MONTPELIER: August 8, 2014: The Montpelier Chamber of Commerce held their August Meeting on August 8 at the Chamber Office, reviewing and assessing the Bean Days Celebration in conjunction with the 1st Annual Balloon Festival July 17 through July 20 sponsored by the Chamber. July’s events throughout the village were a result of tremendous teamwork, dedication and a “can do” spirit by everyone who contributed to make this year’s celebrations a huge success for Montpelier’s business community.
The August Meeting began at 8:00 a.m. with Chamber President Jeanette Hull presiding. Present were Jenni Koch, Chris Lee, Kelly Gray, Shelly Davis, Kandace Potts-Salaz, Chris Walker (Village Solicitor), Kurt Roan, Jamie Grime (Superintendent of Schools), Gloria Osburn, Dave Tilly, and Kara Custer (OTHG). The first item on the agenda was the approval of July’s meeting Minutes, which was unanimously adapted. The Chamber members present also unanimously approved July’s Financial Statement
The Chamber next turned their attention to Committee Reports. In Village Affairs, it was reported that the Airport Sub-Station Expansion Project was well underway, and that Phase IV of the Sewer Separation project would begin towards the end August. Kurt Roan also reported the projects at the park (Basketball and Tennis Court rebuilds) were on schedule. The park, in conjunction with the Montpelier Ministerial Association, will also be beginning work on the Shelter Project at Storr Park, which will be complete prior to the beginning of the school year. Additionally, WEDCO (Jeanette/Kurt) announced the second industrial video featuring Richmond Machine Company and Spangler Candy Company has been completed and is now available to view on you tube.
In Community Affairs, Montpelier Village Exempted School Superintendant Jamie Grime reported the vacant positions discussed during the July meeting have now been filled and the School’s Maintenance Department has been busy completing projects undertaken over the summer. Gloria Osburn from the Village Library announced that 5 of the postcards from the Balloon Launch during the Bean Day’s celebration have been returned to the library; The Summer Reading Program held at the Library was a “huge success,” and the painting Class hosted by the Library was attended by 25 participants and was enjoyed by all!
In other announcements: The OTHG Committee announced they will proceed with their “501 C-3” Classification, and expressed their desire to continue work with the Chamber and also pointing out they are always on the lookout for volunteers. Additionally, Kara Custer stated that they would be working towards a light project at the Williams County Fairgrounds (similar to the Archbold Light Display). Kelly Gray also announced their next will be a “Wine Tasting” on November 1st at the Ramada Inn, with the proceeds from the event going to the “Wounded Warrior Project.”
In Old Business, Jeanette Hull addressed those in attendance and once again communicated a heartfelt “thank you” for the outstanding work that went into July’s Bean Day’s Celebration. Thanks to the community’s efforts, the weekend’s events resulted in the collection of 1100 pounds of food for donation to local food pantries. It was also announced that a meeting to set the 2015 Budget would be held on September 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chamber Office.
In New Business, it was announced that Terry Buntain has submitted a letter regarding her retirement and resignation, which will take effect December 31, 2014.
The Chamber concluded the agenda for August’s Meeting and announced that their September meeting will be held on September 12, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. in the Chamber Office.