REPUBLIC - During a council meeting Monday, Republic Mayor Bruce Lambert expressed appreciation and thanks on behalf of the village to Councilman Jeff Larick, owner and operator of Sonic Hauling in Republic. Sonic provided the pick up of 100,000 cubic yards of waste during this year's village clean up at "bare-boned expense," according to Lambert. Not only did Larick donate the profit side, said Lambert, but donated his own time along with Lambert and residents in picking up the waste.
Another member of the Larick family, Jenna, has volunteered to paint the village's fire hydrants as a community service through the National Honor Society.
Councilwoman Deb Bogart praised Charlie's Tree Service for their great job in trimming village trees, saying Charlie's always is the lowest bidder.
Councilman Jeff Shawberry, absent from the meeting, was thanked for his service on council, providing guidance and being a "big part of getting this council started" according to one resident. A letter of resignation from Shawberry was accepted with regret by council. Council has 30 days to consider another candidate, after which the mayor may make an appointment.
Jessica Monday was present, representing village solicitor Jim Gucker, and addressed concerns. Monday is to research if a contractor may be responsible for the cost of 400,000 gallons of treated water that was lost as it took the company several weeks to respond to a leak. Monday also asked for documentation regarding the resignation of a village employee to consider an appeal to an unemployment claim and is to draft a letter for council.
Monday also was asked to research the legality of the village absorbing the cost of electrical service to the Historical Society building and community park and be paid from the electrical fund.
Larick said he is in favor of the village covering the cost, worried that the baseball and softball teams that bring in visitors will be lured away to a possible new ball diamond complex in Attica.
Council reviewed and approved a draft letter to be sent to Emergency Management Agency Director Dan Stahl, asking him to change the protocol of activating the storm sirens.
The village's brush drop-off site, is to open soon for village residents only. The site is to be open Monday-Friday by appointment only by calling village administrator Crystal Hoepf at (419) 585-5981 ext. 1, and 9-11 a.m. the first Saturday of the month by appointment. Acceptable items include leaves, twigs, bushes, residents' own stumps and must be safe to burn.
Another notice is to be mailed informing residents that trees and related foliage must be trimmed at least 10 feet above sidewalk level according to state code. Street funds may be used for visual obstructions at intersections of state routes while other residents will be responsible for their own cost.
Council approved the estimated budget for 2014 and presentation to the county auditor.
Other items discussed included:
$200,000 to be transferred from electric account and put into CDs.
Council is to consider contractual agreement for electrical inspector.
Council is to consdier using revenue from agricultural acreage for sanitary sewer fund.
The county prosecutor sent a letter to owner of 210 Center St. to make property habitable by July 15 or it is to be demolished.
Council is to meet at 6:30 pm July 15 at village hall.