Republic council hears of trees, trash

REPUBLIC – A Boy Scout had a ringside seat to village politics in Republic when village council met Monday night.

Seneca East seventh-grader Zachary Young was accompanied by his grandfather to the meeting to meet requirements in earning the Citizenship in Community merit badge. Young is a member of Troop 442, which is sponsored by the Republic United Church of Christ. Young’s dad, a webmaster for a Cub Scout troop, had another troop meeting and couldn’t attend. Young said this is his seventh year in scouting.

Jessica Monday, assistant to village solicitor James Gucker, reported on ongoing efforts to obtain telephone records of a former village employee from Verizon. She related several steps that already have been taken. Next will be a subpoena.

Village administrator Crystal Hoepf reported meters have been read and shut-off day for unpaid utilities will be Friday. Mayor Bruce Lambert asked council to consider having the shut-off day moved to Mondays to allow residents to make restitution and not be shut off for a weekend. Council agreed to the proposal beginning in May.

Hoepf also reported she and another village employee received training from Bloomville water and wastewater superintendent Darin Brown on chlorine disinfection equipment. She said 123 trees soon will be tagged for trimming, not including ash trees. She also said a resident raised a concern on a deteriorating alley running from Broadway to Washington Street, and ground blacktop from another project is to be used to bolster the alley’s integrity.

Lambert asked that a letter be inserted in next month’s utility bills concerning village cleanup day. The date has not yet been set.

Councilman Jeff Larick said he will consult with Hoepf on setting guidelines on what may be picked up with the village reserving the right to leave unapproved material. Larick said residents will pick up brush the first Monday of the month only if brush is left next to the curb. Hoepf plans to check on a free quote for having fencing installed around the brush pile and adjacent village property.

Councilwoman Deb Bogart reported the tree committee has met and set up procedures for utility tree trimming. Trees will be trimmed 15 feet from lines and 4 feet below lines. Trees are to be trimmed using money from the Electric and General Funds. She anticipates quadrants to be bid individually.

Councilman Joe Shawberry asked if residents could take their own limbs to the village’s brush pile, and was told the area had to be cleaned up first. Lambert said volunteers would be needed to do the clean up, and added there was nearly half of a dumpster load of plastic and other trash left by others. Steve Aichholz is to be contacted regarding Boy Scouts helping with the clean up.

Police Chief Don Holmer reported he has requested a radar trailer in the next week or two, and there were 10 traffic stops as well as eight traffic warnings. There also were 15 complaints reported.

Council entered executive session to discuss litigation.

The next council meeting is to be 6:30 p.m. April 15 at the village hall.