The City of Monticello approved an inter-local agreement with San Juan County at the July 8 city council meeting.
The agreement determines the funding and operations of the new Community Center, which is currently under construction at the Hideout golf course.
The approved plan will split most operations and maintenance costs 50/50 between the city and the county.
The community center will serve as a new pro shop for the city golf course. The building is also being built to house the county senior citizen programs.
The senior programs have operated in the lower level of the San Juan County library for decades.
City officials state that the cooperation between the City of Monticello and San Juan County saved money for both organizations that both need the new facility. The estimated completed date for the building is March 15, 2015.
The agreement signed at the July 8 City Council meeting leaves the city responsible for landscaping, water usage, and sanitation at the center.
The county carries 60 percent of the loan payment and also will pay 70 percent of the power and gas usage.
The 70 percent figure was determined since the senior center is used year round, while the golf pro shop is used only during the summer months when the Hideout is open.
In other matters at the July 8 Council meeting, the council met with Forest Service representatives to approve Forest Service use of the city water in case of an wildland fire emergency.
The agreement charges the Forest Service $50 a day for water, with a mandatory re-negotiation if the fire lasts more than three days. The agreement passed unanimously.
If you walk around Main and Center streets in Monticello, you may notice the youth art banner project. The project features art from Monticello High School art students.
The banners are scheduled to remain on display throughout the summer and as long as weather permits. An open house, featuring the original artwork, is scheduled for Friday, July 25 at the log church in Pioneer Park.