Republic Village Council hears about mental health levy on ballot

REPUBLIC — Mircea Handru, executive director of the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, provided village council members information Monday night about the 0.7-mill levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The levy, which is for Seneca County residents only, was first approved in 2008 and renewed in 2012 but could not be renewed again. The ballot language will read an additional tax but the 0.7-mill levy is to replace a 0.8-mill levy that will expire. The cost to a $100,000 home owner would be $24.48 a year.

Handru said the levy would provide counseling services for all county schools as well as bullying interventions, training for law enforcement officers on how to respond in situations and 24/7 crisis intervention.

The village administrator’s report noted an electric pole is to be replaced on the east side of the village today and some residents will be without electricity for short periods of time. It also stated 71 tons of salt has been ordered in preparation for winter weather.

Police Chief Don Holmer read the resignation of Officer Jason Clark effective last Friday. A warning notice has been delivered to the home with the large trash pile for removal. The owner has until Nov. 15 to comply by cleaning up and removing the debris.

In other business, the council:

• Reminded residents an informational meeting is to be at the Republic firehouse at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 regarding the joint ambulance district’s 1.54-mill levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.

• Adopted an ordinance with revisions prohibiting the keeping or harboring farm animals within the village limits with these exemptions: previously owning farm animals before the ordinance; fair projects; FFA; FHA; possessing five or more acres.

• Heard all funds total $1,874,790.35, with $600,000 of that invested.

• Discussed the placement of the corporation limit signs.

• Set trick or treat for 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.

Council is to meet next at 7 p.m. Nov. 6.