Panel, Lions discuss park duties

REPUBLIC – Lions’ Club member Jerry Burkholder approached Republic council Monday evening to present the organization’s plans for a 30-foot by 50-foot facility at Community Park. The building is to house a concession stand and a storage area that may be rented out for events. He said the state had reapproved their plans for electrical installation in the facility.

Council approved moving forward with Clouse Electric installing the wiring and mounting the meter. The trench work is to be done by Dale Laibe. The Lions Club hopes to have the project completed in time for the Bollinger brothers’ benefit softball tournament at the park Sept. 28.

It was agreed the village should pay for the electrical work while the organization pays for trenching. Council discussed what fund should pay for the work. It was determined they would consult Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost for direction.

Mayor Bruce Lambert said both parties need to form a committee including council and Lions members to discuss park responsibilities and keep everyone better informed.

An anonymous letter written to council regarding the park situation was read about park responsibilities and how the Lions Club is not appreciated for all they have done at the park. Council members want residents to know they do appreciate the organization and how they have served the community.

Lambert asked Solicitor Jim Gucker to investigate ownership of railroad property, to check whether two alleyways have been vacated near the former school property and examine the FSI contract that ends Jan. 31.

Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf informed council the utility policy has been revised. Village officials are to place shut off notices on residents’ doors noting they have five days to pay their bill and another day before the shut off, if not paid. She also reported village vehicles for the public auction in December have been repaired.

Police Chief Don Holmer stated the cruiser is in need of servicing and Lambert requested he check all intersections for vision safety.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney submitted the cash summary by funds report. All funds totaled $600,063.

In other matters,


Heard the first reading of the ordinance approving the disposition of property unneeded, obsolete or unfit for municipal purposes.

Approved Councilman Mike Oberlander to attend the Public Records Training Sept. 27 at North Central Ohio Educational Service Center.

Heard the Center Street property up for demolition has been granted another 30 days for the owner to present his plans for storage use of the building before his Oct. 9 hearing.

Set Halloween trick-or-treat for 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Participants should have porch lights on.

Set village Christmas parade for Dec. 8.

Council returned after an executive session and agreed not to renew its contract with FSI, effective Feb. 1, 2014.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 7.