Board of Trustees Finalizing 2015-2016 Budget, Public Hearings Slated, Projected Increase Beneath 2% State Tax Cap

I would like my constituents to be aware that for the last two months, together with other members of the Board of Trustees, Treasurer Lilu Li, and help from the Village Manager, I have been working on the Village of Monticello tentative budget.

As of now, the projected tax increase stands at 1.66% for fiscal year 2015-2016. Slight increases are also expected in the water and sewer fees as a result of planned infrastructure upgrades.

Required public hearings will be held on June 2nd and June 16th at 7:00 PM, 2 Pleasant Street, Monticello, New York, preceding the regular meetings of the Board of Trustees. By law, the Final Budget must be adopted by July 1, 2015.

More information will be posted here once the Clerk has certified the Tentative Budget after it has been approved by the Board of Trustees.

UPDATE (5/20/2015): Download 2015-2016 Village of Monticello Tentative Budget, prepared by Village Treasurer Lilu Li

Improvements Coming To Jefferson Street "Gateway" To Monticello Starting 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Updates to this project have recently been announced. Any proposed changes or modifications considered by the Board of Trustees, with public input invited. (The following was originally posted here on 1/26/2014.)

New sidewalks, improved crossings, and wheelchair-accessible curb cuts will provide health and safety benefits for people who like to walk, those who don't have a car, and seniors and other nearby residents. The project will also fix a storm-water run-off problem that has existed for years at the corner of Jefferson Street and Sturgis Road.

Creating jobs and inviting economic development and tourism, there will be improvements to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the Jefferson Street gateway to Monticello by addition of green landscaped buffers, attractive pocket parks, and orderly pedestrian right-of-way delineation. The "new look" for Jefferson Street will complement recent enhancements on Broadway, Pleasant Street, and Forestburgh Road, seamlessly connecting to Exit 104 and 106 to State Route 17.

The NYS Department of Transportation will provide $477,995.00 to fund the project for bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use path transportation enhancement to encourage tourism and economic development opportunities. Construction bids will be awarded between October and December 2014, with construction and final project inspection between April and December 2015.

DOT studies concluded that many drivers entering Monticello prefer the route to the Government Center and business district via the Pleasant Street corridor, rather than Jefferson Street, in part due to the condition of the roads and the lack of sidewalks and other amenities. Also, during storm events, minor flooding occurs and the inadequate drainage has compromised the integrity of the road surface in several areas and caused water pollution, most notably the intersection of Jefferson Street and Sturgis Road, which provides direct access to the Sullivan County Government Center and Shortline Bus Terminal.

The award of this grant is personally gratifying to me, as I attended a training session for the TEP program held by the DOT in Poughkeepsie on June 12, 2013. DOT required at least one "official" representative such as a Trustee, to demonstrate municipal commitment to the grant application. Deputy Clerk Stacy Walker joined me for the day-long training event. I also want to send a huge thanks to community planner Helen Valenti Budrock of Sullivan Renaissance whose worked with us to save the Village of Monticello roughly $20,000.00 in the completion of the formal grant application at no cost to the taxpayers.

TEP provides 80% of the cost of the project, with 20% matching funds from the locality. A reimbursement program, the Village will be required to have funds available for the entire project and submit paperwork by specified deadlines in order to secure reimbursements.

Jefferson Street Gateway Project map

See this press release on Governor Cuomo's website. Click the above image to download a PDF of the project description with letters of support from the following public officials and community organizations:

Monticello Board of Trustees to Observe Black History Month by Recognizing Local Public Servants, Activists, and Volunteers

The Village of Monticello
Village events committee members
Trustee Carmen Rue
Trustee Larissa Bennett


For Immediate Release
Written: February 11, 2015

Five Sullivan residents to be recognized at Monticello board meeting

In recognition of Black History Month, five local residents will be presented certificates of recognition on behalf of Governor Andrew Cuomo and proclamations from Senator John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Congressman Chris Gibson and the Village of Monticello Board of Trustees at the Tuesday, February 17th meeting village board, beginning at 7:00 PM at Monticello Village Hall, 2 Pleasant Street, Monticello.

Presentations will be made by Village events committee members Trustee Carmen Rue and Trustee Larissa Bennett and members of the Monticello Village Board to the following Sullivan County residents:

Sgt. Jason Corley and Det. Michael Davis of the Village of Monticello Police Department, community activists Elaine Williams, Janette Williams, and Debbie Allen, each of whom has made numerous vital contributions to the Monticello community, and are each worthy of this recognition.

The public is invited to attend. For further information, please call:

Trustee Carmen Rue at 845-323-9611 or
Trustee Larissa Bennett at 845-665-2287

Village of Monticello Re-Opens Warming Station At Stroebele Center In Response To Frigid Cold

photo of Ted Stroebele Community Center taken in summerAs in past years, the Village of Monticello has once again opened the doors of the Ted Stroebele Community Center to serve anyone in need as a warming station to provide overnight respite from frigid temperatures.

The Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless is currently working with Manager David Sager at the direction of the Board of Trustees. The Monticello Fire Department is providing cots. Local businesses have also made donations, resulting in no cost to the taxpayers.

During extreme temperatures, like in other natural or accidental disasters, the Village Manager is responsible to coordinate for the health and safety of residents.

Last summer, we opened the center to serve as a cooling station after the air-conditioner of a local complex failed, and after a large fire in Kiamesha Lake a year or two ago. In 2012 it served as a local alternative warming station at a time when Sullivan County was busing homeless to Loch Sheldrake for warmth and food provided by the American Red Cross, and again in 2013 (open for four nights, as I recall). This type of service is something local government here in Monticello has historically done for the needy.

It has rarely been big news, nor have there been a lot of people housed except during major shelter operations like the 1992 ice-storm or the Shaker Heights fire (when volunteers from the American Red Cross hosted large numbers at the Neighborhood Facility and high school).

Monticello is the county seat. We work together with other local jurisdictions and organizations in taking the lead for the public's good.

Anyone in need of assistance may call Mr. Sager at 845-701-3493. Spanish/English translation assistance is available.

Related Information

Saturday, January 31st is Blue Day in Monticello - Event Planned, Public to Show Support for Local Police With Blue Lighting and Clothes

Monticello Police shoulder patchMONTICELLO - Saturday, January 31, 2015, the Village of Monticello Events Committee in concert with Boys & Girls Clubs will hold a “BLUE DAY” to honor our local law-enforcement community, and especially Monticello’s finest. Refreshments will be served, with speakers, activities, and music led by Lori Orestano-James.

The program will last from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Ted Stroebele Recreation Center, 10 Jefferson Street, Monticello, New York.

If you recognize the excellence, professionalism, and dedication of our local police force, on January 31st, please dress in blue clothing. Businesses and residences are urged to display blue lights or ribbons as an additional show of appreciation for Monticello’s finest.

Bring your children to shake hands with uniformed men and women who protect and serve Monticello and allied agencies. Representatives of all local police departments, Sheriff’s office, and New York State Police, are invited to attend the ceremony

For more information contact members of the Village Events Committee:

  • Carmen Rue, Village Trustee – 845-323-9611
  • Larissa Bennett, Village Trustee – 845-665-2287
  • Barbi Neumann, Boys & Girls Clubs – 845-798-3257
  • David Sager Village Manager – 845-794-6130, ext. 307

Press Release [PDF]

Monticello police officers, 9/11/2013Monticello police car, 11/25/2006

BREAKING NEWS - Monticello Holiday Events, Including Party, The Santa Express, and Dinner ALL At Stroebele Community Center, December 14th

A last-minute change in the flight plan of The Santa Express will bring St. Nick and his family and friends directly to the site of an ongoing holiday party at the Stroebele Center, 10 Jefferson Street. Arrival of The Santa Express at the Stroebele Center at 5:00 PM will be the high point of a day-long children's party hosted by the Village of Monticello Events Committee in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs, other community organizations, and a host of volunteers. The party will begin at 2:30 PM and last until Santa Express arrives. After his departure from the Stroebele Center, a free dinner organized by A dose of los ent will follow and will last into the evening, all at the Stroebele Center. Santa's exciting new flight plan consolidates ALL the festivities at the Ted Stroebele Community Center.

The entire series of events at the Stroebele Center is free and open to the public.

Santa Express 2013, Monticello

Monticello Santa Express flyer

Monticello Santa Express flyer

Monticello Santa Express flyer

Community Thanksgiving dinner in Monticello, Saturday, 11/22, 12 to 4 PM

Those interested in participating can email or call Sullivan Renaissance, a longtime supporter of the Interfaith Council, at (845) 295-2405. All check donations can be made payable to the United Methodist Church of Monticello, memo: “Community Thanksgiving Dinner,” and mailed to the church at 445 Broadway, Monticello NY, 12701.

View e-mail from Sullivan Renaissance for more details on this event.

Monticello's Halloween parade is coming Saturday, 10/25, 2 to 5 PM

Halloween parade lineup will begin at 1:15 PM on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the parking lot on the corner of St. John Street and Broadway (across from the courthouse). The parade will step off at 2:00 PM and will travel down Broadway, ending at the Ted Stroebele Center (Neighborhood Facility), 10 Jefferson Street, ending at 5:00 PM.

Village of Monticello Recreation Registration Open 10/12 and 10/13/2014!

Join us at the Ted Stroeble Center on Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13 to get your child registered for the FREE Village of Monticello Recreation program!

Boys and Girls Club
Boys & Girls Clubs and the Village of Monticello are teaming up to provide FREE Friday night and Saturday morning recreation for your children, twice per month!

Friday night is reserved for middle and high school youth and Saturday mornings are just for the elementary-aged youth!

Each Recreation Session will offer:


Friday Night (Middle & High School) Registration is Friday, Sept 12th from 6-9pm

FALL Friday Night Program Dates:
Friday, September 12th and Friday, September 26th
Friday, October 10th and Friday, October 24th
Friday, November 14th and Friday, November 28th
Friday, December 12th and Friday, December 26th

Saturday Morning (Elementary) Registration is Saturday, Sept 13th from 9-12pm

FALL Saturday Morning Program Dates:
Saturday, September 13th and Saturday, September 27th
Saturday, October 11th and Saturday, October 25th
Saturday, November 15th and Saturday, November 29th
Saturday, December 13th and Saturday, December 27th

With any questions, please give us a call at 845-342-8833!

"Like" the Village of Monticello Recreation page on Facebook for updates.

Link to Boys and Girls Clubs website.


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