Republic swears in new fiscal officer

REPULIC – Waiving the three-reading rule, Republic council members approved Jason Shade to serve as the interim fiscal officer during June and hiring him as fiscal officer effective July 1. Council also approved compensating Shade $1,100 for June. Shade, who has experience in banking and lives in Crawford County, was sworn into office by Solicitor Jim Gucker.

Mayor Bruce Lambert thanked outgoing fiscal officer Monique Delaney for her time serving the village.

Delaney presented council with an AMP-Ohio bill for $3,034 for the village’s share of the electrical consortium’s impaired costs from its members. Participants agreed to pay the costs incurred with the development of a pulverized coal-powered plant in Meigs County. In 2009, the project was terminated due to escalating costs but participants were obligated to pay for expenses already incurred. Its total share was $17,228, but it received credit for two alternative sources. Members approved payment of the fee.

Delaney also said $1,244,000 was in all funds with $600,000 invested.

Councilman Jeff Larick presented an $8,915.04 bill for a new electrical service fee plus labor and materials from the village at a property he recently purchased. He disputed that amount after obtaining the village policy, saying it states the village is responsible for connection hardware for wiring. He installed the basic 200-amp service after his electrician noted the lines across the street were secondary lines and 450 feet of new primary lines had to be installed. Larick said he didn’t think he should have to pay for improved infrastructure in the village. Gucker is to examine the village’s policy, the electrician’s application and the village’s ordinance for fees which seem to disagree with the policy.

Other council members agreed to put the payment on hold until Gucker makes a judgment.

Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf said the truck has been ordered from Germaine Ford of Columbus for $35,799 and should arrive in August. She also received a firm quote of $8,000 from Kalida for the addition of the snow plow, cables, switches, spreader and spinner.

Hoepf said they are close to identifying a water leak and are to have it repaired.

Police Chief Don Holmer reported three lawns have been mowed by the village at abandoned houses and are to be assessed to owners’ property taxes. He said the department needs to upgrade its computers and he has approved a liquor license for Party in the Park July 17.

Several resumes for the part-time officer position have been received and interviews are being planned. Members discussed options for a speed trailer.

In other business, council:

Heard the village and fire department are to share expenses for repairing the emergency sirens.

Moved for council to receive payment monthly instead of quarterly regarding OPERS regulations.

Discussed trimming trees with cable lines running through them.

Set a utility committee meeting for 9 a.m. Saturday

Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at the village office. Members then are to meet with the county commissioners and Republic EMS at 7:30 p.m. Any unfinished business will resume in the village office if necessary.