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Family Gardening Classes Available!

The Urban Ag Growers and the City of Monticello Parks Department announce Family Community Garden classes.  This is a full season of guided lessons with zero commitment and free of charge.  These workshops are designed for all ages to expand grower skills and abilities.  If you are interested in learning how to garden, contact our team at 574-583-7622 (Ext. 3) or eMail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Download the Flyer and review the information below.  Click links for definition, registration, and class location map.  Please note:  Registration is recommended, but optional.  Simply attend and enjoy!

Family Gardening Classes

  • Tu Jan 11:   7-8pm  Introduction Meeting
  • Tu Feb 8:  6-7pm  Hydroponic (Water) Gardening (Cindy Isom, Instructor)
  • Tu Mar 8:  7-8pm  Establishing Indoor Starts (Marianne Novak, Instructor)
  • Tu Apr 12:  7-8pm  Cole Crops (Tracy Musall, Instructor)
  • Tu May 10:  7-8pm  Plant (Diseases) Pathology (Andrew Westfall, Instructor)
  • Tu June 14:  7-8pm Weeding (Andrew Westfall, Instructor)
  • Tu July 12:  7-8pm - Raised Bed Gardening
    • Monticello Public Library - 321 W. Broadway St.   REGISTRATION   MAP
  • Tu Aug 9:  7-8pm - Food Handling & Safety (Sara Kramer, Instructor)
  • Tu Sep 13:  7-8pm - Cucerbits (Betsy Dill, Instructor)
  • Tu Oct 11:  7-8pm - Putting Beds to Rest (Jessica Wiles from Back2Earth, Instructor)
  • Tu Nov 8:  7-8pm - Gardening Wrap-Up
Join us!  Let's help everyone grow a healthy garden this summer and spend more time outdoors.
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Vengeance MC donates to MFD for Baby Box

Members of the Vengeance Motorcycle Club, Mayor Cathy Gross, Tammy Vogel and members of the Monticello Fire Department posing with a check for $1221.02. Members of the Vengeance MC held a bucket shake on Saturday November 13th to raise funds for the Safe Haven Baby Box which is located in the Monticello Fire Department.
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Welcome Councilperson Oldenkamp!

At the January 5, 2021 Council Meeting, Mayor Cathy Gross welcomes new Ward 4 Councilperson, Dan Oldenkamp. Mr. Oldenkamp replaces Ralph Widmer who retired effective December 31, 2021.
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COVID Vaccine Sites. Vaccine Available for Ages 5+

Vaccine Information - Scroll to end for all White County Vaccine Sites

  Appointment Scheduling Website


Current IDOH/CDC Information on 5-11 Year Old Vaccines

Current CDC Information on Booster Shots

Scheduling Appointments

Appointments may now be scheduled online for COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible recipients. The vaccine is now available to individuals age 5 and older.
  • Anyone younger than age 18 must select a Pfizer Vaccination Site.
  • Children between 5-11 will be provided 1/3 of normal dose twice (approx. 2 weeks apart) - Check here for availibility.
    • Monticello Family Medicine VAX - 810 S 6th St, Monticello, IN (Site vaccinating 5-11 year olds only)
    • Family Health Clinic Wolcott VAX - 203 Blake St., Monticello, IN (Site vaccinating 5-11 year olds)
    • Family Health Clinic Monon VAX 0 692 E. Broadway, Monon, IN (Site vaccinating 5-11 year olds)
In many cases, a vaccine is available by appointment only to those currently eligible as determined by the Indiana Department of Health. That complete list is posted to https://ourshot.in.gov, and appointments can also be scheduled at that website.

There is no cost to the individual, but insurance may be charged an administration fee. Individuals should bring a photo ID and an insurance card if they have one. Licensed and unlicensed healthcare workers and first responders will need a photo ID, proof of age, or verification of current employment as a healthcare worker or first responder in Indiana will be required.

White County Vaccination Sites 

Current Information from Indiana COVID-19 Vaccine Site Map; 2021 December 9

   Ivy Tech
1017 O’Connor Blvd.
Monticello, IN 47960
Click here to register.  Walk-in appointments available.

  Monticello Family Medicine
810 South 6th St.
Monticello, IN  47960
574-583-6446
This site is for the 5-11 year old Pfizer Vaccine only. Please schedule.

  Kroger Pharmacy
916 North Main St.
Monticello, IN  47960
Click here to register - Call 866-211-5320 to schedule Kroger appts. ONLY. (Do not call 211.)

  Family Health Clinic - Wolcott
128 W. Market St.
Wolcott, IN  47995
765-564-3016
Please call.  Appointments required.

  Family Health Clinic - Monon
692 East Broadway
Monon, IN  47959
11/4/2021 - This site has the 5-11 year old Pfizer Vaccine.

  Walgreens Pharmacy
812 W. Broadway St.
Monticello, IN  47960
NoteSchedule by clicking this link.

  CVS Pharmacy
831 N Main St.
Monticello, IN  47960
Note:  Schedule by clicking this link.

  Walmart Pharmacy
1088 W. Broadway St.
Monticello, IN  47960
Note:  Schedule by clicking this link.
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8 December 2021 - Latest COVID News Summary

NEW!  Review the latest ISDH Vaccine Newsletter.
There will be a weekly county by county assessment.  White County is currently RED, High Community Spread.  Update each Wednesday.  See the weekly stats here (scroll down for map).

Tested Positive?

   Tested Positive.  How to protect yourself and others.
   Probado positivo. Cómo protegerse a sí mismo y a los demás.

Test Results

   COVID-19 Test Results.  What To Do? 
   Resultados de la prueba COVID-19. ¿Qué hacer?
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White County Moves to Red (High Community Spread of COVID-19)

White County has moved to RED.  Current map reflects December 6th, 2021.  Update each Wednesday.  See the weekly stats by clicking here (scroll down for map).
White County Guidelines (High Community Spread - Red):  The county received a point score of 3.0 > when percent positivity and new cases per 100,000 residents are combined. The county is under red guidelines. These requirements remain in effect until the metric returns to orange/yellow/blue or moves to the all clear level. 

Actions may include:
  • All general requirements are in effect. Hoosier businesses remain open.
  • The Indiana Department of Health will convene local public health officials, local health care providers, elected officials, school leaders and other key stakeholders to discuss actions that will be taken. State agencies will provide further support upon request.
Local Officials should convene whenever a county moves to a more restrictive category.
  • Local health officials should evaluate the source of positive tests, undertake targeted testing where appropriate; and issue isolation or quarantine orders where necessary.
  • Local health officials, health care providers, elected officials, school leadership and other key local leaders must convene regularly to discuss actions that could be implemented to decrease the spread of COVID in their communities.
  • School officials should review plans for all extra-curricular activities and assemblies to ensure best mitigation practices being followed.
Measures and Restrictions:  Individuals and businesses in counties designated as orange must comply with all general requirements set forth in State of Indiana Executive Order 21-32/17/12 above.
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City Hall Open House - Sept. 20th

 Click to View Your Open House Invitation!

Everyone is invited to our open house!  Please join us in celebration of our new location of the Monticello, Indiana City Hall.  The new City Hall is located at 120 West Washington St., Monticello, IN.

The open house will be held on Monday, September 20th, 2021 from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Schedule:
  • Tours - 3PM-4:30PM
  • Ribbon Cutting & Building Dedication - 5PM
  • Oath of Office of Firefighter/Paramedics - 5:15PM
  • Presentation of Colors by Veterans Group - 5:30PM
  • Board of Works Meeting - 5:30PM
  • City Council Meeting - 6:00PM
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El Condado de White Continua como Naranja

El estado del Condado de White es actualmente naranja. El mapa actual refleja el 6 de septiembre de 2021. El mapa se actualiza todos los miércoles. Vea las estadisticas semanales haciendo clic aquí (desplácese hacia abajo para ver el mapa).

Pautas del Condado de White (Propagacion Moderada en la Comunidad—Naranja):  El condado recibió una puntuación de 2.0 < 2.5 cuando se combinan el porcentaje de positividad y los casos nuevos por cada 100,000 residentes. El condado está bajo pautas naranja. Estos requisitos permanecen vigentes hasta que la métrica vuelva a roja/amarillo/azul o se mueve al nivel que ha pasado el peligro. 

Las acciones pueden incluir:

  • Todos los requisitos generales están vigentes. Los negocios de en el Estado do Indiana permanecen abiertos.
  • El Departamento de Salud de Indiana convocará a los funcionarios de salud pública locales, los proveedores de atención médica locales, los funcionarios electos, los líderes escolares y otras partes interesadas clave para discutir las acciones que se tomarán. Las agencias estatales brindarán más apoyo a pedido.

Funcionarios Locales:

  • Los funcionarios de salud locales deben evaluar la fuente de las pruebas positivas, realizar pruebas específicas cuando corresponda y emitir órdenes de aislamiento o cuarentena cuando sea necesario.
  • Los funcionarios de salud locales, los proveedores de atención médica, los funcionarios electos, el liderazgo escolar y otros líderes locales clave deben reunirse regularmente para discutir las acciones que podrían implementarse para disminuir la propagación de COVID en sus comunidades.

Medidas y Restricciones:  Las personas y las empresas en los condados designados como Naranjas deben cumplir con todos los requisitos generales establecidos en la Orden Ejecutiva 21-23 del Estado de Indiana.

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New City of Monticello Video Released!

 
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White County Cares!

White County Cares is a collaborative initiative to promote awareness and prevention of substance use disorder and mental health stigma. The site includes interactive informational modules that allow community members to learn more about building resilient communities through acts of caring and compassion. Those who complete the modules will earn a certificate as a "Community Cares Champion" and will be eligible for discounts with our sponsors. 

 Visit the White County Cares Website for more details.
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City of Monticello Planning Survey

  Monticello City Planning Survey (takes approx. 2-3 minutes)

The City of Monticello is applying for a Comprehensive Plan planning grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Please take a moment and complete the survey to provide your input in the planning process.
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City of Monticello Business Grant Announced - Round 3

City of Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross is proud to announce the City of Monticello Small Business OCRA Grant Round 3 applications are now available. The completed application packet is due back no later than June 30 by 4:00 p.m. Businesses that have been established and operational within the city limits of Monticello since January 1, 2020 may be eligible for the maximum award amount of $10,000.00. This grant money is to be used for payroll, training, and operational costs.

The selection committee, formed with the Mayor, Clerk-Treasurer, City Council members, and the MRC, will consider whether applicant businesses have:
  • demonstrated a commitment to the community, through the support of local youth or charitable programs, good corporate citizenship, participation in community and business support organizations.
  • plans to hire, maintain, train or assist individuals who lost jobs or experienced economic hardship during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • needs that have not been or are not anticipated to be addressed through other government assistance programs.
  • made all reasonable efforts to keep employees employed during the recovery process.
  • an industry sector particularly affected negatively by COVID-19 and public safety measures associated with the outbreak (for example retail, dine in restaurant, salon).
  • are not franchise owned.
  • a physical location within the city limits of Monticello.
  • had 100 or fewer employees as of January 1, 2021.received funds in previous rounds of City or County grant/loan programs
  • are Veteran, Woman, or Minority ownership.
The Small Business Grant program has limited funding; therefore, not all grant requests may be approved at the level requested. Application packets can be picked up at the Mayor’s office at 227 N Main Street. For more information, please contact Lori Cheever at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 574-583-9889.
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Smoke Alarm Recall Notice

Monticello Fire Dept. June 7, 2021 - The vast majority of recalled smoke alarms were not part of any smoke alarm donation made by the Kidde Company to our fire service.  Alarms distributed through the Get Alarmed program are not involved in the recall.
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¡INFORMACIÓN ACTUALIZADA! Vacunas Contra el COVID Disponibles Para Personas Mayores de 12 Años

Elegibilidad para la Vacuna  │  Lugares de Vacunas en el Condado
Sitio Web de Programación de Cita — los tiempos de espera pueden ser largos
Tome nota: Kroger tiene su propio sitio de programación. Si está interesado, visite este enlace.
Mapa de Ivy Tech
Video sobre Vacunas (información local de las Clinicas de Salud Familiar)

Los beneficiarios elegibles ahora pueden programar citas en línea para las vacunas contra COVID-19. La vacuna ahora está disponible para personas mayores de 12 años:

  • TOME NOTA: Personas más jóvenes de 12 años deben seleccionar un sitio de vacunación de Pfizerhaga clic aquí para disponibilidad.
  • Residentes que viven en facilidades de cuidado de largo tiempo;
  • Individuos con afecciones médicas de alto riesgo (revise la elegibilidad)
  • Veteranos (revise la elegibilidad);
  • Educadores
  • Trabajadores de la salud con y sin licencia y socorristas que tienen interacciones cara a cara con pacientes o material infeccioso o trabajan en una posición de cara al público que requiere contacto en persona.

Debido al suministro limitado, una vacuna está disponible con cita previa solo para aquellos actualmente elegibles según lo determinado por el Departamento de Salud de Indiana. Esa lista completa está publicada en https://ourshot.in.gov y las citas también se pueden programar en ese sitio web.

No hay ningún costo para el individuo, pero al seguro se le puede cobrar una tarifa administrativa. Las personas deben traer una identificación con foto y una tarjeta de seguro si la tienen. Los trabajadores de la salud con y sin licencia y los socorristas necesitarán una identificación con foto, prueba de edad o verificación de empleo actual como trabajador de la salud o socorrista en Indiana.

Sitios de Vacunación en el Condado de White:

Ivy Tech
1017 O’Connor Blvd.
Monticello, IN  

Kroger Pharmacy (Pharmacia de Kroger)
916 North Main St.
Monticello, IN
Haga click aquí para registrar – Llame al 866-211-5320 para programar citas SOLAMENTE con Kroger. (No llame al 211.)

Family Health Clinic (Clínica de Salud Familiar)—Wolcott 
128 W. Market St.
Wolcott, IN  47995

Family Health Clinic (Clínica de Salud Familiar)—Monon
692 East Broadway
Monon, IN  47959

Walgreens Pharmacy (Pharmacia de Walgreens)
812 W. Broadway St.
Monticello, IN  47960
Tome Nota: suministros limitados

 Walmart Pharmacy (Pharmacia de Walmart)
1088 W. Broadway St.  
Monticello, IN  47960   

Las citas deben programarse con anticipación a través del sitio web estatal anterior para aquellos que son actualmente elegibles. Haga clic aquí para más información o ver el siguiente video.

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Parks Dept. Searching for Seasonal Employees

Seasonal Parks Dept. Employees - Application for Employment (Print PDF)
Seasonal Parks Dept. Employees - Application for Employment (Digital Fillable PDF)

The Monticello Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking applications for seasonal lifeguards, concession operators, and park laborers. Applications are available online www.monticelloin.gov and can be returned to the park’s office at 904 City Park Loop or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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Monticello Named Smart Rural Community

The City of Monticello has been recognized as a smart rural community.  Lightstream, a local company providing fiber-optic broadband services, to our community is our city partner.  Their goal is to bring high speed internet to rural areas.

Lightstream was awarded this honor by the National Broadband Association.  The President and CEO of Lightstream, Brent Gilliam, has worked towards this goal within rural areas during the pandemic.

Gilliam remarked, "To be able to share this with our community and watch it develop and grow and be able to provide that opportunity for many years and decades in the future is very important to us."  Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross said this recognition is part of her mission to move the city forward.  Gross said, "Because of these important partnerships we are able to constantly make a different in our community".

To learn more about this award, visit Lightstream's Smart Rural Community webpage.


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ADA Distributes Sensory Bags to TLSC & Boys and Girls Club

Monticello Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Distributes Sensory Bags to Twin Lakes Schools & Boys and Girls Club

On Wednesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 12, the Monticello Mayor’s Advisory Council for the ADA distributed sensory bags to the Boys & Girls Club of White County, and to all five schools in the Twin Lakes School Corporation. The sensory bags, which are for use by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Sensory Processing Disorders, include items such as weighted lap pads, stretchy toys and noise-cancelling headphones to provide or reduce various types of sensory input. Funding for these sensory bags was made possible through the generosity of the Community Foundation of White County, which provided a $1,500 grant toward their purchase.

L-R: ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, Boys & Girls Club staff members Katie Sparks (middle) and Melissa Rice (far right)

L-R: ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, Boys & Girls Club staff members Katie Sparks (middle) and Melissa Rice (far right)

L-R: Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool, RMS student Luke Bond, Special Education Teacher Susan Williams, RMS student Kohen Armstrong, Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup, ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, and Probationary Officer Sam Manion

L-R: Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool, RMS student Luke Bond, Special Education Teacher Susan Williams, RMS student Kohen Armstrong, Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup, ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, and Probationary Officer Sam Manion

L-R: Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool, Twin Lakes High School Dean of Students Dan Seiltz, TLHS Assistant Principal Desiree Swaim, TLHS Principal Melissa Whitehead, ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup, Probationary Officer Sam Manion

L-R: Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool, Twin Lakes High School Dean of Students Dan Seiltz, TLHS Assistant Principal Desiree Swaim, TLHS Principal Melissa Whitehead, ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup, Probationary Officer Sam Manion

L-R: Probationary Officer Sam Manion, Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool, Meadowlawn Assistant Principal Christie Holst, ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup

L-R: Probationary Officer Sam Manion, Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool, Meadowlawn Assistant Principal Christie Holst, ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup

L-R: Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool, Oaklawn Elementary Special Education Teacher Patti Hudelson, Oaklawn student Nicky, Oaklawn Principal Jennifer Lingenfelter, Probationary Officer Sam Manion, Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup

L-R: Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool, Oaklawn Elementary Special Education Teacher Patti Hudelson, Oaklawn student Nicky, Oaklawn Principal Jennifer Lingenfelter, Probationary Officer Sam Manion, Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup

L-R: Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup, Probationary Officer Sam Manion, Eastlawn Elementary Principal Casey Davenport, ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool

L-R: Assistant Chief of Police Tony Stroup, Probationary Officer Sam Manion, Eastlawn Elementary Principal Casey Davenport, ADA & Title VI Coordinator Katherine Tardiff, Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA Board Member Lexi Pool



Photos by Lori Cheever, Mayor's Asst. & MPD Patrolman Travis Clark
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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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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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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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