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City of Monticello - Press Releases

City of Monticello - Press Releases

Apr 26

Press Release: City Council Approves 'No Mow May' - April 8, 2022

Posted on April 26, 2022 at 2:57 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           April 8, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                      (763) 295-2711 | rachel.leonard@ci.monticello.mn.us


City Council Approves ‘No Mow May’

Monticello, MN – On Monday, March 28 City Council approved ‘No Mow May’ in Monticello. For the first time, the City will suspend nuisance enforcement on grass lengths during the month of May. 

No Mow May4No Mow May is a conservation initiative recommended by the Minnesota DNR and Wright County. The goal is to allow grass to grow unmown during the month, creating habitat and forage for early season pollinators. 

Residents are encouraged to suspend mowing for the month, but there are other ways you can help Minnesota’s pollinators if you want to continue to mow. The public can also plant bee flowers and native plants as well as keep plants pesticide free.

During the month of May, City staff will continue mowing around rental structures, in the parks, and around City buildings to ensure accessibility.  However, we’re excited to participate in No Mow May in other ways, like adding native prairie grasses and wildflowers throughout our parks system.

If residents plan on participating, please note that enforcement will resume on Wednesday, June 1. All lawns must be maintained per the City’s Code. For more information click here or check out the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab for other actions you can take to help our local pollinators.

Mar 30

Press Release: Monticello Awarded MnDOT Safe Routes to School 2022 Grant - March 30, 2022

Posted on March 30, 2022 at 12:05 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           March 30, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                      (763) 295-2711 | rachel.leonard@ci.monticello.mn.us

Monticello Awarded MnDOT Safe Routes to School 2022 Grant

Monticello, MN – The City of Monticello and the Monticello School District have been awarded a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Safe Routes to School 2022 Infrastructure Grant.

The Monticello School District and the City of Monticello adopted their jointly prepared Safe Routes to School Plan in 2019. The plan strives to make it safer and easier for students to walk and bicycle to school, with an added benefits of increasing physical activity and overall community health. Text says: Safe Routes to School. A plan to make walking and biking to school a safe, fun activity.

Monticello's Safe Routes to School Plan includes 13 high-priority improvements; two that directly impact the Monticello Middle School, five that directly impact Pinewood Elementary, and six that affect a combination of Monticello High School, Little Mountain Elementary, and Eastview Education Center. The adopted plan makes Monticello eligible to apply for infrastructure grants to complete the identified improvements.

The funding will be used for safety improvements near Pinewood Elementary School, including an enhanced pedestrian crossing at 3rd Street and Elm Street, upgrades to ADA compliant ramps at 4 intersections along Elm Street, and additional sidewalk on the east side of Elm Street between Broadway Street and 6th Street. Other sidewalk gaps will be completed on 4th Street between Elm Street and Minnesota Street and on 6th street between Elm Street and Minnesota Street. These items were listed as high priority projects in the recently completed safe routes to school study.   

This year, MnDOT will provide $8.2 million in grants to 179 schools around the state through its Minnesota Safe Routes to School program, funding sidewalks, trails and crossings, and programs across the state. 

To learn more about the Monticello plan, please visit our project page.

Mar 22

Press Release: Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Monticello - March 22, 2022

Posted on March 22, 2022 at 2:02 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           March 22, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Tom Pawelk

                      (763) 295-2711 | Parks.Info@ci.monticello.mn.us

 

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Monticello

Monticello, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in the City of Monticello. City of Monticello parks, arts, and recreation staff reported the EAB infestation to the MDA for confirmation. EAB infected tree showing bark cracks.

There are several things residents should look for when checking for emerald ash borer. 

  • Be sure you’ve identified an ash tree. This is an important first step since EAB only feeds on ash trees. Ash trees have opposite branching – meaning branches come off the trunk directly across from each other. On older trees, the bark is in a tight, diamond-shaped pattern. Younger trees have a relatively smooth bark.
  • Look for woodpecker damage. Woodpeckers like EAB larvae and woodpecker holes may indicate the presence of EAB.
  • Check for bark cracks. EAB larvae tunneling under the bark can cause the bark to split open, revealing the larval (S-shaped) tunnels underneath.
  • Contact a professional. If you feel your ash tree may be infested with EAB, contact a tree care professional, your city parks department, or the MDA at arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us or 888-545-6684 (voicemail).

Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk. Minnesota is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by this invasive insect. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation. 

The biggest risk of spreading EAB comes from people unknowingly moving firewood or other ash products harboring larvae. There are three easy steps residents can take to keep EAB from spreading:

  • Don’t transport firewood. Buy firewood locally from approved vendors and burn it where you buy it;
  • Be aware of the quarantine restrictions. If you live in a quarantined county, be aware of the restrictions on movement of products such as ash trees, wood chips, and firewood; and,
  • Watch your ash trees for infestation. If you think your ash tree is infested, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/eab-info-homeowners for resources on identifying EAB, how to hire tree care professionals, and insecticide options for protecting your ash tree. Drawn image of a person using the soil drench method and it infecting the water system.

Because the City of Monticello is a river town, we ask that our residents DO NOT use any products that require the “soil-drench” method. Soil-applied insecticides are not as effective as a tree trunk injection and can be harmful to children or pets. Additionally, the “soil-drench” methods can wash away or leach, potentially contaminating water resources.

On Monday, March 28 City Council will vote on a resolution addressing the presence of EAB in accordance with the City’s shade tree ordinance. A representative from the MDA will give an educational presentation about EAB for residents who would like to learn more. Council meetings are open to the public and begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at Monticello Community Center. Residents can view the meeting live online. Meetings are broadcast live on local cable channel 12 (channel 180 for Charter subscribers). The meetings are also replayed throughout the week. For more information on emerald ash borer, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.