The Monticello City Council approved all agenda items during its regular meeting March 11 at the Municipal Building. All council members except Tom Reed and Jeremy Jones were present.

Ordinance 2019-15 was presented in revised form and was passed by the council unanimously. The ordinance was originally submitted as an amendment to the liquor ordinance to create a Class K license to allow for non-traditional or “pop-up” alcohol sales.

At a first reading last month, council members suggested some other changes to the ordinance to modernize it.

Other updates to the code included removing an outdated limitation on dancing, updated fines for minors from $500 to $750 to reflect state penalties, removing the sampling permit, adding a Class K license that will mirror the hours of sale for regular licenses, removal of Class D-1 licenses, minor changes to the wording of certain sections, increasing the cost of Class E licenses from $25 to $50 and scaling the Class E and Class K costs based on the number of events.

The sampling permit and Class D-1 licenses were removed because they are now redundant with the authority granted to the local liquor control commissioner to allow sampling or selling by the glass.

McFarland a presenter

City Administrator Terry Summers announced that Callie Jo McFarland, Director of Community Development, will be giving a presentation on the Monticello Bootcamp Program at the 50th annual Community Development Society’s Annual International Conference at the University of Missouri this summer. The five-week bootcamp program was started in the fall of 2015 and has already helped launch several local businesses including Monarch Brewing Company and The Zybell House Bakery and Market.

Retirements

Summers said there was also some news regarding the retirements of two long-time city employees: Rich Walsh, equipment operator, is retiring after 25 years and Greg Catlin, fleet maintenance worker, is retiring after 30 years.

Congratulations to these great City of Monticello employees,” Summers said. “A lot of knowledge is going out the door and they will be missed.”