New Public Works Facility
Why is Monticello Considering a New Public Works Facility?
The divisions of public works need a safe, efficient, and functional facility from which to serve the public. The current facility was built in 1975; the most recent update was in 1997. Monticello has been examining how to address issues with the existing site since 2007. A renewed effort began in 2021 due to two important factors: the condition of the existing facility, and the limitations of the existing site’s size and shape. This is because of the following factors:
- We believe it is a priority to provide safe, efficient, and functional facilities to serve the public.
- The current facility is too small, requiring the city to rent storage space and have equipment and materials stored in areas throughout the City.
- The existing lot size limits the expansion of the existing facility.
- The existing Public Works facility needs millions of dollars in upgrades to comply with current building standards.
Monticello initiated steps to plan and invest in a new facility that will meet the current and future needs of our community. Property off of School Boulevard was purchased in 2021. In November 2022 the City contracted with Oertel Architects for the design of a new Public Works Facility. It will include:
- Engineering, Streets, Water & Sewer, Fleet Maintenance, Facilities Maintenance, and Public Works Administration.
- Office space, vehicle storage, fleet maintenance area, workshops, cold storage, fuel island, salt storage, etc.
- It is also proposed to be used for an election precinct and IT infrastructure.
The Buildings & Associated Infrastructure at the current site are in poor condition.
- In June 2021 Monticello completed a Facility Condition Assessment of the Public Works Facility. The assessment looked at building interiors and exteriors as well as substructures, mechanical equipment, and the site overall.
- The assessment determined the Public Works Office is reaching a critical milestone in building life cycle with repairs needed for continued operations out of the site, addressing areas like drainage issues, HVAC replacements, updates to bathrooms and locker rooms, updates to doors and windows, and repairs to outside wall damage and cracking.
- The facility exterior enclosure also requires attention due to signs of moisture and efflorescence interior and exterior.
Limitations to the existing site:
- A 2019 Needs Study noted a need for site of at least 15 acres. The current site is 4.5 acres.
- The current Public Works site is a triangle shape, surrounded by a County Road and a BNSF railroad, which adds extra limitations, making it difficult to expand on the site.
- The existing buildings are too small. There is a lack of storage for equipment and a lack of space for staff.
- Public Works is currently leasing storage around town, equipment is spread out throughout the City.