MONTPELIER — Residents of Montpelier may soon be allowed to drive low-speed vehicles within the town limits.

Members of the Montpelier Village Council passed the first reading of an ordinance allowing the vehicles at Monday’s meeting. Three readings are required before the ordinance becomes law. The full ordinance (No. 2187) can be seen on the village website.

Members of the Paul Tingle family were present at the meeting to hear a proclamation read by Steve Yagelski, mayor, honoring him. Tingle served in the Army in World War II and Korea, dying in a North Korean Prisoner of War camp in 1951. His remains were discovered in 1993, positively identified in November of 2014, and were recently brought home and buried Monday. (See related story on Page A1.)

The business portion of the meeting included council members’ approval of Bill Blakely, wastewater utilities supervisor, as a Northwest District Trustee for the Ohio American Water Works Association.

Also approved was an ordinance authorizing a note for approximately $200,000 in emergency funds for repair of a 54-inch sewer line between South Platt and Broad streets; annual notes for the wastewater screen project; resurfacing of the park’s basketball and tennis courts; and town hall improvements.

In addition, a change order for the Phase IV sewer separation project, an increase of $14,000, was approved.

Looking forward to the Bean Days celebration, council approved closing the 100 block of Empire Street from 4 p.m. on Friday, July 17 through 4 p.m. Saturday, July 18 for festival activities; and Ohio 107 (Main Street) from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, for the parade.

Members heard the income tax report which showed $954,066.31 collected through May 2015, compared to $893,344.11 through May 2014.

Council then went into executive session to discuss personnel and security, with no action taken upon return to open session.

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