MONTPELIER — It’s official: Don Schlosser is the new Montpelier village councilperson. He was sworn in prior to Monday’s village council meeting.
Schlosser takes the place of Cheri Streicher, who moved back to Continental, where she grew up and still has family, at the end of June.
Council had 30 days to appoint a replacement but chose not to wait as councilman Dan Willis almost immediately suggested Schlosser for the position. The vote at the June 24 meeting was 3-1 with council representatives Chris Kannel, Kevin Motter and Willis in favor, councilwoman Melissa Ewers opposed and councilman Nathan Thompson absent.
Willis said Schlosser had already filed a petition to run for an open council seat during the November general election.
“The question is always asked, if somebody is sitting out here wanting that position, ‘If you were given a position, would you be willing to run for that position?’” Willis said. “And he is, he’s already proved it.”
Prior to being sworn in, Schlosser had attended several recent council meetings and the Poggemeyer Design Group informational meeting on the village’s application for a Neighborhood Revitalization Grant last month.
In addition, council had also interviewed him for an open council position last year before selecting Ewers, Willis said.
Ewers said at the June 24 meeting she wanted to wait until the July 8 meeting to decide on a replacement.
“I just think it would be good to give the public the option,” she said in June. “This could be their opportunity to get involved. I think it’s kind of short siding someone.”
Schlosser in June thanked council for their support.
“I feel Cheri did an incredible job,” he said. “I’d like to thank council for voting me in. It’s an honor, I’m humbled. I’m looking forward to working with you guys and making Montpelier an even better place to live.”
In other action Monday, council heard from Nikki Uribes, finance director, that income tax collections were down in June compared to the past two years, but up annually through the same point in 2017 and 2018.
“We’re up about 5.35 percent from 2018,” Uribes noted.
Uribes agreed with Village Administrator Jason Rockey, who said he’s “cautiously optimistic” about future receipts.
They also suggested a recommendation will come to council perhaps later this year about adjusting the 75/25 general fund/tax capital split from the village’s receipts from the 1 percent portion of its income tax.
Police Chief Dan McGee told council Montpelier will host a special seminar called Dying in Blue on Aug. 7 at Quality Inn and Suites in Holiday City. Chief Ralph Porter of the Groveport, Ohio, Police Department, is the presenter, conducting two sessions on the topics of officer stress and officer-related suicide and prevention.
Information from McGee noted that 159 law enforcement officers took their own lives in 2018, a number that has held steady for the past several years.
“Officers are exposed to severe pressures and horrific scenes that often lead to mental health struggles, which often go untreated,” McGee said. He encouraged all Williams County law enforcement personnel, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, mayors and other elected officials, and their spouses, to attend the free event.