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Actions Taken at March 7, 2018 City Council Meeting

The following actions were taken at the March 7 2018 City of Cottage Grove Council meeting. City Council meetings are broadcast by the South Washington County Cable Commission and are available for online viewing at www.swctc.org.

Swearing In Ceremony of Public Safety Director Pete Koerner
The swearing in ceremony for Public Safety Director Pete Koerner was held. 
Contact: Charlene Stevens, City Administrator, cstevens@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2822

Animal Control Ordinance 
Sgt. McCormick made a presentation on proposed revisions to the animal control ordinance.    
Contact: Pete Koerner, Public Safety Director, pkoerner@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2850

Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission Chair Appointment
Council appointed Mike Zurbey as Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission.  Zurbey has honorably served on the Commission since March 2013 and has proven to be a strong advocate for Parks and Recreation in Cottage Grove providing valuable feedback and direction on all subject matters.
Contact: Zac Dockter, Parks and Recreation Director, zdockter@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2847

Inclusive Playground Fund Transfer Schedule
The City Council authorized scheduled internal fund transfers from the Park Trust Fund to the Park Improvement Fund as repayment for the Woodridge Park Inclusive Playground Project in the amount of $150,000 for 2018, $100,000 in 2019, and $100,000 in 2020. 
Contact: Zac Dockter, Parks and Recreation Director, zdockter@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2847

Solar Ordinance Amendment 
Council passed Ordinance No. 990, amending City Code Title 11-4-10, Solar Energy Systems, to allow solar energy systems on top of residential accessory structures in all zoning districts. 
Contact: John McCool, Senior Planner, jmccool@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2874

Boulevard Tree Planting Contract
The 2018 Boulevard Tree Planting contract was awarded to Warner Outdoors in the amount of $80,901. As part of the Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, 244 trees are scheduled to be replanted this spring.  
Contact: Les Burshten, Public Works Director, lburshten@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2810

Designation of General Fund Balance
City Council received information regarding results of 2017 General Fund operations and subsequent designation of fund balance at year end. 
Contact: Robin Roland, Finance Director, rroland@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2832

Rental License Issuance
Rental licenses were issued to 49 properties, all of which had completed their licensing process. 
Contact: Samantha Drewry, Code Enforcement Officer, sdrewry@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2876

River Oaks Budget Transfer 
City Council authorized the transfer of $190,000 from the General Fund to the River Oaks Fund for 2017.
Contact: Robin Roland, Finance Director, rroland@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2832

Corridors of Commerce Funding for “Project 2 of Making 61 a Freeway”
City Council adopted a resolution in support of using Minnesota Department of Transportation 2018 Corridors of Commerce Funding for “Project 2 of Making 61 a Freeway.” 
Contact: Jennifer Levitt, City Engineer/Community Development Director, Jlevitt@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2890

Modern Automotive Performance Application to DEED Job Creation Fund Support
City Council supports Modern Automotive Performance in their application to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Job Creation Fund to expand their business in Cottage Grove. 
Contact: Christine Costello, Economic Development Director, ccostello@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2824

Standard Specifications and Standard Detail Plates for Street and Utility Construction 
Council approved the standard specifications for street and utility construction and standard detail plates, which simplify and ensure uniformity in public infrastructure details in the plans and specifications development process for developers. 
Contact: Ryan Burfeind, Assistant City Engineer, rburfeind@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2899

Strategic Plan Update
City Council accepted the quarterly Strategic Plan update.  
Contact: Charlene Stevens, City Administrator, cstevens@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2822

Arts Commission Appointments 
City Council appointed Jennifer Cheesman and Shawn Foster to the Arts Commission effective March 8. The appointments fill two vacancies. There are still two youth seats vacant.  
Contact: Charlene Stevens, City Administrator, cstevens@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2822

Southeast Industrial Park Development
City Council approved the preliminary plat and final plat named Southeast Industrial Park for a 38.72-acre parent parcel for one 12.57-acre development lot, one 23.03-acre outlet for future development, one 1 .59-acre parcel for future stormwater purposes, and an additional 1.53-acre area of dedicated public right-of-way.

City Council approved a variance related to truck docks facing a public street and a site plan for a 161,100 square foot manufacturing building and associated infrastructure development on Lot 1, Block 1 of the requested plat.
Contact: John Burbank, Senior Planner, jburbank@cottage-grove.org 651-458-2825

Eastbrooke Development 
City Council approved the zoning amendment to change the zoning classification of property generally located east of Hadley Avenue and south of the Woodbury/Cottage Grove border, from R-2, Residential Estate, to R-4, Single Family Residential, with a PDO, Planned Development Overlay.
City Council approved the preliminary plat for a single family residential subdivision to be known as Eastbrooke, which will include the phased platting of 126 lots for detached single-family homes and 10 outlots on four parcels of land totaling 67. 78 gross acres of land.
Contact: John Burbank, Senior Planner, jburbank@cottage-grove.org 651-458-2825