Monticello City Council Highlights - July 26, 2021

MONTICELLO CITY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTSCity of Monticello

July 26, 2021

EDA Annual Update

Economic Development Manager Jim Thares presented the annual Economic Development department update.

EDA ANNUAL UPDATE: Presentation intro slide“The 2020-2021 workplans included six components: downtown redevelopment was the top goal or priority for the EDA. Promoting industrial and commercial development was the second priority, housing development was third. The IEDC’s priorities were labor force development and business retention and expansion. In 2020 the CARES Act came to the city and money was provided to the EDA and that’s where the COVID-19 emergency response efforts were established,” said Thares.

He then elaborated further explaining that Block 52 was the top priority of the Downtown Redevelopment work plan as well as the Façade Improvement Program. One highlight was that the façade improvements to the Agosto building were completed in late 2020, with three new applications submitted this spring/summer, all of which are on Block 35.

According to Thares, there were 38 EDA CARES Act grants approved for $5,000 each. Eight additional City CARES Act grants were also approved for restaurants and microbreweries in the community.

Riverfest Recap

Riverfest 2021 was a huge success according to Riverfest City Liaison Tom Pawelk.

“Overall, it was a good turnout. Second highest gross sales that the Riverfest committee has ever seen, so that’s pretty good. Record beer sales… and duck adoptions were basically sold out, so that’s 5,000 ducks sold,” said Pawelk.

The first night [Thursday] kicked off at Pioneer Park, with a Monticello firefighter showing up strong for a second year in a row and winning the pie eating contest. Mayor Hilgart teased that may only be because he’s “not invited back” to the pie eating contest after winning twice.

“Friday night, the talent show had 22 acts and we followed it up with a wonderful fireworks display, sponsored by the City of Monticello. The Lions Bean Bag tournament on Saturday had 49 entries,” said Pawelk.

Pawelk added that while Sunday’s parade was shorter than past years, with no royalty candidates or visiting royalty; the shorter parade might have been preferable given the heat. He joked that the kids didn’t seem to mind because they still got plenty of candy.

Online Building Permits

City of Monticello is now offering online building permits for permits that do not require a plan review. Visit our website to check it out! 

Council Approval

  • Council approved Special Event Permit
    • City Council approved a Special Event Permit and temporary liquor license for the Rotary’s Taste of the Towns event. The event will be held on Thursday, September 16 in the commuter lot on Deegan Ave. 

  • Council approved new restrooms for Ellison Park
    • City Council approved the purchase of modular restrooms to replace the existing restrooms at Ellison Park. The project will also include ADA improvements in the area around the bathroom.
  • Council approved proceeding with bids for DMV relocation
    • City Council approved notifying the State of Minnesota of intent to move the DMV from its current location to the Prairie Center building at 118 W. 6th Street. Council also approved proceeding with bids for the improvements necessary to remodel the first floor of the building for the DMV. City Council will consider officially ordering the improvements at a future meeting.

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[ARCHIVED] City Council Highlights - August 9, 2021

The original item was published from September 3, 2021 2:49 PM to September 3, 2021 3:34 PM

Monticello City Council Highlights, August 9, 2021

WCSO Quarterly Update

The Wright County Sheriff’s Office has been a partner in providing law enforcement service in Monticello since 1971.

City Administrator Rachel Leonard, noted that in addition to a good relationship with the City, WCSO is dedicated to providing the community, many services to ensure the safety of our residents.

“They do respoWright Co. Sheriff's Office logond to calls for service, they enforce our local traffic laws, they investigate crimes, and they are also helpful at community functions; making sure that our public events are safe and fun for everyone. They do have a wide variety of units withing the Sheriff’s office that help to maintain a safe community as well. Things like investigative units, major crime units, areas to make sure we are investigating and prosecuting crimes in the community,” said Leonard. “It’s also important to note that we have WCSO staff that are specifically assigned to Monticello. With those services, we do have coverage in the community. Everyday there are uniformed patrol deputies assigned to work solely within the city limits of Monticello. We have coverage within the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are often additional patrols on duty during peak times in the day,” she added.

Lieutenant Jason Kramber with the Wright County Sheriff’s Office presented the quarterly WCSO update. 

“This year was a little bit different obviously coming out of COVID. When you compare our statistics to last year’s second quarter report, our calls for service are up [2716 in 2020 compared to 3429 in 2021],” said Lt. Kramber.

Lieutenant Kramber continued through the presentation, noting they saw an increase in activity this spring, and most of the stats are higher this year than 2020.

“One thing we’ve talked about in years past is traffic stops, those are up, we’ve focused more on that over the last 9-10 months [503 traffic stops in 2020, and 872 in 2021],” said Lt. Kramber.

Later in the meeting, the Council discussed the 2022-2023 WCSO law enforcement contract for the City of Monticello.

Rachel Leonard, City Administrator, presented an overview of the 2022-2023 law enforcement contract with Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

“The City of Monticello contracts with the Wright County Sheriff’s office for local law enforcement services. This means the Sheriff’s office performs duties as a local police department would. As you [Mayor Hilgart] noted tonight, City Council is asked to approve the 2022-2023 law enforcement contract. While there are no significant changes, we felt this was a good opportunity to highlight some of the work they’re doing in the community. “As I noted, there are no significant changes to the contract for the coming year, we are proposing to contract for the same number of hours. There is a three percent price increase, that is consistent with previous increases. The contract is slated to go up three percent per year,” said Leonard.


 Mayor Hilgart moved approval of the 2022-2023 law enforcement contract with Wright County Sheriff’s Office. Councilmember Davidson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

Construction UpdateFenning Ave

City Engineer Matt Leonard provided an update on the Fenning Avenue/CR 118 road construction project which included the roundabout at School Boulevard.

“The Fenning Avenue construction project is underway… They’re working on that roundabout, getting the utilities installed, their schedule right now shows having that completed for the first part of September. We were hoping to have it a little earlier before school started, but it looks like that is a little behind schedule.”

Leonard also updated Council on the Monte Club Hill retaining wall, saying the first level of the wall is installed, and crews are now working on the second.

“The project’s looking good, they’re starting to haul gravel on the south end, and hopefully it can be all completed in September,” said Leonard.

Leonard’s last construction update was regarding the 2020 Stormwater Improvement Project.

“As far as the 2020 Stormwater Project, which is the pond by A Glorious Church they’re still working on doing some landscaping items, also doing some armoring of the ditch behind the church,” said Leonard. “So, we’re hoping that’s completed soon. The completion date on the project is the end of [August] so we anticipate everything to be completed then,” he added.

 

Council Approvals

  1. Council approved Special Event Permit and City Assistance
    1. City Council approved a Special Event Permit and City assistance for St. Henry’s annual parish festival, Funfest. The event will be held on Sunday, August 29. 
  2. Council approved appointment of new IEDC member
    1. City Council approved the appointment of Eric Olson, Monticello Public School Superintendent, to the IEDC.
  3. Council approved purchasing furniture for the new DMV location
    1. City Council approved the purchase of furniture for the new DMV location at 118 W 6th Street from Haworth Furniture for $75,638.11.
  4. Council approved the 2022-2023 law enforcement contract with the WCSO
    1. City Council approved the WCSO contract for 2022-2023, which includes the same number of service hours, but a three percent price increase. 

 

Watch a City Meeting

Citizens are welcome to attend City Council, Planning Commission, and Economic Development Authority meetings, but we understand that attending in person is not always an option. As an alternative, we offer the following options to stay engaged with your local government:

  1. Meetings are broadcast live on cable channel 12 (FiberNet and TDS subscribers) or channel 180 (Charter subscribers).
  2. Meetings are streamed live online. View the live stream on the Monticello Live Stream website.
  3. Meeting recordings are available online to watch when it's convenient for you. View the meeting recordings on the Monticello Live Stream website.
  4. Meetings are rebroadcast throughout the week on cable channel 12 (FiberNet & TDS subscribers) or channel 180 (Charter subscribers).