The Cottage Grove Legislative Council voted Tuesday night to advertise for bids on the retail building at 7030 Main St., formerly a Security Bank branch.

The building has been vacant for about a month.

Bidding will end July 31, and must be postmarked by then. 

Interested parties should make inquiries to Mayor David Jackson.

The council voted to advertise for bids for yard maintenance for the area by the post office building as well as in front of the retail building.

The awarded contract will include mowing the area only twice a month, cleaning gutters and ditches periodically. Bids will be accepted until Aug. 1.

Councilman John Weiher voted to adjust the current year’s budget to reflect the $4,500 spent for the new heating/air conditioning unit for the retail building. The motion passed unanimously.

Weiher also reported the 2019 Cottage Grove Volunteer Fire Department Freedom Festival was successful, but no financial results are yet available.

Councilman Machelle Operia will be the city’s contact for the recycle program bags. Her address is 6815 Church St. across from the school building and her phone number is 782-3252.

The financial report showed general fund income of almost $6,730 with expenses of just more than $6,330. 

The retail store heating-cooling unit was the largest expense, along with yearly insurance for the post office building.

State street aid income was slightly less than $274 with expenses of less than $177.

Earlier Tuesday, the Puryear Mayor and Board of Aldermen learned that Republic Services had changed its trash pickup day in the city from Wednesday to Tuesday of each week.

Mayor David Varner reported he had finally gotten in touch with the company and its spokesman said the reason for the change was to better use their trips in the area.

In the financial report, the total of all funds for the past month was about $458,000, with about $45,000 in deposits and bills of about $35,000.

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