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Monticello intersection to get lights, possible landscaping

The Monticello Town Council held its October recess meeting on Oct. 19 at City Hall. All five Monticello aldermen (Donald Walters – Ward One, Steve Moreman – Ward Two, Judy McAuley Grimes – Ward Three, Karen Jolly Hill – Ward Four, and Renea Rayborn – Five) were present, with Mayor Martha Watts presiding.
Jerrold Cantore of Cantore’s Lawn Care expressed concerns over the bidding process for the mowing and care-taking of city grounds. In Cantore’s opinion, the bidding process was not a fair one. He said that his bid took into account and followed the stated guidelines for the bid and that comparing his bid to a competing bid was “not comparing apples to apples.” Watts said that the Board of Aldermen needed time to examine the bid guidelines and the actual bids, and they would re-visit the issue in the near future.
Watts reported that Monticello will get $36,000 through the CARES Act. The funds will reimburse the town for law enforcement salaries and are part of a federal relief package having to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Board voted to give financial support to the Lawrence County Historical Society. The society will receive $1,000 per year. The mayor and multiple aldermen touted the fine work that the Society is doing in preserving and promoting historic sites in Monticello and throughout Lawrence County.
Green Street in downtown Monticello will soon be refurbished and repaved. The town accepted a bid from Warren & Warren, of Foxworth, to do the work. Included will be that portion of Green Street from Broad Street to Main Street.

Read the full story in the October 21, 2020 E-Edition