The children of Montpelier will soon be playing on playground equipment approved by council members at a park where many of their parents once played as children.
Sandy Gordon, recreation director for the Montpelier Park Department, presented the plans for a two phase play area for the southeast corner of Robert Storrer Memorial Park. Ms. Gordon recently became aware of a grant to offset the cost of the equipment by $8,645.82, but would require the purchase of the equipment by November 16, 2012. The total cost of equipment, delivery and installation after the grant is $25,122.95 to be paid for by donations to the Friends of the Montpelier Parks, Inc. from the Montpelier Eagles. The Montpelier Eagles have been donating approximately $6,000 on a quarterly basis which has been set aside in a fund for the purchase of playground equipment.
Phase 1 will include the installation of borders, accessible ramp, wear mats, 12” depth of mulch, and the purchase of the swings and playground set. The installation and completion of Phase 1 is scheduled for Spring 2013. Phase 2 does not currently have a timeline for completion, but will depend upon donations to the Friends of the Montpelier Parks, Inc. a 501c3 fund. The entire play area will be 56’ X 80’. The playground area will meet all ADA guideline requirements.
Additional plans being considered for Storrer Park include bench seating in several areas, picnic area, and a possible basketball court. The plans are to try to keep the center area open for baseball practice or soccer.
Council approved two items related to the Olde Tyme Holiday Gathering. The first was to close Empire Street from Main to West Washington beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16. The second was the closure of Main Street for the 6:00 p.m. parade on Saturday, November 17. The parade will start at the Williams County Fairgrounds and travel west on Main Street.
Council held the second reading of Ordiance 2149 authorizing Pam Lucas, Village Manager to execute a power purchase agreement with Solar Planet, LLC.