Montpeler council Bean Days

“We’re very excited and we know we’ll have great weather and the balloons will fly,” Bean Days committee volunteer Jeanette Hull, at right, told Montpelier village council at its meeting Monday. At left is fellow committee volunteer Greg Lee, who said eight hot air balloons, including one that will offer rides, are due at the event, which is July 18-21, with most events on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. RON OSBURN/Staff

MONTPELIER — Village council heard an update of the upcoming Bean Days festivities and heard of possible plans for a new business on County Road 13 at its meeting on Monday.

Council also spoke with their silence, with all seven members declining to second a motion to authorize an amended $3,500 per month agreement with its projects consultant, Columbus-based McCaulley & Company.

The new agreement with McCaulley was proposed to replace a two-year agreement that had expired in June. Mayor Steve Yagelski and councilman Chris Kannel both noted prior to the motion dying for lack of a second that the new agreement was basically the same except that it specified a cost increase to the village from $2,000 a month to $3,500 a month.

Instead, council agreed to send out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to McCaulley, the Maumee Valley Planning Organization, Poggemeyer Design Group and possibly other companies, to update the village’s 2001 Comprehensive Plan, and identify funding sources and assist with grant writing for projects identified in the plan update.

Kannel said the subject had been discussed at council’s economic development and strategic planning committee meeting.

“Our concern is the ongoing costs proposed by McCaulley and the fact that (the village) would have to come up with the list of projects,” which McCaulley would then pursue funding for, Kannel said.

Councilman Nathan Thompson agreed. “Let’s see if we can get someone who can do it just as well and be (economically responsible) to the village,” he said.

Bean Days-related activities are scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, July 18-21, with the majority of events — including hot air balloon rides and the downtown bean contest and parade — on Friday and Saturday.

“We’re very excited and we know we’ll have great weather and the balloons will fly,” Bean Days committee volunteer Jeanette Hull told council.

Committee volunteer Greg Lee said eight hot air balloons are set for Bean Days, including one that will offer rides on Friday. Lee also is a hot air balloon pilot and said Federal Aviation Administration regulations had forced other sometimes larger events to cancel their balloons. “Montpelier has eight. We feel good (having eight) for a small event like (Bean Days),” Lee said.

Hull thanked the village for its support of the event, especially the street department and other departments that help in preparing, during and with cleanup of the three-day event, which begins with a yard sale by local veterans beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday and officially concludes with an 11 a.m. Sunday worship service at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

She also thanked the Montpelier Area Foundation, which is underwriting the cost of the laser light show at dusk on Saturday.

Village Administrator Jason Rockey said two one-acre lots within the village, on County Road 13 south of Access Storage, had been sold recently to someone who has indicated “a possible business development” at the site, he said, adding that he would have more details in the future.

In other action, new council member Don Schlosser took the oath of office, replacing Cheri Streicher, who moved from Montpelier, and Montpelier police officer Stephanie Mills was honored by the American Legion (for additional coverage and photos see Wednesday’s edition).

Council also:

• Learned that Fire Chief Dail Fritsch is scheduled to pick up the village’s new fire truck in Michigan and drive it back on Wednesday. Council in June approved purchase of the AF1 Rescue Pumper for $479,000. The village will make payments over a 10-year period.

• Recessed into closed, executive session to to consult with legal counsel regarding possible litigation.

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