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A split city council voted to approve construction with conditions on the Bailey Meadows development planned for the northeast corner of Newport. The development will consist of just under 200 single-family and villa homes on about 64 acres.
A fire in the underground Norris Square garage Nov. 11 led to evacuations to keep residents clear of smoke. Firefighters responded to the scene around noon, finding a car burning near the facility's stairwell, District Fire Chief Al Beasley said. The vehicle's location caused smoke to travel up the stairwell and into the facility. Residents were evacuated from their rooms on all four floors and moved into common spaces that were clear of smoke. Police officers, firefighters and staff stationed with the groups on each floor.
A storage unit initially pitched to the city three years ago is now preparing for construction next to the Park and Ride. Park Place Storage, a five-building campus at 7552 West Point Douglas Road, is proposed for the site of the former All Seasons Golf, which closed in 2006.
Amid an east metro tuberculosis outbreak, officials say the few cases present in Washington County are unlikely to spread. The county treated two cases last year, and are working with three active tuberculosis infections this year that had been contracted before a recent Ramsey County outbreak began.
A man and woman from Albertville were arrested Oct. 25 for allegedly counterfeiting money in a Cottage Grove hotel room. Travis John Theisen, 23, and Natalie Michelle Ramey, 35, were arrested at the Country Inn and Suites, 8350 East Point Douglas Road, after police received information that they were counterfeiting in their room.
The city is looking into its major construction projects for 2018 through 2022, while also making room for the possible HERO Center construction. The city's capital improvement plan (CIP) includes a few big projects for 2018, but pushes a lot of bigger projects into the next five years.
An emphasis on events and specials has helped push the Eagles Bar and Grill into slight revenue increases. The third quarter earnings showed about a 1 percent increase over the 2016 third quarter, an uptick that staff have in part attributed to more events.
The city is recruiting for task forces and interest groups this month following the My Future Cottage Grove engagement study recommendations. Rebecca Ryan with Next Generation Consulting completed the recommendations based on over 3,700 community comments gathered during nearly a year-long period.
Physical education teacher Mark Haesly was the guest of honor at a Crestview Elementary School and Nuevas Fronteras Veterans Day celebration Nov. 10 — only he didn't know it. The celebration was planned as a surprise for Haesly, who is retiring at the end of the year after 21 years at Crestview, and 37 years teaching.
The city council passed a controversial zoning amendment for the area around Harkness and Hardwood avenues. Based on a Stantec Consulting Services study on the 55-acre area for the upcoming 2040 comprehensive plan, the land south of 70th Street has been rezoned high density on the west side of Harkness Avenue and medium density to the east. It was zoned for low density residential before the Oct. 18 council meeting. It also included a small area zoned urban reserve, that allowed only one dwelling per 20 acres.