Road salt shortages affect Republic

REPUBLIC – The village of Republic is looking for salt just like the rest of the eastern half of the nation.

Council members heard Monday night that so far this season the village obtained 15 tons from Bloomville and borrowed another 10 tons from Ohio Department of Transportation, which must be returned by Oct. 31.

Mayor Bruce Lambert estimates the village will need 20 tons from ODOT next winter and then will need to purchase another 45-50 tons at possibly triple the present costs. It was noted the salt storage facility needs repaired.

Next year’s appropriations are to include an additional $4,500 for salt from the operating supplies and materials line as only $1,500 was budgeted this year. Repairs to the salt storage facility are to be covered from capital outlay.

“We will have to keep the expenditures to the minimum next year,” Lambert stated.

Aaron Cole removed the large piles of snow downtown and the village plans to ask him to remove more this week to be paid from the street fund.

Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf reported Circle H had repaired a tractor tire and is seeking quotes for tires for the village truck. She said discharging has been completed at the lagoon.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney presented council with a tax bill of $264 for the new 32-foot by 50-foot shelter built by the Lions’ Club at the park. They will be seeking exempt status for the building.

In other business, council:

Made corrections to council rules for approval at the next meeting.

Plan to dig out storm grates in the spring and lower them.

Heard the county commissioners are to attend the next council meeting.

Said the village is in need of a part-time maintenance/street worker and is to prepare an ordinance to that affect and make changes to appropriations.

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