Republic considers vacating alleys

Republic council members talked about alleyways and park issues Monday evening.

Resident and property owner Drew Mennel approached council about vacating two alleyways surrounding his home. They are both overgrown with grass and have large trees growing in them. He owns the former St. Aloysius Church and its property and recently has had problems with trespassers walking about his lawn. Council approved allowing Mennel to proceed with the vacating process.

Council members heard Scipio Township trustees have placed three fuel tanks in another alley that is not vacated. Members discussed and decided to survey the alley from Madison Street to East Street to determine what action to take about the tanks.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney learned from state Auditor Dave Yost the village could use electrical fund money to pay for its portion of the electrical work done at Community Park. Confusion over whether the village or the Lions Club is owner of the new facility, who will be responsible for insurance and who is liable should something happen at the building is in question.

Mayor Bruce Lambert said he wants to see the electrical inspection certificate for the work from the building to the pole. Councilman Jeff Larick volunteered to approach the Lions Club suggesting members meet with council to rectify the situation.

Lambert said a resident reported not receiving a shut-off notice before the shut-off occurred and is asking to have the turn-off, turn-on costs waived. After some discussion, members determined not to waive the fees.

Police Chief Don Holmer was commended in a letter from the Vinton County sheriff for his assistance in recovering stolen property and returning it to the owners.

Delaney presented the cash summary report with $1,082,477 in all funds. She said a letter of intent had been sent to FSI expressing the village’s desire to cancel a trash pick-up contract that expires Jan. 31. Members approved Monday evening to allow citizens to choose the trash pick-up provider of their choice starting Feb. 1.

Councilman Mike Oberlander reported on the recent public records training he attended and said he will conduct an informational meeting in the future.

The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of litigation.

In other matters, council:

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

Approved reallocating $2,000 within the General Fund for paying legal counsel.

Approved reallocating $720 for cell phone costs.

Approved a new policy regarding access to personal and confidential information.

Heard no record of an easement was found for property near the railroad tracks with a drainage problem.

Is awaiting a quote from Charlie’s Tree Service for trimming the remaining trees in the village.

Discussed the 6 p.m. Dec. 8 Christmas parade.

Authorized Deb Bogart to access the Christmas fund for expenses.

Council is to meet next at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21.