Republic panel rescinds Lions’ power bill

REPUBLIC – Several Republic Lions Club members attended the village council meeting Monday evening to further discuss the organization being asked to pay for the electric bill the new park facility.

“The Lions built the building and gave it to the village. Why are we being charged?” Lions Club president Dennis Breyman said.

Councilman Jeff Larick said council had been told the club is making money off of the building after examining past meeting minutes. Breyman said the facility is for the village and residents of Scipio Township. The club’s plan is to ask for a $50 deposit for the building’s use, which is to be reimbursed when the building is left in good order.

Larick expressed concern about water being left running in the facility unchecked. Lions members said they would be checking the facility after events for its condition.

Council moved to rescind its previous decision for the Lions’ Club to pay the electric bill and determined the village would pick up the expense.

It was noted the concession stand would be moving into the new facility and is to be run by the baseball boosters. The old building is to be removed.

Mike Burkholder reported events during Party in the Park netted $8,000. Larick thanked Burkholder and Derek Niedermier for their clean-up effort.

Members voted to accept Paulette Michener Bocker’s offer of donating two lots in the village to be used for a public green park. They learned that the area and playground equipment have a blanket liability insurance coverage.

Resident Ann Haaser, who owns property neighboring the green space, said children already are hitting or throwing balls onto her property and house. Mayor Bruce Lambert said he would ask Police Chief Don Holmer to discuss it with her.

Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf reported rumble strips at the intersection of SR 162 and SR 19 have been applied. More have been ordered and also will be applied.

The second coat of paint has been applied to the water tower and the lettering was to be completed Tuesday. Street crack sealing is to be accomplished next week with a possible second week in case of inclement weather.

Fiscal Officer Jason Shade received approval for a $3,034 appropriation for the AMP-Ohio payment. He submitted the treasurer’s report and said funds total $1,271,181.33 with $600,000 invested.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 4.