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Harmony Council approves feasibility study for street and utility project


Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

The Utility Committee asked that the Harmony City Council accept their recommendation to conduct a feasibility study for the potential street and utility project at the council’s August 9 meeting. The project would cover 2nd Ave. SW from 3rd St. SW to 5th St. SW, 5th St. SW from 1st Ave. SW to the dead end, 4th St. SW from 1st Ave. SW to 2nd Ave. SW, Center St. W from 1st Ave. SW to 3rd St. SW, and 2nd St. NE from 2nd Ave. NE to the dead end. The sanitary sewer mains still need to be televised before the work required for them can be determined. The estimated project costs are $900,000, and the city should only have to raise the levy less than 5%. The council approved the recommendation.

Rod Johnson from the Harmony Fire Department was present at the meeting to discuss the department’s recent approval for a FEMA grant. The grant is for the amount of $153,520 and would cover costs for new turnout gear for 26 firefighters, backpacks, masks, and more. The grant stipulates that the department cost match $7,310. “Getting the grant is huge,” Johnson said. The council discussed which budget to take the money out of and decided that capital outlay would be best. “A big thank you to Steve (Donney) and the fire department for getting such a large grant. This is great for the community,” council member Debbie Swenson commented.

Maintenance director Chris Johnson updated the council on the wastewater treatment plant project. The new grit pump was installed last week, and it was wired earlier in the day before the council meeting. It can’t be started up until the engineer and representative from the company are present to ensure that it is started correctly.

The maintenance department smoke tested the sanitary sewers after the last big rains. No glaring problems were detected.

As the wastewater treatment plant was overwhelmed with water intake during the recent heavy storms, Mayor Donney suggested sending out a notice to city residents to remind them not to have their sump pumps to discharge into the city sewers. No action was taken on his suggestion.

The EDA reported that the Fourth of July celebrations went well with a great turnout for the festivities. They are considering hosting a Halloween parade during MEA weekend. The EDA paid out their first house incentive program payment.

The EDA recently met with a business interested in purchasing the downtown commercial .....
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Ask a Trooper - 8.15.16

By Sgt. Troy Christianson

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Police Reports

Minnesota State Patrol Question: What are the rules when a traffic light is out, because of a power outage for example? I treat them as a four-way stop, which I believe is correct. It seems, however, that not everybody that drives through this ..... 
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Fillmore County Police Reports - 8.15.16

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Police Reports

Chatfield Police Department Renae Vanschaick Hisey, 46, Chatfield, Minn.; 5/6/2016, Duty to Drive with Due Care – Speed Greater Than Reasonable, Fine $40, Total Fees $130. Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Joshua Benjamin Auerbach, 22, Eden ..... 
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Canton Day Off this weekend

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Plans for Canton Day Off were confirmed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on August 10. The annual Canton Day Off celebration will be held this weekend, August 19-21. Council member Cindy Shanks reported that everything was ready f ..... 
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Mabel Council approves rezoning request

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The August Mabel City Council meeting opened with a public hearing to discuss a re-zoning request received from Merle and Barb Halvorson. In 2004, Barb was looking for a building in which to open her hair salon and was unable to find any available ..... 
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Fountain Council hears vie for new city attorney

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on August 4, 2016 with all council members present. The first order of business was to hear from Dwight Luhmann from Luhmann Law, LLC in Preston, Minn. Luhmann expressed to the council that he would be interested in ..... 
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Chatfield awards water meter project

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the August 8 city council meeting, Brian Burkholder, Public Works, said three bids for the meter project were opened on August 1. Councilor Robert Pederson was absent. The project was rebid with more specific specifications after all bids in th ..... 
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Fraud investigator reports to county

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Detective Luke Fratzke, Fraud Prevention Investigator, reported 2016 numbers to the county board at the August 9 meeting. He is a Wabasha County deputy who works public assistance fraud cases for five counties, including Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona, Ho ..... 
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Letter about Diversity in beliefs...

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, I’m grieved you are grieved at the denial, or lack of knowledge (as you say), of God by some writers of the Journal. I’ve read what you’re referencing from Bryan Van Gorps’ article and personally think you’ve misinterpreted ..... 
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