Monticello hopes to fill streets with art
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The City of Monticello is considering a project that could fill the streets of the town with art. Carol Van Steeter, chairman of Parks and Beautification Committee, discussed the idea at the January 28 meeting of the Monticello City Council.

The “Youth Lamp Post Banner Exhibition” would provide Monticello High School art students the chance to show off their artwork by hanging banners on lamp posts. The lamp posts could feature 100 to 125 pieces of artwork.

The Beautification Committee is coordinating with the high school art teacher to help select pieces that are suitable. Startup costs are expected to be around $10,000 for poles, banners, and brackets. After the startup costs, the group expects that the cost to keep it going will be minimal.

Assignments were made by Mayor Tim Young. They include:

Tim Young: Golf, Planning Commission;

Scott Frost: Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, Airport, and backup for Parks and Beautification;

Scott Shakespeare: Parks and Beautification, backup to Recreation;

Steve Duke: Victims of Mail Tailings Exposure, backup to Economic Development;

George Rice, Jr.: Public works, fire, backup for VMTE;

Rick Clark: Recreation.

On February 11, the Council is expected to consider options for the proposed Community Center / Golf Clubhouse project. Bids for the project came in higher than anticipated.

It is estimated that the new deep well drilled by the city will pump 100 gallons of water a minute. The water does not have levels of arsenic and preliminary analysis suggests that the water could be pumped directly in the city culinary system.

While the amount of water was lower than hoped, city officials have expressed optimism that the new well can help alleviate drought conditions during dry years.

In other matters at the January 28 meeting, the Council:

• appointed Cody Richards to the Planning Commission;

• approved a home-based business permit for the “Shimmer and Shine Beauty and Nail Technician” at 33 South 300 East; and

• renewed an alcohol license for consumption on premise for Peace Tree pending Chief of Police approval.
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