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Nov 10

Press Release: Council Approves Land Purchase for Future Public Works Facility - Nov. 9, 2021

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on November 10, 2021 at 11:08 AM by Haley Foster

DATE:           Nov. 9, 2021

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

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

City Council Approves Land Purchase for Future Public Works Facility
 

Monticello, MN – On Monday, Nov. 8 City Council approved the purchase of approximately 70 acres of land along School Boulevard. The land was purchased with the intent to construct a new public works facility on a portion of the site. The City will make a future decision about how to best use the balance of the property. Public Works Mock Up

The purchase agreement specifies a sale price of $2.8 million dollars which will be paid from a fund created specifically for this project. The fund contains the necessary balance to complete the purchase. City Council noted the site is an ideal location and provides flexibility for the final facility configuration, including office space, vehicle storage, and cold storage for larger equipment.

The City’s current public works facility is located at 909 Golf Course Road. It’s an aging property that was originally constructed in 1975, and the most recent addition was added in 1995 for vehicle storage. Over the summer, the City completed an assessment of the existing facility that highlighted nearly $3 million dollars in repair and maintenance costs, which only addresses current capacity. 

A previous study also showed the existing facility no longer has adequate space for the personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary to operate the department. The existing buildings don’t provide adequate space for storage, resulting in vehicles and other equipment being stored outside or at alternate storage sites in the community. This limits efficiency and increases maintenance needs. In addition, the current site is located on only 4.5 acres, which limits the ability to expand at that location. 

During the planning process, the City explored several options for relocation of public works. The most important site factors were convenient location and access as well as approximately 20 acres to bring all aspects of the facility onto a single site. The selected site on School Boulevard meets the necessary criteria and provides a quality location for a long-lasting investment. 

The City anticipates closing on the property by the end of the year. With the location finalized, the next step will be to determine how to best utilize the site and design the facility. The City is optimistic for a potential groundbreaking in 2023 or soon thereafter.

Sep 03

Press Release: Fenning Ave. Improvement Project Update - Sept. 2, 2021

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on September 3, 2021 at 9:18 AM by Haley Foster

A majority of the grading, curb, gutter, and utility work is done (aerial image of the roundabout).

DATE:           July 28, 2021

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

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


Fenning Avenue Improvement Project Update

Monticello, MN. – Wright County’s road improvement project along Fenning Ave. in Monticello continues as the contractor works towards the completion of the roundabout. According to Wright County, most of the grading, curb and gutter, and utility work has been completed; apart from the north leg of the roundabout. The east and west legs were delayed due to recent rain days, but the contractor is working to have the roundabout open in the east-west direction for the first day of school on September 7. If the roundabout is not complete, school traffic will need to follow a detour. Once the east and west legs are done, the contractor will remove the bypass lane and begin construction on the north leg of the roundabout. Then, a new detour will be in place utilizing Chelsea Rd. and Edmonson Ave.

Along with the roundabout, the project includes road improvements on Fenning Ave. (County Highways 18 and 118) from School Blvd. to County Highway 37. The contractor will soon begin paving the roundabout and various segments of County Road 118. They will begin work on the area near Highway 37 in the coming weeks. Please adhere to the detour routes posted and give yourself extra time when commuting.

The City of Monticello, in cooperation with the County, is funding construction of a pathway along Fenning from School Blvd. and connecting to the existing pathway section near the Hillside Farm neighborhood. The pathway requires construction of a retaining wall near Monticello’s Montiview Park. The contractor has completed 90 percent of the retaining wall. It’s expected to be complete this week.

Additional information about the project can be found on the Wright County website.

A new detour will be in place utilizing Chelsea Rd. and Edmonson Ave. (map of new detour).

Sep 02

Press Release: County Highway 118 Improvement Project Update - July 28, 2021

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on September 2, 2021 at 3:52 PM by Haley Foster

Wright County’s road improvement project along Fenning Ave. in Monticello continues to progress.

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