This view was just sent from Santa's Sleigh high above the City of Monticello as he prepares to make his annual visit to all the Good Girls & Boys in Monticello.
This view was just sent from Santa's Sleigh high above the City of Monticello as he prepares to make his annual visit to all the Good Girls & Boys in Monticello.
- Know the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Know what to do if your carbon monoxide detector goes off or if you're experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Know how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning - the first step is to buy and install carbon monoxide detectors.
Stage 5 Back on Track Graphical Overview: September 26th - November 14th
State of Indiana Executive Order 20-43: The New Normal During a Global Pandemic with Mask Mandate
State of Indiana Executive Order 20-44: 7th Extension of Public Health Emergency
State of Indiana Executive Order 20-45: Directives Renewals due to COVID-19
Estado De Indiana Orden Ejecutiva 20-46: Vuelta a la Normalidad en Indiana: La Etapa Cinco Continuó
ESTADO DE INDIANA Orden Ejecutiva 20-43
ESTADO DE INDIANA Orden Ejecutiva 20-44
ESTADO DE INDIANA Orden Ejecutiva 20-45
Governor Eric Holcomb has announced Indiana will advance to an updated version of the Stage 5 Back On Track Indiana plan and extend the state’s face covering mandate until November 14th. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.
Guidelines for all Hoosiers
- Face coverings are required for all Hoosiers according to Executive Order 20-43
- Maintain social distancing of 6 feet, especially in public spaces and when you are in close contact with others who are not members of your household
- Wash your hands frequently; use hand sanitizer when hand-washing is not available
- Do not go to work or other locations when you feel sick or symptomatic
- Hoosiers 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should remain vigilant about protecting their exposure to COVID
- Limit gatherings with those outside of your household or regular social bubble
- Hoosiers who will be in contact with individuals 65 and older and those with known high-risk medical conditions should remain vigilant about exposure
- Consider obtaining a COVID test before prolonged exposure to high-risk individuals. A COVID test before visiting may enable you to make an informed decision about contact with other persons. Do not visit if you are positive or symptomatic
- Maintain 6 feet of social distancing indoors and outdoors and wear a mask for the protection of other individuals and yours
- Maintain hygiene standards
Guidelines for Businesses Effected by Stage 4.5
- Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs may operate at full capacity
- Personal services may open at full capacity
- Gyms, fitness centers and workout facilities may operate at full capacity
- Conventions may resume at full capacity Amusement parks, water parks, and like facilities may operate at full capacity
- Social distancing guidelines should be maintained Cultural, entertainment, and tourism sites may open at full capacity. This includes museums, zoos, aquariums, and like facilities
- Pari-mutuel horse racing and county and state fair racing may operate at full spectator capacity
- Raceway events may return to full capacity
About The Riverwalk FundraiserJoin us by walking/running/biking where you are from Saturday Oct. 17th-Wednesday Oct. 21st. Total distance will be self reported. Each participant will receive a SWAG bag: prizes for longest distances in each category(walk/run/bike)
Registration fee is a suggested donation of $20, but any amount is appreciated. 100% of proceeds go to the Monticello Riverwalk.
The Riverwalk Project;Our "Twin Lakes" provide wonderful assets to Greater Monticello! How do we connect our thriving city to the river and our lakes? The Monticello Riverwalk Plaza! The Riverwalk Plaza, will be located next to the Historical Society Museum, and it will be a starting point for recreational opportunities focused on our lakes such as hiking, canoe and kayak rentals, picnics and fishing. The plaza will be a gathering place for Monticello residents, as well as visitors, looking to enjoy the sweeping views of the water in a safe, outdoor space with room to socially distance if needed.
Center for Disease Control (The CDC) Recommended Guidelines for a Safe Halloween
- A costume mask should not be a substitute for a cloth mask.
- A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face.
- It may be a good idea to come up with a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
- If screaming will occur, greater distancing is advised.
- The greater the distance, the lower the risk of spreading a respiratory virus.
- Low-risk Activities
- Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household, or outside, at a safe distance with neighbors or friends
- Decorating your home
- Doing a Halloween scavenger hunt where children are given lists of Halloween-themed things to look for while they walk outdoors from house to house admiring Halloween decorations at a distance
- Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
- Moderate-risk Activities
- Participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard)
- Having a small group, outdoor, open-air costume parade where people are distanced with more than 6 feet apart
- Attending a costume party outdoors where protective masks are used and people can remain more than 6 feet apart
- High-risk Activities
- Participating in traditional trick-or-treating where treats are handed to children who go door to door
- Having trunk-or-treat where treats are handed out from trunks of cars lined up in large parking lots
- Attending crowded costume parties held indoors
- Going to an indoor haunted house where people may be crowded together and screaming
- Going on hayrides or tractor rides with people who are not in your household
Face Covering Requirement
- State of Indiana Executive Order 20-43: The New Normal During a Global Pandemic with Mask Mandate
- State of Indiana Executive Order 20-37: Face Covering Requirement
- To get children back to school
- To keep businesses open
- A statewide increase in COVID-19 positive cases
- A statewide increase in number of Hoosiers hospitalized for COVID-19
- An increase in cases and positivity rate in neighboring states
Mark your calendar Monticello! To show our appreciation to our local law enforcement the "Thank A Police Officer" Hog Roast will be held on Saturday, September 19th from 12PM-4PM. The location of the event will be announced later. Whiskey & Wine and Chapman’s BBQ will be roasting pulled pork sandwiches, smoked mac and cheese, and baked beans. We will be serving complimentary meals and bottled water to ALL our law enforcement officers from 12pm Noon till 4pm. The general public can also purchase a meal for a minimum donation of $5.00. All proceeds will go to our local law enforcement programs.
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Orden Ejecutiva 20-40, "Asuntos de Cuidado Infantil
Governor Eric Holcomb in response to the COVID-19 Emergency and the opening of public schools has temporarily suspended regulatory statues as they relate to schools and child care programs.
Many school corporations have opted or been ordered to provide remote or e-learning rather than in-person instruction, leaving working parents in the lurch if their children remain at home.
On August 21st, he signed Executive Order 20-40, which allows school corporations to contract with organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club or YMCA, to operate school-age childcare programs in locations in addition to public school buildings to help families who need care while their students engage in e-learning.
Additionally, the order increases the number from six to 10 of school-aged children allowed to gather in one location on school days for e-learning without requiring the childcare setting to be licensed.
Shafer & Freeman Lakes Environmental Conservation Corporation (SFLECC) Issues low water warningSFLECC Press Release - August 28, 2020
Lake Freeman is under a low water flow warning! If you are boating on the lake be aware of submerged objects that may be dangerously close to the surface of the water. If you have watercraft docked on Lake Freeman be aware of the lower water levels and take appropriate action to protect your watercraft. Low lake levels may make many docks and lifts unusable.
At this time, the SFLECC is in the middle of a lengthy battle in the Federal Court system, with no new information as of now. Our actions, if successful, will benefit you and your family in some way, whether you are an SFLECC licensee, other Lake property owner, Twin Lakes area resident, business owner, or occasional visitor.
Unfortunately, we do not see the current situation improving until there is significant rainfall in our watershed.
What can I do regarding the lake levels?1. Be Careful!
- The water levels have dropped significantly, creating many hazards.
- Let them know the Endangered Species Act in which US Fish & Wildlife is enforcing is resulting in…in your own words describe how it is affecting your Lake Freeman experience.
- Explain your damages if you have any to your property and property value concern.
4. Learn about mussels in Lake Freeman
- US Fish & Wildlife has determined there aren’t mussels in Lake Freeman that are on the endangered species list.
- We have spent over a half million dollars fighting this battle against the US Fish & Wildlife and are now in the Federal Court process. If you would like to contribute, we need your help!
Extension of Back on Track 4.5 and Mask Mandate
- State of Indiana Executive Order 20-42 - Extending Stage 4.5 (Back on Track through Sept. 25th)
- Orden Ejecutiva 20-42 - Vuelta a la Normalidad en Indiana: Tercera Continuación de la Etapa 4.5; Primero Extención al Requisito de Cobertura Facia
Declaration of Emergency (Extension)
- State of Indiana Executive Order 20-41 - Extending Public Health Emergency (through Sept. 25th)
- Orden Ejecutiva 20-41 - Sexta Renovación de la Declaración de Emergencia de Salud Pública para el Brote de COVID-19
What Can Be Open Right Now?
- Personal services, Gyms, fitness centers, and other workout facilities can continue operations with restrictions.
- Restaurants dining room service may be open at 75% capacity while maintaining social distancing
- Bar Seating in restaurants may operate at 50% capacity while maintaining social distancing.
- Bars and nightclubs will open to 50% capacity while maintaining social distancing
- Retail stores will open at full capacity.
- Cultural, entertainment, and tourism sites (amusement parks/water parks will open at 50% capacity. Reservations are encouraged to limit number of customers at any one time)
- Movie theaters and bowling alleys will open at 50% capacity while maintaining social distancing.
- Public playgrounds, community tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, and similar facilities may resume.
- Amusement parks and water parks may open at 50% capacity. A reservation system is recommended.
- Campgrounds may be open with social distancing limitations.
- Outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, boating, birding, hunting, and bicycle riding are permitted.
What is Open in Stage 4.5?
- Festivals, fairs, and parades may open with restrictions. See Indiana Guidelines
Guidelines During Stage 4.5
- Outdoor visitation must resume July 4 at assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
- Indoor visitations at assisted living facilities and nursing homes MAY resume on July 4. Facilities not allowing indoor visits must have a plan for indoor visitation by Stage 5.
- Hospital Visitations encouraged with precautions.
- Social gatherings of 250 people may take place following the CDC social distancing guidelines
- Hoosiers 65 and over with high-risk health conditions should limit exposure in their communities.
- It is HIGHLY recommended that residents wear face coverings in public settings.
- There are no travel restrictions.
- Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network: 877gethope.org
- Rental and Housing Assistance: IndianaHousingNow.org
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): https://www.in.gov/ihcda/4067.htm
- Coronavirus Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Guide: https://www.in.gov/ihcda/4464.htm
- Additionally, help may be available through Area IV Agency at: https://www.areaivagency.org/Home.aspx
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC and other reputable, scientific sources strongly recommend that in places where people will come into contact with individuals from outside their own household and social distancing cannot be consistently maintained, individuals should wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Additionally, because confirmed positive cases are on the rise in Indiana, on July 24, 2020, Governor Eric J. Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-37, mandating masks that cover the nose and mouth be worn inside businesses and other indoor spaces in Indiana that are open to the public.
Executive Order 20-37 does provide, in Section 4, subsection c of Executive Order 20-37, that “any person with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability which prevents wearing a face covering” is exempt from the state’s mask mandate. However, it is not always readily apparent that a person has a disability, and stores—particularly national chains and smaller businesses in areas where surges are occurring—may have mask policies in place that are more stringent than those detailed in Executive Order 20-37.
The following guide has been created with the goal of clearing up confusion for businesses as they navigate compliance with the mask mandate, protecting themselves, their businesses, their customers and their employees, and applying CDC and Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) best practices guidelines, all while not running afoul of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Learn More - Download the Guide
- upgrade 4,000 lineal feet of four-inch and six-inch water mains
- replace seven fire hydrants
- add eight new six-inch water valves.
"By investing in our state's water infrastructure, we are laying the foundation for regional growth and prosperity,” said Lt. Gov. Crouch. "These grants are supporting projects that are crucial to rural communities' continual economic development and improving the quality of life for its residents.”
Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross said, "The City of Monticello is excited to share this news. City leadership past and present worked together with our Water Superintendent, Rod Pool, KIRPC, Jason Miller of RMA, and Commonwealth Engineers to make this possible. We are looking forward to improving the water infrastructure in the NW quadrant of the city, with this grant we can leverage our own funds to provide better services for our community. Thank you to Lt Gov Crouch, and OCRA for providing this opportunity."
The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as: infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.
Take a look back to our April 3rd "Be A Hero" video:
ASL Video of the 'Be A Hero' message (Katherine Tardiff, ADA/Title IV Coordinator)
The link to the survey is: https://forms.gle/XdWa7uqoqqmM4kjB6
We appreciate your patience and cooperation and remind you to "mask up" to keep yourself and others safe.
White County is seeing confirmed cases increase, but not at an alarming rate so far. Of course, this is a very fluid situation and could change at any time.
We thank you for your cooperation as we all adjust to a new way of safely providing services to our residents. We will get through this together!
- promote employment opportunities
- and/or retain/expanding current businesses
- Alex's Apparel - Jeff Alexander
- Ashley's Massage & Yoga - Ashley Tincher
- Best's Bowling Center - Ryan and Melissa Best
- BJ's Nails - BJ Wray
- Buschman's Service Center - Paul and Shirley Buschman
- Day & Knight Fitness - Robert Phillips
- Down the Street Bar - Alex and Michelle Hughes
- Frankie Rupe School of Guitar - Frankie Rupe
- It's Just a Flesh Wound - Buddy Wicker
- Maximum Tan - Heather Crowe
- Monticello Community Radio, Inc. - Laura Page
- Necessities - Ingrid Landis
- New Directions Salon & Spa - Susan Alpha
- Pins & Needles on Main - Karen Tiede
- Reclaim Dames & An Udder Sensation - Sharon McKinley
- Rugies Dugout - Salina Vargus
- Skipper's Frozen Yogurt - Skip and Amy Sturgeon
- Slot Farms - Tracy Davidson
- Twin Lakes Cinema - Timothy Luby
Monticello-Union Township Public Library Facebook Page
Monticello-Union Township Public Library YouTube Channel
The Monticello-Union Township Public Library is pleased to announce the soft reopening plan for the library. On June 1st, the library will open to the public with limited hours. Patrons will be able to come in the library during these open hours, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. closed for cleaning and then open 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed for cleaning and then open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Saturday open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is a 30 minute grab and go situation. You have the ability to come in and use the facilities and check out materials in a convenient time frame. Masks are recommended. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. The Library will monitor the number of people within the building.
For patrons who are not ready to come in the library, please feel free to continue using our Curbside Service. Patrons can call the library and request up to 10 items to be checked out. Staff will search for your items, then call you back to reserve a pick-up time. Staff will not accept returns from the vehicle; they will need to be returned to the book drop. Hours for Curbside will be during the limited hours, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 1 pm, 3 pm – 5 pm, Tuesday and Thursday 10 am – 1 pm, 3 pm – 7 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.
All items being returned to the library will be placed into quarantine for 3 days and checked in on the 4th day. Due to this quarantine process, your account may not be current.
Thank you for your support during this time! For more information, please visit the library’s website for the full soft reopening plan. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the library at 574-583-2665. Visit our Facebook page for information on upcoming events and our YouTube channel to watch book reviews, storytimes, cooking, and exploring our resources.
The City of Monticello, Indiana is participating in the U.S. Census 2020. Here are some brief facts about this year's census:
- The U.S. Constitution mandates a Census count must be held every ten years.
- The data is used to allocate federal dollars which have direct impact on planning for schools, transportation, health programs, and other community needs.
- Census data is also used to draw districts which translates to Congressional seats.
- The Census will be available in 13 different languages online.
- The Census Bureau will provide support in 59 different languages.
- It is safe and easy to complete.
- Your answers are confidential.