Longtime Cottage Grove city administrator Ryan Schroeder will be “parting ways” with the City Council in May, Mayor Myron Bailey said last week.

Schroeder has been chief administrative officer since 1997. During his tenure he managed more than $375 million in commercial and industrial construction, Bailey said. He also led a $15 million City Hall project that was completed in 2012, $2 million under budget, he said.

Schroeder has worked for three mayors and 11 City Council members, as well as five public safety directors, four finance directors and three fire chiefs. He will pursue interim and project assignments in the public, private and nonprofit sectors after he leaves the Cottage Grove job, he said.



Workshop planned for Medicare housing

People with intellectual, developmental disabilities or mental illness who have Medicaid waivers can attend a training entitled “Housing Options” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 12, or Thursday, April 16, in the lower level of Central Park in Woodbury.

Anyone who is a waiver recipient (on the DD, CADI or BI waiver) and is interested in moving out of a current situation can attend. Notify Karen Brown at 651-430-6569 or Karen.Brown@co.washington.mn.us. Dinner will be provided.

Central Park is at 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, next to R.H. Stafford Library.



County will remodel Public Health floor

Work begins this month on another Washington County remodeling project in Stillwater.

The $1.9 million undertaking will reorganize the fourth floor of the county’s Government Center, which wasn’t included in a larger remodeling project completed in 2009. The floor houses the county’s Department of Public Health and Environment, offices for the Minnesota Extension Office, and the county’s Women, Infants and Children clinic.

Public works managers said the project will result in energy savings, better workflow, improved information technology infrastructure and more secure entrances. It also will provide the Minnesota Extension office with a more accessible location for workers and visitors.

Completion is expected in October.


Washington County

Grants now available for waste reduction

Grants of $5,000 and $12,000 are available to nonprofit groups and schools to help teach about waste reduction and recycling through Partners on Waste Education and Reduction. Applications are due March 27.

Since 2001, the money has been used in classroom projects, events, videos, contests, service learning and one-on-one education.

For more information or to apply online, see www.rethinkRecycling.com/Grants or call 651-222-7227.

Current grantees include Lakes Area Youth Service Bureau, Washington County 4-H, and the Alliance for Sustainability.


Sheriff’s Office hired for squad car services

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will provide squad car installation services for Sherburne County and St. Croix County.

The Washington County squad installer will perform the commission and decommission of law enforcement vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs and investigator vehicles for the two sheriffs’ offices.

Sherburne County will pay Washington County $17,000 per year for the commission and decommission of up to 12 Sherburne County emergency vehicles. Additional work on a marked vehicle will cost $1,700. The agreement expires March 15, 2017. St. Croix County will pay Washington County $15,000 for up to 11 St. Croix County emergency vehicles. The cost for an additional marked vehicle is $1,700 and $300 for unmarked. The agreement expires Dec. 31, 2015.


Denmark Township

Gambling approved for AMVETS Post 1

The Washington County Board has approved an application for AMVETS Post 1 to conduct lawful gambling at The Point in Denmark Township.

The county received the application from AMVETS Post 1 organization, which will be leasing The Point premise on Point Douglas Drive South in Denmark Township to conduct lawful gambling activities. Local approval is required under state law for the permit to be issued by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board.

Kevin Giles