REPUBLIC - Trees in Republic soon will be trimmed for safety during the winter.
Trees have been neglected for several years, causing them to grow around power lines. As soon as all bids are in, a contract will be awarded for the project.
Mayor Bruce Lambert said trees would be trimmed 5 feet from the lines for safety but citizens may have the trees trimmed further for beautification if they wish. Letters are being sent to all residents.
Village Administrator Crystal Fields said the Masonic Lodge requested a stop sign removed from the end of an alley approaching SR 19. Police Chief Don Holmer is to investigate the legalities.
Fields presented a concern from a resident regarding a village worker who had been reading meters and caused alarm. Fields requested village employees wear a vest with an identification badge. Council approved that action, plus obtaining decals for the village truck.
Fields said work on sealing street cracks is to begin Monday.
Members discussed a tile blockage near the American Legion Hall and Fields said a video camera would be used to locate the problem.
Councilwoman Deb Bogart said she has noticed her windows rattling from passing trucks more often lately.
Councilman Mike Oberlander suggested a credit be applied to utility bills of good paying customers but other members did not agree to such action.
In other business, council:
Adopted the resolution accepting amounts and rates as determined by the Budget Commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county auditor.
Heard the second reading of an ordinance adopting fees and charges for administrative, police and utilities.
Heard Trinity United Church of Christ is having a Harvest Fest 4-7 p.m. Saturday.
Set trick or treat for 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. Participants are to have porch lights on.
Heard there has been no response from FSI concerning trash service.
The utility committee meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The next council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1.