December 2016
Mayor Harter

From The Mayor’s Corner

We now have a newly elected president and I am glad the election is over. I would like to thank  everyone who exercised their right to vote. At this writing, we don't have the voter turnout numbers; however, judging by the lines observed at the polls, we should show a high percentage of voter turnout.  Thanks to all the people who worked the polls. You did a great job!

We are now in the middle of the holiday season and I hope everyone takes time out to enjoy this time of year  with  friends  and family.  Our community has a lot to offer to help keep your holiday spirits up; from the area churches’ Christmas  programs, our Parks Department Reindeer Run December 2, Breakfast with  Santa December 3, Police and Fire Department Shop With a Hero December 6, and don't forget driving around our community and seeing all the light displays by our neighbors for your enjoyment in "R"-town!  Visit our Web site for more information on community events.

We also want everyone to be safe this holiday season; inspect all wiring on indoor and outdoor lighting, dispose of any damaged strands and don't overload circuits.  This is the time of year a lot of people will burn candles; be sure to keep candles away from all combustibles and never leave a candle burning unattended.  To prevent thefts, keep doors locked. And when shopping, lock car doors, place purchases in a locked trunk and never leave a car unattended with the keys inside!  Always be aware of your surroundings; park in an area well lit, and in case of inclement weather, have an emergency kit in your vehicle.

Now for the Mayor’s helpful tip for December: keep all receipts from holiday purchases, add together, divide by twelve, and then save this amount back  monthly in a Christmas club account at your bank or credit union. Next year,   you’ll have holiday cash instead of adding to credit cards or having to work that extra overtime for holiday purchases.

From the City Council and all employees at the City of Republic,

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,
and Seasons Greetings to all!
 


Calendar of Events

Nov 30—Deadline for Republic Veterans Memorial Brick Orders. All bricks ordered by November 30, 2016, will be placed in the Republic Veterans Memorial in the spring of 2017.

Dec 2—Reindeer Run 5K— 7:00 p.m., J.R. Martin Park.

Dec 2—Edge Mobile Class: Learning Windows 10, 10:00 a.m. Republic Library.

Dec 2—Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self Paced Tutorials, 1:00 p.m. Republic Library.

Dec 3—Breakfast with Santa—8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. No registration required. Republic Community Center.

Dec 3—Holiday Store for Kids, 10:00 a.m., for infants to age 18. Republic Library.

Dec 3—Holiday Hoedown Open House, 10:00 a.m., for all ages. Republic Library.

Dec 5, 12 & 19—Toddler Open Gym, 9:00 a.m., for ages 0 to 5 years. No registration required. Republic Activities Building.

Dec 8—Book Discussion, 1:30 p.m. “Corrupted” by Lisa Scottoline. Republic Library.

Dec 9, 14, 23 & 28 —Racing to Read Storytime, 10:00 a.m., for infants to age 6. Republic Library.

Dec 12—Pajama Storytime, 7:00 p.m., for infants to age 6. Republic Library.

Dec 13—Senior Trip to The Showboat Branson Belle. Van leaves at 1:45 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Limited to the first 22 registered.

Dec 13—Quilling and Paper Crafting for Beginners, 6:00 p.m. Republic Library.

Dec 15—Teen Crafternoon, 3:00 p.m., for grades 6 thru 12. Republic Library.

Dec 16—Edge Mobile Class: Staying Safe & Secure in a Digital World, 10:00 a.m. Republic Library.

Dec 16—Edge Mobile Class: Learn it! Self-Paced Tutorials, 1:00 p.m. Republic Library.

Dec 17—Based-on-the-Book Film Series, 2:00 p.m., rated PG. Republic Library.

Dec 20—Grinch Christmas Part, 6:00 p.m., for preschool thru grade 5. Republic Library.

Dec 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 & 30—School’s Out Program 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., for ages 6 (or in Kindergarten) - 12 years. Pre-registration required. Republic Activities Building.

Dec 21—Christmas Storytime, 10:00 a.m., for infants thru age 6. Republic Library.

Dec 26—Republic City Offices will be closed in celebration of Christmas.

Dec 28—Christmas Storytime, 10:00 a.m. for infants thru age 6. Republic Library.

Dec 29—Senior Movie Day, 3:00 p.m. This is a free event. Free popcorn and coffee are

provided!

Dec 30—Last Day to Register for Winter Youth Volleyball, for 3rd thru 8th grade. Republic Community Center.

Dec 31—STEAM Play Saturday, 11:00 a.m., for grades K thru 8. Republic Library.

Jan 2—Republic City Offices will be closed for New Year’s Day.

Jan 16—Republic City Offices will be closed for MLK Day.

March 17—Republic Aquatic Center ‘Early Bird’ Season Passes. The ‘Early Bird’ season passes will remain available to the public until March 17, 2017. Republic Community Center.
 


City Meetings

Board of Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 1
Capital Improvements. . . . . . . . . . . . .December 28
City Council Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . .December 12
Planning & Zoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 19


New Business Applications


Base Construction & Management, at large.
Bay Wright Security, 738 E. Hines Street.
Candy B Photography, 812 Highway 174.
ERGO Midwest, 6139 US Highway 60 West.
G&S Electrical Contractors, at large.
Perfectly Designed, 507 Cox Avenue.
Republic Warrior Sports, 830 E. Highway 174.
Scuffed Edge, 280 US Highway 60 East.
Sirb Electric, at large.
Southwest Electric Contractors, at large.


Luminaries

Memorial Luminary Driving Tour

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield presents the 13th Annual Memorial Illumination Ceremony, featuring over 2,539 luminaries, representing those killed, wounded or missing at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, August 10, 1861. There will be an opening ceremony at the Visitors’ Center at 4:30 p.m. The tour will be held on December 10th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There is no fee. Over one hundred volunteers will participate in this event, assembling the luminaries and distributing them along the five-mile tour road through the park.  Over 2,000 people are expected to tour the illumination.
 


Reindeer Run

Reindeer Run 5K
 

Lace up your running shoes and bundle up for the Reindeer Run 5K on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m.! This nighttime 5K starts and finishes at J.R. Martin Park (300 E. Hines).  After the race, enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while hanging out by the bonfire!  Discounted race fees are available with the  donation of an unwrapped children’s gift for People Helping  People in Republic.  Registered participants receive a long-sleeved race shirt (must register by November 18 for guaranteed shirt).  Registration forms are available at the Republic Community Center or online at www.republicmo.com.  Online registration is also available at www.actnowracing.com
 


Unperishable food

Fill-A-Trailer Food Drive

The Republic Community Kitchen will be   holding their 3rd Annual Fill-A-Trailer Food Drive from November 26th thru December 17th. Non-perishable food may be dropped off at the trailer located in Orscheln’s parking lot from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays or dropped off inside Orscheln’s during business hours. Thanks!


Republic Candidate Filing

Qualified candidates wishing to run for City Council or Mayor may file for office at the City Clerk’s office, 213 North Main Street, beginning on Tuesday, 12/13/16 at 8:00 a.m. Last date to file for the election will be Tuesday, 01/17/17 at 5:00 p.m.  Filing will not occur on the following holidays : December 22nd, December 23rd, December 26th, January 2nd, and January 16th. The applicant shall declare his/her intent to become a candidate in person and in writing to the City Clerk during the designated times.  Candidates must comply with all prevailing laws concerning  eligibility and campaign financing.  Offices to be voted on are: Mayor, One (1) Council Member Ward I, one (1) Council   Member Ward II, one (1) Council Member Ward III, and one (1) Council Member Ward IV. 
 
**Special Note:  Please make sure your voter  registration has been updated if you have just moved into the City.  Ward Maps are available at the City Clerk’s office.
 



 

Do You Need Money to Make Repairs or
Improvements to Your Septic System?

The Southwest Missouri Council of Governments is offering a grant and low interest loan program to qualified property owners who need to repair or replace residential septic systems. Grants are available up to 50% of project costs (based on income) and loans cannot exceed $25,000 with the interest rate not to exceed 5%. Failing septic tank systems are one of the largest contributors of bacteria, viruses and pathogens to both ground and surface water.

Funding comes from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through a revolving loan fund with the Missouri Association of Councils of  Government. Applications will be accepted until funds run out. For further information, please contact Jane at (417) 836-6273.
 



 

Branson Belle

Senior Citizen Trip

Sign up for the Senior Citizen Trip to see the Showboat Branson Belle Christmas Show on December 13th! The cost is only $55 and includes the show and dinner. For more information, call (417) 732-3500.


Republic City Offices
will be closed on
December 26th
in celebration of Christmas!


 
Christmas

Water Bills

REMINDER* Your past due amount must be $5.00 or less to prevent shut off on the 16th. A deposit will be required if you are shut off for non-payment and you do not have a deposit on file. Please be sure to allow additional time when  mailing your payments during the holiday season. If you have any questions, please contact the Republic Utility Billing Department.
 



 

Christmas Tree

Annual Christmas Home Tour

The Republic Historical Society Annual Christmas Home Tour will be held on Saturday, December 3rd, from noon to 5:00 p.m.   Tickets may be purchased at the museum or from a society member. The price is $8.00 per ticket. Inclement weather date is December 10th.


Snowplow

Republic Snow Routes

The City’s approach to plowing streets uses a    network of designated primary and secondary snow routes.  These routes are treated and plowed for every winter event impacting travel and allows crews to  efficiently focus resources during the heaviest      snowfall rates.  Primary snow routes are the busiest City roads and provide access to schools, commercial districts and other essential service areas. Secondary routes are comprised of collector streets that form a logical route through residential areas and employment centers. Secondary routes are selected so that most residences are located within just a few blocks yet provide plow drivers a uninterrupted path. 

Residential streets will not receive the same level of service as designated snow routes and are typically plowed or treated only when snow accumulations reach six inches or more.  This strategy is based on the concept that all vehicles can travel short distances on snow-covered streets to reach a primary or secondary route.  Plowing side streets can be also detrimental for residents as the windrow of frozen material deposited across each driveway after plowing is often more of a barrier than if the road had not been plowed at all.  Residents are asked to contact the Public Works Department at (417) 732-3400, or 732-3456 outside of normal business hours, to report any dangerous road conditions. A map of designated snow routes can be found on the City’s website at
http://www.republicmo.com/212/Public-Works-Resources.
 



 

Smoke Detectors

Republic Fire Department

The city of Republic Fire Department has been busy the last several weekends conducting their annual Smoke Detector Campaign. The department is going door to door in a designated area, checking and replacing smoke alarm detectors. Thanks to the Home Builders Association of  Greater Springfield for their donation of ninety smoke alarms to the Fire Department. If you are a Republic resident and need a smoke alarm for your home, please contact the Republic Fire Department at (417) 732-3800.


Santa

Breakfast with Santa

Mark your calendars for this year’s Breakfast with Santa event at the Republic Parks & Rec Department, Saturday, December 3rd, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Activities Building! A pancake and sausage breakfast will be served for $3.00 per plate. Santa will be there to hear what each child has on their wish list this year! Pictures with Santa are  available for $1 per picture or bring your own camera to take pictures! No registration is  necessary.
 


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