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The Cottage Grove City Council March 15 appointed several members to city commissions. The Economic Development Authority has had a vacant seat since Rep. Tony Jurgens resigned to take a seat in the House. Chris Carey is filling the vacancy. The EDA has six-year terms. The Planning Commission’s vacancy is filled by Jeff Abelson. Ken Brittain was re-appointed to chair the Planning Commission, a seat he’s held since 2015. He has also served as member, vice chair and secretary of the commission.
As construction continues on the new Hy-Vee and Legends of Cottage Grove projects, work on the sanitary sewer lift station servicing the commercial district will be done in preparation for the increase of users. The lift station currently flows at 32,000 gallons per day, but is expected to increase to 79,000 gallons as development wraps up. This many gallons flowing through the current system would increase the number of pump starts per day from 241 to 536. The maximum the amount of times the pump should start is 288.
A temporary road was placed March 10 to access businesses in the Gateway North shopping center on East Point Douglas Road. To get to Noodles and Co., Chipotle, Starbucks, AT&T and SportClips, drivers coming from the south should use the entrance nearest to Chipotle. Drivers from the north will still take a left at the light, but will be diverted onto a temporary gravel path. The temporary access is facilitating the construction of the Hy-Vee Gas convenience store.
On March 16, the Newport City Council requested a traffic and engineering study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for Seventh Avenue between Glen Road and Interstate 494. Council members requested the study to determine a “reasonable and safe speed limit” on that road, according to the resolution. Currently the Seventh Avenue speed limit is 30 mph south of Glen Road, and increases to 40 mph going north, where is becomes County Road 38.
Armstrong Elementary School in Cottage Grove was briefly locked down Wednesday following a suspicious activity report in the area and a recovered stolen car, police said.
The city is issuing a new round of bonding to pay for the $9 million central fire station. The central fire station, slotted for construction starting in late spring, will be built in place of the existing Fire Station 2 on 80th Street.
The city of Newport is tightening restrictions on where predatory offenders can live.
Mayor Myron Bailey highlighted fiscal responsibility, commercial and residential growth in his first-ever State of the City address March 15.
The math tutoring franchise Mathnasium will be nestling in between Cottage Grove Eyecare Clinic and Subway on 80th Street. Franchise owner Pauline Ho plans to open in early April. Mathnasium offers help with elementary, middle and high school mathematics. Mathnasium will be located at 7430 80th Street, suite 104.
The project was first set out to bid last summer, but was tabled when the bids came back too high. Now, St. Paul Park City Council members are ordering the alley paving project for 15 residences between Lincoln and Selby avenues, and Pullman and 13th avenues. The gravel alleyway has had water and drainage problems over the years that also will be fixed.