Republic insures more buildings

REPUBLIC – Republic Mayor Bruce Lambert presented solicitor Jim Gucker with a letter from the village’s insurance carrier at the council meeting Monday.

The carrier requests the village have a contract with the Lions’ Club for coverage of the newly erected building at the park. Lambert questioned the need for the village and the Lions’ Club having liability insurance at the park, but Gucker said it was proper since the Lions’ Club mows the property and holds several events there annually, while the village owns the property. All ball teams using the field also carry liability coverage.

After more discussion, members approved adding the new building to the village’s insurance policy.

Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf introduced maintenance worker Jeff Little to council members. She announced upcoming projects, including stoning of alleyways, rumble strips installed, hydrants painted, six aerators rebuilt for the lagoon, salt storage building assembled and hydrant flushing.

Sons of the Legion representative Mike Burkholder informed council the organization is sponsoring a Party in the Park to replace the downtown street fair. Community Park is to be the site for the July 19 festivities with a rain date of July 26. The Scipio/Republic Fire Department is to have its fish fry, the American Legion is to provide the beer garden while music, activities for the kids and a poker run have been scheduled. They are looking for other organizations to participate.

The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of pending litigation. Council agreed to table action regarding placement of the fuel tanks in an alleyway.

In other action, council:

Adopted an ordinance approving the purchase of 22 tons of salt and entering into an agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation, waiving the three reading rule.

Proclaimed May to be Motorcycle Awareness Month raising awareness for safe driving with warmer weather.

Heard Lambert question the 1978 contract for EMS services between the county and the village. Noted sirens need repair but no one claims ownership.

Approved the financial report with $1,216,000 in all funds with $600,000 invested.

Heard a request for a police escort for the May 26 Memorial Day parade through the village to the cemetery.

Agreed to contact Seneca County Health Department about a vacant building.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. April 21.