June 2018 Citizen Newsletter
June 2018
Mayor Jeff Ussery
Mayor Jeff Ussery

From The Mayors' Desk

Hello everyone! I hope this finds you well. There are more    exciting things going on in the City of Republic! We have hired Mike Landis as our Public Information Officer. He will be working to raise public awareness of all city happenings. We are very excited and want to welcome Mike to the Republic family. Also, with Chief Lawton's retirement, Sergeant Brian Sells has been named interim Police Chief. Brian has served our community for over 20 years. There is no doubt he loves Republic and will do a fine job continuing to serve. Congratulations to Mike and Brian! Finally, I had the privilege of recognizing several of our Firemen for life saving efforts in 2017. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated, knowledgeable staff in our great city. Speaking of dedicated staff, this month our employee spotlight is Doug Short—Maintenance Worker.

Doug Short
Doug Short - Street Department

Doug was born in West Plains, MO in 1956. Doug’s ancestors moved from Tennessee in the 1800’s and settled in the Wilson Creek area. The Short house was near the Battlegrounds and as Union soldiers passed through the area on their way to the Bloody Hill area, they were greeted by Lydia Short and her two daughters. After the battle, the three Short women died from Typhoid Fever due to drinking water from their well which was fed from Wilson’s Creek. Wilson’s Creek was undrinkable for quite some time due to the dead bodies that lay in the creek. All three women were buried in the Lindsey Cemetery on S. Lynn Avenue.

Doug moved to Republic in 1984 and began working for the City in 1997. Doug said when he interviewed for the job that he would be an asset to the City as a “Handy Man”, that he had a knack for working with his hands and he could fix or repair just about anything.

Doug began his career with the City working under Ronnie Smith, Superintendent, of the Water and Street Departments. Doug has worn many hats while working for the City including Water Operator, Street Maintenance, Facility Maintenance Worker and Wood Shop Operator. At least eight Superintendents have benefited from Doug assisting them as their “Right Hand” man  providing  a variety of  administrative tasks  and   computer input. He has built numerous wood projects for the City, many of which exist in various department facilities today. Doug also quickly took on the roll of City “Sign Man”. This is a job Doug loves and has been doing for almost 21 years. His attention to detail can be seen throughout the City. When he started installing signs, he notes that no one cared if a sign was installed straight!

He has been happily married to his wife Karen for 39 years and you may see them driving around town in their fully restored 1968 or 1972 Mustangs. Doug enjoys fishing and maintaining his Koi pond, in which he takes a great deal of pride. He says he has ALWAYS tried doing the Right thing, at the Right time, for the Right reason because he loves his town.

Calendar of Events

June 1—Munchkin Movie Day, 10:30 a.m. This is a free event! FREE popcorn is available.  Republic Community Center.

June 6—Republic Senior Center Garage Sale, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Republic Senior Center.

June 12 thru July 17—Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (A.F.E.P.), Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. This is a free event! Republic Community Center. 

June 15—80’s Night @ The Amp, 8:45 p.m. Movie will be Back to the Future. For more     information on this event or other 2018 events, visit www.theamprepublic.com

June 28—Senior Movie Day, 3:00 p.m. This is a free event! FREE popcorn and coffee are provided. Republic Community Center.

June 29—22nd Annual Have-A-Blast Celebration, 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is FREE (Costs for Activities/Vendors will vary). J.R. Martin Park.

April New Business Applications

· 5S Construction, at large
· Bella Roofing, at large
· C-Moon’s Lawn Service, at large
· Gary Long Plumbing, at large
· Haselhorst Apartment IV, 5153 W. FR 156
· Hawthorn Groves, 855 N. Franklin
· Mark A. Hall, at large
· Ozark Fence & Supply, at large
· Peabody’s Guesthouse Market, 108 W Highway 174
· Purple Burrito, 1224 US Highway 60 East
· Republic Lawn Care, 108 E. Jewell
· S&S Assured Inspections, 1331 S. Concordia
· Tidwell Concrete, at large

City Meetings

Board of Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . June 7
City Council Meeting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  June 5
                                                             And June 19
Planning & Zoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .June 11

Farmers Market

Republic Farmer's 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.

Mike Landis
Mike Landis - New PIO

New Public Information Officer

We are pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Mike Landis as our new Public Information Officer (PIO). Mr. Landis will assume the role of PIO with the City effective June 4, 2018. He currently serves as a News Reporter for KY3 where he has been covering local and regional news since 2010. The primary purpose of this new position will be to expand public awareness of all City of Republic related happenings (events, issues, programs, etc.) and implement strategic communication and marketing campaigns.

Have a blast
Have-A-Blast, June 29

Have-A-Blast Patriotic Celebration

The City of Republic will host the 22nd Annual Have-A-Blast Patriotic Celebration, on Friday, June 29, 2018 at J.R. Martin Park in Republic (300 E. Hines) with an estimated 8,000 people expected to be in attendance.  

This year’s celebration will include an inflatable zone, awesome food provided by a variety of vendors and a three-hour main stage performance by the popular local 80’s tribute band Member Only followed by a large fireworks display!

Fireworks - July 4th


Fireworks used by individuals within the City of Republic ARE permissible only on July Fourth (4th) and only between the hours of 10:00 A.M. through 12:00 Midnight. Always use fireworks safely, be respectful of your neighbor and always pick up your trash.

Father's Day
Fathers Day - June 17th

Garage Sale

Republic Senior Center Garage Sale

The Republic Senior Center will be having a  garage sale on June 6th, from 7:00 am. To 2:00 p.m. You can rent an inside table for $10.This fee will go to help food enhancement at the Senior Center.  For more information, please contact the Senior Center at (417) 732-7672.

Store Siren
New Storm Siren

Keeping R Promises!

Two new all hazards outdoor warning devices (storm sirens with voice-over capability) have been installed within   Miller Park near the Republic Community Center and at Island Green Golf Club. The purchase and installation was made possible through the one-quarter cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax passed by Republic voters in  August 2017. In addition, repairs have been made to the three outdoor warning devices that failed the monthly test on April 11. At this time, all fourteen (14) outdoor warning devices are fully functional across the entire city.

Clean Up

2nd Annual Citywide Cleanup

We would like to thank everyone who played a part in making the Citywide Cleanup Event a HUGE success! Calculations indicate approximately 150 tons of junk and old, unwanted items were collected through the curbside cleanup. In addition, an estimated 500 tires were collected at the drop-off locations.The electronic recycling drop-off also proved successful. We look forward to providing this opportunity to our  residents again next year!
Special thanks to Republic Services, Complete Electronics Recycling, Helling Tire and Marck Recycling for their assistance in this event.

Stop sign

Traffic Signs

The Republic Public Works Department is requesting help in identifying stop signs and other traffic control devices that are obscured by trees, vegetation or other obstructions. A driver who fails to see/observe a posted speed limit can be needlessly ticketed and an obscured stop sign can have particularly dangerous consequences. Please call 732-3400 or visit the City website to report any traffic control sign that is not clearly visible from the roadway.

Chief Biran Sells
Chief Brian Sells

Interim Police Chief Announced

The City of Republic is proud to announced Sergeant Brian Sells has been appointed to the position of Interim Police Chief beginning May 14th. Sells will replace Chief Mike Lawton, who announced his retirement effective May 18th. Sergeant Sells has been a member of the Republic Police Department since 1996 and was promoted to his current position of  Sergeant in 2003.

garage sale

Garage Sales

Residents holding garage sales in the City of  Republic do not need a permit. According to City Ordinance, residents may have four garage sales per location, per calendar year. The maximum length of the sale is three days. Signs should be put up no sooner than one day prior to the sale and removed at the end of the last day of the sale. Garage sale signs are  prohibited in the City right-of-ways at  anytime. To report any concerns go to www.republicmo.com/concern


Solicitors License

Sales persons going door-to-door are required to have a solicitors license in the City of Republic. Solicitors are issued an identification badge from the City of Republic after a background check has been completed. For your safety, ask to see their Republic Identification Badge! If they do not have a badge, please call 9-1-1 and report their activity. 
If you do not want solicitors to contact you at your home, please post a “No Solicitation” sign on your front door.  The letters must be at least one inch tall.  These are available at City Hall. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall. 

drinking water

Water Report

The Republic Water Dept.’s 2017 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) will be available upon request at City Hall or by calling (417) 732-3441. Additional copies can be obtained at Republic branch of the Greene County Library. A direct link is also available at:

Owen Park
Owen Park Construction

Owen Park Trail

Construction of the Owen Park Trail is underway. Public Works crews are currently working on the excavation portion of the project with paving expected to begin in 2-3 weeks. This .67 mile, asphalt surface trail will provide residents living near Owen Park (located at 440 N. Bailey Ave) with much-needed access to a recreational trail opportunity. The project also includes a connector path to the existing playground, a connection to the sidewalk on Lee Street and additional amenities to include benches, landscaped beds, additional trees and more.
In September 2017, the Republic Parks & Recreation Department received a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to assist in the construction of the Owen Park Trail. The $73,784.00 in grant funding covers a little over half of the estimated project costs.
For more information on this project, visit the Owen Park page of our City website.

Life Savers

2018 Life Saver Awards

2018 Life Saving Awards

At the May 1st City Council meeting, six members of the Republic Fire Department were honored with a Life Saving Award for their efforts in saving the lives of two individuals in 2017. Captain Tim King, Captain Travis Liska, Engineer Sterling Flagg, Firefighter Chase McChesney, Firefighter Derek Barr and Engineer Adam Brown (not pictured) all received this award. We are thankful to have such amazing emergency services personnel in Republic. 

Taytum Carter
Ms. Taytum Carter

Outstanding Citizen Award

At the April 17th City Council Meeting, Ms. Taytum Carter received a Republic Citizen Award for her work in organizing the “Paws for a Cause” fun run event as one of her Senior Projects. She ran a well-organized and successful event and collected just over $700 in cash and donations.

Michael Forrester
Mr. Michael Forrester

Outstanding Citizen Award

At the May 1st City Council Meeting, Mayor Jeff Ussery presented Mr. Michael Forrester with a 2018 Republic Outstanding Citizen Award for his efforts to improve safety and security at The Amp and Republic Veterans Memorial. As part of his senior project, Michael raised $905 toward the purchase of a security camera systems for these facilities.

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