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Proceedings from the Aug. 12 Monticello City Council meeting

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Conditional use permit approved for senior housing project

The Monticello City Council approved a conditional use permit that will allow for the building of a 92-unit senior housing facility on the city's southeast side at County Road 39 (Riverview Drive) and east of Hart Boulevard.

The granting of the permit was first considered in late May when questions arose about height restrictions because of its location in the city's Wild and Scenic Recreational River District.

The Monticello Planning Commission reviewed and approved a variance request from 25 to 35 feet at its July 15 meeting.

Monday's action clears the way for the first phase of the project, which will include 92 units. If a proposed second phase is completed, there will be 125 units on site following the future expansion.

Extension of Fallon Avenue sought at Seventh Street

The City of Monticello will perform a feasibility study related to extending Fallon Avenue from Seventh Street. The action comes after the City received signed petitions seeking the extension of Fallon Avenue north of the newly constructed roundabout at Seventh Street.

The proposed 420-foot street extension leads to the site of a 136-unit senior living campus proposed for 511 Territorial Road by Mielke Development and Trident Development. 

City staff estimated the cost of the feasibility study  to be about $20,000.

Budget process underway

• The City Council has begun the 2020 budgeting process. The Council continued budget discussions during a special meeting prior to the August 12 City Council meeting, followed by a budget workshop that included discussion of budgets for the Monticello Fire Department and the Monticello Community Center. On July 22, the Council took a look at budget considerations for the Public Works department, engineering, and public utilities.

In other City Council news...

• The City Council and Planning Commission met to hear a proposal for a planned united development (PUD) for a mixed use residential and commercial development from Dale Buchholz Construction bound by Chelsea Road, Cedar Street and Edmondson Street.

• The Fire Relief Association of the Monticello Fire Department donated a grill to the new fire station valued at $1,084. CenterPoint Energy donated $1,696 to go towards Wildland boots for the fire department.

•  CenterPoint Energy donated to the Monticello Community Center a sign outlining the rules for the center’s indoor swimming pool. The sign is valued at $804.

• Meghan Hanson was appointed to the Industrial and Economic Development Committee (IEDC). 

• The Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, September 23 to consider establishing a TIF District on Chelsea Road to accomdate a development to be located  on a vacant lot between UMC at 500 Chelsea Road and Twin City Die Casting at 520 Chelsea Road. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.

• Little Mountain Elementary School Principal Gabe Hackett presented to the City Council the school district’s “Safe Routes to School” plan. The City Council put its support behind the plan for it will be used in the planning of future city projects. Support of the plan by the Council has no economic impact to the city.


Jeff Hage is the editor of the Monticello Times newspaper in Monticello, Minn. He came to Monticello after seven years at our sister papers in Princeton and Milaca.

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