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New Cottage Grove council ready for a 'very busy' year

Washington County Commissioner Karla Bigham swore in Mayor Myron Bailey for his third mayoral term Jan. 3. The new city council comprised of Dave Thiede, Steve Dennis, La Rae Mills and Wayne Johnson stand by to begin their terms. (Bulletin photo by Katie Nelson)1 / 5
Washington County Commissioner Karla Bigham swears in Mayor Myron Bailey for his third mayoral term Jan. 3 after running unopposed for the seat in the Nov. 8 election. (Bulletin photo by Katie Nelson)2 / 5
Wayne Johnson was sworn in as a Cottage Grove City Council member Jan. 4 after winning the Nov. 8 election. Johnson said he's "excited to finally get moving forward." He will serve as council liaison on the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, investment and public services commission. (Bulletin photo by Katie Nelson) 3 / 5
La Rae Mills was sworn onto the Cottage Grove City Council Jan. 3 after winning the Nov. 8 election. Mills will be the council liaison for the Strawberry Festival, Red Rock Corridor Commission, Minnesota High Speed Rail and the arts commissions. (Bulletin photo by Katie Nelson)4 / 5
New council members La Rae Mills and Wayne Johnson said they are ready and excited to serve on the council for a year Mayor Myron Bailey said will be "very busy" for the council. (Bulletin photo by Katie Nelson)5 / 5

Mayor Myron Bailey started his third mayoral term by welcoming newcomers Wayne Johnson and La Rae Mills to the Cottage Grove City Council Jan. 5.

Bailey said the year ahead will be “very busy,” but new members Johnson and Mills said they were ready.

"I’m excited to finally get moving forward," Johnson said.

The members were also appointed to their commissions for 2017.

Mills will be the council liaison to the Strawberry Fest Committee; Red Rock Corridor Commission; Minnesota High Speed Rail; and the city’s Arts Commission.

Johnson will serve as council liaison to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, the Investment Committee and the Public Services Commission.

Council member Steve Dennis will serve as mayor pro-tem once again, along with liaison duties on the Economic Development Authority; the Investment Committee; and the Planning Commission.

Council member Dave Thiede will serve as liaison to the Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation; Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission; Strawberry Fest Committee; South Washington County Telecommunications Commission; and the Environmental Commission.

The new council will attend a goal-setting meeting early in February.

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