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Mar 22

Press Release: Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Monticello - March 22, 2022

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on March 22, 2022 at 2:02 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           March 22, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Tom Pawelk

                      (763) 295-2711 | Parks.Info@ci.monticello.mn.us

 

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Monticello

Monticello, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) confirmed an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in the City of Monticello. City of Monticello parks, arts, and recreation staff reported the EAB infestation to the MDA for confirmation. EAB infected tree showing bark cracks.

There are several things residents should look for when checking for emerald ash borer. 

  • Be sure you’ve identified an ash tree. This is an important first step since EAB only feeds on ash trees. Ash trees have opposite branching – meaning branches come off the trunk directly across from each other. On older trees, the bark is in a tight, diamond-shaped pattern. Younger trees have a relatively smooth bark.
  • Look for woodpecker damage. Woodpeckers like EAB larvae and woodpecker holes may indicate the presence of EAB.
  • Check for bark cracks. EAB larvae tunneling under the bark can cause the bark to split open, revealing the larval (S-shaped) tunnels underneath.
  • Contact a professional. If you feel your ash tree may be infested with EAB, contact a tree care professional, your city parks department, or the MDA at arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us or 888-545-6684 (voicemail).

Emerald ash borer larvae kill ash trees by tunneling under the bark and feeding on the part of the tree that moves nutrients up and down the trunk. Minnesota is highly susceptible to the destruction caused by this invasive insect. The state has approximately one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation. 

The biggest risk of spreading EAB comes from people unknowingly moving firewood or other ash products harboring larvae. There are three easy steps residents can take to keep EAB from spreading:

  • Don’t transport firewood. Buy firewood locally from approved vendors and burn it where you buy it;
  • Be aware of the quarantine restrictions. If you live in a quarantined county, be aware of the restrictions on movement of products such as ash trees, wood chips, and firewood; and,
  • Watch your ash trees for infestation. If you think your ash tree is infested, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/eab-info-homeowners for resources on identifying EAB, how to hire tree care professionals, and insecticide options for protecting your ash tree. Drawn image of a person using the soil drench method and it infecting the water system.

Because the City of Monticello is a river town, we ask that our residents DO NOT use any products that require the “soil-drench” method. Soil-applied insecticides are not as effective as a tree trunk injection and can be harmful to children or pets. Additionally, the “soil-drench” methods can wash away or leach, potentially contaminating water resources.

On Monday, March 28 City Council will vote on a resolution addressing the presence of EAB in accordance with the City’s shade tree ordinance. A representative from the MDA will give an educational presentation about EAB for residents who would like to learn more. Council meetings are open to the public and begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room at Monticello Community Center. Residents can view the meeting live online. Meetings are broadcast live on local cable channel 12 (channel 180 for Charter subscribers). The meetings are also replayed throughout the week. For more information on emerald ash borer, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/eab.

Nov 18

City Council Highlights - October 11, 2021

Posted to Monticello City Council Highlights on November 18, 2021 at 1:49 PM by Haley Foster

Monticello City Council Highlights, October 11, 2021

Welcome Back Bill Fair!Bill Fair Sworn In

We'd like to extend a warm welcome back to Bill Fair! On Monday, Oct. 11 City Council approved the appointment of Bill Fair to the vacant council seat. Mr. Fair has come back to the City Council to fill the remainder of Brian Hudgins' term. Mr. Hudgins resigned in October due to a move out of state. Mr. Fair has previously served the community as both mayor and as a councilmember.

Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week in Monticello

October is Manufacturing Month in Minnesota. Did you know Monticello manufacturers employ 23.4 percent of city’s entire workforce? On Monday, Oct. 11 Mayor Lloyd Hilgart proclaimed the week of October 11-17, 2021, shall be observed as Minnesota Manufacturing Week in Monticello.

Monticello is home to a variety of manufacturing and industrial businesses that contribute to a healthy and growing economy that benefits our community and beyond. On Thursday, Oct. 14 several city officials, manufacturers, and business owners gathered at the Monticello Community Center to celebrate Manufacturers Appreciation Week with a Manufacturers Recognition Breakfast, hosted by the IEDC; and sponsored by the Monticello EDA, Xcel Energy, WSB & Associates, Sherburne State Bank, and RiverWood Bank!

Preparing the City’s parks for winter operations

Winter Park Prep NewsflashTom Pawelk, Director of the Parks, Arts, & Recreation Department gave an update on the department’s winter preparations.

“Parks staff will be turning off water hook ups at parks, including Bertram Chain of Lakes and Riverside Cemetery, by Friday, Oct. 15. The only exception is the West Bridge Park Community Room,” said Pawelk.

Additionally, staff will be removing the basketball hoops at West Bridge Park the week of Oct. 25 in preparation for the outdoor skating rink. The city rinks will be flooded as soon as the temperatures are consistently freezing. Staff will also be adding stakes along various pathways and sidewalk routes in preparation for snow removal.

Council Approvals

  1. Council accepted a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board Creative Support for the Community Portraits project
    1. Council adopted Resolution 2021-76 accepting a grant of $6,269 from the Central Minnesota Arts Board Creative Support for Community Portraits project.
  2. Council approved appointment of Bill Fair to City Council
    1. Council approved the adoption of Resolution 2021-77 declaring a vacancy on the City Council and Resolution 2021-78 approving appointment of William Fair to the vacant City Council seat.
  3. Council approved the partial prepayment and redemption of the City’s outstanding bonds.
    1. Council approved Consideration of adopting Resolution 2021-80 providing for the prepayment and redemption of a portion of the City’s outstanding General Obligation Bonds, Series 2014A. Cities use general obligation bonds, which are paid from the tax levy, to help pay for significant investments with a long useful like to the community. To save approximately $700,000 in interest, the City Council is using available funds to call a majority of the 2014A bonds early. This gives the City the ability to apply for future bonds at lower interest rates with a smaller impact on taxes for residents.
  4. Council approved a quote and authorized a service agreement with WSB to pursue ‘Shovel-Ready’ certification with the state of Minnesota.
    1. Council approved the consideration of accepting Otter Creek Business Park (OCBP) Shovel-Ready Certification quotes and authorizing a service agreement with WSB & Associates in an amount not to exceed $29,500.
    2. A shovel-ready site will give the City a competitive edge in marketing and attracting business startups, expansions or relocations because the most time-consuming technical and regulatory aspects of development will already be complete, which in turn stimulates our local workforce and economy.

Watch a City 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.
  • Meeting 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).


Nov 12

City Council Approves DMV Relocation

Posted to Community & Economic Development on November 12, 2021 at 9:48 AM by Haley Foster

Yes, the Monticello DMV is moving, but not yet!2007-07-20-16  3rd and Cedar DMV

The Monticello DMV is getting a new location! On July 26, 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. In addition, on Aug. 23 City Council approved a construction contract for the improvements necessary to remodel the first floor of the building for the DMV. 

Starting September 9, the FiberNet Monticello offices will be temporarily closed due to the construction and demolition in the Prairie Center building for the new Monticello DMV location. FiberNet is expected to reopen in their second-floor office on Monday, Oct. 4.

We’re thrilled to see this project progressing, but the existing DMV location at 119 E 3rd Street remains the office for the public until further notice. The new location is not expected to be fully operational until late 2021 or early 2022. Alerts and notices will be made prior to the move. 

The DMV is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, as well as FAQs, check out our website!