Montpelier Council

From left, Montpelier village councilman Don Schlosser Director of Finance Nikki Uribes and Village Manager Jason Rockey listen during a presentation about the Cops and Kids Program during Monday’s council meeting.

MONTPELIER — A grant opportunity being pursued by Montpelier officials would help the village market its recreational opportunities.

Village Manager Jason Rockey said the grant wasn’t monetary in nature, but rather was a consulting grant through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“It’s a federal grant and it is a consulting grant that would help us identify and promote natural resources in the village and how to use those resources that we have to boost our community’s recreational economy,” he said. “They also tie a lot of that to downtown revitalization efforts.”

Officials focused on three features in Montpelier for the application: the St. Joseph River, the Iron Horse River Trail that will be built in 2023 and the portion of the Wabash-Cannonball Trail in the village.

“We’re asking for help from the EPA to help us promote that more,” Rockey said. “We received 17 letters of support from local businesses and organizations around the county and we’ll be submitting those (Monday) evening.”

In other business, council:

• Had the third and final reading of the 2022 budget. Director of Finance Nikki Uribes said the only change from the other two readings was in personal services due to village employees selecting health insurance electives.

“That has decreased across all of them by $137,755,” she said.

• Heard from police Chief Dan McGee about the Cops and Kids program, also known as Shop with a Cop. He said scams are abundant, especially this year, but said anyone trying to collect donations would use the Cops and Kids moniker. An official Cops and Kids canvasser would ask few questions and not ask for things like personal information or bank numbers. When in doubt, McGee said donations can be taken directly to the police department.

• Approved a contract for fire protection with Bridgewater Township for $8,329.

• Approved a reorganization of the village’s committees.

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