establishment of psilocybin product manufacturers and psilocybin service center operators within the area subject to the City of Elkton’s jurisdiction.

2021 Drinking Water Quality Report

Is my water safe?

We are pleased to present this year’s Annual Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). This report is designed to provide details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. This report is a snapshot of last year’s water quality. We are committed to providing you with information because informed customers are our best allies.

Do I need to take special precautions?

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Water Drinking Hotline (800-426-4791).

Where does my water come from?

Our water source is the Umpqua River. Our water intake is upstream from Elk Creek.

Source water assessment and its availability

A copy of our Source Water Assessment is available at City Hall.

Why are there contaminants in my drinking water?

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity: microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife; inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm water runoff, industrial, or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming; pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban storm water runoff, and residential uses; organic Chemical Contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water runoff, and septic systems; and radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

How can I get involved?

If you want to learn more, please attend any of our regularly scheduled City Council meetings. They are held on the second Thursday of each month at 8:30 AM at City Hall.

Description of Water Treatment Process

Your water is treated in a “treatment train” (a series of processes applied in a sequence) that includes coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and disinfection. Coagulation removes dirt and other particles suspended in the source water by adding chemicals (coagulants) to form tiny sticky particles called “floc,” which attract the dirt particles. Flocculation (the formation of larger flocs from smaller flocs) is achieved using gentle, constant mixing. The heavy particles settle naturally out of the water in a sedimentation basin. The clear water then moves to the filtration process where the water passes through sand, gravel, charcoal or other filters that remove even smaller particles. A small amount of chlorine or other disinfection method is used to kill bacteria and other microorganisms (viruses, cysts, etc.) that may be in the water before water is stored and distributed to homes and businesses in the community.

Water Conservation Tips

Did you know that the average U.S. household uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day or 100 gallons per person per day? Luckily, there are many low-cost and no-cost ways to conserve water. Small changes can make a big difference – try one today and soon it will become second nature.

  • Take short showers – a 5 minute shower uses 4 to 5 gallons of water compared to up to 50 gallons for a bath.
  • Shut off water while brushing your teeth, washing your hair and shaving and save up to 500 gallons a month.
  • Use a water-efficient showerhead. They’re inexpensive, easy to install, and can save you up to 750 gallons a month.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Water plants only when necessary.
  • Fix leaky toilets and faucets. Faucet washers are inexpensive and take only a few minutes to replace. To check your toilet for a leak, place a few drops of food coloring in the tank and wait. If it seeps into the toilet bowl without flushing, you have a leak. Fixing it or replacing it with a new, more efficient model can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered. Apply water only as fast as the soil can absorb it and during the cooler parts of the day to reduce evaporation.
  • Teach your kids about water conservation to ensure a future generation that uses water wisely. Make it a family effort to reduce next month’s water bill!
  • Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for more information.

Source Water Protection Tips

Protection of drinking water is everyone’s responsibility. You can help protect your community’s drinking water source in several ways:

  • Eliminate excess use of lawn and garden fertilizers and pesticides – they contain hazardous chemicals that can reach your drinking water source.
  • Pick up after your pets.
  • If you have your own septic system, properly maintain your system to reduce leaching to water sources or consider connecting to a public water system.
  • Dispose of chemicals properly; take used motor oil to a recycling center.
  • Volunteer in your community. Find a watershed or wellhead protection organization in your community and volunteer to help. If there are no active groups, consider starting one. Use EPA’s Adopt Your Watershed to locate groups in your community, or visit the Watershed Information Network’s How to Start a Watershed Team.
  • Organize a storm drain stenciling project with your local government or water supplier. Stencil a message next to the street drain reminding people “Dump No Waste – Drains to River” or “Protect Your Water.” Produce and distribute a flyer for households to remind residents that storm drains dump directly into your local water body.

Additional Information for Lead

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. City of Elkton is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Water Quality Data Table

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, EPA prescribes regulations which limit the amount of contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The table below lists all of the drinking water contaminants that we detected during the calendar year of this report. Although many more contaminants were tested, only those substances listed below were found in your water. All sources of drinking water contain some naturally occurring contaminants. At low levels, these substances are generally not harmful in our drinking water. Removing all contaminants would be extremely expensive, and in most cases, would not provide increased protection of public health. A few naturally occurring minerals may actually improve the taste of drinking water and have nutritional value at low levels. Unless otherwise noted, the data presented in this table is from testing done in the calendar year of the report. The EPA or the State requires us to monitor for certain contaminants less than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants do not vary significantly from year to year, or the system is not considered vulnerable to this type of contamination. As such, some of our data, though representative, may be more than one year old. In this table you will find terms and abbreviations that might not be familiar to you. To help you better understand these terms, we have provided the definitions below the table.

 

Contaminants MCLG
or
MRDLG
MCL,
TT, or
MRDL
Detect In
Your Water
Range Sample
Date
Violation Typical Source
Low High
Disinfectants & Disinfection By-Products
(There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants)
Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb) NA 60 27.1 NA NA 2021 No By-product of drinking water chlorination
TTHMs [Total Trihalomethanes] (ppb) NA 80 54.5 NA NA 2021 No By-product of drinking water disinfection
Inorganic Contaminants
Barium (ppm) 2 2 .00403 NA NA 2016 No Discharge of drilling wastes; Discharge from metal refineries; Erosion of natural deposits

 

Contaminants MCLG AL Your
Water
Sample
Date
# Samples
Exceeding AL
Exceeds AL Typical Source
Inorganic Contaminants
Copper – action level at consumer taps (ppm) 1.3 1.3 .183 2020 0 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits
Inorganic Contaminants
Lead – action level at consumer taps (ppb) 0 15 8.62 2020 0 No Corrosion of household plumbing systems; Erosion of natural deposits

 

Unit Descriptions
Term Definition
ppm ppm: parts per million, or milligrams per liter (mg/L)
ppb ppb: parts per billion, or micrograms per liter (µg/L)
NA NA: not applicable
ND ND: Not detected
NR NR: Monitoring not required, but recommended.

 

Important Drinking Water Definitions
Term Definition
MCLG MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level Goal: The level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
MCL MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
TT TT: Treatment Technique: A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.
AL AL: Action Level: The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.
Variances and Exemptions Variances and Exemptions: State or EPA permission not to meet an MCL or a treatment technique under certain conditions.
MRDLG MRDLG: Maximum residual disinfection level goal. The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.
MRDL MRDL: Maximum residual disinfectant level. The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.
MNR MNR: Monitored Not Regulated
MPL MPL: State Assigned Maximum Permissible Level

 

For more information please contact:

Contact Name: Gary Trout
Address: P.O. Box 508
Elkton, OR 97436
Phone: 541-584-2547