Hoepf takes vacant Republic council seat

REPUBLIC New Republic councilman Ethan Hoepf took his oath of office from Solicitor Jim Gucker Monday night, filling a long-term vacancy.

Mayor Bruce Lambert expressed appreciation to all council members who assisted with snow removal following the recent snow.

With another snow storm soon to arrive, Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf emphasized the importance of vehicles not parking on Washington Street hampering the snow plow from cleaning the street downtown. A village ordinance says vehicles may be towed after 2 inches of snow have fallen and she stated the village would enforce that law and tow vehicles to Community Park.

Councilman Jeff Moyer said he was concerned about the huge piles of snow in the downtown area. Crystal Hoepf is to contact a local citizen to ask about the cost of his using his equipment to remove the snow.

Councilwoman Deb Bogart reminded residents the contract with FSI Inc. has expired for village trash pickup and households are to make arrangements for pickup with the hauler of their choice.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney presented the cash summary by fund, reporting $1,173,514.32 in all accounts with $600,000 of that invested. She said she would be making a $20,000 principal payment on the USDA loan for the sewer system.

With changes being made in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, council members approved an ordinance waiving the three-reading rule, changing the pay arrangements for members from monthly to quarterly and payment to the president pro-tempore.

It was noted the Seneca County commissioners would be attending council’s March 3 meeting.

The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of personnel and litigation.

The next council meeting is at 7 p.m. Feb. 17.