Rain Barrels Available

Resident Mike Godlove's Rain Barrel System

ATTENTION CITIZENS WHO RECEIVED A RAIN BARREL ... The City of Monticello is looking to post on Social Media photos of rain barrels in use this fall and next spring. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Free Rain Barrels for City Water & Wastewater Utility Customers!

In cooperation with Ball Corporation, the City Wastewater Utility Department wants to help relieve some of the utility costs associated with watering your lawn and gardens by providing customers with a Free Rain Barrel! 

If you would like a free rain barrel, please call 574-583-7847 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide your:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Customer ID number (found on your water bill)

We can only provide the free rain barrel at this time. You can purchase drain spout diverter kits for your rain barrel (see diagram) locally. Information about rain barrels and instructions for installing diverter kit & hose spigots can be found on YouTube.

Instructions for Painting your Rain Barrel

Use outdoor acrylics to paint your rain barrel. You will need to prime and top coat your plastic barrel.

  • Clean the exterior surface with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Use a fine grade sandpaper to "rough up" the surface of the barrel. (This helps the paint adhere to the plastic barrel.)
  • Vacuum the barrel's surface, then rinse barrel with clean water (static may try to hold the fine dust) and dry with a lint free cloth (or leave it in the sun to bake)
  • Apply at least one coat of outdoor primer. Primer must be allowed to dry per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Paint barrel and allow the paint to dry completely.
  • Apply two coats of polyurethane. Allow the polyurethane to dry between coats.


Please Note: The rain barrels previously contained a non-toxic, biodegradable soap and have been triple rinsed to be prepared for non-potable use as rain barrels.

Rain Barrel System

In the photo above, Monticello Resident Mike Godlove, uses multiple barrels in a series.  Using gravity draining, the lower hose moves the water to a pump that he uses to force water through his garden hose.



Spigot Kit Available

The spigot kit is available at our local Ace Hardware on Main Street.


Resident Barrel Setup

This setup also uses a small pump to water a garden using an existing hose.


Resident Barrel Setup

Uses two barrels with one used as an overflow.  Water is gravity drained from the left barrel to a container (not shown).

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"Team Up for the ADA" Golf Outing

  ADA Golf Outing Brochure
  Team Up for the ADA Golf Outing - Registration & Sponsor A Hole Form

Join Us For "Team Up for the ADA" Golf Outing on Saturday, August 20, 2022.  Family Fun for all ages and abilities!
Par 3 Golf • Miniature Golf • Cornhole • Lunch • Music • Contests • Awards & Prizes

What is Happening?

“Team Up” for the 9th Annual 'Team Up for the ADA' presented by the Monticello Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Hollow Acres Golf Course, at 10:00am (Registration is at 9AM).
  • Each team must include a person with a disability
  • There will be Par 3 Golf, and Putt-Putt.
    • Par 3 Golf is $12.50 per person or $50.00 per team.
    • Putt-Putt Golf is $5.00 per person or $20.00 per team
How Can I Help Sponsor a Hole?

Hole sponsorships are available at 3 levels:
  • Small sign $25.00
  • Medium sign $50.00
  • Large sign $100.00 (sponsorship includes a team entry fee)
In order to have sufficient time to process your hole sponsorship, we must have your commitment by August 1st.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ADA Coordinator by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by phone at: 574-583-4568. Please make checks payable to:

City of Monticello, ADA
227 N Main St.
Monticello, IN 47960

You may also contact any Advisory Council Member to Participate in this "Team Up for the ADA" Golf Outing.

What is the Advisory Council?

The Monticello Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA serves to provide advice, guidance, and support to the City of Monticello as it progresses toward ADA compliance. Our activities include: Disability Awareness Month Events throughout the month of March each year (Art Contests, Street and Gazebo Banners, Recognition Awards, Wheelchair Basketball Games and Mile in My Shoes Day).

Members
Mayor Cathy Gross
Pat Wokoun, President
Mark Newman, Vice President
Jim Kramer, Secretary
Diane Bunnell, ADA Coordinator
Jim Mann, City Clerk-Treasurer
Mitch Billue, Parks Superintendent
Frank Arthur, Street Superintendent
Tony Stroup, Assistant Chief of Police
Wes Hartwell
Mary Sigman
Kyle Ashton
Tom Adams
Lexi Pool
Melissa Draper
April Hurley

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Photographer's Exhibit - Apply to Enter

  Photographer's Application.  Click to apply to exhibit your photos.

Local artists, Leah Padlo & Brandi Page, are inviting local photographers to join them for "Through my Lens" Photographer's Exhibit in the West Bays from July 28th through August 2nd.

Requirements:
  • Must be a local artist
  • Photographs must be show ready - Printed on canvas, framed, etc.
  • Photographs for hanging must be a minimum of 11x14 inches, 16x20 inches is preferred (before framing)
  • Photographers are welcome to have a table with prints of preferred size for sale or show
  • Photographers will be required to set up their work on Wednesday July 27th
Exhibit Hours:
  • Thursday July 28th - Friends & Family Invite Only - 5pm-8pm
  • Friday July 29th - Open - 5pm-8pm
  • Saturday July 30th - Open - 9am-1pm
  • Tuesday August 2nd - Farmers Market - 5pm-7pm
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Quilt Show Winners Announced

First Annual Quilt Show was held June 3 - June 12 in the West Bays at CIty Hall. We had a little over 300 people walk through and enjoy over 130 Quilts on display.  Free will donations were accepted for the "People's Choice Award" prizes.

1st was $150.00 Won by Joyce Lawyer,
2nd Place was Betty Bylend $90.00
3rd was Kathy Weida $90.00.

Everyone is looking forward to having the event again next year. 

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Mosquito Spraying Begins

The City of Monticello Street Department will begin spraying for mosquitos on Tuesday June 21, 2022 weather permitting. If weather will not allow us to spray that evening, then spraying will be moved to the next evening that weather allows. The Street Department will spray the City Limits once per week for the next several weeks. If the population worsens, we may move to twice a week. Spraying will be done during the evening hours. The spray trucks will spray in the alleys where available and the streets where the is no alley. If you do not want the area at your home sprayed, please call the Monticello Street Department at 574-583-7033.

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Salute to Vets & Boat Parade - July 2nd

The 2022 Lake Freeman Boat Parade, Veterans Cruise and Firework show will take place on Saturday, July 2nd. A full outline of events is listed here along with registration information.

Schedule of Events
  • 8:15 AM – Boarding Begins for Veterans at the Madam Carroll Dock
  • 9:20 AM – Opening Ceremony
  • 9:30 AM – Departure of the Madam Carroll from Dock
  • 10:30 AM – Boat Parade Line Up at Oakdale Dam
  • 11:00 AM – Boat Parade Begins, Following the Madam Carroll
The parade route will run the length of the Lake from Oakdale Dam to Luse Bridge, with the Finish and Boat Decoration Judging being on the Deck of the Sportman Inn Restaurant.

  • 12:20 PM – Madam Carroll Returns to Dock
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Boat Decoration Judging being on the Deck of the Sportsman Inn.
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Town Hall on Tuesday, May 17th at 7pm

The City of Monticello will be hosting our first Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 17th at 7pm in the West Bays at the new City Hall on Washington St. (former Monticello Fire Dept.).

All residents are welcome to attend.  The purpose of the the town hall format is to give all citizens an opportunity to voice their concerns or ask questions of our city leaders and departments.
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Road Construction - May 5th

On Thursday, May 5th there will be:
  • Road construction on North Main between Foster Street and Fisher Street
  • Road construction on North Illinois from the Point to Hanawalt Rd.
  • There will be no parking on either of those streets while they are working in the area. 
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Utilities Dept. Clerical Opening

The City of Monticello, Indiana is seeking applications for a part-time clerical position within the City of Monticello Utilities Department.

Download the application below or pick up at the Utilities Office located at 225 N. Main St., Monticello, IN  47960.  Office hours are from 8am to 4pm.  Please return the application or mail to the Utilities Office.

  Review/download the application
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May Parks Programs Announced

Click to review the May Programs Schedule/Flyer

Updated on May 2nd.

The Monticello City Parks Department announces the following May/Early June Programs. Please register for each class.  To register call Cindy Isom at 574-583-4525 or the Parks Department at 574-583-3983 or leave a message.  Most classes are free of charge, unless noted in the description.  If you have general questions, please call Cindy Isom at 574-583-4525.
  • Tuesday, May 10th Family Community Gardens - in Community Gardens on Hanawalt St. at 7pm. This month’s lesson will be Andrew Westfall from the Purdue Extension speaking on plant diseases or pests your garden may get.
  • Friday, May 13th Flower Power - 6:30pm - Altherr Nature Park Amphitheater ( In case of rain- Anheier Building in City Park) Students from Frankie Rupe’s School of Guitar will play by the campfire. For all ages, free, dress for the weather.
  • Thursday, May 26th Art in the Park-Quilling Flowers – 6-8pm - Anheier Building in City Park. Joy will show us new and old techniques to craft a quilled flower picture. Bring your tool if you have one. Please register at 574-583-3983 or online montiparks.recdesk.com.
  • Tuesday, May 31st POP Kickoff at the Farmer’s Market- 5-7pm at the old fire station bay doors on Washington Street. Kids learn to purchase and eat healthy food, play and exercise, all while studying about healthy living. Everyone will enjoy the Farmer’s Market.
  • Friday, June 3rd Hoots to Howls - 6:30pm at the Amphitheater in Altherr Nature Park. Kim Hoover from Hoots to Howls Wildlife Rehabilitation will bring rescued birds and wildlife to the amphitheater and tell their stories. Donations will be accepted. Rain Location will be in the Anheier Building in City Park.
  • Saturday, June 4th - Free Fishing at Bluewater Beach Park- 8-10 am in Bluewater Beach Park. Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources designates 4 free fishing days a year and this is one of them. Residents can fish without a license. This family fishing clinic will teach casting, bait, lures, fishing competition and more and serve hot drinks and donuts.
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City Pool Opens Saturday, May 28th

   2022 Monticello City Pool Schedule.

Online Registration for swimming lessons begins on Friday, May 20th at the city park portal:  https://montiparks.recdesk.com

Monticello's Best Family Fun Value! 
 Pool opening is Saturday, May 28th.  This date may be subject to change due to weather or construction delays.  Please check the website often or the City Parks Facebook Page.

 2022 Summer Operation Hours 
  • Monday - Saturday:  12:00 Noon - 7:00pm
  • Sunday:  1:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Adult Lap Swim is held M-Th from 7:00pm - 8pm
Swim Lessons and Lifeguard Training Classes are available.  For swim lessons, please use our online sign-up form:  https://montiparks.recdesk.com

Click to review the 2022 Monticello City Pool Schedule.

The city pool is located at 519 S. Second Street just one block down from the high school.  View Map.
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Local Lane Restrictions/Construction Info

The City of Monticello wishes to alert all citizens about the upcoming road construction.  This spring and early summer there will be lane restrictions on the following roads:
  • Sixth Street
  • Washington Street
  • North Main Street
  • North Illinois Street
  • South Main Street
We want everyone to watch for construction signs and warning flags.  Everyone have a safe and Happy Spring.
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MFD Safety Day on Sat., April 9th

The Monticello Fire Department in partnership with Leadership White County will host the first Sharon Hartwell Safety Day.  The Safety Day will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 8AM to 1PM.  If you would like to have a certified car seat technician to inspect your car safety seat, please register for an inspection.

To register contact Nick Green, Firefighter and Community Paramedic at 574-583-3151.  There will be limited walk-in availability.

Held at the same time will be a free will donation Pancake Breakfast.  Donations will help the Monticello Fire Department fund future car seat events, training, and continuing education for car seat technicians.
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Opportunity: Back Home Again!

  View the Back Home Again in White County Flyer

The lack of available workers has plagued businesses throughout the US for the past several years, and it appears that we will continue to face this issue locally well into 2022. To assist our businesses and organizations that deal with this problem daily, there is work underway to put together an event that hopefully will provide employers with a program to identify potential employees entering the workforce upon graduation from high school.

The White County Economic Development Organization, along with Indian Trails Career Cooperative, and representatives from our four White County High Schools are planning a program in April that will bring seniors and selective juniors together with key businesses/organizations that will allow these groups (students and employers) to meet face-to-face and learn of the vast opportunities that exist in White County. And, to that end, we are calling the event “Back Home Again in White County”.

The date we have selected for this event is Thursday, April 14th, and will be held at the Brandywine Convention Center in Monticello. Our “committee” is still outlining the logistics surrounding this event, but the purpose of this email is to determine if this is something that you wish to have your business/organization participate in. If so, please mark your calendar as a “save the date” and RSVP your intentions to Debbie Conover at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It is anticipated that we could have as many as 350-400 seniors and selective juniors from Twin Lakes, Frontier, North White and Tri County high schools attend and meet directly with your representatives. We hope to have between 50-75 organizations participate. This is a tremendous opportunity to “tell your story” as to why the students should remain and work in White County and make decent wages at your place of employment. Your commitment is to only spend a day interacting with our workforce of tomorrow, and we will even feed your team lunch! Can’t beat that!

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March is Disability Awareness Month

  2022 Disability Awareness Month Opportunities
  2022 ADA Disability Awareness Month Support Opportunities

The City of Monticello and the Mayor’s Advisory Council for the ADA Is proud to once again support Disability Awareness Month and plans are well underway.  

As always the City of Monticello is committed to being an accessible, responsive, community that welcomes and includes everyone. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has become a useful tool in assuring that access changes are made and policies are developed to give people with all kinds of disabilities an equal opportunity to participate and benefit from community programs and activities.

Listed below are our initial Schedule of Events.  All times are EST (Indianapolis/GMT -5)
  • Tuesday, March 1:  Art and Banner displays go up. Art on Display at Library Program Room, until March 14th.
  • Tuesday, March 8:  10:00am Awareness Month Story Hour-Monticello-Union Township Public Library- Fire Department/Chiefs
  • Tuesday, March 8:  6:00pm Art Reception at Library
  • Thursday, March 10:  5:00pm Wheel Chair Basketball & Social Services Fair at Twin Lakes High School
  • Activities for March 10 include:
    • 5:00-7:00pm - Social Services and Transition Fair
    • 6:00pm - Lafayette Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Demonstration
    • 6:20pm - City Department Tournament and Annual Guns Vs. Hoses
    • 6:40pm - Monticello Combined Game—Red vs. White
    • 7:00pm - Aktion Club members recognized
    • 7:10pm - Half-time Activities.  Please visit our concession stand and social services booths
    • 7:20pm - City Department Tournament Championship
  • March 14 at Frontier 2:25-3:15; March 15 - North White 2:15-3:15; and March 18th - Twin Lakes 2:00-3:00  - Speaker Brett Eastburn to speak at county schools. His presentation,“No Boundaries”, is sponsored by grant from the Community Foundation of White County.
  • Wednesday, March 15:  Art on display in West Bay
  • Thursday, March 24:  2:00pm Story Hour at Monticello-Union Township Public Library- George Loy, Reader
  • Monday, March 28:  6:00pm Arts & Awards Reception at City Hall, West Bays 120 W Washington Street
  • Wednesday, March 30: 6:00pm Story Hour at Monticello-Union Township Public Library, Jim Mann, Reader
  • Thursday, March 31: 10:00am to 3:00pm Walk a Mile In My Shoes Day at the White Oak Health Campus
    • eMail to sign up for the “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” Day" event at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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Paramedicine Program Helps Residents

Monticello Paramedic Nick Green and Mayor Cathy Gross discuss the new program helping residents age in place. Click image above to view the WLFI Report.


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Spring Clean-Up Announced

The Monticello Streets Department has announced the annual Spring Clean-Up Days.  Spring Clean-Up 2022 will be on Saturday, April 23rd for the East Side of Main St. and on Saturday, April 30th for the West Side of Main St.

  Review and download Limb and Brush Pickup Calendar/Spring Clean-up 2022
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Wheelchair BB Tournament Winners

The City of Monticello announces the 2022 City Interdepartmental Wheelchair BB Tournament Challenge Winners.  The traveling trophy moves from our MPD "Guns" to our new champs, Monticello Combined Team...pictured above.  Back Row L-R ADA/Title VI Coordinator Diane Bunnell, Parks Superintendent Mitch Billue, Street Dept. Colton Brewer, Street Dept. Matt Johnson, Board of Works Referee Maury Waymouth.  Front Row L-R Referee Kyle Ashton, Wastewater Superintendent Bob Lindley, Wastewater Dept. Malachi Ewing, and Mayor Cathy Gross.

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Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program Opens

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The City of Monticello and the Monticello Fire Department are excited to announce the creation of the Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program also known as the Community Paramedicine Program.

The Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program fills the gaps that are prevalent in healthcare, especially in more rural and aging communities. It works to meet the quadruple aim for healthcare which includes:
  • Better outcomes
  • Improved patient experience
  • Improved clinician experience
  • Lower healthcare costs
This is accomplished by:
  • Increased access and communication with primary care physicians for the medically underserved
  • Help with chronic disease management
  • Prioritize preventive care and follow up care for high-risk members of our community
Services provided upon the orders of our medical team include:
  • Assist patient communication with their provider
  • Post hospital discharge instruction compliance
  • Monitor vital signs
  • Provide cardiac monitoring
  • Diabetes management
  • Fall risk assessment & prevention/in-home safety checks
  • Immunizations including influenza and COVID-19 for homebound patients
  • Evaluating and assisting patients with individual needs
These and other services will help White County residents age in place and provide proactive care to prevent future hospitalization.

In 2021, The Monticello Fire Department and Indiana University Health White Memorial Hospital collaborated on the Community Paramedicine Program pilot project. During the 6-month pilot program Monticello Fire Department saw 50 patients and had a 100% non-readmittance rate.

After the program’s success the West Central Region of IU Health agreed to provide first year funding to establish and sustain this program until further funding can be achieved. The commitment by our local IU Health White Memorial Hospital team under the guidance of President Mary Minier and Chief Nursing Officer Renea Smith connected our Community Paramedic Team, FF/Paramedic Chad Walther, and FF/Paramedic Nick Green with the families and individuals that would benefit most from this program.

The Mobile Integrated Healthcare program also received financial support from the Indiana State Department of Health and IU Health White Memorial Hospital. Our Community Paramedic(s) will be working with other funding agencies and grantors to provide necessary support moving forward.

This partnership provides our community with another resource to improve overall community health.

For more information about this program contact:

Nick Green, Community Paramedic
Phone:  574-870-8019

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Health Care Heroes Honored

The City of Monticello honored our local healthcare workers including IU Health White, local nursing facilities, and first responders on Tuesday, January 18th at our City Council Meeting.  The Mayor presented a proclamation declaring Wednesday, January 19, 2022 Healthcare Worker Appreciation Day in Monticello.

Immediately following the meeting we drew names of healthcare workers to receive over 100 gifts from our local businesses.

Mayor Gross would like to thank the following businesses whe generously donated gifts which included Indiana Beach passes, overnight stays at local resorts, gift cards, gift certificates, and gift baskets. We are so very grateful to our local business owners and were excited to share their generosity with our healthcare workers.

  • Abe's Pizza
  • Adkev
  • An Udder Sensation
  • Angela's Bookstore & More
  • Arni's
  • Bella Rose Gymnastics
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Brandywine Inn & Convention Center
  • Carroll/White REMC
  • Dance Magic
  • Dockside Lake Resort
  • Dr. Hadley & Dr Trout Dental
  • Epic Insurance
  • Good Life Nutrition
  • Greens & Beans
  • Harmon-McClintic Insurance
  • Healthies Monticello
  • Herald Journal
  • Hubbard GM
  • Indiana Beach (IB)
  • Jim Davis
  • Kiwanis
  • Manpower
  • Mickey B's
  • Musall's
  • Necessities
  • Oak & Barrel
  • Pampel & Associates
  • Rotary Club of Monticello
  • Sculptures
  • The Blasted Works
  • The Lighthouse Lodge
  • Twin Lakes Fish & Game
  • Vogel Insurance Agency
  • White Oak Health Campus
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