City of Monticello
NEWSLETTER Fall 2006
ABOUT THE CITY NEWSLETTER and drought tolerant plants to both enhance the area and
The city newsletter is published quarterly to inform reduce the need for water and on-going maintenance. The
residents and business owners about Monticello happenings. landscaping phase of the project will be paid for with a
Please send comments or questions to: $100,000 Transportation Enhancement grant from UDOT.
City of Monticello The Welcome Center and Frontier Museum remain open
Attn: Newsletter every day except Tuesday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM until
PO Box 457 the end of October, when the facility will close for the season.
Monticello, Utah 84535
Phone: 435-587-2271 Funding Approved for New Fire Station/Public Works
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facility
Additional information about Monticello, including past city The City received approval for a $465,000 grant and a
newsletters, is available at: www.monticelloutah.org $300,000 0% loan from the Community Impact Board for the
construction of a new 7,500 square foot fire station and a
5,000 square foot public works facility. The buildings will be
MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL joined by a two-story, 3,200 square foot office and training
Message from Councilmember Jeremy Hoggard facility. An additional $100,000 in grant funding for this
The community is growing and things are changing here
project came from the USDA-Rural Development. The
in our sleepy little town. After nine months on the city council complex will be located on 100 South from 33 West to 100
I have gained a respect for how things happen in cities and
West. Some construction should take place this fall and the
counties. September 13-15, we had the privilege of attending
balance of the project will be finished in summer 2007.
some training in SLC to learn more about strengths and
challenges other cities and towns face, challenges our
community will undoubtedly face in the future. PUBLIC WORKS
FYI: There is a public hearing October 2nd at 11:45 a.m. Mountain Pipeline Project Update
in the County Commission chambers to make decisions As of the end of August, only about one mile out of
regarding special service districts and to change the rules so approximately 19 miles of pipe was left to be installed. Our
the commission would have the power to permanently close contractor has been working on a wetlands mitigation site and
the hospital. We might not make a difference; however, I think is now in the final stages of construction. On September 18th
that the commission should know that what they are doing is work began constructing the water collection sites. Weather
wrong. We need your support! permitting, we expect to accomplish most of this construction
Please know that you can contact me with any concerns before winter forces the contractor off the mountain. Even if
that you have and I will do my best to bring them to the city the project is not completely finished this year, we expect our
council. I can be reached at email@example.com or flows to be significantly improved due to the construction that
587-2697. has taken place.
Landfill Winter Hours/Changes in Charges
CITY ADMINISTRATION Starting October 1st, the landfill will begin its winter
City Hires New City Recorder schedule, open Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The City is pleased to announce that Cindi Holyoak has Also starting October 1st, the City will begin charging for
been hired as the new City Recorder, replacing Rita Walker disposing construction and demolition waste at the landfill in
who retired in August. Cindi is a lifelong Monticello resident order to offset the cost of covering the landfill. Rates will be
who brings excellent skills and experience to her new job. published soon.
Welcome aboard, Cindi!
Garbage Pick Up Reminders
Landscaping Plans for Welcome Center Now Complete 1. On your collection day, please place your container at the
Landscaping plans for the Southeast Utah Welcome curb with the handle facing your house. Be sure the
Center are complete. Drawn by landscape architect David Bell container is within two feet of the curb and clear of any
from Utah State University, the hardscape design calls for 22 obstructions. If the city can’t get to your container then it
parking stalls for cars, up to six parking stalls and a pull- will be passed by.
through lane for RVs, an RV dumping station, two covered
picnic areas, a bike rack, a new sidewalk along Main Street, 2. During collection hours (7:00 AM to 4:00 PM), please do
and other connecting sidewalks. The planting plan uses native not park vehicles on the street near containers.
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3. Use your container for such items as: paper, cans, garbage backflow preventer installed and need only to be tested
and other normal household trash, cardboard boxes annually. Others may not meet state and local regulations and
(flatten to conserve space), grass, leaves, small hedge, may need to be replaced with the proper backflow preventer.
bush and yard trimmings. Please bag your trash in order In any case, the City of Monticello has a state certified
to prevent it from being blown out during pick up. backflow technician available or a plumber can determine
whether or not your system meets all the requirements. The
4. DO NOT use your container for anything that will not regulations also require that a state certified backflow
allow the lid to close, or for: tree limbs and trimmings technician test the backflow preventer annually.
over 4 feet in length and or 4 inches in diameter, If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at
flammable items or hot ashes, un-bagged animal waste, 587-2271.
concrete, dirt, plaster or any other construction or
demolition debris. PLANNING & ZONING
Digital Mapping Project Begins
5. PLEASE NOTE: If you consistently over fill your Thanks in part to a $10,000 grant from the Governor’s
container the City will deliver you an extra container as Office of Planning and Budget, the City is embarking on an
deemed necessary for an additional $ 6.25/month. exciting new project to digitally map city infrastructure. This
summer, city crews, with help from Magellan Mapping, Inc.,
6. PLEASE NOTE: The first container is provided to you have been identifying and mapping all of our water and sewer
by the City at no charge. Replacements for containers that lines using GPS technology. This should save the City money
have been lost or damaged will be billed to you at cost. in the future and allow us to make better decisions about
planning, installing and maintaining city infrastructure.
WATER QUALITY & YOU
The Quality of your water is something you might take
PARKS & RECREATION
for granted. We don’t! Monticello’s water is continuously
New Skate Park Officially Opens
tested and meets or exceeds all drinking water standards
The long-awaited Skate Park in Monticello opened just in
established by the EPA.
time for this year’s 24th of July celebration. A special Ribbon
Depending on Mother Nature more or less chlorine is
Cutting Ceremony on September 20th officially introduced the
needed to make our water safe. You may taste a slight
park to the community. The park was designed by Reynolds &
difference, but you can be sure it is always safe to drink. Here
Associates from Durango, Colorado, and built by Stapp
are a couple of tips for using water wisely at home and
Construction from Farmington, Utah. Funding for the new
keeping our water safe:
park came from a $192,874 Community Development Block
Grant, administered by the Utah Department of Community
Be a Leak Seeker. A slow drip can add up to more than 20
and Culture, through its Division of Housing and Community
gallons of water per day. Check all your faucets once or twice
Development. This same source of funding will also be used
a year. If any of them leak after you’ve turned them off firmly,
to make further improvements to Veterans Memorial Park.
try replacing the washers. Most leaks, aside from toilets, are in
faucets and are most commonly caused by worn washers.
Summer Recreation Summary
If the leak is still there after you’ve replaced the washers,
Eddie Allred and his crew have had a busy and successful
something else may be wrong and you may want to call a
summer recreation program. It has been amazing how many
activities have been going on this summer. The organization
of the games has been great and the programs all ran
smoothly. A BIG thanks goes out to all the volunteers who so
graciously gave of their time. We would also like to thank
Maloy Masonry, Sonderegger Inc., and all the volunteers that
helped with the construction of the new dugouts at the ball
field. The players have really appreciated the shade and
comfort these two dugouts have provided.
Adult Softball Report
There were six co-ed teams and four men’s teams in the
league this summer. A tournament was held at the end of the
For Customers with Underground Sprinkler Systems The 24th of July Fast Pitch Tournament surpassed all
Connected to Culinary Water: Plumbing Code requires a expectations. Fourteen teams came from Salt Lake, Provo,
backflow preventer on all underground sprinkler systems that Moab, Blanding, Farmington and Monticello. BMC West
are connected to the culinary water system. This does not from Utah Valley won the tournament for the third year in a
apply to those sprinkler systems that use water solely from the row, and Bayles from Blanding took second. It took a lot of
secondary water system. hard work and coordination to pull off the event, but from the
The backflow preventer is a device that prevents comments heard from the participants, the tournament was a
impurities or contaminants from being drawn into the drinking roaring success and a lot of fun for the community.
water system. Many sprinkler systems already have the proper
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Youth Softball & Baseball Report we already feel about the Hideout and what a great course it is.
Over 150 games were played this summer, requiring a lot Come join us for some fall golf, or if you just want to come
of organization and coordination. Three teams from visit and have a famous Hideout Dog (best hot dog in town!).
Monticello went to the state tournament: (1) the Dodgers took Thanks again for your support and may you hit it long and
1st place, coached by RT Nielson and sponsored by Blue straight!
Mountain Foods, (2) the White Sox took 5th place, coached by
Steve Draper and sponsored by Days Inn, (3) the Diamond For more information, call the Hideout at 587-2200.
Backs also qualified for the state tourament, coached by Robin
Garner and sponsored by Empire Electric. If any kids still ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
have uniforms, please return them to the City Office. Anemometer Towers Up and Running
Three wind towers with anemometers are up and running
Swimming Pool Report at various locations near Monticello. These anemometers will
The swimming season was considered a success due to gather wind data for at least one year, leading to potential
better attendance and better management of the pool. Natalia future investments in wind development in the area. The City
Bailey was the new manager of the pool. Natalia Bailey and has contracted with Wasatch Wind to conduct the study, paid
Cathy Hatch were the new swimming teachers. The pool for primarily through a $66,500 grant from USDA – Rural
remained open for two weeks of high school classes, closing Development.
on September 1, 2006.
What is the Canyon Country Discovery Center?
Fall Soccer & Football Programs are Underway In fall 2002, the Monticello Economic Development
Twelve teams with 107 kids (K-6th grade) have signed up Committee proposed the idea of a hands-on, informal,
for youth soccer. Games are on Tuesday, Wednesday and educational science center in Monticello that they believed
Thursday evenings. Three teams with 55 boys have signed up would create new opportunities for the area’s students,
for youth football. Games are played in Moab, Monticello and teachers, families, and economy. The idea was developed and
Blanding on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. expanded by the Committee in partnership with the Four
Corners School of Outdoor Education (FCS). Numerous
Upcoming Recreation Events public meetings and events were held to make certain that
Sign-ups for Jr. Jazz basketball will be in December such a center was likely to succeed, and would meet the needs
The Blue Mountain-Canyonlands Triathlon will be March of the community.
3, 2007. Start training now for this challenging event. As the idea progressed from Feasibility Study to Business
Plan, a twenty-five member community Interim Leadership
Aquatics Center Feasibility Being Explored Team (ILT) determined that the Four Corners School was the
The City has hired the architectural firm GSBS from Salt best organization to make the proposed center a reality. Since
Lake City to research and design a possible new Aquatics 1984, FCS has been operating informal, outdoor, hands-on
Center in Monticello. The firm will perform various tasks education programs on and about the Colorado Plateau,
related to the project, including a market analysis, similar to what is proposed to be offered in the new center. In
programming, operations analysis, schematic design, and early 2006, the ILT, City of Monticello, and FCS Board
fundraising options. A timeline for completion has not yet formally agreed that FCS would continue its current programs
been set. and take on the work of creating a new program: the Canyon
Country Discovery Center.
For more information, call City Recreation at 587-2029. For more information on the history, programs, facility, and
leadership of this project go to www.fourcornersschool.org and
GOLF COURSE click on Canyon Country Discovery Center to view a slide show.
News from the Hideout Golf Club
Another summer season is winding down at the golf POLICE DEPARTMENT
course. This year has been exciting both with the tournaments Have You Lost Your Keys?
that we held and the new faces that we introduced to There have been a number of keys turned in to the Police
Monticello and the course. Office. If you are missing some keys, you may want to come
Mother Nature gave us some good moisture most of the by the office and see if any of these are yours.
summer, and the course is in great shape. This fall looks like it
is going to be a great time to play golf, especially with the fall MONTICELLO TRIVIA
colors that we get on the oaks and cottonwoods. We still have
1. Where does Monticello’s name come from?
a couple of tournaments left on the calendar, including the first
2. What was Monticello first known as?
annual Ironhawk Tournament on Friday, October 6th to
3. What is Monticello’s elevation?
benefit the Gentle Ironhawk Shelter in Blanding, which serves
4. How tall is Abajo Peak?
victims of domestic violence throughout the 4 Corners area.
5. Who is Loyd’s Lake named after?
Don’t put away your clubs just yet. Watch the paper for details
and come play. Answers:
Golfweek magazine came out with the annual rankings of 1. Thomas Jefferson’s Estate 2. North Montezuma 3. 7,069 ft.
golf courses in Utah and we were number four! This is a great 4. 11,360 ft 5. Loyd Young, original proponent of the ambitious project
accomplishment for our course and town, and validates how
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3-MONTH CITY CALENDAR*
October November December
3 Planning Commission Meeting, 2 Golf Committee Meeting, 5 Planning Commission Meeting,
6:30 pm 7:00 pm 6:30 pm
5 Golf Committee Meeting, 7 Planning Commission Meeting, 7 Golf Committee Meeting,
7:00 pm 6:30 pm 7:00 pm
9 VMTE Committee Meeting, 8 City Council Meeting, 11 VMTE Committee Meeting,
5:00 pm 7:00 pm 5:00 pm
10 Economic Development 9 Parks & Beautification 12 Economic Development
Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm
11 City Council Meeting, 9 Airport Committee Meeting, 13 City Council Meeting,
7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
12 Parks & Beautification Committee 10 Veterans Day Holiday – City 14 Parks & Beautification Committee
Meeting, 7:00 pm Office Closed Meeting, 7:00 pm
12 Airport Committee Meeting, 13 VMTE Committee Meeting, 14 Airport Committee Meeting,
8:00 pm 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
17 Recreation Committee Meeting, 14 Economic Development 19 Recreation Committee Meeting,
7:00 pm Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm 7:00 pm
25 City Council Meeting, 7:00 pm 21 Recreation Committee Meeting, 25 Christmas Holiday – City Office
7:00 pm Closed (trash pick-up on 12/26)
23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday – City
*Calendar subject to change. All City meetings are conducted at the Monticello City Office, 17 North 100 East, and are open to the
public. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, anyone needing special accommodations to attend a meeting may
contact the City Office, 435-587-2271, at least three working days prior to the meeting.
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