With leaves due to fall in just a short while, the Cottage Grove City Hall will be hosting a Police Open House on October 6 from 4 .m to 7 p.m., followed with an open house at the Central Fire Station on October 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Photo by Joseph Back. EVENTS
Mayor touts family events in September Mayor’s Moment


Police Department Open House October 6 at City Hall; Fire Department Open House October 15 at Central Fire Station

By Joseph Back

Mayor Myron Bailey has taken to YouTube to bring attention to some upcoming family oriented events in the city.

The video uploaded September 8 to the City’s YouTube channel seeks to inform residents of a Police Open House Thursday October 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall, located at 12800 Ravine Parkway South.

Attendees will get a tour of the facility, along with a look at some of the police hardware and tools used by local law enforcement.

Along with a facility tour there will also be a resource fair, with groups present including South Washington County Cares, Community Education, Rise Up Recovery, and Family Means, to name just a few.

“These groups and agencies will be there to share their resources available for our residents,” Bailey informs viewers. Rise Up Recovery helps those in crisis and/or facing addiction and is housed in Hastings, while Family Means is a caregiver support group that meets at different locations in Washington County and is meant to help those who help others.

Shifting next to the second week of October, Bailey brings attention to National Fire Prevention Week, held this year from October 9 through the 15th.

Observed in both the United States and Canada, National Fire Prevention Week was founded via Presidential Proclamation by Calvin Coolidge in 1925. The goal of Fire Prevention Week is to increase public education surrounding fire and escape routes, should one be so unfortunate as to find themselves inside a burning house.

Residents can follow Cottage Grove Fire and EMS on Facebook all week for safety tips, while the annual event closes out October 15 with an open house from 10 a.m .to 1 p.m. at Cottage Grove Central Fire Station, located at 8641 80th Street South.

As part of the Open House, residents and their children will be able to watch kitchen fire demonstrations, along with learning from Regions Hospital and Marathon Refinery how working together helps keep everyone safe. Did we mention there’s a chance to whack a car with a sledgehammer?

“Our public safety teams are looking forward to seeing you and talking with all of you at our open houses,” Bailey says of the upcoming October calendar. “We’ll see you there.”

September 14, 2022