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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 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.

Nov 12

City Council Approves DMV Relocation

Posted to Community Development by Haley Foster

Yes, the Monticello DMV is moving, but not yet!2007-07-20-16  3rd and Cedar DMV

The Monticello DMV is getting a new location! On July 26, 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. In addition, on Aug. 23 City Council approved a construction contract for the improvements necessary to remodel the first floor of the building for the DMV. 

Starting September 9, the FiberNet Monticello offices will be temporarily closed due to the construction and demolition in the Prairie Center building for the new Monticello DMV location. FiberNet is expected to reopen in their second-floor office on Monday, Oct. 4.

We’re thrilled to see this project progressing, but the existing DMV location at 119 E 3rd Street remains the office for the public until further notice. The new location is not expected to be fully operational until late 2021 or early 2022. Alerts and notices will be made prior to the move. 

The DMV is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, as well as FAQs, check out our website!

Nov 18

City Council Highlights - October 11, 2021

Posted to Monticello City Council Highlights by Haley Foster

Monticello City Council Highlights, October 11, 2021

Welcome Back Bill Fair!Bill Fair Sworn In

We'd like to extend a warm welcome back to Bill Fair! On Monday, Oct. 11 City Council approved the appointment of Bill Fair to the vacant council seat. Mr. Fair has come back to the City Council to fill the remainder of Brian Hudgins' term. Mr. Hudgins resigned in October due to a move out of state. Mr. Fair has previously served the community as both mayor and as a councilmember.

Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week in Monticello

October is Manufacturing Month in Minnesota. Did you know Monticello manufacturers employ 23.4 percent of city’s entire workforce? On Monday, Oct. 11 Mayor Lloyd Hilgart proclaimed the week of October 11-17, 2021, shall be observed as Minnesota Manufacturing Week in Monticello.

Monticello is home to a variety of manufacturing and industrial businesses that contribute to a healthy and growing economy that benefits our community and beyond. On Thursday, Oct. 14 several city officials, manufacturers, and business owners gathered at the Monticello Community Center to celebrate Manufacturers Appreciation Week with a Manufacturers Recognition Breakfast, hosted by the IEDC; and sponsored by the Monticello EDA, Xcel Energy, WSB & Associates, Sherburne State Bank, and RiverWood Bank!

Preparing the City’s parks for winter operations

Winter Park Prep NewsflashTom Pawelk, Director of the Parks, Arts, & Recreation Department gave an update on the department’s winter preparations.

“Parks staff will be turning off water hook ups at parks, including Bertram Chain of Lakes and Riverside Cemetery, by Friday, Oct. 15. The only exception is the West Bridge Park Community Room,” said Pawelk.

Additionally, staff will be removing the basketball hoops at West Bridge Park the week of Oct. 25 in preparation for the outdoor skating rink. The city rinks will be flooded as soon as the temperatures are consistently freezing. Staff will also be adding stakes along various pathways and sidewalk routes in preparation for snow removal.

Council Approvals

  1. Council accepted a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board Creative Support for the Community Portraits project
    1. Council adopted Resolution 2021-76 accepting a grant of $6,269 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board Creative Support for Community Portraits project.
  2. Council approved appointment of Bill Fair to City Council
    1. Council approved the adoption of Resolution 2021-77 declaring a vacancy on the City Council and Resolution 2021-78 approving appointment of William Fair to the vacant City Council seat.
  3. Council approved the partial prepayment and redemption of the City’s outstanding bonds.
    1. Council approved Consideration of adopting Resolution 2021-80 providing for the prepayment and redemption of a portion of the City’s outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2014A. Cities use general obligation bonds, which are paid from the tax levy, to help pay for significant investments with a long useful like to the community. To save approximately $700,000 in interest, the City Council is using available funds to call a majority of the 2014A bonds early. This gives the City the ability to apply for future bonds at lower interest rates with a smaller impact on taxes for residents.
  4. Council approved a quote and authorized a service agreement with WSB to pursue ‘Shovel-Ready’ certification with the state of Minnesota.
    1. Council approved the consideration of accepting Otter Creek Business Park (OCBP) Shovel-Ready Certification quotes and authorizing a service agreement with WSB & Associates in an amount not to exceed $29,500.
    2. A shovel-ready site will give the City a competitive edge in marketing and attracting business startups, expansions or relocations because the most time-consuming technical and regulatory aspects of development will already be complete, which in turn stimulates our local workforce and economy.

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:

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