Community Partnerships - Free Wi-Fi at City Park

Community partnerships continue to improve the lives of our residents, even as we go through the challenges that the COVID-19 coronavirus present.

Visual Edge IT and Lightstream have partnered with the Monticello City Parks to provide Free WiFi at the south end of the City Park from 8:00 am-7:00 pm to provide access for students and families that have no internet.

We are so blessed to have such actively engaged community partners that are willing in these uncertain times to provide a resource for our residents. Thank you is not sufficient.

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Monticello Light It Blue!

  Official "Light Monticello Blue for Essential Workers Day" Proclamation - City of Monticello
  Light Monticello Blue Printable Window Sign/Poster

On Monday, April 20th, Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross is announcing a proclamation asking all citizens to “Light Monticello Blue for Essential Workers.” Mayor Gross said, “The purpose of this proclamation is to honor and support essential workers that are risking their health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” All essential workers are honored including the public safety & first responders, truck drivers, factory workers, postal/delivery personnel, and restaurant, grocery, retail and pharmacy workers.

Please demonstrate your support by “showing your blue” in your home, front yards, doorsteps, or businesses.
  • Residents can use blue lights, ribbons, and holiday decorations.
  • Children can make sidewalk chalk drawings or yard/window signs showing support.
  • Encourage your family to have a ‘blue day’ and wear blue clothing, bandanas, or face paint.
  • Everyone is also encouraged to post “Light It Blue” photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (with the hashtags #LightItBlue and #INThisTogether) to show online support of health care workers, first responders, and essential workers.
“Light Monticello Blue for Essential Workers” will continue from April 20th thru April 30th, 2020. As essential workers travel the community or drive to/from work our ‘Light It Blue’ moments are small ways in which we can thank and recognize them.
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"Hometown Heroes" (ASL) Video

This video in American Sign Language (ASL) contains information from Mayor Cathy Gross, Fire Chief Galen Logan, and Chief of Police Jason Lingenfelter. Topics include the new mask policy for city employees, what residents can do to protect themselves, and how the police department is changing its procedures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while still protecting and serving our community.

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Governor Updates 'Stay at Home' Order

  Review latest executive order here.

Summary

As a part of this action, Gov. Holcomb also extended for two weeks the orders that limit in-person public activity at state government offices and put restrictions on the operation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

While the Stay At Home order chiefly continues as is, modifications and restrictions have been made to limit interactions among people. Here are some highlights of EO 20-18:
  • Retail businesses (A list of such businesses is included in the executive order) that provide necessities of life may remain open but should:
    • limit the number of customers in the establishment at any given time
    • implement hours for elderly and other vulnerable populations
    • limit hours of operation to restock and clean
    • comply with all mitigation measures to protect employees and the public.
  • All other retail business may remain open if they restrict sales to online or call-in ordering with delivery or curbside pickup.
  • Professional services should be conducted virtually or by telephone.
  • All campgrounds will be closed except for those who use recreational vehicles or cabins as their primary residence.
  • State parks remain open to daily visitors.
  • Hoosiers are reminded that all public and private gatherings of any kind that include more than 10 people are prohibited.
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COVID-19 Message from Mayor & City Heroes - April 3, 2020

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White County United Way Assisting Community

Our neighbors need us. From the service professionals without childcare to the small business owners experiencing loss of income, we see the mounting pressure of community recovery ahead.

We are here to help.

The White County United Way Board of Trustees has elected to establish a Community Relief Fund to support those agencies and programs who are most impacted by the closures and increased demand for services.

If you would like to make a donation to this discretionary community fund, please follow the links on this page to submit payment to our PayPal portal. Between March 19 and the end of the State of Emergency, all donations made through our online links to PayPal will be earmarked for community-based relief of the negative effects of our Covid-19 Emergency. We thank you for your contributions and your dedication to our community in these trying times.

Together, we win!

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Parks Programs Cancelled

In order to follow the goal of 'social distancing', the City of Monticello Parks Department regretfully cancelled the remaining March Programs (Quilling).  There will be no programs during the month of April including the annual Earth Day Celebration.  After an assessment in April, the parks department hopes to conduct programs beginning in May.

Thank you for your continued support and acknowledgement of importance of Public Health and Safety during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Twin Lakes School Pantry Announcement

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For the families of Twin Lakes School there will be an extra food distribution from the Twin Lakes School Pantry on Wednesday, March 18 from 2:00 to 6:00 at Woodlawn door 4. Contact Patty Godlove cell (765) 543-9188 with questions.

For those who would like to support the TL Food Pantry, the most efficient and effective donation is money. You can donate to Food Finders Food Bank and for donation purpose, type “Twin Lakes Schools Food Pantry”. The funds will go into an account for our pantry. During these uncertain times, let’s together lift up our entire community. Link to donation page: https://www.food-finders.org/give/


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Coronavirus Information Page Opens

  Click to review the City of Monticello Coronavirus Information Page.

The City of Monticello has opened a coronavirus information page.  The purpose of this page is to:
  • Provide City News concerning the coronavirus including press releases, event cancellations, and general public health and safety information.
  • Provide key documents related to the coronavirus
  • Provide links to Federal/State web resources on the coronavirus.
This page will be updated as new information is released.
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Mayor Gross Interviewed

Mayor Gross was recently interviewed by Colby Smock at Twin Lakes High School.  Mrs. Laura Rogers is the faculty sponsor of the YouTube interview.  Watch it here:

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Sensible Water Treatment

drone image02Infrastructure is key for attracting and retaining businesses and industries. Along with roads, and drinking water; wastewater conveyance and treatment completes the trilogy of City provided infrastructure components. In addition, reliable and effective wastewater treatment is vital for protecting the Tippecanoe River and Lake Freeman.

The Wastewater Utility maintains and operates over 36 miles of storm and sanitary sewers, multiple pump stations, and a Class III wastewater treatment plant that is in the process of its third major upgrade since it was originally built in 1950.

Click to learn more about your Wastewater Treatment Dept. ...
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2nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes Announced

soma event stackedSOMA invites the community to attend its 2nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes on Sunday, December 14th from 4pm to 7pm.  
The Holiday Tour will begin at the Monticello Fire Department at 911 West South Street.  This year's theme is 'A Country Christmas' and will feature a live nativity scene at one of the six stops on the tour.

The tour showcases the following homes:
  • Mark and Kathy Kelly's Home - Live Nativity Scene featuring the Monticello Christian Church Players and the Kelly's horses, zonkey, donkey, sheep, alpaca, and camel.
  • Connie Pampel's 1918 Farmhouse (The Sanctuary)
  • George and Libby Green's 1870 Home
  • Dave and Nancy Jordan's Brandywine Inn & Suites
  • Trent and Autumn Whitaker's Rustic Home
  • Bob and Laurie Webster's Lake Freeman Home
Tickets for the tour are $10 each and may be purchased at WMRS, Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home, and the Greater Monticello Chamber of Commerce.  Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the event at the Monticello Fire Department.
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New ADA Compliant Sidewalks!

The City of Monticello continues to see progress as we move toward ADA Compliance.  Through the efforts of the Street Department (Frank Arthur, Supt.), Mayor's Houston's Office, and the ADA/Title VI Coordinator/Mayor-Elect Cathy Gross, over $1 million in INDOT Community Crossing Grant funding was received by the city. This funding has made possible the downtown sidewalk enhancements.  These improvements not only serve our friends with access needs, but also make our downtown a more livable space as families with strollers also benefit from these efforts.

Our downtown now enjoys more community events through our partnerships with S.O.M.A. and our other business alliances.  All of this is made possible through grant funding and local match success.

Monticello is moving forward together!
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Roosevelt PowWow

IMG 7791The RMS Pow Wow is an afternoon of various activities set up on the last day of school each year for RMS students to participate in for fun. For many years some of these activities were bowling, movies in various classrooms, games outside on RMS grounds, etc.

Three years ago, RMS educator Tiffany Roth reached out to the Monticello Fire Department and inquired as to whether we would be willing to set up an obstacle course or something fun for a group of students to come to the station and participate in.

The first year was a big hit with the students and staff. Last year being our third year to participate we welcomed around 25 students, 3-4 staff members and 5-6 parents to the station and again set up an obstacle course of various tasks a firefighter may do during the course of his or her day. Some of these tasks included Pulling hose, spraying water, donning full protective equipment and so on.

This past year we also transported the students and staff atop our beloved antique American LaFrance fire engine to and from the middle school with lights and sirens going.
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Suggest an Event on our New Calendar!

calendar smartphone smThe City of Monticello is proud to present its new events calendar.  The calendar lists upcoming events on our main web page and a more comprehensive listing inside.  You will find:

  • City Events (Council and Board of Works Meetings)
  • Parks Events (Summer Programs)
  • Twin Lakes Area Events (The Spirit of Monticello Festival and more)

This listing is mobile-friendly and each calendar can be added to your smartphone or desktop calendar by clicking the "Subscribe" button and following the prompt.

The community is encouraged to suggest an community-based, public event for addition to the calendar.  Simply fill out the form and submit your event.

  Review the Events Calendar Listing here.
  Suggest an Event

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