Woman may donate land to Republic

REPUBLIC – During Republic’s council meeting Monday night, Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf shared a letter from a former resident Paulette Michener Bocker who wants to donate two lots on Washington Street for use as a public green park.

Her letter stipulates the lots must stay as one for the park, but if the village should sell the property, the lots together would allow for a single-family residence. No permanent buildings are to be placed on the property, but playground equipment and a pavilion may be in a designated part of the park.

She would like to see it named for the Michener family. Before an agreement between the parties can be made, council had questions about insurance costs, cost of playground equipment and cost of a possible sign erected at the park. They decided to table the issue until costs have been examined.

Resident Doris Lambert said it is a good opportunity for the village to establish the green area and she would be willing to locate a local organization to pay for a sign if necessary.

Council adopted an ordinance to hire Jeremy Blanton as a part-time officer for $9.50 per hour with a one-year probationary period, waiving the three-reading rule. He is a Tiffin dispatcher and has patrolled for 12 years in the county. He is to be sworn in at a later date.

Disagreement arose between council members and Mayor Bruce Lambert when Councilman Kevin Thompson introduced an $8,915.04 fee for an electrical hook-up charged to Councilman Jeff Larick. Thompson felt the fee should be waived as the village ordinance and policy had confusing language as to who is responsible for costs of labor and materials. Members voted to waive the fee by a 4-1 vote with Larick abstaining.

The utility committee met and reviewed Solicitor Jim Gucker’s opinion of Thompson’s fee, and determined to remove labor and materials from the present ordinance, rewriting it to state policy, and clearly stating costs to the individual and costs to the village.

Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney received permission to reallocate $500 from the General Fund to the advertisement fund. She reported $1,254,883 in all accounts and $600,000 is invested.

Resident Denny Niederkohr asked for a clarification on payment for trimming boulevard trees with electrical lines running through them. Lambert said the village is responsible for boulevard trees.

Councilman Mike Oberlander thanked Delaney for her service to the village as fiscal officer. Newly hired Jason Shade starts his

duties as the fiscal officer July 1.

A budget hearing is at 6:30 p.m. July 7 preceding the regular session at 7 p.m.