By: Anna Wozniak
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
The Montpelier Village Council met at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 18. Councilors Heather Freese, Don Schlosser, Nathan Thompson, Chris Kannel, and Kevin Motter were present, as were Mayor Yagelski, Village Administrator Jason Rockey, and Clerk of Council Molly Collert.
After a prayer and the pledge, Council approved the agenda for the evening. Then approved were the minutes from the August 28 regular and August 31 special meetings, the 2023 financial reports, and the 2024 utility delinquent and termination dates.
From the street department was Dennis Bishop, who shared updates on the many jobs his department sees throughout the year.
It was discussed that residents should put debris not on the curbs, but on the terrace between the sidewalk and the curb.
When debris is put in the curb, it clogs the water runoff drainage system, as well as allows for vehicles to be parked on top of the debris, disallowing the street department from sweeping it up.
Then introduced to council was new street department employee Elias Carter, a Hilltop graduate, who has shown great promise thus far.
Councilor Thompson shared a survey needed for the Wabash Trail, citing future grant funding as the main reason. This survey is for anyone to take and is centered around future possibilities.
Village Administrator Jason Rockey shared the 2023 income tax report, as well as shared details about an agreement to put 15% of Montpelier’s energy on the market through solar.
Rockey then shared state updates on the maintenance of water meters, stating that a plan must be in place by October to be in compliance with these new rules.
Waterlines that run along Main Street from East Platt Street to approximately Henry Street still have lead lines under the concrete, and will need to be updated to be in compliance.
This will necessitate a waterline and watermain replacement program that should be paid for by Ohio EPA grant funding.
The Iron Horse River Trail got two letters of interest from construction teams on September 11, and the ODOT grading of these letters should have been submitted on September 19.
Rockey also shared that the village is moving forward in looking for a new solicitor.
Maumee Valley Planning reported that Montpelier did not get the Neighborhood Revitalization Grant, and Rockey is looking into sludge disposal methods.
The Montpelier Village Council then went into executive session at 6:44 p.m. with no action planned to be taken.
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