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City of Monticello - Press Releases

City of Monticello - Press Releases

Nov 10

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

Posted on November 10, 2021 at 11:08 AM by Haley Foster

DATE:           Nov. 9, 2021

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                      (763) 295-2711 |

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 15

Press Release: Public Input Wanted as County Updates Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan - Sept. 14, 2021

Posted on September 15, 2021 at 11:44 AM by Haley Foster



DATE:          September 14, 2021

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Seth Hansen, Wright County Emergency Management Director

                      (763) 684-2371 | 

Public Input Wanted as County Updates Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Wright County Office of Emergency Management is working with U-Spatial at the University of Minnesota Duluth to update the county’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP). The plan assesses the natural hazards that pose risk to the county, such as tornadoes, straight line winds, ice storms, blizzards, wildfire, flooding, and extreme temperatures and identifies ways to minimize the damage of future events. As the county works to update the plan, it wants to hear from the public.

The Wright County MHMP is a multi-jurisdictional plan that covers Wright County, including the cities of Albertville, Annandale, Buffalo, Clearwater, Cokato, Delano, Hanover, Howard Lake, Maple Lake, Monticello, Montrose, Otsego, Rockford, South Haven, St. Michael, and Waverly. The Wright County MHMP also incorporates the concerns and needs of townships, school districts, and other stakeholders participating in the plan. The plan will be updated by a planning team made up of representatives from county departments, local municipalities, school districts and other key stakeholders.

“Hazard mitigation planning is a central part of our emergency management program,” said Seth Hansen, Wright County Emergency Management Director. “Understanding the natural hazards that can cause serious impact to our communities and taking action to reduce or eliminate the impact of future disasters makes us more resilient. Hazard mitigation helps us to break the cycle of damage and repair caused by things like flooding, ice storms, and severe wind events that can damage property, stress economies, and threaten life safety in our county.”

Examples of hazard mitigation include improvement of roads and culverts that experience repetitive flooding; construction of safe rooms at campgrounds, public parks, mobile home parks or schools to protect lives in the event of tornados or severe wind events; burying powerlines that may fail due to heavy snow, ice or wind storms; ensuring timely emergency communication to the public through warning sirens and mass notification systems, and conducting public awareness and education campaigns to help people to be prepared to take safe action before, during, or following a hazard event. Some mitigation activities may be eligible for future FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant funding.

Public input is an essential part of the plan update. As part of the planning process, Wright County is seeking feedback from residents and businesses from across the county to incorporate into the plan:

  • What are the natural hazards you feel pose the greatest risk to your community?
  • Have you experienced a previous disaster event?
  • What concerns do you have, and what sorts of mitigation actions or projects do you feel would help to reduce the damages of potential future events for your personal property, your community, or the county as a whole? 

Comments, concerns, or questions regarding natural disasters and potential mitigation actions to be included into the plan update process should be submitted to Wright County Emergency Management by phone or email. Public comments may also be submitted on the Wright County Facebook page where this news release will be posted.

There will be additional opportunities for public feedback throughout the planning process. A draft of the plan will be posted on the county website for public review prior to submission of the plan to the State of Minnesota. Future news releases will be shared with the media to notify the public of these opportunities.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires counties to update their plan every five years to maintain eligibility for FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.

Sep 03

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

Posted 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 |

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).