Monticello City Council Highlights

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Council Highlights - November 13, 2023

Posted on November 28, 2023 at 2:42 PM by Haley Foster

A Moment of Silence for Bill Fair

Mayor Lloyd Hilgart asked for a moment of silence for former council member and former Mayor Bill Fair, who passed away over the weekend.

“He was instrumental in a lot of things, involved in the community for decades, and this building [the community center] is one of the legacies that he will leave behind. As well as East Bride Park. He spent a lot of time in East Bridge Park, planting flowers, and a lot of other things, so he will be missed,” said Mayor Hilgart

Annual update from the IT Department

City departments present an annual update to the City Council once a year. During this meeting, the City’s IT department offered highlights of operations, completed projects, and upcoming initiatives. One of the most significant efforts for 2024 is the upcoming transition of the City’s domain from ci.monticello.mn.us to monticellomn.gov. The change will take some time, but the .gov domain ending is more secure and an easy indicator to the public that the source is trustworthy.

Construction Update

  • Downtown/West Broadway Updates
    • Crews will be shouldering Broadway (CSAH 75) from Elm to the West of the project, putting topsoil or gravel depending on the location.
    • Electricians are reinstalling the existing City streetlights on Broadway. There will be some empty bases before installation of the new lights in 2024.
    • Beginning the week of Nov. 20 crews are replacing the signal standard (pole) at the corner on the northwest quadrant of TH 25 and Broadway.
    • There will also be closures on West Broadway between Locust and TH 25 for crews to fill the medians and sidewalk gaps with gravel for the winter season, with final pavement scheduled for 2024.
  • Pinewood Elementary Safe Routes to School Improvements Project
    • The sidewalk has been installed on Elm Street over the railroad tracks, crews are working to complete signal installation and work this week.
  • Monticello Community Center Entrance Repairs
    • This week crews will be focusing on the framing and doors on the Monticello Community Center's Walnut Street entrance. The work is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Along with the repairs, there are several modifications for greater accessibility, safety, and maintenance ease.

To view a list of ongoing and active project in the City of Monticello, visit our website and click on the “Projects” button to learn. You can also sign up for our "Road Closure" Alerts to receive text and email notifications about upcoming closures.

Winter Parking Ordinance Update

City Council approved ordinance changes to match the updates to the Snowplowing Policy approved at the October 23 meeting.

From November 15 through April 1 there is NO PARKING allowed on city streets from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. This allows plow crews to efficiently and effectively remove snow from city streets during the winter months for safe travel.

In 2022 the City opted to limit on-street parking only during declared snow events but found a consistent nightly restriction was more effective at keeping public streets free of parked cars during snowfalls.

The city will continue to declare snow events as needed outside of the November 15 or April 1 timeline, or if large accumulation requires parking restrictions outside of the standard 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. window. Snow events will be listed on the City’s website and social media; residents can also opt-in for text or email alerts on our website.

Council approved a grant application submission

Monticello is eligible for the next round of funds through the Community Energy Transition grant. The grant allows up to $1 million annually to cities that host large energy companies, like the Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant. Council approved allowing Monticello to apply for $1 million in 2024 and 2025 to assist with projects identified in our Strategic Transition Plan.

Council approved a mechanical system for the proposed new public works facility

Monticello continues to move forward with the design of a new public works facility. The City Council has specific decision points throughout the process, including the selection of the type of mechanical system the new building will have. Following an analysis of traditional natural gas vs. newer geothermal technology, the Council approved the traditional system. It has a lower upfront cost and a lower cost over the life cycle of the system.