The following actions were taken at the Feb. 1, 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.

2016 Photo Contest Winners
The winners of the City’s annual photo contest were announced.   This year’s contest had 43 entries.

  • Russ Stoeckel won in the Celebrations and Events category with his photo of the holiday lights outside City Hall.
  • Bill Pohlmann won in the Historical category for his photo “The Old Barn” by Keats Avenue near the middle school.
  • Gene Smallidge won in the Nature category for his photo “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” taken late summer at the Smallidge Farm in Cottage Grove
  • Nathan Klok won in three categories: Parks and Trails with his photo of Hazen P. Mooers Park; People with his photo of people waving American flags on the 80th Street Bridge;  Streetscapes with his photo of police cars driving underneath the 80th Street Bridge.

Each winner received $50 per category.  Winning photos will be on display at City Hall and used in City print and web publications.

Contact: Sharon Madsen, Communications Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2882

South Washington County Watershed District Update
The annual update from the South Washington County Watershed District (SWWD) was given by Matt Moore, SWWD administrator.  Moore gave an update on 2016 accomplishments as well as plans for 2017.

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

Mississippi Dunes Liquor License Renewal
The City Council authorized the liquor license renewal for Mississippi Dunes Golf Links for the remainder of 2017.

Contact: Neil Belscamper, Deputy City Clerk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2878

Sale of Surplus Public Works Property
The City Council authorized Public Works to advertise and sell used holiday decorations—35 lighted trees and 35 lighted candy canes—on eBay.  The decorations have been replaced and are no longer being used by the department. 

Contact: Adam Moshier, Management Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2844

Planning Commission Appointments
Jennifer Raymer was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Planning Commission effective from Feb. 2, 2017 and ending Feb. 28, 2019.  David Lutchen was appointed to serve a term on the Planning Commission effective March 1, 2017, and ending Feb. 29, 2020.

Contact: Council member Steve Dennis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-283-1929

Cooperative Agreement between City of Cottage Grove and Washington County - 65th Street (CR 74) Improvements.
The City Council approved the cooperative agreement between Cottage Grove and Washington County for construction cost of County Road 74 (65th Street).   City Council previously ordered the project and authorized preparation of plans and specifications for road improvements associated with the proposed new Oltman Middle School to be located on Goodview Ave. The City intends to construct highway and street improvements on County Road 74 from Geneva Ave. to Meadow Grass Ave. to serve the new school being built by ISD 833. The construction includes a roundabout at Goodview Ave. with multiuse trails extending to the east as well as improvements to Geneva Ave.

Contact: Jennifer Levitt, Community Development Director/City Engineer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2890

Aggregate Industries 2017 Mining Permit
City Council approved Aggregate Industries 20176 mining permit to continue their mining operations at 11250 Grey Cloud Trail South on Lower Grey Cloud Island.

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

South Washington Watershed District Erosion and Sediment Control Inspection Agreement
The South Washington Watershed District Erosion and Sediment Control Inspection agreement was approved by City Council. 

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

Single Occasion Gambling Permit - Kylie's Hope
City Council approved the single occasion gambling permit application for Kylie’s Hope. Kylie’s Hope applied to conduct a raffle at River Oaks Golf Course and Event Center on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Contact: Neil Belscamper, Deputy City Clerk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2878

Central Fire Station Plans Approved and Bid Date Set
The City Council approved the plans with a 4-1 vote for the new Central Fire Station project and set a bid date of March 9, 2017 at 10 a.m. The engineer’s estimate for the construct contract is $7,965,000. The anticipated total project cost is $9,035,000. Funding will be from CIP Bonds.  Council member Thiede abstained from voting.

Contact: Jennifer Levitt, Community Development Director/City Engineer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2890

Street/East Point Douglas Road Signal Materials Quote Awards
Traffic levels are expected to increase along 80th Street and East Point Douglas Road due to the new Hy-Vee. In an effort to be proactive, a new northbound right turn lane on East Point Douglas Road to 80th Street will be constructed along with a widened access drive to Hy-Vee and revised southbound lane configuration on East Point Douglas Road. These changes require signal system modifications.

The City Council awarded the 80th Street S. and East Point Douglas Road signal material project to Valmont Industries, Inc.  Valmont provided the lowest accepted quote at $27,346.00 for signal poles and mast arm.

The City Council awarded the 80th Street S. and East Point Douglas Road project to Traffic Control Corporation in the amount of $53,071 for signal cabinet and video detection.

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

County Road 22 Management and Safety Project Workshop
A workshop was held on the where the City Council received information on the County Road 22 (70th Street) Management and Safety Project.  Washington County is currently in the final design phase of the project which will involve safety enhancements and pavement preservation for County Road 22 (70th Street) from Highway 61/10 to Hinton Avenue. The safety enhancements include items such as adding turn lanes at the various city street intersections, increasing boulevard width for existing trails, and adding a trail segment on the south side of 70th Street from Goodview Avenue to Meadow Grass Avenue. The existing wooden retaining wall on the north side of 70th Street west of Goodview Avenue will also be replaced with a colored concrete/form liner retaining wall. Pavement preservation will also take place along the corridor and will include both mill and overlay and reclamation methods, depending on the age/condition of the pavement.

The existing wood pole traffic signal at Hardwood Avenue and 70th Street will be converted to a standard steel pole system. Due to the turn lane/ADA pedestrian curb ramp improvements at the intersection, modifications to the existing signal are required. Given the age of the system and the estimated time until a four-lane section will be built, converting to a steel pole system will be more cost effective for the life of the signal. All necessary turn lane/ADA pedestrian curb ramp work was completed at Meadow Grass Avenue at the time of signal installation in 2014. There are no modifications to this system required as part of this project, with the wood pole system anticipated to remain in place until 70th Street is converted to a four-lane section.

This project is planned to be bid in the late winter/early spring of 2017 with construction taking place from late spring to early fall of 2017. Closures along the corridor are required due to the nature of the work; however, this is being staged to reduce the impact to residents. Additionally, closures along 70th Street are being coordinated with the proposed work on 65th Street adjacent to the new Oltman Middle School.

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

Classification and Compensation Study Workshop
At the Classification and Compensation Study workshop, the City Council discussed the different options for conducting a classification and compensation study with representatives from the employee committee who had reviewed proposals and interviewed the firms.  Some of the options discussed were to do portions of the work in-house through existing staff, changing the timeframe of the project or simply conducting only a market study and not a classification review.  The item will be back before the Council for action at the Feb.  15 meeting.

Contact: Joe Fischbach, Human Resources Director and City Clerk, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2883

Park Improvement Fund Workshop
A joint workshop with the Parks, Recreation, and Natural Resources Commission and the City Council was held to provide staff direction on project prioritization for the Park Improvement Capital Improvement Fund.  Staff provided an updated park improvement planning document that included completed projects, proposed projects, actual fund balance and projected fund balance to assist with the decision making. The Council and Commission gave direction to staff to continue with priorities as shown.  
The fund was established in 2013 and utilizes water tower cellular phone lease revenues, grant revenues and donations to establish funding for capital improvements plans for City parks.  

Contact: Zac Dockter, Parks and Recreation Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 651-458-2947

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