DAY OF PRAYER … GayLynn Harris, NDP chairman for Montpelier, announced at the April 25, 2022 Montpelier Council meeting, that the National Day of Prayer is May 5 this year and the meeting will be held at United Methodist Church at 9 a.m., with breakfast at 8:30.
By: Rebecca Miller
GayLynn Harris of House of Prayer in Montpelier, was present at the April 25, 2022 session of the Montpelier Village Council in the role of NDP Task Force Chairman.
She announced that the 2022 Day of Prayer Community Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 5 at the United Methodist Church in Montpelier. A continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. with the prayer meeting beginning at 9.
Each year this group focuses on one specific area for prayer, while praying for all of the needed areas. This year they have chosen to focus on the media, so the keynote speaker for the morning will be Mr. Forrest Church, “one of our local business men as well as the editor of The Village Reporter.”
Local clergy will pray for governmental leaders, the military, the media, churches, families and other areas of life. Any questions can be directed to 419-485-2115.
Following Mrs. Harris’ announcement, Mayor Steve Yagelski read a Proclamation, recognizing May 5, 2022 as National Day of Prayer and calling the community to pray. He told her he looks forward to reading it at the meeting as well.
The mayor welcomed one student who was there for the government class. Council voted to approve the agenda for the meeting and the minutes from April 11, 2022.
Also approved was Resolution 1346 “to elect the Standard Allowance for Revenue Replacement for ARPA funds (suspend and pass).
Councilman Nathan Thompson asked about brush pickup as he has been approached about it by a resident. Rockey explained that the village tries to keep up with the scheduled routes, but sometimes there is more out than the truck can take on a given day, so some may be left for another day.
“It is hard to know exactly what day they will be at a given house,” Rockey said. There is concern that large piles can start killing the grass if it doesn’t get taken right away.
Rockey also mentioned the concern for this summer as they don’t have enough summer help this year.
Mayor Yagelski mentioned the need for no vehicles to be parked near a pile, so that the truck and the chipper can park there.
Thompson also shared that they are a month and a half away from their third “Mission in Montpelier.” He is excited about how many people have shown up to help clean up the trails and village each year and hopes there will be a great turnout again this year on June 4th.
The focus will be to clean up the Iron Horse Trail this year and to mulch, tile and possibly build some benches. He said he is not sure about residences or businesses so far.
Councilman Kevin Motter said that the American Legion has a Spring Trail Cleanup for April 30th.
Thompson said that he set up a camera on one side of the trail to try to get a count on how many people are using the trail.
In his data, it showed that the total during a full year was 2408, and he hopes to put up another camera to get a better count this year. That number included bikers and walkers.
In his Village Manager’s report, Jason Rockey informed council reported:
-The Fire Department received a $10,000 State Fire Marshall equipment grant
-A new lineman apprentice, Ryan Richards has been hired for the electric department and will be full time soon
-He plans to bring Cody Grime and Richards to meet council at a later date
-Police Chief Dan McGee announced in an email that Chris Suydan has been selected by Magnum Canine, to be the new dog handler for Mont. PD. Rockey said that Suydan was the top of the three applicants.
-Motter asked about the solar field repairs and Rockey said that the repair company has taken the old ones that need to be replaced, but have not yet put on the new ones.
Council went into Executive Session to discuss the appointment, employment, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee, with action taken after they went back into regular session.
Council voted to promote Tim Fry as Electric Superintendent effective May 2, 2022. With no further business, the meeting adjourned.
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