The June 28 Monticello City Council meeting was business as usual with approving minutes, approving bills, considering and approving regulations and receiving citizen feedback.
During the public comment section, Mary Cokenour made the Council aware of comments on the “What’s Happening in Monticello, Utah” Facebook page.
“For the past week there has been a lot of discussion going on. It was started by a hotel owner basically accusing the restaurants of not staying open and providing dinners for tourists who come in late,” said Cokenour.
The Facebook discussion ultimately led to the proposed idea of forming a Monticello Business Association to deal with this issue.
According to Cokenour, “The same hotel owners who were bad mouthing the restaurateurs don’t want a Business Association but a Hospitality Board, which is only hotel and restaurant owners getting together,” she said.
Mayor Tim Young said a Business Association seems like a good idea. City Manger Ty Bailey expressed concern that this organization would not be an official city forum and the city wouldn’t be required to respond. He suggested a meeting to discuss the possibility of setting up forums recognized by the City.
While paying the bills, concern was expressed regarding recent landscaping and street repairs, including concern that sod used was dead when it was finally laid down.
This question led to whether there is any help for those with the dead sod. “Part of the agreement was that every homeowner was to be contacted and informed when the sod was to be laid and how to properly water it,” said City Manager Bailey.
Zoning regulations for RV parking and storage were again reviewed to ensure proper recording procedures were followed. The regulations were approved.
Bailey said a new police officer will begin work July 1, the pilot’s lounge at the airport is complete, the fuel system at the airport will be installed, and the Little League baseball tournament went well.