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Project Rain Barrel Wins Governor's Award

The City of Monticello recently won the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for the 2022 IDEM Recycling/Reuse for Project Rain Barrel.  

Learn more about Project Rain Barrel here.

Please review the Governor's Press Release:

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Full-Time Seasonal Help Needed

Help Wanted!  The Monticello Street Department is looking for full-time seasonal help for Leaf Pickup.  This job will last for 6-8 weeks.  Please pick up applications at the Mayor's Office at 120 West Washington Street, Monticello IN. 

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Domestic Violence Proclamation

On October 4, 2022 at 12:00pm (noon), Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross will read a proclamation designating October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Meet representatives from YWCA Greater Lafayette Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.  Learn about their services and find out how you can help victims of domestic violence.

The proclamation will be read at the United Way Building.  The United Way Building is now located at 402 Tioga Road, Monticello, IN 47960.

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Trash Pickup Announcement

Trash Pickup will be collected on the regularly schedule day this week (September 5-9).  There will not be a delay because of Labor Day. 

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Calling All Artists!

Monticello Arts Beat is seeking original designs to create our 2022 White County collectible ornament! Designs must be aimed toward: "What does White County mean to you?" Submissions are to be a simple black and white design and must be submitted by 5pm EST on Friday, August 26th! Submissions can be uploaded through the link below! https://forms.gle/LBL8fDpHZMsiRoCSA

If you have questions, please eMail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Building Hope Together

Join Habitat for Humanity of Lafayette to learn how you can be a part of Building a Home in Monticello!

When:  Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Time:  4PM-5PM
Where:  City Hall, West Bays at 120 W. Washington St., Monticello, IN 47960

Snacks and Dessert Provided!

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City Pool Employees Honored

The City of Monticello is honoring our City Pool employees.  2022 has been a record year for swim lessons and pool attendance.  Monticello Mayor Cathy Gross presented Certificates of Appreciation to the City Pool employees for their service to the City.  Scott Kubly, Pool Manager, received recognition for 43 years of service to the City Pool and Parks Department. 

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Burn Ban Established

White County Indiana - Effective July 14, 2022.  The White County Commissioners have declared a burn ban effective from July 14, 2022 12:01 am until July 21, 2022 12:01 am. This will be reevaluated on July 20th to determine if it needs extended. 

Please review the order here.

In summary, the following activities are banned:

  1. Campfires
  2. Bonfires
  3. Unpermitted controlled burns
  4. Burning of yard and household trash
  5. Burning of construction debris
  6. Burning of organic debris
  7. Discarding extinguished smoking materials of any kind on the ground or not within an enclosed fireproof receptacle.
  8. Non-commercial burning of material which is not contained in a barbecue grill, with a lid which is only opened periodically and constantly attended.
  9. The burning of any other open-air fires
  10. Fireworks of any kind, except fireworks displays by an entity having a permit issued by the Office of Indiana State Fire Marshall or displays sponsored by a White County municipality and supervised by a local fire department.
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Firefighter and Paramedics Needed

Note:  Applications Due on August 19th by 4pm

The Monticello Fire Department is growing and expanding services to the Monon Community.  Six positions will be available.

  • Probationary Pay - $48,195.00
  • 1 Year Pension Base Pay - $53,658.00
  • Lateral Transfer Bonus - $3,500.00


Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have not reached 36th birthday
  • Hold a current Indiana Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
  • Hold a valid driver's license
  • Be willing to attain paramedic certification at employer's expense


If you have questions, please call 574-583-3151 or eMail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications are due August 19th by 4pm.  See this webpage for application and other information.

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Rain Barrels Available

Resident Mike Godlove's Rain Barrel System

ATTENTION CITIZENS WHO RECEIVED A RAIN BARREL ... The City of Monticello is looking to post on Social Media photos of rain barrels in use this fall and next spring. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Review the latest news about the Rain Barrel program.

Free Rain Barrels for City Water & Wastewater Utility Customers!

In cooperation with Ball Corporation, the City Wastewater Utility Department wants to help relieve some of the utility costs associated with watering your lawn and gardens by providing customers with a Free Rain Barrel! 

If you would like a free rain barrel, please call 574-583-7847 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Provide your:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Customer ID number (found on your water bill)

We can only provide the free rain barrel at this time. You can purchase drain spout diverter kits for your rain barrel (see diagram) locally. Information about rain barrels and instructions for installing diverter kit & hose spigots can be found on YouTube.

Instructions for Painting your Rain Barrel

Use outdoor acrylics to paint your rain barrel. You will need to prime and top coat your plastic barrel.

  • Clean the exterior surface with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Use a fine grade sandpaper to "rough up" the surface of the barrel. (This helps the paint adhere to the plastic barrel.)
  • Vacuum the barrel's surface, then rinse barrel with clean water (static may try to hold the fine dust) and dry with a lint free cloth (or leave it in the sun to bake)
  • Apply at least one coat of outdoor primer. Primer must be allowed to dry per manufacturer's instructions.
  • Paint barrel and allow the paint to dry completely.
  • Apply two coats of polyurethane. Allow the polyurethane to dry between coats.


Please Note: The rain barrels previously contained a non-toxic, biodegradable soap and have been triple rinsed to be prepared for non-potable use as rain barrels.

Rain Barrel System

In the photo above, Monticello Resident Mike Godlove, uses multiple barrels in a series.  Using gravity draining, the lower hose moves the water to a pump that he uses to force water through his garden hose.



Spigot Kit Available

The spigot kit is available at our local Ace Hardware on Main Street.


Resident Barrel Setup

This setup also uses a small pump to water a garden using an existing hose.


Resident Barrel Setup

Uses two barrels with one used as an overflow.  Water is gravity drained from the left barrel to a container (not shown).

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"Team Up for the ADA" Golf Outing

  ADA Golf Outing Brochure
  Team Up for the ADA Golf Outing - Registration & Sponsor A Hole Form

Join Us For "Team Up for the ADA" Golf Outing on Saturday, August 20, 2022.  Family Fun for all ages and abilities!
Par 3 Golf • Miniature Golf • Cornhole • Lunch • Music • Contests • Awards & Prizes

What is Happening?

“Team Up” for the 9th Annual 'Team Up for the ADA' presented by the Monticello Mayor’s Advisory Council for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Hollow Acres Golf Course, at 10:00am (Registration is at 9AM).
  • Each team must include a person with a disability
  • There will be Par 3 Golf, and Putt-Putt.
    • Par 3 Golf is $12.50 per person or $50.00 per team.
    • Putt-Putt Golf is $5.00 per person or $20.00 per team
How Can I Help Sponsor a Hole?

Hole sponsorships are available at 3 levels:
  • Small sign $25.00
  • Medium sign $50.00
  • Large sign $100.00 (sponsorship includes a team entry fee)
In order to have sufficient time to process your hole sponsorship, we must have your commitment by August 1st.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ADA Coordinator by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by phone at: 574-583-4568. Please make checks payable to:

City of Monticello, ADA
227 N Main St.
Monticello, IN 47960

You may also contact any Advisory Council Member to Participate in this "Team Up for the ADA" Golf Outing.

What is the Advisory Council?

The Monticello Mayor's Advisory Council for the ADA serves to provide advice, guidance, and support to the City of Monticello as it progresses toward ADA compliance. Our activities include: Disability Awareness Month Events throughout the month of March each year (Art Contests, Street and Gazebo Banners, Recognition Awards, Wheelchair Basketball Games and Mile in My Shoes Day).

Members
Mayor Cathy Gross
Pat Wokoun, President
Mark Newman, Vice President
Jim Kramer, Secretary
Diane Bunnell, ADA Coordinator
Jim Mann, City Clerk-Treasurer
Mitch Billue, Parks Superintendent
Frank Arthur, Street Superintendent
Tony Stroup, Assistant Chief of Police
Wes Hartwell
Mary Sigman
Kyle Ashton
Tom Adams
Lexi Pool
Melissa Draper
April Hurley

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Photographer's Exhibit - Apply to Enter

  Photographer's Application.  Click to apply to exhibit your photos.

Local artists, Leah Padlo & Brandi Page, are inviting local photographers to join them for "Through my Lens" Photographer's Exhibit in the West Bays from July 28th through August 2nd.

Requirements:
  • Must be a local artist
  • Photographs must be show ready - Printed on canvas, framed, etc.
  • Photographs for hanging must be a minimum of 11x14 inches, 16x20 inches is preferred (before framing)
  • Photographers are welcome to have a table with prints of preferred size for sale or show
  • Photographers will be required to set up their work on Wednesday July 27th
Exhibit Hours:
  • Thursday July 28th - Friends & Family Invite Only - 5pm-8pm
  • Friday July 29th - Open - 5pm-8pm
  • Saturday July 30th - Open - 9am-1pm
  • Tuesday August 2nd - Farmers Market - 5pm-7pm
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Quilt Show Winners Announced

First Annual Quilt Show was held June 3 - June 12 in the West Bays at CIty Hall. We had a little over 300 people walk through and enjoy over 130 Quilts on display.  Free will donations were accepted for the "People's Choice Award" prizes.

1st was $150.00 Won by Joyce Lawyer,
2nd Place was Betty Bylend $90.00
3rd was Kathy Weida $90.00.

Everyone is looking forward to having the event again next year. 

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Town Hall on Tuesday, May 17th at 7pm

The City of Monticello will be hosting our first Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, May 17th at 7pm in the West Bays at the new City Hall on Washington St. (former Monticello Fire Dept.).

All residents are welcome to attend.  The purpose of the the town hall format is to give all citizens an opportunity to voice their concerns or ask questions of our city leaders and departments.
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Road Construction - May 5th

On Thursday, May 5th there will be:
  • Road construction on North Main between Foster Street and Fisher Street
  • Road construction on North Illinois from the Point to Hanawalt Rd.
  • There will be no parking on either of those streets while they are working in the area. 
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Utilities Dept. Clerical Opening

The City of Monticello, Indiana is seeking applications for a part-time clerical position within the City of Monticello Utilities Department.

Download the application below or pick up at the Utilities Office located at 225 N. Main St., Monticello, IN  47960.  Office hours are from 8am to 4pm.  Please return the application or mail to the Utilities Office.

  Review/download the application
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Local Lane Restrictions/Construction Info

The City of Monticello wishes to alert all citizens about the upcoming road construction.  This spring and early summer there will be lane restrictions on the following roads:
  • Sixth Street
  • Washington Street
  • North Main Street
  • North Illinois Street
  • South Main Street
We want everyone to watch for construction signs and warning flags.  Everyone have a safe and Happy Spring.
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MFD Safety Day on Sat., April 9th

The Monticello Fire Department in partnership with Leadership White County will host the first Sharon Hartwell Safety Day.  The Safety Day will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 8AM to 1PM.  If you would like to have a certified car seat technician to inspect your car safety seat, please register for an inspection.

To register contact Nick Green, Firefighter and Community Paramedic at 574-583-3151.  There will be limited walk-in availability.

Held at the same time will be a free will donation Pancake Breakfast.  Donations will help the Monticello Fire Department fund future car seat events, training, and continuing education for car seat technicians.
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Opportunity: Back Home Again!

  View the Back Home Again in White County Flyer

The lack of available workers has plagued businesses throughout the US for the past several years, and it appears that we will continue to face this issue locally well into 2022. To assist our businesses and organizations that deal with this problem daily, there is work underway to put together an event that hopefully will provide employers with a program to identify potential employees entering the workforce upon graduation from high school.

The White County Economic Development Organization, along with Indian Trails Career Cooperative, and representatives from our four White County High Schools are planning a program in April that will bring seniors and selective juniors together with key businesses/organizations that will allow these groups (students and employers) to meet face-to-face and learn of the vast opportunities that exist in White County. And, to that end, we are calling the event “Back Home Again in White County”.

The date we have selected for this event is Thursday, April 14th, and will be held at the Brandywine Convention Center in Monticello. Our “committee” is still outlining the logistics surrounding this event, but the purpose of this email is to determine if this is something that you wish to have your business/organization participate in. If so, please mark your calendar as a “save the date” and RSVP your intentions to Debbie Conover at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
It is anticipated that we could have as many as 350-400 seniors and selective juniors from Twin Lakes, Frontier, North White and Tri County high schools attend and meet directly with your representatives. We hope to have between 50-75 organizations participate. This is a tremendous opportunity to “tell your story” as to why the students should remain and work in White County and make decent wages at your place of employment. Your commitment is to only spend a day interacting with our workforce of tomorrow, and we will even feed your team lunch! Can’t beat that!

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Paramedicine Program Helps Residents

Monticello Paramedic Nick Green and Mayor Cathy Gross discuss the new program helping residents age in place. Click image above to view the WLFI Report.


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