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.


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Jan 20

[ARCHIVED] The Pointes at Cedar Project Updates - December 29, 2021

The original item was published from January 20, 2022 4:59 PM to April 13, 2022 8:11 AM

The Pointes at Cedar Project Update: December 2021 Recap

December 2021 was a busy month for the City of Monticello’s Pointes at Cedar project. The City created a new committee, called the Compass Committee to help ‘pointe’ the development in the right direction. The goal of the committee is to keep the project centered around the community of Monticello, incorporating a vision that’s focused on what the public wants and needs. Making The Pointes at Cedar a destination within the city.

Zoning Work Group

The Zoning Work Group is charged with helping develop a zoning ordinance specific to The Pointes at Cedar. Zoning provides the standards for the types of uses and site design that will occur in the project area. At the most recent meeting, the Zoning Work Group used example photos to identify specific characteristics for building materials, landscaping, signage, and design for The Pointes. This guidance will help the City’s planning consultant begin drafting ordinance language for discussion.

Compass Committee

The Compass Committee is helping create and guide the public spaces at the center of The Pointes. The Compass Committee met for the first time on December 15, 2021. After introductions and a presentation by the project team, committee members were led through an imagining exercise to think about what should be included to make The Pointes at Cedar a welcoming place for the entire community. Recurring themes included:

  • Diversity of place - include physical spaces that promote a mix of uses ranging from quiet and contemplative spaces for yoga, meditation and sitting quietly on a bench; to a public stage that allows for local performances of music, theatre, and art.The Pointes at Cedar Newsflash
  • All ages venue - focus on promoting multi-generational use of this public gathering place in a way that encourages people of different ages to meet and enjoy this place together. Ideas to accomplish this focused on programing and events that bring in a mix of cultures and generations, including a food truck event, an annual pond hockey tournament that includes different ages playing at the same time, outdoor films, and pairing activities together such as coffee and a book club or a “paint and sip” event.
  • Access and opportunity – it’s important to provide resources and amenities to assure all are welcome and can fully utilize The Pointes at Cedar.

The committee will meet next on February 16, 2022.

Board & Commission Updates

The City Council approved a request for a 200-unit multi-family residential project known as Monticello Lakes, proposed in the southeast corner of The Pointes at Cedar. Construction of the project is anticipated to begin in early 2022. There was no other formal City board or commission activity on The Pointes for the month of December.

General Project Updates

City staff and project consultants from WSB and NAC meet each month to work through a variety of planning and design topics related to the next phase of work on The Pointes. WSB is consultant for the grading, park and open space, and landscaping; NAC is the consultant for The Pointes Small Area Plan and The Pointes Zoning Ordinance. The joint meetings allow for communication on the work of the Compass Committee and Zoning Work Group. This month, the staff and consultant team discussed the December 15 Compass Committee meeting, utility relocation coordination, and opportunities for additional public engagement.