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Community garden coming to Harmony


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony city council meeting on October 14, Becky Hoff, along with Brenda Pohlman from Fillmore County Public Health and Aaron Bishop from Niagara Cave, approached the city council about starting a community garden.

According to Hoff, they have looked at different locations and would like to install the garden behind the community center, where the basketball court is located. The blacktop is broken up, the hoops are in bad shape, and the area is not being used.

“We are looking for funding to remove the asphalt and get dirt,” said Hoff.

The community garden would be divided into plots approximately 10 feet by 10 feet. People could use these plots to grow vegetables or flowers, and there could possibly be a plot for food that will be donated to food shelves.

The location fits their needs well, as Hoff explained it is handicap accessible, and in a central location that the community already uses.

Bishop said they would like to use the whole area, but if not, at least the south side, as it receives more sunlight.

Illg said the south side of that area is used to store chips used for seal coating when that is done. He asked Hoff if they have considered the Industrial Park area.

Hoff said they have looked at many options, but she had some concerns with that idea. For one, it would not be handicap accessible. The location is another issue.

“I hesitate to put it on the edge of town, because I feel it would be underused,” said Hoff.

Council member Kyle Morem asked about weed control. “Mulch,” replied Hoff. “Mulch, mulch and more mulch.”

Planting melons and pumpkins would also help keep the weeds down. Hoff said the Girl Scouts would be willing to volunteer their time. They will also be seeking out other volunteers.

Hoff pointed out gardening is a good, healthy activity for community members, and would be a great benefit to the community.

Mayor Steven Donney said they should keep planning and let the council know how it’s going. He thought the area would work well, and the city could find another location to store the seal coating chips.

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Harmony street project nears completion

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the Harmony City Council meeting on August 12 to update the council on the First Avenue street project. Grabau said there have been a lot of questions about the curbs. For the most part, the curbs are the same ..... 
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Inflow and infiltration issues in Harmony

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on July 8, city employee Chris Johnson brought a problem to the attention of the council. Johnson noted at the wastewater treatment plant, there has been high levels of water infiltrating from the ground. While ..... 
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Harmony plans for new well

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony’s City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the city council meeting on June 10 with an update on a couple of projects. The council approved moving forward with design plans for the new well. Grabau reminded the council the city has received ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve Sa ..... 
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Harmony appoints new council member

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

After Jim Bakken announced he would be leaving the Harmony City Council at the end of May, the search for a new council member began. Four people applied to finish the seven-month term: Clifford Johannessen, Kyle Morem, Jill Fishbaugher, and Steve S ..... 
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Harmony dealing with freezing pipes

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on March 11, Kyle Morem, Jamie Breezer, and Bill Hanlon approached the council about getting credit for running water to prevent pipes from freezing. The long stretch of below-zero temperatures has wreaked havo ..... 
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Water main breaks in Harmony

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

On Monday, February 10, employees of the city of Harmony were busy working in the below-zero temperatures as a water main broke on Center Street. City Maintenance Employee Chris Johnson described the situation at the city council meeting the next ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses sidewalk assessments

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo presented the Harmony City Council with the completed Feasibility Report on the 1st Ave street project at their regular meeting on January 14. The report analyzed the street, the project itself, and the cost associated. The ..... 
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