Republic council hears park update

REPUBLIC — Republic council extended a tip of the hat to Lions Club members for the work they do in keeping Community Park one of the best parks in the county.

Councilman Mike Schreiner reported on meeting with Lions Club members to discuss upgrades they have planned for the park. A new dugout for field 3 is being built, a sun block is being considered and a new shelter by the playground is to be erected in July or August. Republic Lumber donated the materials for the shelter house.

Future plans include resurfacing the parking lot and providing shelter for maintenance equipment. The old shelter house area is to become a handicap parking spot.

The village also received total funding for the backstop extension on Field 2 through a North Central Electric People’s Fund grant.

Police Chief Don Holmer informed council he has applied for a Bureau of Workers Compensation grant to procure four outer vests for officers. The grant is to provide 75 percent of the funding with the village adding a 25 percent match.

Council members invited any village resident interested in organizing community garage sales to contact them for direction.

In other business, council:

• Heard that all funds total $2,120,124.03 with $600,000 of that invested.

• Approved a resolution authorizing the village to participate in the Ohio Department of Transportation salt contract, waiving the three-reading rule.

• Learned hydrant flushing is scheduled for early next week.

• Heard Sentinel students are to do community service work at Community Park May 1.

Council is to meet at 7 p.m. May 6.