Monticello City denies zone change request, approves a budget
The Monticello City Council discussed the upcoming budget, denied a request for zone change and approved liquor licenses at their May 11 meeting.
The council voted to deny a zone change request for a parcel of land on the north end of town. The Pearson Lane applicant requested a change to their property from R-2 residential zoning to C-2 commercial.
The applicant wanted the change in part to build a personal repair shop. The accessory building is allowed under current code, but would be smaller than the landowner hoped.
The council followed the recommendation of the planning and zoning commission to deny the requested zone change.
The council also approved two Class C liquor licenses for two restaurants in town. The High Desert Cafe and Doug’s BBQ’s request were both approved. City staff notes that in accordance with state code, the current population of Monticello allows for four liquor licenses, meaning there is just one available in town. The Granary also holds a license.
The city also approved several water rights agreements, adopted an amended budget for the fiscal year ending in June, and approved a tentative budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
The fiscal year ending in June is being adjusted due to a few factors, including the impact of the pandemic, as well as the decision to dissolve the city police department and instead contract law enforcement services with the county.
Monticello also looks to spend the last bit of its CARES Act funding. A current program in place has provided utility relief for residents who can prove lost income.
With plenty of funds still available, the council is considering using those funds for a few projects, including upgrading to timed or touch-less sinks and showers at the city pool, and possibly upgrading the potable water fill station for those who haul water.
A public hearing for both the amended budget and the upcoming year’s budget will be held on Tuesday, May 25.
In other reports, the city pool is getting ready to open for the summer and the city is seeking applicants for lifeguard positions. City Manager Evan Bolt reports the Hideout has sold a record number of golf passes.
Additionally, the council discussed a report of RVs camping overnight at Loyds Lake. They also discussed replacing damaged and missing signs that outline the ban on overnight camping.