Monticello, surrounding area gearing up for growth
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by Buckley Jensen

(Editor’s Note: This article is the first of a two part series. This week deals with projects already funded and approved. Next week’s article will explore exciting projects on the drawing boards.)

A visit with City and County officials reveals a plethora of exciting projects, both in progress and in the planning stages. In terms of size and dollar value the present state of affairs is without precedent in City history. These projects reflect the optimism generated by such economic juggernauts as the new Lisbon Valley Copper Mine and mill; the planned start-up of the Dennison Corporation’s Uranium Mill in Blanding, The huge increase in mining and trucking of uranium, and the leasing and exploration for gas and oil throughout the county. Add in the 15 or so new subdivisions approved or in the planning stages in the County driven by out of state interest from investors and retirees, and it is all coming together to rival the Uranium and Oil booms of the l950’s.

This writer is old enough to remember the days when there were almost as many trailer homes in Monticello as permanent homes; when people lived in tents in Moab, and when a few lucky prospectors became millionaires with mines like the MiVida, and the Happy Jack. Thankfully, this time around, the infrastructure and the nature of the growth will not duplicate those rollicking, raucous days.

Monticello projects in progress or recently completed:

1. $24 million in new highway and city street construction:

a. A complete 16 mile rebuild of U. S. Highway 491 from the Monticello city limits to the Colorado State line; half in 2006 by W. W. Clyde Construction from Springville, and the balance this year by LeGrand Johnson Construction of Logan.

b. Several miles of new passing lanes and rebuilt highway on U. S. 191 between Monticello and Moab, mostly in Dry Valley.

c. Repaving of five miles of U. S. 191 from Monticello city limits north to the airport.

d. Repaving of Main Street.

e. Utility replacement and repaving several city streets by the City as part of their ongoing street maintenance program.

2. $4 million rebuilding of the Monticello Water Collection System almost complete:

The huge water project started in early 2006 is now virtually complete. With over 19 miles of new pipe in the ground and dozens of concrete collection basins finished this summer, inflow into the city system has increased substantially, despite one of the hottest, driest summers in memory.

3. George Wythe College: The City recently annexed the 700 acres purchased by the College on the west side of Monticello. Signage, road work and the plans for a major subdivision is underway. (More on this next week)

4. Welcome Center and Museum: Located at the corner of Main and 2nd South, the welcome center is soon to receive the new sidewalks, parking lot and landscaping, planned for this summer. A $288,000 grant from UDOT (Utah Dept. of Transportation) was unavailable this summer because the city did not know they had to use an “approved” planning engineer. UDOT made them redo the plans, using a new engineer which has delayed the cosmetics of the project.

5. Pavillion in the Park: A $125,000 CDBJ (Community Development Block Grant) grant will fund the construction of an outdoor pavilion in Veterans Memorial Park. Twenty-four hour restrooms will be built as part of this project.

6. Mill Site Recreational Construction: The 500 acre parcel deeded to the City by the Federal Government upon completion of the Mill Tailings Remediation project was recently annexed into the City. Last week’s San Juan Record detailed plans of the city for the recreational facilities which the city plans to implement there.

7. New Public Works Complex: A million dollar grant from the CIB (Community Impact Board) and the USDA (U. S. Dept of Agriculture) along with $100,000 in City funds is building a new public works complex on first west between first and second south. Included in this project will be a new six bay fire station, and a new four bay maintenance shop. Parking and landscaping will complete this downtown location. The former Carl Lyman and Patti Husted homes were purchased and torn down and additional land was purchased from the Harry Randall family.

8. New street construction: The City and developer Paul Sonderegger have constructed a new street which runs two blocks starting in what used to be Hayes Court at 150 West and Second North. The street connects with Fourth North.

9. The City is also building a new street which will be an extension of 3rd East from Highway 491 to First North. Preliminary work has begun. A home will be moved to make room for the new road, and the city will auction the home to the highest bidder in the near future.

10. Loyd’s Lake Pavillion and road work. There is a new graveled road to the volleyball area, and a beautiful new steel Pavillion to enhance your Loyd’s Lake parties for generations to come, compliments of Monticello City.
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