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80th Street between Jamaica Avenue and Ideal Avenue is scheduled to close from Aug. 1-11 for a pavement replacement project. Road work will be done during extended hours, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m to 6 p.m. on Sunday, in order to decrease the length of the closure.
There will be a candlelight vigil held on the 80th Street bridge in Cottage Grove every night at 9 p.m. through Sunday, July 24. The first vigil was held Monday. “It’s a callout to fallen officers as well as showing our support for our local officers and all officers across the nation,” St. Paul Park City Council member Sandi Dingle said at the city council meeting Monday night. “And this is in no way in protest of Black Lives Matter or anything of that sort. It is just in support of our police officers.”
The 2016 Heritage Days will see a later street dance, a new fire hydrant painting contest and fireworks but no carnival during the Aug. 19-21 festival. The street dance, scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. last year, will run from 7 to 11 p.m. this year. The St. Paul Park City Council passed the resolution changing the street dance times by 3-2 with Mayor Keith Franke and council member Jeff Swenson voting no. They pushed for a 10:30 p.m. end time.
The city of Cottage Grove has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Health to survey residents about nutrition and activity habits.
Cottage Grove could soon be home to an Ace Hardware store. Ace Hardware has submitted a permit with the city of Cottage Grove, Mayor Myron Bailey said Thursday. The hardware store plans to use the former G-Will Liquors building in the 80th Street Crossing retail center at 80th Street and Hadley Avenue. It submitted a permit for interior demolition, Cottage Grove Economic Development Director Christine Costello said. The plan includes a 10,884-square-foot store. The G-Will site is 15,000 square feet.
Dozens of kids learned about trees last week during Cottage Grove Parks and Recreation’s annual Forestry Camp. Hamlet Park drew a crowd of 40 kids and another 25 gathered at Peter Thompson Park. They learned about different kinds of trees, how to care for them and the danger of emerald ash borer. Forestry interns Aaron Peters and Sarah Kieffer led kids on a tour through each park describing the different kinds of trees, before breaking off and letting the kids explore on their own.
The Newport City Council has passed a resolution reserving the right to use audio and video recordings on public premises in Newport. The resolution specifically lists places likely to be recorded as City Hall, the Public Works garage, fire halls, outdoor parks and outdoor parking areas. Any place in Newport that may be under surveillance will have signs clearly placed.
An upcoming road project could reduce vehicle stacking on 80th Street at East Point Douglas Road.
The Jamaica Avenue and 70th Street intersection will be closed for two weeks as crews continue construction of a new roundabout. The intersection is expected to be closed from 7 a.m. Monday, July 18, to 3 p.m. Friday, July 29, weather permitting. A three-day closure was part of the original project outline, but City Engineer Jennifer Levitt said a two-week closure will help to finish the road project up to a month earlier than originally anticipated.
Cottage Grove City Administrator Charlene Stevens received positive marks in a recent performance evaluation. Mayor Myron Bailey summarized the recent closed-door review during the Cottage Grove City Council’s July 6 meeting. Bailey said Stevens has been doing positive work since she came on board in October 2015. “The overall review was very good,” Bailey said. “We were very happy with what we’re seeing, and Charlene is happy to be here.”