COTTAGE GROVE - City Council approved the HERO Center Business and Operational Plan at its regular meeting May 15.

The $20 million, 47,000-square-foot complex will be jointly owned and operated by Cottage Grove and Woodbury. It will serve as a professional development and training facility for police, fire and EMS.

Woodbury City Council will consider adoption of the plan at its May 22 meeting.

The cities have a 10-year joint powers agreement for the operation of the HERO Center, which is located next to City Hall and the Public Safety Building at 10125 85th St., in Cottage Grove.

The next step is the hiring of a facilities manager for the center, Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey said. The position will be posted in July or August.

Candidates will be interviewed by the Operations Committee, which comprises officials from both Cottage Grove and Woodbury.

"The idea is to have this person on board by Sept. 1," Bailey said, "We're still on schedule for a soft opening in November."

An administrator position also will open later this summer, he said.

In other actions ...

• Awarded two contracts for work on two new housing developments in the city. Northern Lines Contracting, Inc. will perform utility and street improvements on Parkview Pointe, for $1,885,611.50. They also will provide street and lighting improvements to the third and final addition to Summers Landing for $1,528,401.75. The addition will feature 75 single-family lots and is being developed by Summergate Development.

• Adopted a resolution that authorized support for tax increment financing for a proposed 54-unit, multi-family development at 7601 79th St.

• Approved a new electronic sign at River Oaks Golf Course.