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Cottage Grove Charter Commission to take a vote

The Cottage Grove Charter Commission this week will decide whether or not to keep working on a proposed new governing document for the city.

The charter commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25, to discuss and vote on whether commission members believe a charter is desired and necessary for Cottage Grove.

The judge-appointed commission for more than a year has studied other cities that are governed by local charter instead of state law and what policies could be included in a charter for Cottage Grove, such as limitations on city spending decisions that are not put to a vote by citizens.

The commission was formed after citizens gathered signatures following the City Council's decision to build the nearly $15 million City Hall and public safety building.

If commission members vote to continue the process, they would write a charter that would be put before the city's voters in a future election. They also could vote not to move forward.

The Thursday meeting is public but the commission does not plan to take public testimony. That occurred at the commission's March meeting.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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