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By Sue Moen 

Monticello Public Safety Committee Hears Citizen's Opinions Regarding Mask Mandate


September 10, 2020

A Village of Monticello Public Safety meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Unfortunately, due to a clerical error in the agenda, the meeting could not be held.

On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, the Monticello Village Board met in the Lions Club Shelter in the park.

Bart Nies, of Delta 3 Engineering, updated the board on submitting applications to the Wisconsin Clean Water Fund to help pay for the needed Waste Water Treatment Plant repairs and improvements. Nies reminded the board that the costs listed on the application were estimates. The board approved the application to the Wisconsin Clean Water Fund.

The board approved the purchase of a John Deere Model 444L Wheel Loader at a cost of $128,000.

On Thursday afternoon, the rescheduled Public Safety Committee meeting was held in Lions Club Shelter.

A number of people (estimated at 35-50) attended the meeting. One of the items on the agenda was a discussion of a Mask Mandate for Monticello. The State of Wisconsin already has a mask mandate, which took effect on August 1st for a period of 60 days; however, Green County’s District Attorney, Craig Nolen, stated that his office will not be prosecuting any offenses for individuals not complying with the mandate.

Numerous citizens spoke to the committee, stating their position on masks in general as well as a discussion on a possible Mask Mandate in the Village.

Trustee Bob LaBarre said that he had placed the item on the agenda because he was seeing the increase in cases of COVID-19 in the area and wanted to make sure that people who come to Monticello feel safe.

A few of the attendees agreed with Labarre, some said that they do wear masks. However many of those who attended the meeting strongly disagreed and said they felt it was a personal choice and neither citizens nor businesses should be compelled to wear masks.

After listening to a number of citizens opinions, the Public Safety Committee decided that since no motion was brought at the Public Safety meeting, there would be no recommendation to the Village Board.


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