City & Government, Cottage Grove, Springfield

City Council Roundup: Week of July 11

Glenwood annexation conversation restarts in fall

SPRINGFIELD – The potential annexation of 0.37 acres of residential property to the City and Willamalane drew many community members to speak at the June 3 public hearing, causing council to ask staff to continue this conversation at the July 1 public hearing.

However, city planner Andy Limbird said City staff recently received more information from the applicant, which staff did not have time to process prior to the July 1 public hearing. Limbird asked council to push this conversation to the fall after council’s summer recess since staff was not yet prepared to make a suggestion with the new information.

Mayor Sean VanGordon confirmed with Limbird that this item will be ready to move forward on Sept. 3 before taking staff’s recommendation, stating that council will move the public hearing to the fall.

— Amanda Lurey

Cottage Grove City Council

COTTAGE GROVE – Although public testimony and discourse about how the City will address its homeless crisis took up the majority of the three-hour council meeting on July 8, there were also some simpler matters for the council to address.

A public hearing was held for an ordinance to vacate a 12-foot-wide alley on the northern boundary of Pierce Avenue, during which no community members spoke. A unanimous council vote approved this ordinance.

Council approved the street improvements contract to Sierra Santa Fe Corporation for $825,307 for the 2024 Cottage Grove Streets and Middlefield Golf Course cart paths improvement. Councilor Dana Merryday said, “You can lose the streets slowly or you can preserve it.” The chip seal projects will be performed starting Sept. 9 with completion expected by Sept. 20, weather permitting.

The City also authorized city manager Mike Sauerwein to sign the purchase agreement for the 2022 Elgin Regen X street sweeper from Owens Equipment for $338,052.20 through the Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Agreement Contract. This purchase will be funded by the Storm Drainage Fund and was an approved purchase in the adopted 2024-25 budget. 

Following in Ziply Fiber’s footsteps is Douglas Fast Net (DFN). Council unanimously approved the franchise agreement for a non-exclusive telecommunications franchise with DFN.

— Samantha Sobel



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