Republic panel talks Lions’ project

REPUBLIC – Concerns about a building being constructed by the Republic Lions’ Club at Community Park were discussed during the village’s council meeting Tuesday evening. Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf said they are preparing to trench for electrical installation and were surprised when informed that the building would need to be metered for service.

Mayor Bruce Lambert said the organization needs to obtain state approval before they can move forward because the property belongs to the village.

Council is asking the Lions’ club to declare its plans for the facility and present it to council.

Hoepf reported adding an address for a vacant lot and notifying Emergency Management Agency Director Dan Stahl for emergency services. She also is writing a policy regarding new electrical service customers. Homeowners are to be expected to have the installation inspected at their expense and have proof before final hook-up.

Hoepf also has created a new policy pertaining to tenants and homeowners’ agreement before a renter may move out. Both parties must sign the agreement for the separation date. If the tenant has a delinquent balance, there can be no final agreement and the tenant would be expected to pay the remaining bill within 30 days.

She reported village vehicles to be put up for auction are being repaired.

Police Chief Don Holmer led a discussion on an abandoned property with unpaid utilities and unkempt lawn. The address of the owner is unknown.

He said the police department has been invited to participate in the Tiffin Developmental Center Halloween parade.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney presented the financial report and noted a total of $600,050 in all funds.

Councilman Mike Oberlander announced the Seneca County Health District is to have a demolition hearing Monday for a property at 210 Center St.

In others matters, council:

Approved a resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.

Reallocated $2,026 from the General Fund to contractual services for storm damage clean-up.

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16.