Republic auction to help fund pickup

REPUBLIC – Republic council members Monday discussed auctioning unneeded equipment to help fund the purchase of a pickup truck.

They plan to place a utility bed in the truck.

Mayor Bruce Lambert said he would like to see the present truck have a dump bed installed and Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf was authorized to obtain estimates for the cost of converting the truck.

Council members authorized auctioneer Mike Watson to list and itemize items available for auction before they are advertised.

Hoepf is securing bids on tree trimming around electrical wires in the village for zones 1 and 2. If an ash tree is identified, the village wants an estimate for cutting the tree down.

She also is seeking quotes for 907 feet of fencing for the village complex. It is to be 6 feet tall with wire on top, and members discussed placement of an automated gate from the sewer plant entry and replacing it with a regular swing gate.

Hoepf said meter reading occurs Friday and workers have checked out a tile blockage on Center Street that needs attention. Several alleys entering state highways in the village need stop signs yet, members said.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney presented a cash summary by funds to council.

Council also approved permanent appropriation re-allocations to pay the workers’ compensation premiums.

In other action, council:

Authorized Hoepf to have access to the village safety deposit box.

Heard a house on Center Street has until May 1 to be brought up to code for habitation.

Discussed curb repair as a future project.

Discussed community garage sales.

Received a request for a police escort for cemetery services following the Memorial Day parade.

Discussed the street fair.

Learned, after examination, the village does not recommend the Boy Scouts assist in a clean-up at the brush pile.

Council meets next at 6:30 p.m. May 6.