Theater program eyed for Republic

He already has gained the support of the historical society and the Lions Club. He is meeting with Scipio Township trustees today, because they own the building.

Jones has for years provided programs for schools, libraries and family gatherings in the character of Mark Twain and Edgar Allan Poe.

Some talented young people join him for the programs. He said, "We have some really talented kids in our area."

He introduced the idea on Facebook several months ago and has a positive response. Even people not living in the area have offered donations to see the project move forward.

Councilman Mike Schreiner presented estimates on banners for the downtown district, but wants to pursue several more before the council makes a decision. They plan to approach businesses for donations toward the project, which will then have their names added to the banners.

Councilman Mike Oberlander announced Shayne Thomas, Republican candidate running unopposed for county commissioner, is to speak at Camden Falls at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

Police Chief Don Holmer reported that New Riegel was interested in borrowing the speed trailer to test its effectiveness. Council granted approval.

In other action, Council:

Heard $1,736,753.34 is in all funds with $600,000 of that invested.

Tabled an ordinance establishing net metering for solar- and wind-powered customers.

Tabled an ordinance adopting the fees and charges for municipal utilities.

Approved adding insurance coverage of one-third of the village's electric poles and transformers at a cost of $234 per year.

Approved purchasing a 24-foot square salt dome for $7,300 through a state purchasing program.

Heard hydrant flushing is to take place Oct. 12-13, weather permitting. The rain dates are Oct. 19-20.

Set trick or treat night for 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 30. Participants should have porch lights on.

Learned fall decorations will be displayed in the downtown area.

Announced the Christmas parade is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 4.

The council is to meet next at 7 p.m. Oct. 17.

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