Scipio trustees, Republic council talk fuel tanks

REPUBLIC – Scipio Township trustees Brad Bowerman and Jason Burkholder attended the Republic council meeting Monday night to discuss fuel tanks sitting in a village alleyway.

Having received a draft of an easement from the village solicitor’s office, trustees came to ask council for an easement in order to leave the tanks where they are. Republic Mayor Bruce Lambert said the solicitor’s office had been under the assumption the trustees had placed the tanks there more than two decades ago and could claim adverse possession action against the village, but Lambert said at the last meeting that the tanks were placed there only months ago and could not make that claim. The trustees should not have received that easement draft.

Trustees asked about the village vacating the alley. Lambert is concerned about access to the power lines for maintenance and the installation of water lines if necessary.

The trustees stated the state fire marshal’s office and North Central Electric Coop. have given approval of the placement. Lambert requested the trustees get approval in writing from those entities for council. He said the village plans to follow state codes.

Council members offered differing opinions. A decision was postponed until the next meeting while council waits for more information.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney presented the financial report and said there is $1,189,000 in all accounts with $600,000 of that invested. She said Ohio Public Employees Retirement System has not responded to an inquiry as to how new state rules affect council members.

The meeting moved into executive session to discuss personnel issues.

In other business, council:

Adopted the ordinance approving 3 percent pay raises for employees Delaney, Crystal Hoepf, Don Holmer and Travis Gregg.

Announced the Seneca Regional Planning meeting Feb. 5 at Good Shepherd Home in Fostoria.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 3.