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Motter wants to further honor veterans

MONTPELIER— Montpelier is home to the Williams County Veterans Memorial, Williams County Veterans Memorial Highway (Ohio 107) and is a Purple Heart Village, but Kevin Motter is looking to do more.

Specifically, he has been talking with Rep. Jim Hoops (R-Napoleon) and village officials to dedicate the viaduct over the Norfolk Southern Railroad on the east side of town as the POW/MIA Memorial Viaduct and dedicating the bridge over the St. Joseph River as the Gold Star/Blue Star Families Memorial Bridge.

Motter wants both of those done by 2026, the 250th anniversary of the country's founding.

"I don't think it's going to be a hard process or a long process," he said. "I wrote up a resolution for the guys across the street— the American Legion and the VFW— to go ahead and approve. The mayor has agreed to write up a proclamation supporting the idea."

Separately, Councilman Chris Kannel said a group has been meeting to discuss getting some murals painted downtown.

"That group, working with the Montpelier Rotary Club, has contracted with two muralists who have started design work for two murals in the downtown area," he said. "It's very exciting and in the coming weeks we hope to have some design work to bring to council and start the fundraising effort."

Kannel wants to have the murals done by 2026, as well.

In other business, council:

• Had an executive session to discuss sale/purchase of property and employment, with no action reported.

• Approved a fire contract with Jefferson Township for $47,289.32.

• Heard from Jason Randall, primary candidate for Williams County Sheriff.

• Approved 2024 cruise-in dates. The cruise-in will be every other Tuesday starting June 11 and ending on Aug. 27.

• Approved application for placement of farmland. Village Manager Jason Rockey said the

land has been in agriculture for many years but needs re-approval every five years.

• Passed a resolution with suspension of the rules requiring three readings for the purchase of a truck for the water sewer department at a price not to exceed $50,000.

• Passed a resolution with suspension of the rules to make the first transfer of the year from the general fund to the police pension.

• Passed a resolution with suspension of the rules an ordinance to approve, adopt and enact the 2023 codified ordinances.

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