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.

“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.

EDA ANNUAL UPDATE: Presentation intro slideHe 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).
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Aug 12

[ARCHIVED] Press Release: City of Monticello Responds to Statewide Drought Warning - July 20, 2021

The original item was published from August 12, 2021 2:54 PM to August 12, 2021 2:55 PM

Press Release PicDATE:           July 20, 2021

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                     (763) 295-2711 |

City of Monticello Responds to Statewide Drought Warning

Monticello, MN – More than 50 percent of the state of Minnesota is currently experiencing severe drought conditions, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has determined the state is in a drought warning phase. Now the DNR is calling on local communities to conserve and help protect local water supplies.

A significant portion of Monticello’s water supply goes toward lawn watering. Residents and businesses in the community can do their part to conserve by following the City’s ordinance. It states homes and businesses may only water their lawn on odd or even calendar dates. If your address ends in an odd number, you are allowed to water on odd numbered dates. If your address ends in an even number, you are allowed to water on even numbered days. The City will be strictly enforcing these regulations. 

In addition to this ordinance, lawn watering is currently prohibited during the hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fines of up to $100 per violation will be imposed for lawn watering violations. 

During the drought response, the City will continue to authorize 30-day permits to water newly seeded or sodded lawns and newly planted trees. Permits can be obtained at City Hall. 

Finally, residents are asked to refrain from non-essential water use, including power washing buildings, car washing, swimming pool filling, etc. Together we can help prevent having to increase the restrictions on water use.