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After nearly a year of gathering and analyzing community input, the results of the My Future Cottage Grove engagement study are in. Over 3,700 community comments that showed retail, recreation and housing were the top priorities to residents.
The city may be closer than ever to getting a new hotel. A developer has signed a letter of intent to buy city property on Hardwood Avenue next to the former Ruby Tuesday.
The summer watering ban put city about $220,000 behind on water revenues, but saved over 100 million gallons of water. For 10 weeks, Cottage Grove residents and businesses slashed water usage to comply with the city-wide watering ban.
The Cottage Grove City Council is considering what to do with the long-vacant former pool site at 85th Street and Granada Avenue. The city pool building has stood mostly empty — the city uses it for some storage — since it closed in 2011.
As popularity of community solar gardens in Minnesota rises, some who live next to the installations remain vocal with opposition to their construction. Many, including Kevin and Kay Moquist in Woodbury, fear their property values will be lowered from bordering a community solar garden for its 25-year lifespan and worry that it will take away from the atmosphere they bought their homes in. "It's disruptive to our rural neighborhood," Kevin Moquist said.
A driver left Highway 61 and entered East Point Douglas Road Thursday night, hitting another vehicle head-on. Sgt. Mike McCormick said alcohol was not involved in the incident, but it was unclear whether the driver was fatigued or texting. McCormick said the driver will be cited. Around 8 p.m. Sept. 14, the vehicle drifted off northbound Highway 61, broke through a fence and headed into oncoming traffic on southbound East Point Douglas Road.
A vehicle rollover on Highway 61 in Cottage Grove briefly slowed traffic but did not result in serious injuries. The State Patrol and Cottage Grove police and EMS responded to the single vehicle scene around 2 p.m. near Highway 61 just north of Kimbro Avenue.
Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport have planned their 2018 property tax levies. Each city will adopt a final levy in December. The city councils can decrease the levy after the initial approvals this month, but cannot increase them. Newport The city council approved a 2.50 percent levy increase for the 2018 budget Sept. 7, but what they will be able to fund is still up in the air.
The South Washington County School District has completed its investigation into an employee's mistaken release of private data in bus information emails last month. The investigation details how the information was released to nearly all parents and the actions the district has or will take in response.
The HERO (health and emergency response occupations) Center may be one step closer to a reality after the House Capital Investment Committee made a stop at Cottage Grove City Hall Sept. 5 to consider it for the 2018 bonding cycle. If the funding is allocated to the facility, construction could begin next year. Cottage Grove and Woodbury city councils have been working together on planning and design. The project received $1.45 million in the 2015 bonding bill for pre-design costs.