Jason Rockey

Montpelier Village Manager Jason Rockey told the council about 2021’s asphalt program and about plans for summer recreation during the council meeting on Monday evening.

MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Village Council awarded a bid for this year’s asphalt program on Monday while also discussing the need for workers for the summer recreation programs.

Morlock Asphalt, Ltd., based out of Portage, was awarded the asphalt bid for $87,440.

“They came in a little less than $10,000 under the engineer’s estimate and they were the low bidder,” Village Manager Jason Rockey said.

When asked, Rockey said the village had not used this company in the past but a village employee looked into their work and village officials are confident in their ability.

The project will need to be completed by around the end of October.

“There’s a three-year project that’s going to happen on the (Ohio) Turnpike and the asphalt plant on State Route 15 is going to be substantially dedicated to the project,” he said. “That’s why we wanted a big enough window to secure a decent bid and they can do it at their discretion, then.”

Council approved the bid with a 5-0 vote. Councilman Kevin Motter was absent.

Separately, Councilwoman Melissa Ewers — who attended the meeting virtually — asked several questions about the summer recreation program.

Sandy Gordon, Montpelier parks and recreation director, is working on her annual “registration blitz” and is planning on having a program guide completed by April 1, according to Rockey and Village Director of Finance Nikki Uribes.

“She had requested from all the local entities to get that information to her — it’s not exactly flooding in,” Rockey said. “People don’t know what they’re going to be able to offer.”

Another issue the parks department is facing, he continued, is getting workers, especially concession stand workers and lifeguards.

Only three people have applied to be a lifeguard this year, a stark contrast from last year, when 16 or 18 applied.

“We have every intention of opening the pool this year as long as the state says we can do that,” Rockey said. “That won’t be possible without lifeguards.”

Nine lifeguards are needed to open the pool, but more would be needed if they were to have the pool’s normal hours.

With the plan to also include baseball and softball games, Rockey said they would need to hire concession stand workers, too.

Uribes said people can apply directly at the village hall, online at http://bit.ly/MntParkapplication or can call village hall at 419-485-5543 or the parks department at 419-485-3496 for more information.

In other business:

• Council entered into an executive session to discuss compensation of a public employee. Upon return to open session, council voted to change the policy manual concerning pay for any village employee who may be deployed to active military service. In an interview with The Bryan Times after the meeting, Rockey said council went “above and beyond” the minimums set in Ohio Revised Code.

• Ewers said she received a scam call from someone claiming to be with Medicare. She wanted people to know Medicare would never call and ask for information such as their Social Security or Medicare numbers. Councilman Chris Kannel said he received a call claiming to be from the local utility company saying he was eligible for a refund, a similarly fraudulent scheme that Uribes said has also come to the village hall.

• Kannel praised the village’s snow removal efforts, saying it was “second to none.”

• Rockey said they had some additional questions for the bidders of the village’s asphalt crushing program this year and should have a recommendation for council at the next meeting.

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