Dec 122022

Many or all of the Monroe residents may have noticed that after our first winter storm of the season; we were not instantly out on the streets plowing snow. I take full responsibility for this lack of response; mostly because I was too lazy to go outside and see that it was worse than what my window view showed. But after a few phone calls and Jim Sweeney’s yearly dissatisfaction rants on facebook; we got out and cleared away the snow.

I would like to inform everyone that our new maintenance person Nate Buskohl has been busy performing necessary repairs on our equipment for quite some time now. Last year he made an upgrade to our plow skid plates that would break regularly due to our road conditions. He has changed the design of the plow by replacing the skid plates with wheels. Also when he got on board last year he noticed that the bucket blade was worn too far; to the point where it needed replacement ASAP; he did this procedure. Then this summer he tackled our tractor bucket cylinders that have been leaking for quite some time. This was a round and round process in itself because he had to get quotes for repair approval; then during the rebuild the person decided that the cylinders were too far worn and needed replacement which required more purchase approval. He just finished this repair this past October. And then there was the flat tire on the tractor. It was found during the cylinder overhaul at a time when the tractor was not operational for a few months. We entered the garage one day and it was flat. And there was a hole found on the top side of the tire. Nate and Troy worked together using a few tools loaned from Don Bauer’s shop. At the point in time when the tractor finally became operational we were then able to get ready for snow removal. This process requires the use of the tractor to load the sander into the dump truck. This was done just a few weeks ago. The snow blower was attached to the tractor and the plow blade was installed on the dump truck. And it was then that we noticed that the plow blade had another problem. There are 3 scraper blades on the bottom of the plow that are spring tensioned and will retract if they come in contact with something sturdy; such as maybe a steel man hole lid. And the middle one was loosely flapping. Yes – broken springs were found just a few weeks ago. It turns out that there are no replacement parts available to fix this problem. But Nate and Troy have brain stormed another plow design upgrade and that is what Nate will be working on tonight; just a dozen hours before a 12 inch snow hits our town.

I just want to express that I am very thankful for all Nate has done and all that he will do in the future. Not only is he repairing our equipment cheaper and faster than any nearby shop could do. He is also maintaining our equipment to avoid costly repairs in the future too. He is a much needed asset to our community. If you want to say thanks to Nate just turn your outside light on and off a few times when he drives the plow past your house.

 December 12, 2022  Posted by at 4:02 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on Snow? Uh oh… Snowwww!
Jun 092022

We had a Spring storm that not only took power out for some of the town but also toppled over our previous park Playset. That playset has been replaced with a smaller one that is more Sturdy and safer. It was donated by Kerwin and Becky Buseman. Without their donated playset we would have nothing in that area. So if u see Kerwin and/or Becky around town – give them a big thanks.

 June 9, 2022  Posted by at 10:45 am Uncategorized Comments Off on Park Playset
Nov 172021

Monroe Town Board

Meeting Agenda

Location: Monroe Community Hall

Date: November 18, 2021

Time: 7:30 P.M.

Roll Call

Municipal Calendar

Adopt Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Financial Reports

Public Comment


Old Business

Task Force report



New Business

Building permits

Medical Cannabis

Alcohol License

Bills Presented for Payment

Addy Disposal (trash pickup) $851.50, Troy Melloon (pr) $465.44, Brad McCoy (pr) $92.35, Mark Begeman (pr) $92.35, Ron Grennell (pr) $323.22, Robin Dykstra (pr) $230.87, Nate Buskohl (pr) $150.06, Tim Dewitt (pr) $39.24, Marlow Contracting (windows) $3214.29,SDPAA (INS) $1352.29, A-1 Septic (equipment rent) $392.86, Marion Oil (Repairs) $539.42,  Xcel Energy (streetlights) $488.52, Xcel Energy (hall/park) $49.46, New century Press (ads) $200.43, City of Marion (dump Fees) $15.00, Northwestern Energy (hall heat) $49.07, IRS (payroll Tax) $606.65,

Executive Session

Next Meeting


 November 17, 2021  Posted by at 7:57 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on Agenda
Jul 072021

We are calling a special meeting to discuss an extreme cat situation that has come to our attention. We will be meeting Thursday July 8th @ 7:30 PM.

 July 7, 2021  Posted by at 4:46 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on Special Meeting
Apr 182021

Our late chip seal last fall in combination with snow removal this winter has resulted in an excess of pink rock chips residing along side our streets. We are contracting to have the rocks swept back into the roads. For some this idea may seem stressful due to concerns of damage being done to your grass. We will be placing flags alongside the roads where we plan on sweeping. If you do not want your grass swept then remove the flag and throw it away. The sweeping is scheduled to start Saturday 4/24/2021.

 April 18, 2021  Posted by at 10:54 am Uncategorized Comments Off on Rock Sweeping
Apr 182021

We will be hosting a couple city wide cleanup days. All you have to do is place your items at the edge of your property near the street. Volunteers will pickup your items and place them into the city dump truck. The dump truck will empty at the Marion Rubble site (google for details).

Our first pickup day will be Saturday 4/24/2021 starting at noon and will be for tree branches. The second pickup will be Saturday 5/1/2021 starting at noon and will be for “white goods” (appliances)
and items that can be unloaded in “the hole” .

Also a lunch will be served from 11 am to 1 pm (4/24/2021) at the community hall. All are welcome.

 April 18, 2021  Posted by at 10:47 am Uncategorized Comments Off on City Wide Cleanup
Mar 012021

Monroe Town Board

Meeting Agenda

Location: Monroe Community Hall

Date: March 4, 2021

Time: 7:30 P.M.

Roll Call

Appointment of new trustee

Oath of Office

New Signature card for Rivers Edge Bank

New signature cards for Merchant State Bank

Executive Session


 March 1, 2021  Posted by at 8:03 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on Agenda
Nov 182020

Notice of hearing on variance application for 109 Maple Street West

Monday, November 30, 2020 @ 7:30 PM

Location: Community Hall

Variance is to build a 12×8 porch and a 12×8 deck on the east side of the trailer house. Porch and deck will be 6 inches from the east property line instead of the required 7 feet.

The second portion of the variance will be the roof overhang which will be 6″ instead of the required 12″. The edge of the overhang will be on the property line.

 November 18, 2020  Posted by at 9:00 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on Public Notice
Oct 252020

The city council along with volunteers hosted a second cleanup day. This time construction rubble and metal items were picked up. The limitations for the types of items that we can pick up is determined by the Marion rubble site rules. (see

It was a successful day again with the use of 3 dump trucks and a tractor with a grappler claw. Thanks to all who helped and for the equipment brought.

 October 25, 2020  Posted by at 3:02 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on City Wide Cleanup
Oct 252020

Ellen Buskohl approached the city council last year with a proposal to redo the landscaping around the community center. With a lot of effort on her part and her peers, the project is showing completion. First she removed the old rock garden and battled the weeds and volunteer trees. Then with funding provided by the 125th Committee a concrete curb was laid around both the community hall and the fire hall. Then an industrial strength underlay was placed and the old rocks were washed and relaid. The hard work shows a lot of community pride and dedication to making our town a nice place to live. Thank You Ellen and your peers for your efforts and a big thanks to the 125th Committee for paying the $1700 invoice for the curb.

 October 25, 2020  Posted by at 2:51 pm Uncategorized Comments Off on New Landscaping