July 2018
July 2018
Jeff Ussery
Jeff Ussery, Mayor

From The Mayor's Desk

Happy Summer! All of this warm weather has made a number of us want to get out and soak up the sunshine. And what better place to do it than one of our great parks. It is so exciting to see all of the plans become reality for our parks system. Owen and Moore Parks are taking shape as walking trails are added and   improved. There are also more upgrades to come for Owen Park. We are also in the process of solidifying a partnership which will bring water service to Brookline Park! This will mean restrooms and water fountains to be added. I couldn't be more proud of the staff and all of the hard work that has gone into making our parks system one of the best in the area! So, this month I would like to introduce you to Kris Parks who works in the Parks Department!

Kris Parks
Kris Parks, Aquatics Director

Kris Parks, Aquatics Director

Kris was born in Arivaca, Arizona and moved to Republic at the age of six.  Kris graduated from Republic High School in 2000 and then continued his education at Missouri State.  He studied graphic design for two years before switching his major to Recreation Management.  Kris began working for the Parks and Recreation Department at the age of 15 as a lifeguard.  Kris continued to work for the Parks and Recreation Department throughout high school and college and his passion for the field   became the reason he chose to graduate with a degree in the Recreation profession.  In November of 2007, Kris was hired as the Recreation Specialist and Aquatic Director, and has many different roles within the department.  His main role as the Aquatic  Director is also where his passion lies, ensuring the Republic Aquatic Center remains the premier aquatic facility in southwest Missouri by providing an exciting atmosphere for both patrons and his 65+ staff members. 

Kris is one of five children and his family is an extremely important part of his life.  He enjoys playing with his numerous nieces and nephews and then being able to return them to their parents at the end of the day.  His hobbies include Cardinal baseball, his weekly bowling league, golfing, spending time with family and friends and quoting movies in general conversation.  He looks forward to the continued growth of the city and doing whatever he can to make Republic a place where people want to live, work, and PLAY!

July 2018

Calendar of Events

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.

July 3, 10 & 17—Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (A.F.E.P.) Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. This is a free event! AFEP is a group exercise class specifically for people with arthritis. Class    activities include health education topics, joint warm-up and cool down, range of motion, muscle strengthening and endurance exercises, 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. Republic Community Center.

July 14—Event @ The Amp. Activities begin at 7:00 p.m. Movie, The Little Mermaid, begins at 8:45 p.m. Live mermaids will be available for pictures and games from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Face painting will also be available.

July 16—Co-ed Youth Soccer Registration Begins. Game days will be Tuesday and Thursday. Garoutte Field.

July 16—1st thru 4th Grade Flag Football Registration Begins. Game days will be Monday. Bervin-White Memorial Baseball/Softball Complex.

July 16—Fall Co-Ed Adult Softball Registration Begins. Season begins on August 16th. Game day is on Thursday. Bervin White Memorial Baseball/Softball Complex.

July 16—Fall Men’s Adult Softball Registration Begins. Season begins on August 20th. Game day is on Monday. Bervin White Memorial Baseball/Softball Complex.

July 26—Senior Movie Day, 3:00 p.m. This is a FREE event. Free popcorn and coffee   are provided! Republic Community Center.

New Business Applications Received

· Classic Rock Coffee, 1230 US Hwy 60
· Cricket’s Chirpy Treasures, 448 W Grace
· Kabita Hibachi, 288 US Hwy 60
· P&B Homes, at large
· Red Star Mowing, 219 S. Debbie
· Solar Energy Services, at large

City Hall

City Meetings

Board of Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . .July 5 Cancelled
City Council Meeting. . . .. . . . . . . . .July 17
                                                   And Aug 7
Planning & Zoning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . July 9

Have a Blast

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). Local 80’s tribute band Members Only will be back for another amazing show starting at 6:30 p.m.! We’ll have a large Kid’s Zone featuring inflatables, magic shows with Josh Farley, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and balloon art. The Kiwanis Club of Republic will be offering BINGO at The Amp and food vendors will be serving up a  variety of delicious items! The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks show at 10:00 p.m. Admission is FREE; food vendors and some  activities will require a fee.



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.


4th of July

City Offices will be Closed on July 4th


New Street Signs

There’s a new touch of Tiger pride along our streets! Public Works crews are replacing several old intersection markers with these new, high-visibility versions. Featuring the bold colors and mascot of Republic Tigers, you’ll notice these going up on corners near our schools. Also, a few streets in other areas are getting new green signage. The upgraded markers are all reflective, making them more noticeable at night. They’ll compliment the brown signs installed throughout the city during the last couple of years.

Flag Day
Mayor Jeff Ussery,
Jacob Haralson
and Jackson Haralson

National Flag Day

At the June 5th City Council Meeting, Mayor Jeff Ussery issued a special proclamation for National Flag Day which was June 14th. Members of the Republic Boy Scout Troop 174,  Jacob and Jackson Haralson, were on hand to accept the proclamation.


Owen Park

Owen Park Trail

Have you seen the exciting progress being made on your new Owen Park Trail? Construction crews completed the asphalt work on the .67 mile-long loop, located at Owen Park (off Bailey Street at Hines Street). Walkers are enjoying the new blacktop surface. Look for landscaping, trees, signage, benches, trashcans and a pet waste station to be installed in the coming weeks. The entire $144,438 project (of which $73,784 was paid for by a Federal Recreational Trails Program grant) is set to be completed sometime this fall!


Living Legacy Tree Program!

Check out the Republic Parks & Recreation Department’s NEW Living Legacy Tree Program! The program offers individuals an opportunity to honor a loved one by purchasing a tree to be planted within J.R. Martin Park. These trees serve as a long-lasting, living remembrance that will also benefit the community for many years to come. Trees can also be purchased simply as a donation of a new tree for the park. For additional details or an official Living Legacy Tree Program Order Form, contact the Parks Department at (417) 732-3500 or visit www.republicmo.com/Living Legacy!


Republic Fireworks & Safety

The Republic Fire Department wants your family and friends to have a safe and fun filled 4th of  July. Please remember these safety tips when using fireworks.
and performance descriptions before igniting.

· A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities. 
· Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Save your alcohol for after the show.
· Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.
· Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away.
· Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles.
· Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket
  of water before disposal.
· Always have a bucket of water and charged  water hose nearby.
· Never carry fireworks in your POCKET or shoot them into METAL or GLASS containers.
· Do not experiment with homemade fireworks as this is illegal.

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.

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