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).
  • Meetings are streamed live online. View the live stream on the Monticello Live Stream website.
  • Meetings 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).


Oct 13

[ARCHIVED] Volunteer Opportunity: Help Us Make 'Chelsea Commons' A Reality

The original item was published from October 13, 2021 4:53 PM to October 13, 2021 6:27 PM

Chelsea Groups VolunteerAs we work to make the Vision for Chelsea Commons a reality, we need your help! We’re looking for residents to participate in two working groups responsible for shaping components of the plan area.

Open Space Proposal Review Team

The City has requested proposals for the design of the first phase of public spaces and landscaping at Chelsea Commons. The proposal review team will evaluate the proposals submitted by consulting firms and assist in recommending consulting teams for interview and selection by the City Council. If you’re interested in landscaping, park, and open space planning; this is a great opportunity! You’ll be helping select a team to guide this portion of the project! The team will meet approximately three times within a 3-week period between Oct. 25 and Nov. 15, 2021. The review team has an opening for one community member-at-large. To volunteer, please send an email to with your name, address, and a short description of why you’re interested in serving no later than October 25, 2021. If you have any relevant background in landscape architecture or open space planning, please let us know.

Zoning Code Work Group

As a public-private venture, the character and quality of the private commercial and residential projects will have a big impact on the final project outcome. The City is forming a Zoning Ordinance Work Group to help define the uses that best fit the area, along with the best practices for building materials, landscaping, signage, and other site design requirements. If you’re interested in site planning, architecture, and urban design; the Zoning Work Group is an opportunity to share your thoughts for Chelsea Commons. The group will meet approximately four to five times between October and January 2021. The Zoning Working Group has an opening for one community member-at-large.  

If you’re interested in serving, please send an email to with your name, address, and a short description of why you’re interested in serving no later than October 25, 2021.  If you have any relevant background in urban planning or zoning, please share that information in your email.