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Actions Taken at Feb. 21, 2018 City Council Meeting

The following actions were taken at the Feb. 21, 2018 City of Cottage Grove Council meeting. Council Member Dave Thiede was not in attendance. City Council meetings are broadcast by the South Washington County Cable Commission and are available for online viewing at www.swctc.org.

Public Safety Director Craig Woolery Retirement Recognition
Elected officials, public safety personnel, and members of the community were on hand to recognize and honor Craig Woolery for his 34 years of service to the community. Woolery retired on Feb. 24, 2018. 
Contact: Charlene Stevens, City Administrator, cstevens@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2822

Internet Survey Results 
The results of an Internet Survey were given. The purpose of the survey was to determine if there were areas in the community that had gaps in broadband service.  Results   
Contact: Christine Costello, Economic Development Director, ccostello@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2824

Strawberry Fest Raffle Permit
City Council authorized a single-occasion gambling permit to Cottage Grove Area Strawberry Festival, Inc. to conduct a raffle at Park High School on June 18, 2018.
Contact: Pete Koerner, Public Safety Director, pkoerner@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2850

Personnel Policy Amendment
The City Council amended the Personnel Policy approving a change to the Health Care Savings Plan and adding Bereavement Leave. 
Contact: Joe Fischbach, Human Resources Manager/City Clerk, jfischbach@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2883

Commissioner Reappointments 
Barbara Forthun and Joseph Kovarik were reappointed to the Arts Commission, a two-year term from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 29, 2020.

Erik Witt was reappointed to the Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Commission, a two-year term from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 29, 2020.

Robert Dornsbach, Steve Ingram, Jeff Podoll and William Serpico were reappointed to the Public Services Commission, a two year term from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 29, 2020.

Herb Japs, Bev Gross, Herb Reckinger and Marie Sumstine were reappointed to the Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, a two-year term from March 1, 2018 through Feb. 29, 2020.

Tony Khambata and Roger Zopfi were reappointed to the Planning Commission, a three-year term from March 2, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2021.

Jack Reimann was reappointed to a youth seat on the Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Commission until Feb. 28, 2019.

Contact: Joe Fischbach, Human Resources Manager/City Clerk, jfischbach@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2883

Rental Licenses
Rental licenses were issued to 29 properties, all of which had completed their licensing process. 
Contact: Samantha Drewry, Code Enforcement Officer, sdrewry@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2876

Red Rock Corridor Commission Joint Powers Agreement Amendment
City Council approved the 2018 amendment to the Joint Powers Agreement for the Red Rock Corridor Commission.  Cottage Grove has been a party to the Red Rock Corridor Commission since 1999. The Joint Powers Agreement was amended as summarized:  The Implementation Plan identified a phased approach to full build out of bus rapid transit in the southeast metro; Near term strategies focus on all-day bus service to support station area development to support transit ridership; The shift from commuter rail to bus rapid transit and the completion of the Implementation Plan have resulted in a change to the Red Rock Corridor Commission membership; The amended joint powers agreement reflects bus rapid transit as the mode best aligned to serve the needs of the southeast metro and the membership of communities included in full build out of bus rapid transit service.
Contact: John Burbank, Senior Planner, jburbank@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2825

Planning Commission Appointment
City Council appointed Sheree Schuler to the Planning Commission. Her term is March 1, 2018 through Feb. 28, 2021. 
Contact: Joe Fischbach, Human Resources Manager/City Clerk, jfischbach@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2883

Banner Sign at Legends of Cottage Grove 
City Council voted to allow an 8-foot by 24- foot banner to be displayed on the exterior wall of the Legends of Cottage Grove Building at 6999 East Point Douglas Road S. The banner can be displayed until they achieve 90 percent occupancy.
Contact: John McCool, Senior Planner, jmccool@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2874

Aggregate industries – Nelson Mine 2018 Mining Permit
approving Aggregate Industries' 2018 mining permit to allow their ongoing excavation and processing of aggregate materials in the Nelson Mine on Lower Grey Cloud Island.
Contact: John McCool, Senior Planner, jmccool@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2874

Ambulance Account Write-offs
City Council authorized write-offs in the amount of $2,528,720
Contact: Robin Roland, Finance Director, rroland@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2832

Ambulance Purchase
City Council authorized the purchase of 2018 Dodge 5500 Ultramedic Type 1 Ambulance from Everest Emergency Vehicles at a cost of $221,000, and to sell or trade the current 2010 Chevrolet Ambulance.
Contact: Rick Redenius, Fire Chief, rredenius@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2855

EnerGov Software Purchase
City Council authorized the purchase and implementation of the EnerGov software for building permits, licensing and regulatory management at a cost of $221,000 to be allocated between the 2018 and 2019 IT budget.   This software replaces the current PermitWorks software. 
Contact: Robin Roland, Finance Director, rroland@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2832

Ravine Parkway Project 
A public hearing was held on the Ravine Parkway Project.  Three people spoke during the public hearing. After the public hearing was closed, City Council ordered the Ravine Parkway Project from Hinton Avenue to Idsen Avenue and Jamaica Avenue to Keats Avenue. 
Contact: Jennifer Levitt, City Engineer/Community Development Director, Jlevitt@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2890

Summers Landing 2nd Addition – Utility, Street and Lighting Improvements Project 
A bid for the Summers Landing 2nd Addition – Utility, Street and Lighting Improvements Project was awarded to Northwest Asphalt, Inc. in the amount of $1,946,423.90
Contact: Ryan Burfeind, Assistant City Engineer, rburfeind@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2899

Kingston Fields – Zoning Amendment and Preliminary Plant 
City Council rezoned 59.2 acres of land located east of Jamaica Avenue and north of Rose of Sharon Lutheran Church, 6875 Jamaica Avenue from Agricultural Preservation (AG-1) to Single Family Residential (R-3) with a Planned Development Overlay (PDO).

City Council approved the Kingston Fields Planned Development Overlay Plan.

City Council approved the Kingston Fields preliminary plat for the development of 121 lots for detached single-family residential homes.

Contact: Ryan Burfeind, Assistant City Engineer, rburfeind@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2899

Solar Ordinance Amendment Workshop
City Council held a workshop to discuss the Solar Ordinance Amendment.