REPUBLIC - Village council members reported a great attendance for the Christmas parade Sunday. Participants said the community came together for the celebration and the village had that "hometown feeling."
Thanks were extended to the local Lions Club and the American Legion for popcorn balls.
Police Chief Don Holmer expressed appreciation for Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry's help during the parade.
Holmer said the cruiser's radar is due to be recalibrated and certified and he reported the speed trailer in the village is not working again.
Mayor Bruce Lambert announced no items are to be delivered to the community brush pile until further notice. Many unacceptable items have been left and village employees are forced to clean the area. Once the cleaning is completed, a fence is to be erected. The village will pick up brush and limbs downed by storms.
Village Administrator Crystal Hoepf said Mike Watson has been appraising village property and equipment for insurance purposes. Repairs have been completed on a lift pump and streetlights are repaired when identified. Citizens may report outages and mark poles with red tape.
The village is running ads for a part-time maintenance worker with the application deadline of Dec. 14.
Citizen Steve Aichholz addressed council about electrical costs to businesses in the village. He asked if any reduction in costs was possible for the future. He said his electrical costs have doubled and anyone looking to purchase a business find the costs prohibitive.
Fiscal Officer Monique Delaney presented a cash summary-by-fund report and said all funds total $531,000 with $400,000 invested. She received council's approval for supplemental appropriation transfers in the Sewer Fund from the Motor Vehicle Fund to the Machinery and Equipment Fund. The Water Fund covered a utility services license renewal from the Training Services Fund.
A utility committee meeting followed the regular session.
In other business, council:
Heard the first reading of a resolution approving a mutual-aid agreement with Bloomville, and authorizing the mayor to sign the agreement.
Heard the village is not obligated to supply a handicap parking sign for a public street residence.
Heard employees are to prepare a salt spreader and snow plow for winter service.
Plans to extend an invitation to county commissioner-elect Fred Zoeller to attend the Jan. 22 meeting.
Council meets next at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17.