Letters to the Editor

Planning meeting served everyone’s interests regarding zoning discussion

To the editor:

Grassroots democracy was at its best at the Sept. 3 Monticello Planning Commission meeting as commission members, city staff and concerned citizens shared information and expressed their views on the zoning issue presented. Citizens’ opinions were expressed clearly.
All in attendance listened politely with no jeering, placard waving or parading.
One citizen respectfully submitted a petition with nearly 200 signatures to the commission.

Karen Larson

Residents urged to participate, attend Bertram race to honor MHS grad

To the editor:

I urge as many people as possible to attend the fundraiser “Blazin’ Thru Bertram Phillip LaVallee Memorial Run,” occurring on Saturday, Sept. 14, both to learn about Bertram Lakes, a real gem for our community, and to honor Phillip LaVallee, the 2012 Monticello graduate who was killed by a van while running.
In terms of running places, I haven’t come across many that offer more than Bertram. Monticello offers only a few asphalt bike trails that are a safe haven from cars, but Bertram offers a spectacular array of rolling shaded trails.
In addition, the scenery is inspiring, like running on the bluff overlooking the lake or passing an old sign painted by kids.
Phillip was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed running, mountain biking, and camping.
I am sure Phillip was excited about the prospect that Bertram Lakes would be open for runners, and I am certain his family will be grateful for the protected environment.
I am extremely proud of all those that have supported the acquisition of Bertram Lakes, including the Friends of Bertram, Wright County Commissioners, Monticello’s Mayor and city council, and the state of Minnesota.
Please take the time to come and learn about the amazing and unique asset our community is acquiring.

Joseph Mahoney


Last week’s Monticello Times incorrectly reported a Monticello Planning Commission vote in a story headlined “Residents pack apartment public hearing.”
The Monticello Planning Commission voted 3-2 to deny a change in land use designation made by St. Cloud-based IRET Properties regarding a proposed 92-unit apartment building near County Highway 39 and Hart Boulevard.
Voting against a comprehensive plan amendment and request for rezoning were Planning Commission Chairman William Spartz and Commissioners Charlotte Gabler and Sam Burvee. Voting in favor were Commissioners Brad Fyle and Grant Sala.