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Monticello Wins Water Improvement Grant

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded the City of Monticello and 23 rural Hoosier communities $15.3 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure.  The City of Monticello was awarded $600,000 for water and sewer improvements. This project will
  • 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.

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Coronavirus Update - April 28, 2020

  UPDATE!  Great resource posted by White County United Way.  It will be updated often at their website.  Review and download this information directory

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Coronavirus Update - April 16, 2020

  UPDATE!  Great resource posted by White County United Way.  It will be updated often at their website.  Review and download this information directory.

NEW! ADA/Title VI Coordinator, Katherine Tardiff presents the Mayor's Message, "Hometown Heroes" in American Sign Language (ASL).  View it here or on YouTube.

  • NEW!  Governor Holcomb said that they will be able to reopen the state economy in early May.  But tt will be a slow process that is done in parts.
  • NEW!  ISDH (Indiana State Dept. of Health) said it was cautiously optimistic that the efforts made so far are flattening the curve.  There is hope that Indiana could see a reduction in cases in the coming days.  ISDH said many regions of the state are seeing a drop in COVID-19 cases
  • UPDATE!  Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has extended the State Emergency Declaration to May 5th, 2020.  In order to continue to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Governor is ordering Hoosiers to stay at home for two more weeks beyond the original April 7th deadline to April 20th. The Governor is expected to update the 'Stay at Home' order on his afternoon briefing, Monday, April 20th.  Review the updated Governor's Order.
  • Mayor Gross and our city heroes ask you to be a hero, too.  Please review this publich health and safety message.  Stay at Home, Stay Safe, and Save Lives.
Twin Lakes School Lunch Pick-up has been suspended until further notice.
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Coronavirus Update - April 3, 2020

  NEW!  Great resource posted by White County United Way.  It will be updated often at their website.  Review and download this information directory.
In-Person School Classes Ended for School Year.  Gov. Eric Holcomb declared an end to in-person classes in Indiana schools for this school year at his daily briefing Thursday.  Schools will remain closed through the rest of the school year. Schools must switch to remote learning.  After the governor's announcement, the IHSAA said the spring sports season would be canceled.


Twin Lakes School Lunch Pick-up
is Monday, April 6th.  Please click link below to fill out request form.  Each child 18 and under will receive a 10 Meal Pack (5 breakfasts/5 lunches) intended to cover the Week of April 6th-10th.  Because of recent state and federal guideline changes, distribution will ONLY happen at ROOSEVELT MIDDLE SCHOOL this week.

Click to fill and submit your lunch Pick-up Form.

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Coronavirus Update - April 1, 2020

NEW!  The CDC (Fed. Govt.) has increased its 15 days to Slow the Spread to 45 days.  The latest update to the 15 day warning shows the additional 30 days.

Review the update:  30 Days to Slow the Spread

  NEW!  Great resource posted by White County United Way.  It will be updated often at their website.  Review and download this information directory.
Reminders to all, we are still in the beginning stages of the 'Slow the Spread' and Indiana's 'Stay at Home' order.  New information from the CDC is available.  We encourage you to review:



Let's end this update with a little lighthearted, but important message:

 
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Coronavirus Update - March 25, 2020

  Great resource posted by White County United Way.  It will be updated often at their website.  Review and download this information directory.
Business Assistance
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Coronavirus Update - March 23, 2020

  Great resource posted by White County United Way.  It will be updated often at their website.  Review and download this information directory.
City
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 24th, only essential city employees will be in offices.
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Coronavirus Update - March 20, 2020

  Great resource posted by White County United Way.  It will be updated often at their website.  Review and download this information directory.

The Governor is extending the State of Emergency in Indiana to May 5th.  The Governor's order includes information on unemployment insurance, housing, social services, veterans, etc.  Please take time to review the March 19th Governor's Order summarized here.

This afternoon, the Governor working with the State of Indiana Party Chairs have agreed to move the date of this year's Indiana Primary Election from Tuesday, May 5th to Tuesday, June 2nd.  Review the full announcement here.

Local

The City of Monticello has opened a web page with COVID-19 News and Resources concerning people with disabilities.

Twin Lakes School Corporation - Free Grab and Go Lunches for the entire next week will have a pickup on Monday, March 23rd.  Please click and fill out form to reserve lunches for next week (Link active until midnight on Sunday).

Resources
For those of you who want to dig deeper on the CoronavirusA YouTube video discussing the spread, attack and diagnostics of this virus strain.  The first 10-15 minutes is interesting.
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Coronavirus Update - March 19, 2020

  Great resource posted by White County United Way.  It will be updated once a day at their website.  Review and download this services update.

The Governor is extending the State of Emergency in Indiana to May 5th.  The Governor's order includes information on unemployment insurance, housing, social services, veterans, etc.  Please take time to review the Governor's Order summarized here.

Local

Carroll White REMC - Disonnection for non-payment is suspended and lobbies in Monticello and Delphi are closed to the public until further notice.  Payments can be made through our Monticello Drive-Up Window, Delphi kiosk, Smarthub (online) as well as pay by phone.  Members can call 800-844-7161.
Per Governor's Executive Order, no essential utility services may be disconnected while under a State of Emergency (includes electric, gas, telecom, broadband, water, and wastewater).
IU White Memorial Hospital - IU Health has made additional updates to temporary visitor restrictions. Beginning Sunday, March 15, 2020, no visitors will be permitted at Indiana University Health Hospitals. To streamline the screening process, IU Health White Memorial Hospital is directing all patients to the Emergency Entrance for screening.

Twin Lakes School Corporation

Per Governor's Executive Order, public schools will remain closed until May 1st.
Per Governor's Executive Order, all state mandated tests will be cancelled for the current academic year.
Free Grab and Go Lunches for the entire next week will have a pickup on Monday, March 23rd.  Please click and fill out form to reserve lunches for next week (Link active until midnight on Sunday).

State

Per Governor's Executive Order, state income tax payments delayed.  Now due July 15th (just like Federal Income Tax).

County
No Peddlers - White County Govt. Officials, together with local Government Officials have determined, for the protection of our citizens, no Peddlers Permits will be issued in White County, nor will any previously issued permits be honored, until further notice.  If you suspect peddler activity in your neighborhood, please contact your local law enforcement.
Per Governor's Executive Order, penalties on property tax, paid after May 11th, will be waived for sixty days.
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Coronavirus Update - March 17, 2020

City

Monticello Public Library - The library will be closed until further notice on Wednesday, March 18th.  Online Services, such as INSPIRE and Digital Collections are available.  See the library website for more information.
Free Lunches
 - Twin Lakes School Corporation is providing free school lunch pickup for students 18 years old or under at Roosevelt Middle School from 2pm-4pm.  Pickup begins tomorrow.  Please visit this page to request a lunch(es).
The Twin Lakes School Pantry - 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.   See this post on donating to the pantry.

County

Senior Center - The Senior Center will be open for Public Transit needs/requests only.  All senior lunches, planned activities, and free-tax preparation (gatherings) have been cancelled until further notice.
White County Building & County Offices - The White County Board of Commissioners are closing White County Government Buildings to the public effective March 18, 2020 to curtail the spread of COVID-19.Essential County business that cannot be conducted remotely will be either postponed or arranged at the department head’s discretion. White County Government office contact information is displayed on the County website and will be posted on the door of each County building. See http://www.whitecountyin.us for more information concerning meetings and courts.

State - Workforce/Unemployment Information

The Indiana Dept. of Workforce Development would like to assist employers, workers, and agents during this emergency.  If you are temporarily closing or reducing worker hours, please encourage your employees to file for unemployment insurance benefits.  They must do this online, through a computer or smart phone.  They should visit unemployment.in.gov for Frequently Asked Questions, video tutorials, and a link to file for unemployment insurance.   Review FAQs in our Coronavirus & Business Section.

National

The White House and CDC (Fed. Govt.) released a helpful, brief document called '15 Days to Slow the Spread'.  Review it here.
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Coronavirus Update - March 16, 2020

These are highlights of today's news that affects our local community.  Please check National and State websites for more detail information.  Links are listed in the web resources area on this page.

Local closings reported include the United Methodist Church and Parks Programs.  See closings

State of Indiana - Directives from Governor Holcomb
  • Recommends no in-person events of more than 50 people. (Update March 17 - CDC [Fed. Gov.] guidelines are more than 10 people.)
  • Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
  • Hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers should cancel and/or postpone elective and non-urgent surgical procedures immediately.
  • The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites will close to the public beginning Tuesday. Indiana state parks and recreation centers, including state park inns, remain open. Restaurants will convert operations to take-out and delivery.
Please visit the following web page for more of the Governor's recommendations including information on unemployment insurance, etc.
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