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County supporting Montpelier for veterans dedications

In continuing its program to recognize local veterans, officials in Montpelier are seeking to provide name dedications to a couple of bridges in the village.

“What we’re looking to do as part of the nation’s 250th birthday, is to have the viaduct over the Norfolk Southern railroad on the east side of Montpelier, on the Williams County Veterans Memorial Highway, designated as the POW-MIA Memorial Viaduct,” Kevin Motter told the Williams County commissioners earlier this week.

He added they would also like to have the highway bridge over the St. Joseph River near the village designated as the Gold and Blue Star Families Memorial Highway.

Motter, a trustee of the Williams County Veterans Memorial and president of the, president of Montpelier council and member of VFW Post No. 944, said he has been in contact with the office of State Rep. James Hoops, R-Napoleon, about the request.

“They are in the process of writing the legislation,” Motter said.

He added the designations would not cost the county anything as the Ohio Department of Transportation will pay for signage and the Village of Montpelier will pay for installation of signs within the village.

Motter met with the commissioners to ask for a letter of support, which they said they would provide in the near future.

“I just think it’s an honor for Williams County veterans,” added Montpelier Mayor Steve Yagelski. “It’s not just for Montpelier, it’s for everybody.”

Over the past year, Montpelier has had part of Ohio 107 dedicated as Williams County Veterans Memorial Highway and has been named a Purple Heart Village, along with having the veterans memorial in the village.

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