Councilor Dan Clum stated he read the letter from ODOT that the other Councilors had also received. He believed that they contradicted themselves in the letter, and found it to be confusing. Village Manager, Pam Lucas, stated that she was going to call ODOT and ask them to provide a map to explain their comments in the letter.
Councilor Nathan Thompson inquired into the progress of the sewer separation project. Supervisor of Administrative Services, Kurt Roan, stated that Phase A is complete, with a lot of main line in, and some of the water line yet to put in. Construction has stopped for a little while due to the extreme cold temperatures.
Mayor Steve Yagelski commented on the Valentine’s day blizzard, noting that something good arose out of a very bad situation. Mr. Dalton Surbey, a junior at Montpelier High School, saw an elderly man laying in the road who had been struck by a car in the whiteout conditions. Dalton, after he had also been struck by a car, pulled the elderly man to safety. Both received injuries, but both are recovering.
Ms. Lucas stated that the village received a notice of a new liquor license application for Cookies on Demand, which is relocating from its downtown location to a new location on Broad Street. They are investing over $200,000 in their business, and creating three new jobs in the process. Council discussed the potential need for a hearing before the Department of Commerce on the matter. With Montpelier Chief of Police, Dan McGee, having no objections to the permit, Council agreed that they do not require a hearing on the matter of a new liquor license for the business.
Mr. Roan stated that the Maumee Valley Planning Organization is holding a public informational meeting to discuss ‘Moving Together’, an a long-range planning of transportation in our area for the years 2015-2040. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10 in the Harmon Room in the West Annex, Williams County Public Library in Bryan. Doors will open at 6:00 pm, with the presentation at 6:30 pm, followed by a question and answer period.
Councilor Dan Willis reported on the first meeting of the Montpelier Task Force, noting that there were representatives from the Village, the School, the Chamber and the Ministerial Association. There were a lot of good ideas brought up, and they are planning to meet again in the future.
Council retired into executive session to discuss the sale or lease of property. No action was taken, and Council adjourned upon returning to open session.