Friday, November 14, 2014

Village of Cottage Grove Creates Its Own Police Department, Dissolves 32-Year Agreement with Town

Creation of police department in Cottage Grove to increase average village tax bill $257. (Wisconsin State Journal, 11/14/2014)

The village continues to grow, though not as rapidly as the period from 1990 to 2010, while the town's population plateaus.
The largely rural town, which surrounds the village, is a separate municipality with its own governance. 

The joint department, in place for more than 30 years, will cease to exist Dec. 31. 

The new village-only department, with 10 officers, begins Jan. 1. 

For its part, the town of Cottage Grove will contract with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office for policing.

Related document:
Village of Cottage Grove.  Police Department Operational and Dissolution Evaluation.   Moffett and Associates, LLC.  August 19, 2014.

5 years ago, the Village Board put the kibosh on library development.
Community volunteers spent five years attempting to establish a public library in Cottage Grove.  Their efforts included the formation of a library board, the establishment of a Friends of the Library group, the purchase of land for a building, and the hiring of library director, 

With support for the project waning among elected officials, the Cottage Grove Village Board voted 6-1 on May 18, 2009, to rescind the ordinance that created a library board.

End of story.

And a very unhappy day for Diane Wiedenbeck.

The Dane County Library Service provides weekly bookmobile service to the Village.

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