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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.

Mar 22

Press Release: Spring Axle Weight Restrictions Begin March 18 - March 17, 2022

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on March 22, 2022 at 12:29 PM by Haley Foster

DATE:           March 17, 2022

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                      (763) 295-2711 | rachel.leonard@ci.monticello.mn.us

Spring Axle Weight Restrictions Begin March 18


Monticello, MN – Spring Weight Restrictions on city roadways will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, March 18. The City of Monticello places spring road restrictions consistent with Wright County.

Axle weight restrictions are used to protect roadways during the annual spring thaw. The limits help prevent premature deterioration of pavement as the ground thaws. Typically, from March through May the gravel under the roadbed has high moisture content that can weaken the carry capacity of pavement and make the roadbeds more susceptible to damage. By restricting axle weight, the life of the roadways can be prolonged.

Posted axle weight limit signs govern the vehicle weights on posted roads. All restriction limits are gross axle weights. Local governments are granted authority to implement these restrictions by Minnesota Statute 169.87.City of Monticello map with each street labeled according to the weight limit color key.

The exact dates of the restrictions vary from year to year, so communication is released when they go into effect and when they are lifted. Additional information can be found on the MnDOT and Wright County websites:

The City of Monticello does not issue any over limit permits. Questions? Please contact Monticello’s Public Works Department at 763-295-3170.

Nov 10

Press Release: Council Approves Land Purchase for Future Public Works Facility - Nov. 9, 2021

Posted to City of Monticello - Press Releases on November 10, 2021 at 11:08 AM by Haley Foster

DATE:           Nov. 9, 2021

                      For Immediate Release

CONTACT:  Rachel Leonard

                      (763) 295-2711 | rachel.leonard@ci.monticello.mn.us

City Council Approves Land Purchase for Future Public Works Facility
 

Monticello, MN – On Monday, Nov. 8 City Council approved the purchase of approximately 70 acres of land along School Boulevard. The land was purchased with the intent to construct a new public works facility on a portion of the site. The City will make a future decision about how to best use the balance of the property. Public Works Mock Up

The purchase agreement specifies a sale price of $2.8 million dollars which will be paid from a fund created specifically for this project. The fund contains the necessary balance to complete the purchase. City Council noted the site is an ideal location and provides flexibility for the final facility configuration, including office space, vehicle storage, and cold storage for larger equipment.

The City’s current public works facility is located at 909 Golf Course Road. It’s an aging property that was originally constructed in 1975, and the most recent addition was added in 1995 for vehicle storage. Over the summer, the City completed an assessment of the existing facility that highlighted nearly $3 million dollars in repair and maintenance costs, which only addresses current capacity. 

A previous study also showed the existing facility no longer has adequate space for the personnel, equipment, and supplies necessary to operate the department. The existing buildings don’t provide adequate space for storage, resulting in vehicles and other equipment being stored outside or at alternate storage sites in the community. This limits efficiency and increases maintenance needs. In addition, the current site is located on only 4.5 acres, which limits the ability to expand at that location. 

During the planning process, the City explored several options for relocation of public works. The most important site factors were convenient location and access as well as approximately 20 acres to bring all aspects of the facility onto a single site. The selected site on School Boulevard meets the necessary criteria and provides a quality location for a long-lasting investment. 

The City anticipates closing on the property by the end of the year. With the location finalized, the next step will be to determine how to best utilize the site and design the facility. The City is optimistic for a potential groundbreaking in 2023 or soon thereafter.