Washington County joined with other metro counties to respond to a regional plan that officials say doesn’t adequately address transportation needs or help reduce poverty. The Metropolitan Council’s 2040 Transportation Policy Plan sets policies for the regional transportation system based on goals from the Met Council.
No official vote on $150,000 work yet
Washington County commissioners adopted a 2015 preliminary tax levy last week with a 3.5 percent increase, but voted to freeze their own salaries for next year.
It was a week filled with school spirit and pride. East Ridge High School celebrated its homecoming last week and concluded the events with a pep fest, parade and the football game Friday. Students participated in games at the gymnasium, watched their homecoming king and queen get crowned and were entertained by fellow high schoolers along with faculty members. The festivities culminated with a 33-7 victory over Mahtomedi Friday night.
Washington County officials remind residents that some may be eligible for homestead tax credits. The Minnesota Department of Revenue mailed letters detailing the information. Eligible homeowners have until August 2015 to file for a return. “It can be a fairly significant amount of money,” County Administrator Molly O’Rourke said.
Washington County hopes a $3 million investment in one of Cottage Grove’s natural amenities will make it more of a public attraction. Cottage Grove Ravine Regional Park is historically known for its cross-country ski trails and it boasts a paved trail network, picnic area, fishing pier and the ravine. But its poor access, run-down restrooms and aging infrastructure is keeping visitors away, according to the county. “Certainly we think it’s underutilized because the amenities there are just not very good,” Washington County Public Works Director Don Theisen said.
In an effort to give neglected children safer homes, the Washington County Community Services Department is proposing to add a social worker as part of a two-year project. Community Services...
A Metropolitan Council discussion last week concluded that a one-size-fits-all approach is not feasible to address water supply issues across the entire Twin Cities area. Representatives from across the area, including Woodbury, Stillwater, Bloomington and Hugo, attended a forum Thursday at the Maplewood Community Center where they outlined water supply concerns. Additionally, Woodbury engineers signed on with the City Engineers Association of Minnesota to address issues regarding lack of participation in the planning process that may be leading to differing views on the solution to fix
There was an uptick in crime and overdoses over the past few years, according to data released last week by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Bill Hutton said serious...
A preferred alignment that would take commuters on a Bus Rapid Transit from downtown St.