Partial Republic council hears update

REPUBLIC – Republic Village Council was brought to order by Mayor Bruce Lambert but no official business was decided upon as only three council members were present.

During council’s special meeting July 12, $10,000 was allocated toward tree trimming and brush removal costs for the village following the July 10 storm. Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf reported more than $5,000 has been spent and she estimates 50 percent of the clean-up has been completed.

After receiving an example of 10-day notice regarding inoperative, unlicensed vehicles sitting on village property not placed in a building, resident Lori Stombaugh approached council asking for an amendment to the ordinance as the vehicle in her yard is a modification project of her husband and teenage sons. They are mating the body of a 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Sports Coupe to the chassis of a 1987 Chevy Blazer.

After perusing the Ohio Basic Code, Lambert found that a collector’s vehicle might only have to be placed under a tarp with the village’s permission. A decision is to be made at the next council meeting.

Members discussed a house at 412 Broadway St. with solicitor Jim Gucker that had been exempted from tying into the sewer system because it was uninhabitable. The house has deteriorated further and council is seeking a solution to its removal. The Seneca County Health District may be contacted.

It was noted the village will not be picking up brush Mondays any longer.

Sounding of the emergency storm warning system was questioned again.

Council meets next for regular session at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19.