MONTPELIER — The Montpelier Village Council approved auction items and welcomed the new parks supervisor during its meeting Monday.
Normally, the village hosts an auction every other year, but Village Manager Jason Rockey said they switched last year to an online auction that proved beneficial.
“The revenue we were able to bring in from that was significantly higher than what our in-person auctions have brought in,” he said. “With the ease of getting it done, it doesn’t tax village employees very heavily to be able to put on this option.”
Because of this, Rockey said it’s worth having an auction a little more often, such as when there are “10 or so” impounded vehicles.
The auction list, approved by council and available online, includes nine vehicles, ranging from a 1987 GMC Sierra to a 2011 Ford Crown Victoria. Some other items listed include: 17 bicycles, a tricycle, a hammer stapler, an Xbox, two metal soccer goals, a 1996 F-350 dump truck, a 10-inch western snow plow and several pieces of equipment from the fire department.
Rockey also took the opportunity Monday to introduce council to Nick Ramos, the new park facilities supervisor.
“Don Brown (the former parks and recreation director) requested a transfer to the street department, so we’ve hired Nick Ramos,” Rockey said. “Nick comes to us from the school ... Professionally, he also worked for the village of Fayette and ran their parks department for a number of years as a part-time employee. So, he’s got some good experience.”
Ramos is also a coach, coaching little kids’ soccer up to varsity basketball and baseball.
Rockey said he was happy to have Ramos on the team.
“I think he’s realized there’s more park property in Montpelier than meets the eye,” he said. “He’s told me he’s excited about the opportunity.”
Ramos said he was looking forward to the work.
He’s worked the last few weeks, though last week was his first real week by himself with Sandy Gordon, parks and recreation director, on vacation and Don Brown, former parks supervisor, working at the street department. A councilman referred to it as a “trial by fire,” an assessment Ramos agreed with.
“We just got everything winterized today,” Ramos said, adding he got some help from other village employees. “We’ll get things done.”
Rockey said Brown would still be available for help, as he still works for the village. He would be especially helpful, Rockey added, once the pool opens next summer.
Ramos will need to get a pool operators certification and pesticide licenses, too, which have been worked into the proposed 2021 budget.
Councilman Dan Willis said they have heard a lot of good things about Ramos.
“Welcome to the family,” he said.
In other business:
• Rockey said the owners of Rassini Chassis Systems are working with the Williams County Economic Development Corporation (WEDCO) on getting the facility filled. Rassini announced in August it would be shuttering the Montpelier facility by mid-October.
• The council approved its 2021 meeting schedule, set for the second and fourth Monday of each month. The schedule has them meeting at the Montpelier Police Department, but council and Rockey were unsure if it would be best to meet there or continue meeting at the fire department. The switch was made because the fire department had more room for social distancing.
• The council also approved utility delinquent and termination dates through December 2021.
• Council also met in executive session to discuss land acquisition and employee compensation with no action expected to follow.