The Mayor and City Council are the city's legislative and policy-making body.

The Mayor is elected at-large to serve a four-year term as the officer who presides over City Council meetings and as the official head of the city for legislative and ceremonial purposes. The four-member City Council is elected from the city on a non-partisan basis to serve overlapping four-year terms.

Acting as a whole, the City Council is responsible for passing ordinances and orders necessary for governing the city, setting budgets and determining the direction of city policy.

The Mayor and City Council members do not have offices at City Hall.

Cottage Grove MN City Council


The City Council typically holds two official meetings on the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall. Only one meeting is usually held in either July or August to accommodate budget meetings. In addition, the Council occasionally holds special meetings at other than regular times.

An open forum is included on the agenda for those whom wish to directly address the Council on subjects that are not part of the regular meeting.

Check the calendar of events for specific meeting dates.

Agendas, Minutes, Packets

City Council Agendas, Minutes and Packets for council meetings are available here. Please note, City Council Minutes for a meeting are not posted immediately following that meeting. They must be drafted and submitted at a future City Council Meeting for approval before they are posted.

City Council Stipends

Adoption of stipends (wages) for City Council’s in the state of Minnesota is governed by Minnesota Statutes 415.11. 

  • Cottage Grove Mayor stipend: $10,848
  • Cottage Grove City Council stipend: $8,172


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