Monticello City Council Highlights, October 11, 2021
Welcome Back Bill Fair!
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
Tom 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 accepted a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board Creative Support for the Community Portraits project
Council adopted Resolution 2021-76 accepting a grant of $6,269 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board Creative Support for Community Portraits project.
Council approved appointment of Bill Fair to City Council
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.
Council approved the partial prepayment and redemption of the City’s outstanding bonds.
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.
Council approved a quote and authorized a service agreement with WSB to pursue ‘Shovel-Ready’ certification with the state of Minnesota.
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.
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).