The following actions were taken at the May 17, 2017, City of Cottage Grove Council meeting. City Council meetings are broadcast by the South Washington County Cable Commission and are available for online viewing at www.swctc.org.

Meritorious Service Awards ‐ Firefighter/EMT Dahlquist and Firefighter/EMT Quebodeaux
City Council presented Meritorious Service Awards to Firefighter/EMT Matt Dahlquist and Firefighter/EMT Dave Quebodeaux.  Dahlquist received the award for his efforts over the past several years with regard to his knowledge and assistance in purchasing new ambulances and most recently his work efforts done to outfit our ambulances with new stair chairs, new stretchers with steer‐lock and the Power Load cot loading system. Quebodeaux received the award for his efforts in regard to his assistance with the move of primary fire/ems operations to the BEC. He helped make the move as seamless as possible.

A Meritorious Service Award is granted to any member of the department where the members has gone far beyond the requirements of the member’s normal assignment to contribute to a more effective and efficient Fire, police, or EMS service.

Contact: Rick Redenius, Fire Chief, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2855

Temporary Liquor License Applications
City Council authorized issuance of a temporary liquor license to the Cottage Grove Lions in conjunction with Strawberry Fest events at Kingston Park on June 16 and 17 and Lamar Softball Complex on June 17.  Council also authorized a temporary liquor license to the St. Paul Park/Newport Lions in conjunction with Strawberry Fest events at Kingston Park on June 16 and 17.  

Contact: Craig Woolery, Public Safety Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2850

Settler's Island Natural Resources Management Plan
City Council authorized staff to execute an agreement with the Friends of the Mississippi River to develop a Natural Resources Management Plan for Settler’s Island for a cost not to exceed $4,400.  The City has identified access to the Mississippi River as a top priority for the community and acquired Settler’s Island Park in 2015.

Contact: Zac Dockter, Parks and Recreation Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2847

Accessory Structure Front Yard Setback Variance (7910 Lamar Avenue South)
City Council granted a variance to allow a proposed 36‐foot by 42‐foot accessory structure to be approximately 68 feet closer to Lamar Avenue than the existing residential structure’s front yard setback at 7910 Lamar Avenue South.

Contact: John McCool, Senior Planner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2874

Water Meter and Radio Replacement Project
City Council approved the plans and specifications for the water meter and radio replacement project and establishing a June 15, 2017 bid date.  The plans and specs cover a five year period and are for both the meter and the radio.

Contact: Les Burshten, Public Works Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2808

2017 Strategic Plan Implementation Steps
City Council received 2017 Strategic Plan documents.  The implementation strategies for 2017 are:

  • Positioning for Growth
    • Develop a technology strategy for developing online services
    • Develop a comprehensive business subsidy policy
    • Review data on business transportation needs
    • Collaborate with Washington County to redevelop and plan for the former City Hall/Library site
    • Propose zoning changes per the Comprehensive Plan for desired growth
    • Utilize the Business Retention and Expansion Data to develop partnerships
  • Reforming Organizational Culture
    • Review performance evaluation system
    • Develop a mentorship program for new employees
    • Develop recruitment, retention, and transition plans
    • Budget for a Public Works and Parks facility space needs study
  • Make Cottage Grove a Recreation Destination
    • Plan and implement projects with Park Improvement Plan
    • Complete River Oaks Golf Course and Event Center improvements
    • Create Mississippi River Access (continued from 2016)
    • Natural Resources Master Plan for Settler’s Island
    • Establish Community Center task force
  • Engaging the Community and Forming the Visions
    • Review and refine Communications plan
    • Implement new communication strategies
    • Analyze data from My Future Cottage Grove
    • Analyze data from  Business Retention and Expansion Study to create messaging to business community

Contact: Charlene Stevens, City Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2822

Public Hearing on Host Approval Debt ‐ City of St Paul Park for PHS/Cottage Grove Inc.
A public hearing was held. No members of the public were present.  City Council approved the issuance by the City of St. Paul Park of revenue obligations for PHS/Cottage Grove Inc.

Contact: Robin Roland, Finance Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2832

Public Hearing on TH 95/Manning Avenue Safety Improvement Project
A public hearing was held. No members of the public were present.  City Council approved the final layout of the TH 95 Safety Improvement Project from Bailey Road (CSAH 18) to 70th Street (CSAH 22), a MnDOT project.

Contact: Ryan Burfeind, Assistant City Engineer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2899

Public Hearing on Easement Vacation and Discontinuance ‐ Lots 2 & 3, Block 3, The Waters at Michaels Pointe
A public hearing was held. No members of the public were present.  City Council vacated and discontinued the two existing platted five‐foot-wide drainage and utility easements that are located along the common property lines between Lots 2 and 3, Block 3 of The Waters at Michaels Pointe subdivision.

Contact: John Burbank, Senior Planner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2825

Modern Automotive Performance Special Event Permit
A public hearing was held. No members of the public were present.

City Council authorized issuance of a special event permit to Modern Automotive Performance for their Boost for a Cure Fundraiser event on June 3, 2017 contingent upon conditions outlined by Deputy Director of Public Safety Greg Rinzel in his memo dated April 26, 2017.

Contact: Captain Greg Rinzel, Deputy Director of Public Safety, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-6004

2018 Budget and Levy Direction Workshop
City Council held a workshop open to the public concerning the 2018 Budget and levy direction.

Labor Negotiations Strategy Workshop
City Council, by majority vote, pursuant to MN Statute 13D.03, voted to go into closed session to discuss labor negotiations strategy.




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