Citizen Newsletter
Mayor Jeff Ussery

From the Mayor's Desk

Hello all and happy May! By the time you read this, we will have appointed someone to serve in the Ward 3 Council Seat! This happened due to Mr. Mendez moving out of the ward and being ineligible to serve on Council. The timing of his move meant we weren’t able to get his name off the ballot. Since he won the election, that meant I would have to appoint someone to serve until the next municipal election, which is in April of 2019. I wanted to try something new and allow for the process to work in a better and more transparent way. I accepted applications for the seat and will share all of those applications with Council. I will then interview them and provide the list of eligible applicants to Council for consideration. Council will then have an opportunity to make a motion for any of the available applicants at the Council Meeting. I can accept the motion and request a second which will send it to a vote by Council. If the vote passes, that person will serve on Council! As the Mayor, our Charter requires that I appoint someone; however it is done with the advice and consent of Council. I am looking to ensure we do things as transparent as possible and the Council Members who represent all of you are heard.

Kathy Thorpe

Our employee spot light for this month is Kathy Thorpe, Utility Billing Clerk. Kathy has been working in city government for 13 1/2 years. She has been with the City of Republic for 4 1/2 years. When she was hired at Republic, she started as the Customer Service Clerk and then was promoted to Utility Billing Clerk. She enjoys working with the public and has made lots of great relationships with the citizens of Republic. She states, “I also am blessed with great co-workers. Republic is an awesome town!”

Kathy has been with her best friend “Steve” for 10 years. Kathy has two children, Ashley (age 34) and Luke (age 24). She also has two extra special grandchildren,   Kambree (age 18) and Dylan (age 13), so she is a “Nana.” In addition, she has two  furry family members and on occasion has been called the “Crazy Cat Lady”! She  enjoys spending time with her family most of all; however, she does find time to go camping at the lake and going on sister trips with her five sisters. Kathy states “I am very excited to see Republic grow and look forward to the future.”
Kathy’s Job duties are extensive.  She does the billing for the entire city of Republic, as well as all the adjustments and data entry. She often fills in to do odd jobs for other departments and is always available when needed for reconciliation with Finance. Kathy is always willing to help when needed and serves as a notary at City Hall. Her commitment to the City and the Citizens has made her a huge asset to the team and the Community.   

Calendar of Events

May 1, 8 & 15—Home School Open Gym, Tuesdays (when Republic Schools are in session), 9:30 a.m., for grades 1 thru 12. No registration required; parent/guardian is required to stay. Republic Activities Building.

May 4—Munchkin Movie Day, 10:30 a.m. This is a FREE event! Popcorn will be available for $1 per bag. Republic Community Center.

May 4—Event @ The Amp. Activities begin at 7:00 p.m. Movie begins at 8:25 p.m. The movie is Wonder. Visit for additional information. J.R. Martin Park

May 7 & 14—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.

May 9 thru June 13—Senior Wii Bowling, Wednesdays, various time slots are available. Pre-registration required. Begins April 25th at 8:00 a.m. Republic Community Center.

March 15 thru May 3—Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (A.F.E.P.), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. This is a FREE event. Republic Community Center.

May 20—Event @ The Amp. Activities begin at 7:00 p.m. Movie begins at 8:35 p.m. The movie is Sing. Visit for additional information. J.R. Martin Park

May 26—Republic Aquatic Center Opening Day!  Times are 12:00—7:00 p.m. (Monday  - Saturday) and 12:00—6:00 p.m. (Sunday).

May 28—Memorial Day. The Republic Community center will be closed.

May 28—Memorial Day. Republic City Offices will be closed.

May 31—Senior Movie Day, 3:00 p.m. This is FREE event! Free popcorn and coffee are    provided. Republic Community Center.

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March New Business Applications

· Arterberry Lawn Care, 212 S. Eagan

· Child Life Academy, 800 W. Highway 174 (A temporary license has been issued)

· Child Life Academy, 517 E. Elm (A temporary license has been issued)

· Curbows Cleanrite, 719 W. Britain

· David Packwood Excavating, at large

· Hawtorn Groves, LLC, 855 N. Franklin

· Ortex System, at large

· Sweet on You Boutique, 855 N. Franklin

· Web Cleaning Services, 562 N. Texas

Council 2018

2018 Council Election

  • On April 3, 2018, registered voters of Republic elected the following for City Offices:

Jeff Ussery—Mayor, 2 year term
Eric Franklin—Ward I , 2 year term
Garry E. Wilson—Ward II, 2 year term
Jason Mendez—Ward III, 2 year term
Charlie Brashers—Ward IV, 2 year term

City Council meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged  to attend.  Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (except on holidays) at 6:30 p.m.  Most meetings are held at City Hall, 213 North Main Street.  The agendas are posted at City Hall or on the website at: 
Videos of the meetings can also be viewed from the website and on the cable channel.  For more information, please contact the City Clerk at (417) 732-3140 or

Happy Mother’s Day
May 13, 2018

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Junk Vehicle

Public Nuisances

Public nuisances such as tall weeds/grass, accumulated junk, trash piles, inoperable or junk vehicles and similar issues pose potential health and safety hazards to our neighbors.  Please remember that unmaintained property, including failure to mow your lawn, can result in receiving a ticket and a possible fine.  If properties are habitually left unmaintained the City may have to take action to maintain and the costs to the tax-payers to do that will be charged to you as a property owner.

Our community is a wonderful place full of wonderful and productive people.  If we all work together to keep it well maintained and clean, then it will go a long way toward helping to keep Republic a great place for years and years to come!  If you have any questions or concerns about property maintenance issues or you think you may know about a potential nuisance, please contact the Community Development Department or submit a concern via the City’s website at

Memorial Day
Republic City Offices and
The Republic Community Center
will be closed.


Memorial Day

Safe and Open Sidewalks

Our community has an investment in sidewalks. They promote a sense of community and are an integral part of the transportation system.  Public sidewalks should be safe and open for everyone.

Hazards to pedestrians, especially for those in wheel chairs, or those with vision impairments, include: grass, sediment, over-hanging limbs from bushes and trees, trash cans, automobiles, or any other item blocking a portion of the sidewalk. Anything affecting the clear view of the corridor or the ability to walk/ride on the sidewalk can be a problem.  Residents  are asked to keep sidewalks and curb ramps clear of  vegetative encroachments such as overgrown grass and sod, untrimmed bushes or over-hanging limbs.

Cars parked across a sidewalk are especially troublesome.  Wheel chairs cannot easily go around such barriers as the sloped portion of a driveway can cause the chair to tip over.

Please report any sidewalk obstructions to the Public Works Department at 732-3400.  
Sidewalk statistics as published by AARP:

· People who live in neighborhoods with sidewalks are 47 percent more likely to be active at least 39 minutes a day.

· A well-constructed  walkway for a typical 50-foot-wide residential property might cost a builder $2,000, but it can return 15 times that investment in resale value.

· In a scenario where two houses are nearly identical, the one with a five-foot-wide sidewalk and two street trees not only sells for $4,000 to $34,000 more but it also sells in less time.

Retail properties with a Walk Score ranking of 80 out of 100 were valued 54 percent higher than properties with a Walk Score of 20 and had an   increase in net operating income of 42 percent for more walkable properties.



The City of Republic has contracted with Opinion Research Specialist (ORS) to gather citizen input  regarding important topics concerning Republic’s quality of life, city government and services and your thoughts on future projects within the City.  Creating a successful future for Republic is our objective and the information gathered will help guide us in this process.
Homes have been randomly selected by ORS to   receive the survey and should see the survey in their mailbox beginning the week of April 23rd.  This quick survey will take only a few minutes to  complete and is strictly confidential and will not  reveal your identity or household.  Don’t miss this opportunity to let us know what you think!  Be sure to return your survey before the May 12th deadline.

Farmers Market

Republic Farmers' Market

The Republic Farmers’ Market will be held on      Orscheln’s parking lot on Thursday evenings, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  May 17th will be the first evening for the Thursday Market.  If you would like to sell your homegrown fruits and vegetables or handmade items, please register with Mrs. Gerry Pool at (417) 732-6690. There is no fee; however, you are   required to register.

Building Safety

Building Safety Month

The City of Republic is participating in Building Safety Month, a campaign presented by the International Code Council (ICC). Building codes and the officials who enforce them are making our families and communities safer and more resilient. Homes and buildings that are built in compliance with building safety codes result in resilient structures that minimize the risks of death, injury and property damage. Building safety affects everyone, and    modern, updated building codes save lives.

“When our building safety and fire prevention  experts inspect buildings and review construction plans to ensure code compliance, they help to ensure the places where you live, work and play are safe,” said Building Inspector Joseph Iliff, CBO. “We work closely with homebuilders, contractors, plumbers, electricians and other construction industry trades to provide for the public safety of our community.” The International Codes, developed by ICC and adopted by our community, are the most widely used and adopted set of building safety codes in the U.S. and around the world.

Car Seat Safety
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