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Back on Track Indiana - Stage 4.5: Aug. 1st - 27th

Extension of Back on Track 4.5

Declaration of Emergency (Extension)

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?

  • K-12 school operations may begin the 2020-21 academic year on July 1; Extra-Curricular, co-curricular activities may resume July 6.
  • 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.
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Wastewater Operator Opening

The City of Monticello, Indiana is seeking applications for the position of Wastewater Operator.

The successful applicant will perform a variety of technical and maintenance work in the operations, maintenance, and repair of the wastewater plant, wastewater collection system, and other duties as needed. The work environment, characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this Job.

  pdf Click here to review the full description of the position.
  pdf Review/download the application
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Revisit City's Message on Face Coverings

The Governor has mandated the wearing of masks beginning Monday, July 27th. As White County is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, it is important that we all work together to get our schools open and our businesses back on track. I support the Governor in taking this step and am urging residents of Monticello, White County and Indiana to comply with the Governor’s order to "Mask Up".

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)
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Masks Mandated in Indiana Beginning July 27th

Face Covering Requirement

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will order a statewide mask requirement beginning Monday, July 27th. The reasons for this 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
The mandate will be for anyone 8 years and older in indoor public spaces, commercial entities or transportation services, or in outside public spaces when you cannot social distance.

 
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Asking Residents to Answer 4 Question Survey

The City of Monticello is asking our residents for assistance to complete this survey as we apply for an OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs) grant that could provide over $240,000.00 in small business grant relief for businesses in Monticello with 20 or less employees.

The link to the survey is:  https://forms.gle/XdWa7uqoqqmM4kjB6

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City Offices Re-Open on July 13th

The City of Monticello will delay the re-opening of city offices for at least one week. This delay is part of our continuing effort to insure the safety of our employees and community as we see increased numbers in social gatherings and positive COVID-19 cases. City offices will continue to provide city services with essential personnel and through remote and virtual meetings.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation and remind you to "mask up" to keep yourself and others safe.
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City Offices Opening July 13th

City leaders are re-opening city hall on Monday, July 13, 2020 at 8:00 am, with mitigation protocols in place. Visitors to city hall are required to wear face coverings if attending a meeting or plan to spend time in department offices.

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!

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Monticello Riverwalk Crowdfunding Info

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.

We need your help to reach our goal of $50,000. If we reach it, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will match the $50,000 and help us create the Plaza, but only if we reach our goal.

Please review the video below and visit our crowdsource funding page to learn more about the project.  We encourage you to donate and share this information with your friends, family, neighbors, and Monticello Supporters near and far! Every donation, large or small, will make a difference.

   Click for the Monticello Riverwalk Information/Donation Page
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Local Road Closures/Construction Info

U.S. 421 to be closed in Monticello starting next week in the Monticello.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for U.S. 421 between U.S. 24 and Jefferson St in Monticello beginning Monday, June 22.

Crews will be reconstructing the road in this area. The project is expected to be completed in mid-September, 2020. Drivers should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow State Road 39, State Road 16, U.S. 421, State Road 43 and State Road 18.


US 24 Resurfacing - Lane Closures

There is also an ongoing resurfacing project causing lane closures on U.S. 24 between S 300 E and W Railroad St in Monticello. U.S. 24 will be down to one lane intermittently during daylight hours for the duration of this paving project. Flaggers will direct traffic. The project is expected to be completed in the beginning of August, 2020.



INDOT urges drivers to stay alert near crews and follow traffic directions carefully. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time when driving through this area. Drivers should slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

Stay Informed Motorists in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts any time via:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest
Twitter: @INDOTNorthwest
CARS 511: https://indot.carsprogram.org
Mobile App: iTunes App Store and the Google Play store for Android


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Local Business Loans Approved

The City of Monticello is proud to announce $55,000.00 of loans assisting Monticello small businesses.  The monies, established by the 'Economic Development Income Tax Fund' (EDIT Fund), were earmarked to:
  • promote employment opportunities
  • and/or retain/expanding current businesses
The list of businesses receiving loans are:
  • 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
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MUTPL Announces Limited Hours

  Visit the Monticello-Union Township Public Library Website
  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.

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Residents Encouraged to Complete 2020 Census

  Take the 2020 Census

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.
Your response is important to our city.  The data from the census is used to allocate federal money for schools, special transportation services, health programs and other needs within our community.  We urge everyone to respond to the Census, which can be securely and safely online.

Video Assistance (English):


Video Assistance (Español):


Video Assistance (American Sign Language ASL):

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Back on Track Indiana - Stage 3 Begins May 22nd - June 13th

  Review the Governor's Back on Track Indiana - Stage 3 Document (May 22nd - June 13th)

What Can Be Open Right Now?

  • Campgrounds may be open with social distancing limitations.
  • Restaurants and bars that serve food may be open at 50% capacity
  • Retail stores may operate at 75% capacity. Examples include apparel, furniture, and jewelry stores.
  • Community tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, and similar facilities may be open with social distancing guidelines.
  • Outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, boating, birding, hunting, and bicycle riding are permitted.

What is Closed Right Now?

  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Cultural, entertainment, and venues
  • Playgrounds
  • Amusement parks, water parks, and tourism sites
  • Festivals, fairs, and parades
  • Movie theaters

Guidelines During Stage 3

  • Social gatherings of 100 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 recommended that residents wear face coverings in public settings.
  • There are no travel restrictions.
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City Parks Reopening Plan

Reopening Schedule

Updated June 4th, 2020

  Review entire Parks Reopening Schedule - June 2020 (Updated June 4th)

The Monticello Parks & Recreation Reopening Schedule is only a guide and may change based on direction given by the Governor, Mayor, and or Monticello Parks Board. How we proceed from here will ultimately be determined by our actions as a community and how they affect the containment/spread of this virus. It appears that our area of the state is lagging behind on the Coronavirus curve. With that said, in most areas, our plan will reflect a delayed Governor’s plan and will move forward as follows.
  1. June 8th - Restroom facilities open to the public - This will allow time for seasonal park staff to be scheduled and restroom preparations for public use to be completed.
  2. June 12th - Basketball courts / sand volleyball courts to be opened.
  3. June 15th - Park playgrounds begin reopening as new surfacing is installed and initial cleaning of the playground equipment is completed.
  4. July 4th – Reservation of park facility and field usage to resume – A signed waiver will be required for organized activities & reservations.
  5. Parks programing will resume in July - Social distancing and face masks are required until further notice.
  6. Trails remain open – Face masks are recommended.
  7. Fishing piers and kayak docks remain open – Face masks are recommended while on site.

Monticello City Pool

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns for the health and safety of pool patrons and their families, the Parks Board has made the difficult decision not to open the City Pool for the 2020 season. Park and Pool staff will be making improvements to the facility this season in preparation for opening in the Spring of 2021.

Personal Responsibility

It is important that all individuals utilizing playground equipment and park facilities acknowledge that COVID-19 may be present. All patrons must take personal precautions in preventing the contraction and/or spread of the virus. Social distancing, wearing face masks, and washing of hands before and after playing on parks equipment or utilizing park facilities are strongly recommended and are necessary in helping to contain and defeat this virus.
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Help for Our Monticello Businesses

Updated Thursday, May 20th at 1:50PM

APPLICATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS LOANS IS CLOSED.  PLEASE RETURN TO THIS POST FOR UPDATED INFORMATION.


  City of Monticello Small Business Loan Press Release - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

  City of Monticello Small Business Loan Program Overview/Information
  City of Monticello Small Business Loan Application

The City of Monticello is proud to announce a resolution passed at Monday's meeting that assists Monticello small businesses in the form of a loan program.  The monies, established by the 'Economic Development Income Tax Fund' (EDIT Fund), are earmarked to:
  • promote employment opportunities
  • and/or retain/expanding current businesses
Many of our Monticello small businesses have suffered severe economic losses due to state and local public health measures in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Affected small businesses will be able to request loans from the EDIT fund.

The City of Monticello Resolution dated May 11, 2020 can be reviewed here.

O
n Wednesday, May 13th, the City of Monticello released two documents to business owners.  The first, an information/overview document.  This document outlines the loan eligibility requirements, the loan approval process, and payment data.  It also established a timeline for the review process.  The second document is the actual loan application.  The first application due date is Tuesday, May 19th at noon.  Loans will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  The application process will close on Tuesday, June 2nd at 4PM or when all the funds have been rewarded.

Loan recipients will be reviewed by the committee weekly, and awards will be distributed by the Clerk-Treasurer’s office as soon as possible after award. Initial payments from the original application deadline are expected to be issued on Monday, May 27, 2020.

To review all documents including the information/overview and application, please click here.

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May Is Mental Health Month

  Read the Mayor's Proclamation on Mental Health
  Visit the new State of Indiana site 'Be Well Indiana' with a focus on Mental Health Support and Issues.

On May 1, 2020, Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross proclaimed May 2020 as Mental Health Month in our city.  She called upon the citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in the city to recommit our community to:
  • increase the awareness and understanding of mental health
  • to learn the steps our citizens can take to protect their mental health
  • to focus the need for appropriate and accessible services for all people with mental health conditions
Citizens are encouraged to review the proclamation and visit the Be Well Indiana for an overview of Mental Health issues, assistance and support available.  The site also focuses on how the COVID-19 Pandemic and Mental Health are related.
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City/County Emergency Declaration Extension - May 6, 2020

  Review the City of Monticello - Local Disaster Emergency Declaration Executive Order No. 20-04 - May 4, 2020
  Lea la Declaración de Emergencia por Desastre Local de la Ciudad de Monticello, Orden Ejecutiva Núm. 20-04 - May 4, 2020
  Review the White County Commissioner's Executive Order No. 20-02:  White County Disaster Emergency Declaration
   Review the Governor's Back on Track Stage 2 document beginning May 4th here.

With the reported number of positive Coronavirus cases continuing to rise (having doubled over the past three days, and not expected to peak for another one to two weeks)  it is declared that a state of local emergency continues to exist in the City of Monticello.  With regard to Essential Retail and Commercial Businesses permitted to be open under Governor Holcomb's Executive Orders, the Mayor, City Councl and Board of Public Works and Safety orders:
  1. Every person who enters such businesses, including business employees, must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth.
  2. Children under the age of sixteen (16) will not be allowed inside such businesses, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  3. Such businesses shall monitor and enforce these orders.
  4. All those considered 'high-risk' are encouraged to avoid all public gatherings.
  5. All persons are recommended to wear face coverings in all public settings.  Residents should also continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  6. This Executive Order is supplemental to Governor Holcomb's Executive Order No. 20-26 which all persons are recommended to review and obey.  Pursuant to Governor Holcomb's Order, retail and commercial businesses, including those that have been open for the neccessities of life during previous Governor's Executive Orders may operate at 50% of capacity.
The Executive Order will become effective at 12:01AM (EST) on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, upon the expiration of the Mayor's Executive Order of April 28, 2020, and will expire at 12:01AM (EST) on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
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UPDATE - Back on Track Stage 2 Begins on May 4th

UPDATED MAY 5, 2020  5:15PM

With the spike in COVID-19 cases within White County, the City of Monticello released a new Local Disaster Emergency Declaration:  Executive Order No. 20-04 of May 4, 2020.  This order expires at 12:01 Wednesday, May 13th.  The order expands the Governor's Stage 2 Order in two areas: Face Masks and Children Entering Businesses.


  Review a news summary of the executive order here.
  Review the City of Monticello Executive Order Extension here.
  Review the White County Executive Order Extension here.
  Review the Governor's Back on Track Stage 2 document beginning May 4th here.

The following is a summary of the Back on Track Indiana Stage 2 proposal beginning tomorrow, Monday, May 4th with the City/County Executive Order included.

Beginning May 4th

  • People who are 65 and older along with those having high-risk health conditions should stay home.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear face masks in public.  Residents should also continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Social gatherings can be up to 25 people as long as there is social distancing.
  • Essential travel restrictions will be lifted.
  • Remote work encouraged to continue wherever possible.
  • Manufacturers, industrial operations and other infrastructure that has not been open to date - can reopen.
  • Half of BMV branches will reopen Monday with more in the coming weeks - appointment only.
  • Public libraries can reopen according to their own policies and local/CDC guidelines

Beginning May 6th

Beginning May 8th

  • Religious services (statewide – no exceptions) may convene inside places of worship. Updated guidance will be coming.
  • A religious service will need to comply with social distancing - seating spaced apart. It is recommended for people to wear face coverings.
  • Churches will not be subject to the 25 person social gathering limitation.
  • They are encouraged to conduct as many activities as possible virtually and potentially add more services to allow for smaller groups.

Beginning May 11th

  • Personal services like hair salons can reopen by appointment only and with social distancing.
  • Restaurants can reopen at 50 percent capacity. People will need to sit at small tables and not at the bar.

Beginning May 13th

  • City of Monticello Local Disaster Emergency Declaration:  Executive Order No. 20-04 of May 4, 2020 will expire.

The following remains closed during Stage 2

  • K-12 and other educational buildings
  • No visitors to nursing homes or funerals
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Gyms
  • Community centers
  • Venues including:
    • sport
    • fairs
    • theme parks
    • movie theaters
    • bowling alleys
    • wedding
    • funeral
  • Basketball courts, playgrounds, water parks and swimming pools
  • Campgrounds
  • Adult day cares remain closed through May 31
  • Casinos
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Thank You! #LightItBlue

  Official "Light Monticello Blue for Essential Workers Day" Proclamation - City of Monticello

On Monday, April 20th, Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross asked 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.

Today as we close the official #LightItBlue campaign, we wish to again honor, support and thank our essential workers during the current COVID-19 crisis.

The symbol selected to show our thanks was prepared for the Monticello Police Department by the CDC Group Residence on Countrybrook Drive.  They created a wreath with all of the officers names on it.  The Police and Fire Department made a special visit to them on Tuesday.

Let this wreath continue to show our support to all essential workers and volunteers whether protecting our city, stocking our shelves, or making cloth masks.  You are appreciated ... each one of you.

THANK YOU!
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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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