City to buy portion of Dunes site for parkland

Absentee voting now open, primary date is August 9 Grant agreement with DNR one of many items on Wednesday agenda

By Joseph Back

Fresh off the special meeting from July 13, the Cottage Grove council members met Wednesday July 20, with an old subject back on the council’s agenda: Mississippi Dunes!

Up before the council for its approval was a grant contract agreement with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for the city to purchase 19.91 acres on the river, an addition to the current Grey Cloud Dunes SNA, is also included in the plan. With a $500,000 budget implication and a 50 percent match, the 19.91

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That being said, more was on the agenda from Wednesday night. Among the other items covered by the council were the presentation of a Citizen Life-Saving Award to Michael Chernick, a presentation on the upcoming referendum for South Washington County Schools this August 9, and a presentation on proclaiming Tuesday August 2, 2022 a “Night to Unite” in Cottage Grove.

Accepted by the council Wednesday night, meanwhile, was an EMS Manikin donation from Health Partners, while the ongoing work on the South Sanitary Sewer District necessitated a Pipeline Crossing Agreement with Northern Natural Gas. Approved as well were temporary liquor and gambling licenses for St. Rita’s upcoming Fall Festival scheduled for September 16 through September 18, along with rental licenses and the moving up of Dish Wireless and Dunkin/Baskin Robbins matters covered at the recent Plan Commission meeting of June 27.

Lastly for the present was a tobacco license for CG Smoke Shop Inc., located at 8457 East Point Douglas Road, with termination of the current license for a location at 8461 East Point Douglas.

Check back next week for more council updates.

Up for the Council Wednesday night was the potential authorization of a grant agreement from the DNR that would see 19.9 acres on the riverfront purchased by the city. Image from July 20 council packet.

July 20, 2022