Montpelier Village Council Meeting September 24th

After a great deal of discussion, council upheld their earlier decision to hold the annual Montpelier Trick or Treat event on Tuesday, October 30 from 6-7 p.m.

Angel Fritsch once again presented to council her request to have Trick or Treat moved to a Saturday. At the September 10 meeting, council recommended Ms. Fritsch contact Laura Gray of the Main Street Park committee to determine whether or not Mrs. Gray’s committee would be open to the change. Angel spoke to Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Terry Buntain of the Montpelier Chamber. Both groups felt too much planning had already been done to change the date at this point in time.

Mayor Yagelski recommended Angel meet with members of the park committee and the chamber after Halloween to discuss the events of the evening, work together and to consider plans for 2013. Council is open to ideas and suggestions.

Williams County Sheriff candidate Dan Hughes spoke to council of his qualifications and goals for the department. Mr. Hughes first became associated with the Williams County Sheriff’s Department in 1993 as a member of the mounted patrol. In 1994 he went through officers training. Dan was partnered with Canine Dallas in 1997 until Dallas’s retirement in 2004. Dan ran for sheriff in 2004 and came in second. Dan noted “some people may say I lost, but I prefer to say I came in second.” After his loss, Dan served as Stryker Police Chief until 2010 when he stepped down for personal reasons. Dan is currently the mayor of Stryker.

He would like to see the initiation of a county wide training program for all officers to save cost of travel, hotel costs, etc. Dan would like to see the implementation of mandatory first aid, CPR and AED training. Changes in personnel and department structure would require the approval of the union and county commissioners.

For more information on Dan Hughes bid for sheriff, see his website at

Council members got the first look of the new garbage truck purchased by the Village. An old truck was traded toward the purchase.

In other business:

Council unanimously accepted the resignation of Ric Beals effective October 6. Ric was employed with the water department. The position will be posted to current Village employees prior to looking elsewhere.

Council approved the signing of a letter of intent to participate in a solar energy project with Solar Advocate Development of Columbus. This is a non-binding agreement and required Council approval and signatures by the end of September.

Council went into executive session to discuss personnel reserving the right to discuss other matters. There was no action taken after executive session.

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