Monticello City Council Highlights - July 26, 2021


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.


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:

  • Meetings are broadcast live on cable channel 12 (FiberNet and TDS subscribers) or channel 180 (Charter subscribers).
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Nov 28

[ARCHIVED] Council Highlights - November 27, 2023

The original item was published from November 28, 2023 2:27 PM to January 9, 2024 1:47 PM

Annual update from the Monticello Public Library

Council received an update from Library Services Coordinator, Marla Scherber. Some highlights from 2023 include:

  • Over 116,100 items checked out in 2023 so far (January-October).
  • The library hosted 76 programs attended by 971 individuals.
    • Partnerships with the schools, Senior Center, and the Community Center.
  • The summer & winter reading programs had over 980 participants
  • The library has monthly therapy dog visits from Willow and Desi.
  • The continuation of institutional delivery to seniors who live in CentraCare’s Monticello Care Center and the St. Benedict’s Community

You can view the full presentation on the City’s website in the Agenda Center or watch the recording online

Council accepted two donations from local businesses

The City received a $1,000 donation from Mindful Gardens owner Marilee Giron for MontiArts’ newest creation: a meditation tree sculpture in the Mindful Gardens lobby area. Giron says she has been interested in the activities of MontiArts and the community-building efforts downtown. After witnessing our artists’ work in the DMV lobby, she approached MontiArts to create a piece of art out of a similar post in her business’ lobby.

The City also received a $1,500 donation from Liberty Bank for the Visit with Santa at Bertram event on Saturday, December 2. The donation will cover the costs of Santa and the professional photographer.

Council approved the 2024 Monticello Fire Department Officer Appointments

The Monticello Fire Department has six officer positions that provide leadership within the department: the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and four Captains. The following elected officers were appointed to serve:

  • Mike Mossey, Fire Chief
  • Dustin Craig, Assistant Fire Chief
  • Scott Gearey, Captain 1
  • Josh Samelson, Captain 2
  • Kurt Liefert, Captain 3
  • Dennis Joerg, Captain 4

 Mayor Hilgart congratulated the new officers and noted how fortunate our community is to have volunteers willing to serve Monticello.

 “I just wanted to say thanks to all the volunteers in the department that put in the time to keep us safe and deal with tragedies and accidents that occur. We’re very fortunate to have the department we have, not all communities are [as fortunate].”

Council set two additional Public Hearings during the regular Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on December 11, 2023

  • Council accepted the Feasibility Report and set a public hearing for December 11, 2023, for the 7th Street Retaining Wall, Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacon, and Sidewalk Improvements Project.
  • Council also accepted the Feasibility Report and set a public hearing for December 11, 2023, for the Broadway Street Roadway and Utility Improvement Project.
  • There is a public hearing to adopt an ordinance for the City’s 2024 fee schedule.
  • There is also a Truth-in-Taxation Public Hearing on December 11, 2023. Residents will have an opportunity to speak about the proposed tax levy and voice their opinions to City Council. Following the public hearing, the City Council will adopt the final 2024 property tax levy and 2024 budget.

You can learn more about the proposed projects in the Council’s November 27 Agenda. To learn more about the proposed 2024 levy, check out this blog post. Additional information about all four public hearings will be available in the December 11 Council Agenda. Agendas are posted the Thursday before (Dec. 8, 2023) meeting dates to give Council and the public time to review.

Council approved a grant application submission

City Council approved the submission of an application for a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) Local Road Improvement Program (LRIP) grant on behalf of the City. The LRIP grant is solicited by MNDOT and is designed to assist local governments in completing a variety of local road improvement projects. The proposed grant application would facilitate the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of CSAH 39 and Chelsea Road.

 You can learn more about the grant and the proposed project in the Council’s Agenda.

 Council adopted Ordinance 817, amending Chapter 70 to include updates to the 2023-2024 Snowplowing and Ice Removal Policy

There is NO PARKING allowed on city streets from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. November 15, 2023 through April 1, 2024.

The overnight parking restriction allows crews to perform snowplow operations efficiently and effectively throughout the winter. In 2022 the City opted to limit on-street parking only during declared snow events but found the consistent nightly restriction was more effective at keeping public streets free of parked cars during snowfalls.

The city will continue to declare snow events as needed outside of the November 15 or April 1 timeline, or if large accumulation requires parking restrictions outside of the standard 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. window. The snow event alerts will include the time frame for no on-street parking, and the news will be communicated in a variety of ways, including the City’s website, opt-in text or email alerts, social media, and local news outlets.

Council gave the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) Municipal Consent for their upcoming I-94 Gap Project

The proposed project would last two and a half years, or 3 construction seasons and includes:

  • Expanding I-94 to three lanes in each direction from Monticello to Albertville with an additional auxiliary lane westbound I-94 between the on ramp for County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 18, Fenning Avenue, and Trunk Highway (TH) 25.
  • Noise walls are proposed to be installed along the north side of I-94 just south of the intersection of Haug Avenue and 90th Street west to the Broadway Avenue underpass. Noise walls are also proposed along the south side of I- 94 starting at Freeway Fields to west to the CSAH 18, Fenning Avenue on-ramp.
  • ADA improvements within the I-94 right-of-way for Broadway Avenue and Fenning Avenue and 7th Street as well as Chelsea Avenue are also included as part of this project.

You can learn more about MNDOT’s proposed project in the Council’s November 27 Agenda, or on MNDOT’s project page.