Hit the bricks

In April of 2005, a policy was adopted by the city of Republic that has since been the topic of much discussion. The rule regulates the types of materials that can be used for roofing, building facade and fencing along the main corridors entering Republic. Although the policy was written to keep appearances up on new development, brick fronts, etc., it may have hindered new development altogether.
“Good intent is no guarantee of good outcomes,” said Community Development Director Garrett Tyson, at the Jan. 22 Republic City Council meeting. Tyson added that the policy, he believes, is poorly written, “inherently subjective” and “they erode trust.”
Garrett asked that the council consider repealing the regulations, as requested by staff and supported by the Planning and Zoning Commission by a vote of 5-1.
As this was the first reading of the ordinance that would repeal the regulation, the matter will be voted on at the Feb. 5 meeting.
In action during the meeting, the council voted 6-0, in the absence of members John Jones and Charlie Brashers, to:
- Adopt a change in the contribution amount required from covered employees, changing to a requirement of no contributions from covered employees.
- Authorize an extension of a license agreement with the SeniorAge Area Agency on Aging for services at the Republic Senior Friendship Center. The agreement was extended for one year, at a cost of $175 per month to the city. “The city is wholeheartedly invested in this facility,” said Parks and Rec Director Jared Keeling.
In the early moments of the meeting, Republic firefighter Jerod Youb was promoted from engineer to captain, in a ceremony that included his daughter Maddy, and a pinning from his wife Ashely.


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