A blueprint for the proposed firemen’s memorial was reviewed by the Harmony City Council at their May 9 meeting. The Harmony Fire Department would like to raise money to install the memorial, which would honor past, present, and future firemen of Harmony. Currently, there is a monument surrounded by three flagpoles in front of the fire hall. The proposed memorial would be placed to the side of the flags in front of the meeting room in the firehall.
The plans for the firemen’s monument included a bronze statue surrounded by a brick patio with benches around the perimeter of the circle. Plaques with names of past firemen will also adorn the area.
“It will look really nice,” Council member and volunteer firefighter Kyle Morem said about the proposed memorial.
The council approved a motion giving the Harmony Fire Department permission to begin fundraising for the memorial.
The sewer lines in several areas of Harmony were televised in an effort to figure out where the private sewers go. “We had success, but we don’t know what’s going to be done for sure, if anything,” City Maintenance Director Chris Johnson said.
City Administrator Jerome Illg assured the council that the city engineer, Brett Grabau is working on the issue.
Johnson also noted that several streets in Harmony have serious problems with potholes. “There are a lot of places that are completely shot,” he noted.
The Harmony EDA board reviewed seven choices for the city logo and narrowed their selection down to one, with several changes to it. The logo will be redone with the changes desired and presented to the board at their next meeting.
The Harmony Spirits project is still on track, but the opening date had to be pushed back to December 1. Nothing has been heard about the bike trail extension lately, but the EDA will be following up on it with legislature.
The Harmony Vet Clinic is purchasing several lots from the city near Oak Meadow Meats and plans to move the clinic to a larger facility on the site. Plans are also being made to expand the clinic’s services and add more staff members.
The Park Board has been working out the details of the summer rec program and are looking forward to kicking it off.
After touring the city parks, the members of the Park Board recommended that the hobos be removed from Hobo Park as they are dry rotting and falling apart, making them a public safety hazard. Illg will contact Slim Maroushek to determine what he wants done with the wooden statues that he originally carved for the city around 15 years ago and to inform him that they will need to be moved as they are beyond repair.
The Arts Board is looking for another student member for their board as they currently only have one.
The Harmony Library Board is in the process of determining what needs to be done to re-do the patio outside of the library. The whole area needs to be re-cemented and updated. The project is estimated at a total cost of $10,000. The Community Foundation will match every dollar raised for the project up to $5,000. Currently, the library’s donation account has approximately $1,200 available that can be used for the patio, leaving $3,800 to be raised. They asked if the city would consider donating anything to the fund. Council member Debbie Swenson suggested that the library complete their fundraising efforts and then the city could cover the remainder needed. More information will be available after the next library board meeting.
The next Harmony City Council meeting will be held on June 13 at 7 p.m.