Republic kicks off new year

REPUBLIC – Assistant solicitor Jessica Monday swore in Republic council members Mike Oberlander, Jeff Moyer, Deb Bogart and Kevin Thompson Friday night. Jeff Larick was elected president pro-tem, and meetings are to remain on first and third Mondays monthly, starting at 7 p.m.

Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf said she had obtained two bids for removing the paint, power washing and repainting the water tower. Estimates are $20,000- $30,000. Since the project is to be done in the spring she is to seek more quotes before a decision is made.

A water line break near the park was repaired, several meters were replaced and the salt spreader should be repaired Monday.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney explained the changes for board members paid per meeting by the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System. She presented the treasurer’s report, saying $1.1 million is in all funds with $600,000 invested.

Oberlander said FSI’s contract for trash hauling expires Jan. 31. The village is not renewing their contract and all residents are to make arrangements with the hauler of their choice starting Feb. 1.

Members discussed the situation of the fuel tanks sitting in an alleyway. Larick volunteered to approach Scipio Township trustees about the problem.

They discussed whether the village should remain with the a contract penned in 1981 or accept a new one from the solicitors regarding Community Park with the Lions’ Club. Council is concerned about liability insurance coverage and Mayor Bruce Lambert stated he would talk with the club president to iron out language issues.

In other business, council:

Approved 3 percent raises for employees Delaney, Hoepf, Police Chief Don Holmer and utility worker I Travis Gregg.

Authorized the mayor and village administrator to pursue a one-ton dump truck through the state purchasing program.

Determined to continue with the energy purchase supply schedule with AMPOhio.

Council meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 20.