REPUBLIC - The village has a new police chief.
Don Holmer, who previously served Republic and Bloomville as an officer, was appointed as the part-time police chief by Mayor Bruce Lambert. His background check and physical have been completed. Council members accepted Holmer for a 120-day trial period, and Solicitor Rick Palau swore him into office.
Members also adopted the ordinance setting Holmer's pay at $12.50 per hour.
Resident John Bass approached council about his delinquent utility bill again. He questioned the 90-day grace period time frame. Lambert read the minutes from the April 2 meeting for clarification of the decision. Bass stated he could pay his current bill Friday but paying the overdue bill would be difficult.
Lambert encouraged candidates for two vacant council seats to attend the next council meeting. Palau stated candidates may be questioned during the open session then discussed in an executive session, with a decision to be made in open session.
A recent personnel committee meeting discussed the needed training by village employees. Members recommended hiring a full-time maintenance person. Council members moved to advertise for a full-time maintenance I worker. The personnel committee is to meet again at 5:30 p.m. May 30.
Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney informed council a separate sewer reserve account must be set up over a 10-year period showing at least a year's U.S. Department of Agriculture debt payment of $70,000. Council voted to transfer $55,000 from the sewer operating fund to a newly created sewer reserve fund.
Neighborhood watch signs and stickers donated by Sue Lumley have arrived and were distributed to residents.
The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of personnel.
In other matters, council:
Reminded residents of the car show in downtown Republic Saturday.
Adopted the ordinances repealing previous ordinances pertaining to a full-time officer, establishing an auxiliary police unit and establishing overtime and means of compensation for the police chief.
Heard the first reading of an ordinance amending ordinance 2012-2 reflecting that the court clerk is to be paid for her travel time back dated to the time of her hire.
Moved to not be paid for the special meeting last Friday.
Moved to change the finance committee to the finance/audit committee.
Heard Lambert present the key policy effective Monday. Keyholders must sign the policy, which supersedes any previous policy.
Heard the Republic/Scipio Township Fire Department is to meet June 5 to determine the date for burning the village brush pile.
Moved to rollover certificates of deposit for another nine-month period.
Discussed an alleyway vacation.
Discussed dissolving mayor's court. Lambert stated a cost-benefit analysis would be done first.
Encouraged organizations to erect new signs at the village limits.
Discussed utility deposits.
Heard the Community Garage Sales run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 8-9. Cost is $3 to participate. Contact Lori Wise at (419) 618 7153 for more information.
Set a finance/audit committee meeting of the whole to follow council's next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 4.