Monticello residents invited to apply for utility relief via CARES funds by November 27
Monticello City has at least $39,000 in CARES funds that they are using to provide citizens with utility relief.
At their November 10 meeting, the city council approved using those funds to provide credits on Monticello resident utility bills, offering $100 in credits to anyone who demonstrates financial need at any point throughout the pandemic.
Applications for the program can be found on the city website and at the Monticello City office. In total, the program would provide 390 households with assistance, with a likely possibility of more households helped with leftover funds.
Applications are due by November 27, the day after Thanksgiving.
Monticello City received an additional $58,000 in the last round of funding from the CARES Act, leaving a total of $174,000 that must be spent by December 31, or it will be turned over to the state.
The city is using the funds on a variety of needs related to the pandemic.
In response to the additional funds, the city is allocating the $39,000 for utility relief. In addition, they are increasing spending from $20,000 in earlier budgets to $30,000 for touchless sanitation centers, paper towels, masks, and more for city-owned properties.
The city may also upgrade some desktop computers that don’t have cameras in order to have more remote capability as needed during the pandemic.
Other upgrades include:
• $11,000 for a new sewer grinder, which will assist in preventing backflow issues, as waste can be contaminated with COVID-19
• $8,000 for a new airport fuel system at the Monticello airport which helps local aircraft used for medical evacuations
• $8,000 on a new city website which helps residents and the city trade information and services while reducing the need for face-to-face contact
• $8,500 to help the Monticello Library create a co-working and innovation center to provide a strong internet connection and good space for residents who are teleworking
The city had slated $15,000 for a new swimming pool pump but if replacement should cost less, the remaining funds will be used to stock up on needed cleaning supplies for the pool.
Funds are also being used to cover payroll expenses if city staff members get sick.
At the meeting, the council also moved forward to explore refinancing a water bond. The bond is currently held with the USDA, but a representative with Zions Bank contacted the city about refinancing the bond.
City Manager Evan Bolt reported that the refinance would save $305,000 over the life of the bond, and added that it would be paid off earlier than expected. The savings are due to an improved interest rate. The bond is currently in an upper three-percent interest rate, while Zions Bank can offer a rate as low as 1.9 percent.
The city council voted to lock in the rate, but retained the opportunity to back out of the deal at no cost.
Three property owners with land near the Hideout Golf Course applied to rezone the properties from R1 residential to A1 agricultural. The council approved two smaller requests, but denied a request for a larger property that stretches from Abajo Drive to the golf course.
The property has subdivision plans approved on it, and neighbors state they don’t want the possibility of livestock on the property in town.
The council also cancelled the City Christmas party for city employees. Instead of the traditional catered dinner, employees will receive gift cards to Monticello businesses of their choosing.