8635 West Point Douglas Road, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Monday - Friday - 7:30 am-4:00 pm
The Public Works Department is responsible for a wide variety of city services and maintenance to provide a quality place for its residents to live. Public Works is responsible for nine areas of city services and maintenance that include utilities, streets, parks, fleet maintenance, recreation and the ice arena. Public Works is also responsible for the snow plowing, recycling program, and storm water drainage system.
2013 Fall Street Sweeping has begun.
Reminder - You may NOT blow or rake leaves from your yard into the street. Please see Ordinance 8-4-5 for more information.
Cottage Grove conducts Street Sweeping to removal of the residual sand resulting from snow and ice control maintenance. All curbed streets are swept full width, typically in April. Fall street sweeping is used to help keep storm sewers clean and improve storm water quality and usually occurs in September.
The City of Cottage Grove encourages residents to deposit any sand that has accumulated on the boulevard into the street near the curb prior to spring sweeping. This allows the street sweeper to remove the material and make spring cleanup easier for the residents. Residents are not allowed to place leaves or debris in the street for removal.
November 1 through March 31, the Cottage Grove Winter Parking Ban is in effect. Vehicles must be removed from Cottage Grove streets between 2am and 6am everyday. Vehicles parked on the street during this time will be towed at the owners expense. The Public Works Streets division will begin snow removal when there is two inches or more of accumulated snow in the City of Cottage Grove. The process of snow removal from both city streets, walking trails and sidewalks takes anywhere from six to eight hours to complete to ensure city residents have safe traveling conditions. All of the Public Works divisions including Utilities, Parks Maintenance and Fleet Maintenance assist the Streets division in snow removal to ensure the quickest and safest snow removal for the City’s residents.
2013 Fall Flushing is complete
To protect the City's water supply, all Cottage Grove water mains will be flushed in the spring and fall. Public Works Department employees flush the water mains by opening each of the 1300-plus fire hydrants in Cottage Grove. The sudden rush of water loosens and removes accumulated mineral deposits from the lines. This process often causes discoloration of your water in the home.
The water is safe to drink, but it may stain fabrics if you are washing clothes at the time the water main is being flushed. Check for signs of discoloration before using the water to wash clothes. The Public Works Department suggests that each homeowner flush out the taps in their home at the same time water main flushing is done, since iron deposits tend to also build up in residential lines.