You can make a difference in local government by volunteering to be part of a citizen advisory commission. The Cottage Grove City Council receives advice from a number of commissions and invites its residents to apply to become part of an advisory group. Positions are available on the following commissions:
Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation
Conduct continuous surveys of the City’s cultural resources and make recommendations to the City Council on which sites, landmarks or districts should be designated as historic. The committee meets the second Tuesday every other month at 7 p.m.
The Economic Development Authority (EDA)
Make recommendations on development proposals and work on efforts to improve attracting and retaining businesses as well as raising awareness of business opportunities within the community. The Board meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.
Research and provide advice to the City Council about physical environment issues, such as air, water or soil quality, that affect the general well-being and physical health of Cottage Grove residents. The commission meets monthly on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Make recommendations on land use-related issues to the City Council including the preparation and implementation of a master plan for community development and municipal planning activities. The commission meets monthly on the fourth Monday at 7 p.m.
Public Safety, Health and Welfare Commission
Make recommendations to the City Council on matters which affect the health, safety and protection of the citizens of Cottage Grove. The commission meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Public Works Commission
Make recommendations to the City Council on repairs, replacements and additions necessary to properly maintain the City's infrastructure and public utility system. The commission meets monthly on the second Monday at 7 p.m.
In addition, the Human Services/Human Rights Commission and Public Works Commission each have two additional seats open for youth, ages 18 and younger, who are residents of the community.