After opening their April 8, 2013, meeting, the Montpelier Village Council discussed upcoming community events, passed several resolutions, and discussed upcoming road projects.
Following approval of the agenda and the minutes of the March 25, 2013 meeting, the council wanted correction of an issue. Council members had been receiving phone calls as some sources claimed that village employees had received a raise. They wanted to make clear that this was not the case. Village employees have not received an increase in pay. Rather, Resolutions 1039 and 1040 had been passed addressing changes in the pay range scale. This change reflects updates regarding duties, responsibilities, and education level requirements. Firemen did, however, receive a slight raise as it had been many years since the last increase.
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Laura Gray of the Main Street Park Committee reported that they have set a date for Trick or Treat at the Park for Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 6 – 7 p.m. Last year many local residents were on hand to pass out candy and treats to enthusiastic children. The village has yet to set a date and time for the town’s annual Trick or Treat event.
Council also approved a request from the House of Prayer Church to hold a Community Evening in the Park on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature a community potluck, free swimming, bounce houses for children, volleyball, and attendees will be served cake and ice cream. There will also be live outdoor music by singer/songwriter and Williams County Idol finalist David Jackson, and recording artist Seth Abram (Bible). Both young men are former Montpelier residents and very talented.
Council voted to allow Clerk of Council Becky Semer to seek a Village Board position with the Ohio Municipal Clerk’s Association (OMCA). She had been nominated by the OMCA Board of Directors. This will not interfere with her current duties as the Clerk of Council.
The following resolutions were passed:
- Resolution 1041 – A resolution in support of tax-exempt financing
- Resolution 1042 – A resolution authorizing participation in the ODOT Cooperative Purchasing Program for Sodium Chloride. This allows
- the village to estimate the amount of salt solution for icy roads. An estimate of 150 tons was given, and the village may purchase between
- 80% to 120% of that amount. This measure allows the town to purchase the sodium chloride at a better price.
- Resolution 1043 – A resolution authorizing the Village Manager to advertise for Bid and Contract for street improvements.
- Resolution 1045 – A resolution authorizing the Village Manager to purchase a 2013 or newer Ford Interceptor SUV through the Ohio
- Department of Administrative Services for the police department. It was noted that it can take a while to actually receive the vehicle, but this resolution allows the Village Manager to begin the process.
An additional resolution was heard in its first reading, but not yet passed. Resolution 1044 – A resolution authorizing the Village Manager to dispose of specific police department items. This addresses property that the police department no longer needs. Some of these items will not be available to the public, and may be donated to other agencies, some will require destruction or disposal, and some may be sold with profits going toward new equipment.
In other village business, the sidewalk project along State Route 576 and Brown Road has begun. ODOT will be installing sidewalks from the Southwest Subdivision to where sidewalks begin at the park in order for school children to have a safe path to school.
Air testing will begin on sewer mains. Contractors will be pouring concrete soon at the Fairview Street area sanitary sewer project. Yards that had been damaged due to the work will be refinished and restored to their original conditions.
Work will begin on new road project this spring and summer. On Charlie’s Way between Wabash and Steuben Streets, the road will be reconstructed. The 100-300 blocks of East Washington Street will be resurfaced. Resolution 1043 addresses the bidding and contracting of these projects.
The income tax report was given. As of March 31, 2013, $411,236 had been collected, in comparison to March 31, 2012 when $415, 233 had been collected, and March 31, 2011, when there was $371,787 collected.
Council went into executive session to discuss personnel and reserving the right to discuss other matters. No action was taken, and no further business was addressed. Council adjourned the meeting.
Further information on the council’s agenda, resolutions, minutes of past meetings and other information can always be found on the Village of Montpelier website at www.montpelieroh.net under Council Meeting Agenda.