Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.
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After holding the annual budget hearing last week where they didn’t hear any opposition or praise from taxpayers, Washington County officials are set to approve a slight increase in the tax levy next week.
The Washington County public health department is considering a low interest loan program that would help homeowners with failing septic systems pay to replace them.
Some east metro cities are scratching their heads and wondering why population and household growth projections released by the Metropolitan Council are so far off from their local estimates.
The Newport Transit Station is finally moving head, though it wasn’t a unanimous vote that will get it to the construction phase.
A revised Newport Transit Station plan yielded lower bids and the approval of a $1.3 million contract by the Washington County Regional Railroad Authority.
Washington County’s five-year capital improvement funding plan was released last week, showing more than half of the money going toward roads and bridges.
A few months ahead of the 2014 legislative session, local officials are lining up state bond requests for two large transit projects. A $5 million request to fund the Gateway Corridor and another $1 million for the Red Rock Corridor are part of Washington County’s legislative agenda. County officials tried to get $1 million in both the 2012 and 2013 legislative sessions, but didn’t receive any state funds for the Gateway Corridor. This time the request is for $5 million to be paid out in 2015 and 2016. County Engineer Wayne Sandberg said t
A proposal to support early voting will be discussed further.
Pam Schmuki spent three years bed-ridden, on oxygen most of the time, and suffering from a failing liver. She had no muscle tone in her body and she couldn’t read, write, speak fluently or even pull a loose T-shirt over her head. Now the Cottage Grove woman is swimming, line dancing and practicing Tai Chi.
A large percentage of Woodbury and Cottage Grove’s septic systems are privately owned, costing the average homeowner anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 if they fail. A new grant is helping some homeowners to pay for the upgrade.