REPUBLIC - Frank Brickner, owner of the property at 210 Center St., which had been scheduled for demolition if not brought up to code by June 1, approached the village with a proposal for refurbishing the building Monday night.
He had spoken with Seneca County Health Department before the deadline and received verbal agreement for putting new siding, a steel roof and doors on the facility, to be used as an outbuilding for a woodworking shop, and a general clean-up around the building within 90 days of council's approval date.
After much discussion, Solicitor Jim Gucker suggested, and the council moved, to ask Brickner to return to the next meeting providing them with a written statement from the health department, a contractor's estimate of demolition costs and a surety bond to cover those costs in case the work is not accomplished.
Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf learned after contacting Ohio Department of Transportation about mowing along state routes through the village that they would only trim to the corporation limit. Mayor Bruce Lambert said he would address Scipio Township trustees at a later meeting about the mowing.
She also reported ODOT was going to repair the street bumps on Kilbourne Street starting June 17. Adkins Fencing is to erect a new fence around the village complex later this week or next week.
Hoepf would like to see the hydrant painting completed by June 30.
Hoepf informed council that zones 1 and 2 have had their tree trimming or removal completed. Councilman Mike Oberlander asked who was responsible for the stump removal after the trees have been downed. Gucker said the homeowner is to be responsible for those costs.
Hoepf relayed that Rubin Youngblood from Ohio Rural Water was supplying the village with a GPS system for locating water shutoffs.
Police Chief Don Holmer announced the Republic/Scipio Township Fire Department may be interested in purchasing four extra emergency radios from the police department.
Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney announced the state is providing the village with a new computer for the UAN software and services and received the council's authorization to proceed with requesting a laptop model. She reported all funds contain $1,006,204.89 with $400,000 invested in certificates of deposit. The cash summary by funds was presented and the financial report approved.
Members discussed the 2014 budget, suggesting projects including curb and sidewalk repairs, burying downtown electrical wires, repairing drainage tiles, water meter replacement and painting the water tower along with donating money to the Lions' Club for the continued upkeep of Community Park. The budget deadline is July 19 and Lambert remarked the local government funding has been cut in half since 2007.
The meeting moved into executive session for discussion of litigation.
In other matters, council:
Learned the Republic Festival is set for July 27.
Noted that renovations have started in transforming the former Farmers' Caf into Smokey's Family Restaurant and Tap.
Council is to meet at 6:30 p.m. June 17.