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Cottage Grove council discussing furloughs of planning staff tonight

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Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

The Cottage Grove City Council will consider adopting a resolution Wednesday that would formally oppose 3M's proposed amendment to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency permit that regulates the company's hazardous waste incinerator at its Cottage Grove plant.

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Currently, 3M is permitted to burn only waste produced and managed by the company's North American operations. The amendment would allow 3M to destroy third-party waste in the incinerator.

Council members will also tackle two staffing issues Wednesday night. The council will vote on a measure that would create and advertise for the Organizational Development Manager position. If approved, the additional staff member would cost the city an estimated $22,000 to $28,000 in 2009.

The council will also discuss furloughs for Community Development Department staff at a workshop following the regular meeting. Under the proposal, community development staff -- with the exception of secretaries -- would take 40 hours of unpaid leave during 2010, saving the city $13,000 for the year.

A formal vote on the proposal will not be taken.

Wednesday's Cottage Grove City Council Meeting will begin with an open forum at 7:15 p.m., at Cottage Grove City Hall, 7516 80th Street South.

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