Republic Citizen Newsletter - March 2018
March 2018
Mayor Jeff Ussery

From the Mayor's Desk

Things are moving quickly for the City of Republic! More businesses are set to call Republic home in 2018.   Restaurants such as Flat Creek, Jimmy's Egg and Purple Burrito have all announced they will be opening. Classic Rock Coffee has also announced they will be coming to Republic. And, Heroes Coffee has changed to The Black Lab and is completely locally owned! It's an exciting time with many options for Republic residents.

This month's employee spotlight is Public Works Director Andrew Nelson. 

Public Works Director Andrew Nelson
Public Works Director Andrew Newlson

Employee Spotlight - Andrew Nelson

On October 30, 2017, Andrew Nelson started working for the City of Republic as the Public Works Director. Andrew worked for MoDOT for 6 years where he worked on the Highway 60/65 Interchange. Andrew also worked for the Greene County Highway Department for almost 3 years as the Chief Engineer before coming to Republic and taking the  position as Public Works Director. He plans and oversees the maintenance and construction of the Public Infrastructure of the City. There are 4 departments within Public Works: Water, Waste Water, Streets and Animal Control. He’s always been fascinated with all facets of construction and he feels being able to be a part of a group that builds and maintains Republic’s streets, water distribution and waste water collection is awesome!

What does Andrew hope to accomplish? To deliver a system of public facilities to the citizens that are functional and expand to match the growth of the City of Republic. We want to do the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. Planning and vision for the future is critical so that the citizens have a system that not only works but is capable of facilitating new   development for the City.

Andrew lives just south of town on the family farm where he’s lived most of his life. He is excited to be a part of the team in Republic. Even though he did not attend school in Republic, he spent a lot of time in town during his years of growing up. Republic was and is still the closest place for all their day-to-day activities outside of work, so he feels as if he has a vested interest being a part of the team that helps build the city.

Calendar of Events

March 5, 19 & 26—Toddler Open Gym, Mondays (when Republic Schools are in session), 9:30 a.m. For ages 0 to 5 years. No registration required; parent/guardian is required to stay. Republic Activities Building.

March 5 thru April 6—Youth Boys Baseball Registration, for ages 5 to 12 years old. Season begins May 14th. Bervin White Memorial Baseball/Softball Complex.

March 5 thru April 6—Youth Girls Softball Registration, for ages 5 thru 14 years old.     Season begins May 14th. Bervin White Memorial Baseball/Softball Complex.

March 5 thru April 6—Toddler Tot-Ball (Co-ed) Registration, for ages 3 & 4 year olds. Season begins May 14th. Bervin White Memorial Baseball/Softball Complex.

March 5—Registration Begins for Summer Recreation Day Camp Early Registration, for ages 6 (or completed Kindergarten) thru 12 years old. Contact Republic Community Center for more details.

March 6, 20 & 27—Home School Gym Class, Tuesdays (no class on March 13th), 9:30 a.m. For grades 1 thru 12. No registration is required; parent/guardian is  required to stay. Republic Activities Building.

March 9— Last Day to Register for Spring Adult Softball. Season begins March 22nd. Game day is on Thursdays. Bervin White Memorial Baseball/Softball Complex.

March 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16—School’s Out Program, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For ages 6 (or in Kindergarten) thru 12. Pre-registration is required. Must send a lunch and a snack with your child each day. Republic Activities Building.

March 16—Last Day to Purchase Republic Aquatic Center ‘Early Bird’ Season Passes. Contact the Republic Community Center for ‘Early Bird’ pricing.

March 20, 22, 27 & 29—Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (A.F.E.P.), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. This is a FREE event! Republic Community Center.

March 24—Annual Easter Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This is a free event! J.R. Martin Park.

March 24—Seasonal Job Fair 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Republic Community Center.

March 28 thru May 2 —Senior Wii Bowling, Wednesdays. Pre-registration is required.       Republic Community Center.
March 29—Senior Movie Day, 3:00 p.m. This is a FREE event! Free popcorn and coffee are provided. Republic Community Center.

March 30—City Offices will be closed.

City Meetings

Board of Adjustment . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 1
City Council Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .March 6
                                                                   And March 20
Planning & Zoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 12


Arthritis Exercise

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

AFEP is a group exercise class specifically for  people with arthritis. Class activities include health education topics, join warm-up and cool down, range of motion, muscle strengthening and endurance exercise, body mechanics and a relaxation period at the end of class. The class   provides participants with a fun and safe exercise program which can supplement, but should not replace, exercise prescribed by a doctor. Participants must be able to work independently or if in a wheelchair, they must be able to transfer to a straight-backed chair. There is no age requirement; anyone with arthritis can participate! Contact the Republic Community Center for more information.

Republic Aquatic Center

Seasonal Job Fair

Have you ever wanted to work for the Parks & Recreation Department during summer break? Fill out one of our employment applications and bring it to our seasonal job fair! You will have the chance to meet with program supervisors for our Summer Recreation Day Camp, Youth Baseball and Softball Leagues and the Republic Aquatic Center and learn more about our department.

Good Friday

City Offices will be closed

March 30th
for Good Friday

Employment Opportunities

 We are Hiring! Applications are being accepted for several full-time positions within various departments. Checkout the job postings at the link below for more information, job descriptions, closing dates or to apply online!

Job Opportunity
Easter Egg Hunt

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

 Join us on Saturday, March 24 at J.R. Martin Park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt! The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and features 10,000 eggs, games, a bounce house, a visit from the Easter Bunny, prizes and more! The official egg hunts will begin at 10:15 a.m. with the 0-6 year olds and 10:30 a.m. with the 7—12 year olds. The is a FREE event! Bring your own Easter Basket.

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time 2018

Daylight saving time (DST) is the practice of advancing clocks during summer months by one hour so that evening daylight lasts an hour longer, while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Daylight Savings Time will begin on Sunday, March 11th and end on Sunday, November 4th.

Geranium Sale

Community Kitchen

The Community Kitchen’s annual Geranium Sale will start March 18th and run through April 8th. Geraniums are $4 and will be ready April 25th & 26th. Order yours from any board member, call (417) 839-8006, or on-line at:

Paws for a Cause

Paws for A Cause

 What? 5K Walk/Run with your furry friend!

Why? Raising donations and awareness toward Republic Animal Control.

When? March 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Where? JR Martin Park located in Republic

How? Email

Enjoy a great time spent with your furry friends to support an amazing cause! Prizes will be given to the top three finishers! Bring a can of dog/cat food to donate and receive $5.00 off admission!

Oakwood and Hines

Hines Street and Oakwood Update

Currently, utility relocations to facilitate the widening of Hines and Oakwood are underway.  The relocations include electric, phone, cable, fiber and gas. We anticipate to bid the job sometime in late March or early April and to break ground on the roadwork beginning June 1st.  The project will most likely take a little over a year to complete. We will try to minimize the disruption of traffic as much as possible; however, there will be some delays in the area during the project.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we make these roadway and intersection           improvements.

Precesses, Trust & Relationships

What’s Happening in Republic?

 We are glad that Republic is a place where real estate developers and business owners feel confident that they can succeed.  Our goal is to do what we can as a City government to make sure that Republic continues to be a place where investors feel comfortable about taking risks and confident that they will see sufficient returns on investment.  We intend to do this by being  aggressive in making progress through processes, relationships and trust, which is our mission. 

Republic has a lot of potential for growth and,   under the right economic conditions, we believe that the community will experience that growth and reap the rewards that come along with that.  There are, of course, challenges that come with growth as well and we intend to do our job to help the community meet those challenges and succeed.  The decision to locate a Flat Creek Bar & Grill in Republic demonstrates that  businesses are confident that they can succeed here.  Republic’s recent growth has been largely characterized by regional ideas and thinking. Republic’s location provides certain logistical advantages that are   being realized by businesses that serve broader regions.  Flat Creek is another example of a business model that is probably not solely based on being supported by Republic’s local market alone, but rather a larger, regional market that draws on surrounding communities at a range of dozens of miles or farther. 

The challenge in the future will be for Republic to strategically position itself to be able to continue to provide the infrastructure that will be needed to continue to support demands for new business. In order to meet that challenge, we are presently in the  process of developing a new Comprehensive Plan for development that will serve as the foundation for that strategy.  Please look forward to more information on how you can engage in the Comprehensive Planning process and the progress we are making.  For more information on that   project, please visit:

Flat Creek

New Restaurant Announcement

Have you heard the news? Flat Creek Bar & Grill announced plans for an additional new restaurant to be located in Republic. According to their Facebook page, the new restaurant will seat approximately 350 people, offer a separate pick-up area for takeout orders and include a banquet room to accommodate various parties and functions. The location will be at 738 W. Highway 60.


Pickleball Open Play 

The Republic Parks & Recreation Department offers Pickleball Open Play on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It is a sport that combines many of the elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Pickleball can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors and is played on a badminton sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. Pickleball can be enjoyed by all ages and is a great way to stay active and in shape.


Police Badge

Citizen Police Academy

Spots are still available in the upcoming Citizen Police Academy presented by the Republic Police Department! The 12-week program meets every Tuesday from 6:30—9:30 p.m. beginning March 20th. Contact Sgt. Jamie Burks at (417) 732-3964 or for more info or an application.

Scam Alert


The City of Republic Police Department has received several calls recently regarding a possible phone scam. Residents have reported a caller stating they are from a local electric company and the resident is behind on their electric bill payments. The caller then provides a “case number” documenting overdue bills to add to the con-fusion. If you receive one of these call, DO NOT provide any personal information and hang up. More information can be found on the Republic Police Department’s Facebook page.

Walking Club

Walking Club

Did you know that the Republic Parks & Recreation Department has a FREE Walking Club? This program is a great way to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Stop by the Community Center for more information or to join the club!

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