A possible amendment to Cottage Grove's sign ordinance prohibiting what are called 'dynamic' electric signs was pushed back until November at the earliest last week, when planning commission members voted to table discussion on the subject until its next meeting in late-October. A citywide moratorium on the bright, electronic signs -- like the billboard perched alongside south/westbound I-494 on the Woodbury/Maplewood border -- has been enforced in Cottage Grove since January, with officials citing aesthetics and safety concerns as reasons for the temporary ban.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty sought to assure east metro commuters last week that the oft-delayed Wakota Bridge project won't face further setbacks because of problems with funding the Interstate 35W bridge reconstruction, but Washington County Commissioner Myra Peterson isn't buying it. She's concerned about the possibility of further delays to the bridge that carries more than 80,000 commuters each day between Newport and South St. Paul -- as well as hundreds more that could be hindered while state leaders "play a shell game" with transportation funds.
The statewide smoking ban that went into effect Monday allows bar and restaurant patrons to inhale without fear of secondhand smoke, but it isn't helping area bar owners breathe any easier. The Freedom to Breathe provisions in the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act were signed into law in the spring, putting a stop to smoking in public places like bars and restaurants, as well as private clubs like American Legions and VFWs.
Cottage Grove City Council members Wednesday night approved a resolution declaring nearly $2 million in assessments on businesses deemed to benefit from the roundabout construction project at the Highway 61/Jamaica Avenue interchange. Just more than $1.929 million -- roughly half the project's costs -- will be assessed to surrounding properties, the owners of which will have an opportunity to comment at the public hearing scheduled for the council's Oct.
A proposed retail development on the current site of the Cottage View Drive-In won't begin the formal review process until January at the earliest, officials said last week. The city is waiting for the findings of a county-commissioned traffic study of the nearby Highway 61/Innovation Road interchange. The study is needed to understand what road improvements are required to sustain increased traffic volume the area will experience as it grows.
Cottage Grove Public safety officials plan to hold a public discussion next month to consider changes to the city's ordinances that would put more responsibility on the owners of aggressive dogs, director of public safety Craig Woolery said at Wednesday's City Council meeting.
Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park in 1942 had more farm fields than fast food -- and certainly no Wal-Mart debate -- but the way Marie Pawlenty and Winnie Stanek tell it, Park students of the 21st Century and their counterparts of nearly seven decades ago have more in common than you might think. "What did we do for fun? Drove around -- just cruised," the 83-year-old Stanek said at the St. Paul Park High School Class of 1942 reunion held last week in Woodbury -- the group's 65-year reunion. "There was nothing to do in St.
Cottage Grove City Council members Wednesday night declared that nearly $2 million will be assessed to businesses near the roundabout construction project at the Highway 61/Jamaica Avenue interchange. Just more than $1.929 million -- roughly half the project's costs -- will be assessed to benefiting properties, the owners of which will have an opportunity to comment at the public hearing scheduled for the council's Oct.
An increased emphasis on building code enforcement has Cottage Grove officials busy, even in a year that has seen historically low numbers of new residential construction. Total building permits in the city are up 24 percent this year due to an increase in home improvement construction like deck, roofing and siding permits, said Howard Blin, director of community development. But the total number of inspections performed by Cottage Grove building officials is down 36 percent, owing to the roughly 10 visits a new residential structure would typically receive during construction. Blin said th
By this time next year, Michelle Huber thinks she'll be seeing newly married brides wading into ponds left and right. Or having friends spray paint their snowy white gowns. Maybe even sitting in the back of a garbage truck. It's called "trashing the dress" and it's all the rage on the coasts. And soon, the owner of Huber Photography in Cottage Grove thinks it'll be catching on here in the Upper Midwest. "It's kind of something to stand out," Huber said of the trend. "They do it to do something different, something fun.