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Government in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove is a unique community made up of both the Town and the Village of Cottage Grove. Situated conveniently between the major transportation routes of Interstates 90/94 and Highways 12/18 and only minutes from Madison’s east side and the Dane County Regional Airport, Cottage Grove enjoys the benefits of small town Wisconsin, as well as the metropolitan culture and advantages of nearby Madison.

Village of Cottage Grove

The Village of Cottage Grove is overseen by a village president and six village trustees who make up the village board. The village employs a professional village administrator, utility clerk, cable coordinator, village clerk, director of planning and development and a treasurer.

The Village of Cottage Grove Police Department was established in January 2015 after the dissolution of the joint village and town police department that had operated since 1982. The new Village of Cottage Grove Police Department is located in a joint municipal building at 210 Progress Dr., Ste. 1. The Department of Public Works and the parks and recreation departments are also located at this site. The new police department building has room for growth with sufficient office space, meeting rooms, interview rooms and evidence processing and storage was done to professional standards.

Around-the-clock call response and patrol is maintained by the department. Emergency calls are received by the Dane County Public Safety Communications Center in Madison and relayed to the on-duty officer via radio and mobile data computer.

The department participates in and is affiliated with national, state and Dane County Chiefs of Police organizations, the county-wide drug and gang task force, a financial crime investigator’s network, a county-wide criminal information exchange network, Safe Community Coalition, Crime Stoppers and state and regional drug and gang organizations. The department is a member of the Cottage Grove Chamber of Commerce.

The police department also partners with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, RSVP of Dane County, Triad of Dane County and local volunteers for the Cottage Grove Triad group that regularly

meets and sponsors programs for seniors in the community. A school resource officer from the Monona Police Department serves the Glacial Drumlin Middle School in Cottage Grove through a partnership with the school district and City of Monona.

The Cottage Grove Police Department is committed to community-oriented and problem-solving policing. Police officers and citizens join as partners to identify and solve problems in the community and become organizers, planners and educators, benefiting the community and the individuals involved. This partnering allows for greater flexibility and responsiveness from the police and the community to recognize, address and resolve problems. The end result is a new relationship that is formed, which makes our community a great place to live. We encourage citizen involvement.

For additional information on the Village of Cottage Grove, call (608) 839-4704 or visit their website at www.vi.cottagegrove.wi.gov.

Town of Cottage Grove

The Town of Cottage Grove in Dane County, Wisconsin, includes a mixture of farms and farmettes, wetlands, rural subdivisions, scattered residences, commercial properties and rural family businesses. It is bordered by the City of Madison, the Village of Cottage Grove and the towns of Blooming Grove, Sun Prairie, Deerfield and Pleasant Springs.

Town board consists of a chairman and fours supervisors.

The town hall is located at 4058 County Road N. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Cottage Grove town board meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month. Meeting agendas and other required postings are posted by noon Fridays on the town hall bulletin board and on their website at www.tn.cottagegrove.wi.gov.

The Deer-Grove EMS commission is made up of two members each from the Town of Cottage Grove and Villages of Cottage Grove and Deerfield, and a medical director.

The Joint Fire Department Committee is composed of three town board members and three village board members. The Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department is currently staffed by 39 active volunteers and seven honorary personnel from the Town and Village of Cottage Grove along with residents from the Town of Pleasant Springs. These men and women volunteer their time and expertise for fire prevention programs in the community and all emergencies.

The Deer Grove Emergency Medical Service (DGEMS) remains strongly committed to developing a balance in the synergistic relationship of keeping alive its historical starting point through volunteerism, while building upon the firm commitments of carrier oriented members as well. Currently the staff consists of 14 volunteers, four honorary members, eight new volunteers and candidates, eight full-time paramedics, a full time paramedic chief and one part-time office manager.

For additional information on the Town of Cottage Grove, call (608) 839-5021 or visit their website at www.tn.cottagegrove.wi.gov.

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