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Newport is reaching across the river to South St. Paul to combat odor emissions from the the most complained about facilities: Sanimax and the Washington/ Ramsey Recycling and Energy Center. The City Council is sending a draft odor ordinance back to the Planning Commission and for staff to revise and refine the draft based on an ordinance recently written by South St. Paul. "We looked to the South St. Paul ordinance, which is kind of state of the art, and did a Newport ordinance that is very similar," Planner Sherri Buss said.
Municipal water and sewer users will pay higher rates starting Jan. 1 under the city's new tiered utility structure. The new system focuses on a tiered usage system where the more water a household uses, the more is paid.
A slick Highway 61 caused at least two dozen crashes during the all-day snowfall Dec. 28. Most crashes caused only minor injuries and minor damage, but backed up traffic on the busy highway.
Just under a year ago, Dixon launched Honeys Hats online, selling winter hats, headbands and now bags with an animal advocacy mission.
A 17-year-old Cottage Grove resident was cited for a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 1000 block of Marshall Avenue Dec. 2. A 17-year-old Apple Valley teen was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop near Hastings and Ashland avenues Nov. 29. Drunken driving
Local sanitation companies are raising rates and seeking new locations to haul some waste by Jan. 1 in preparation of new county waste guidelines. The Ramsey/Washington County Recycling and Energy Center in Newport approved in September new waste designation protocols that will begin in the new year. The guidelines require waste haulers to bring all waste collected in Washington and Ramsey counties to the center, but also require all waste from outside counties go elsewhere.
A master plan is in the works for a riverside park in Newport, along with parks planning for the city's several other parks. The city has purchased several properties north of 16th Street and east of Cedar Lane that they plan to convert into a park on the Mississippi River.
The Washington County Board and Cottage Grove City Council approved their legislative agendas this month for the 2018 session beginning Feb. 20. Kevin Corbid, deputy Washington County administrator, said some of the initiatives they are asking for have been on their list for several years, but many are new additions.
The City Council gave a certificate of appreciation to Bolton and Menk for their inclusive playground donations. The engineering company helped take the project from "concept to construction," Mayor Myron Bailey said at the Dec. 6 meeting.
The city received an award from American Public Works Association of Minnesota for their hasty completion of temporary treatment wells in the city. The APWA gave Cottage Grove staff the Project of the Year award Nov. 17 for the granular-activated carbon filter tanks added to municipal wells 3 and 10.