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By Sue Moen 

Monticello Village Board Unanimously Approves November Referendum Question


August 30, 2018

The Monticello Village Board met at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, in the Village Hall Boardroom. All trustees were in attendance.

During the Finance Committee report, the board approved the August payroll and invoices as well as Operator Licenses for Brienne Graber and Ryan Indergand.

Village President Tere Dunlap told the board that she would like to have the Committee budgets ready in September.

Trustee Dan Pederson noted that the Personnel Committee had made some changes to the Personnel Handbook. He also said that the committee had determined that, at this time, the village could not hire two more part-time officers. The Police Department had wanted to hire Daniel Meighan and Ryan Kruser. The village is limited in the number of part-time employees that it can have on the payroll, so Meighan and Kruser were placed on an eligibility list that will last for 18 months.

In the Public Safety report, Leora Miller stated that they had been unable to get the Fire Department minutes and records even after placing an open records request. She also reported that the Village’s portion of Fire Department Budget would remain the same except for $7,000 for the new truck.

In the Parks report, Rene Nicholson reported that the Lions Club would like to add a concrete pad on the east side of the shelter and another concrete pad for a dumpster. She told the board that the Lions Club will pay for the work. The request was approved.

Trustee John Teasdale brought up the refuse sticker question. Included in village packet was an online survey on the question of using refuse stickers or having a flat fee added to utility bills. There were 58 respondents to the survey, although there were some people in the room who said they didn’t know the survey was available. The results showed that 66.67% of those that responded said that they would be in favor of a flat fee. The discussion continued for quite some time until Dunlap said that she felt they needed to get more information and discuss the issue at the next Village Board meeting.

The board unanimously approved a resolution for a Binding Fall Levy Limit Referendum. The total amount will be $1,090,000. They also approved the wording for the question that will be on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The question will read: “Under state law, the increase in the levy of the Village of Monticello for the tax to be imposed for the next fiscal year 2018, is limited to 0.0%, which results in a levy of $325,498, before any debt adjustments. Shall the Village of Monticello be allowed to exceed this limit and increase the levy for the next five fiscal years by $218,000, beginning fiscal year 2018 the purpose for which the increased levy will be used is public works and public safety capital equipment/vehicles, operational costs for public works street maintenance, employee retention, Administrative Assistant position, safety training, computers/software, pool maintenance and equipment, and cemetery maintenance and expansion expenses over the next five years, by a an approximate total of 66.5%, prior to any debt service adjustments, for a total Village tax levy of $543,498?”

The board then went into closed session for the Clerk/Treasurer evaluation, after which they adjourned.


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