The new facility is a joint project between San Juan County and the City of Monticello. It provides a home for the County senior citizen program in Monticello and the city golf course, in addition to providing significant room for public meetings and large group events.
Crews are busy putting the finishing touches on the building, including telephone connections and audio-visual equipment.
The county and city both contributed to funding for the project, with a significant contribution from the Utah Community Impact Board (CIB). The CIB distributes loans and grants to government agencies. Funding for the CIB programs come from mineral lease royalties.
One of the first orders of business for the County Commission and City Council on April 14 is setting the rental rates for the facility. It is hoped that the facility will be used for a wide variety of activities, including small conventions, large group meetings, wedding receptions, parties, and more.
The facility includes an impressive kitchen that will be used to prepare the Senior Citizen meals and can be used to cater events in the community center.
Martha Garner, the director of the Monticello Senior Center, has been busy for weeks helping to coordinate the process of moving out of the old center and into the new.
Garner has been assisted by other employees and a committed group of volunteers. They have set up a beautiful room and a “serenity corner” to honor loved ones who have passed away.
Senior programs in Monticello have been located in the basement of the San Juan County Library building for several decades. The old center was crowded and the north-facing entry provided a challenge in bad weather.
The new facility is ADA-accessible and provides significant space for the senior programs. The center began delivering meals from the new facility on April 13.
The clubhouse for the Hideout Golf Club has been located in the same building near the course since the 1970s. Since the course expanded from nine to 18 holes in 2002, golfers have been looking forward to a new clubhouse to match the grandeur of the golf course. They may have found a facility to match the course.
The clubhouse is finished with beautiful cherry wood mill work, flat screen televisions and more. It features everything a golfer may need, including golf merchandise and clothing, an expansive front desk, food services, and a spectacular view of the course and surroundings through the windows and from the deck. Rental carts are located in the basement of the building.
Golf professional Tyler Ivins is delighted with the new home of the course. The course is consistently ranked among the top five in the state of Utah and amoung the top 20 municipal courses in the nation.
The Commission meeting and the Monticello City Council meetings on April 14 were held after the press deadline. Full coverage of the meetings will be published in the April 22 issue of the San Juan Record.