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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 elevation as they were before, with just a couple of issues fixed. The driveway aprons look different, as the previous ones had curbs that wrapped around. Right now, there are curbs that seem to be higher than the previous ones, causing a lot of questions.

“There’s a lot of different things going on,” said Grabau. “It looks a little strange right now.”

The concrete will be completely finished this week from Fifth Avenue north, including the sidewalks. The entire project is scheduled to be complete by August 26, which is one week before school starts, and Grabau stated it should be finished before then.

Siren and Generator

City Administrator Jerome Illg spoke with Stuart Morem of Morem Electric about purchasing a generator for well #1. The cost was higher than they expected, so they looked into getting one for the fire hall. A generator there would cost $34,000.

Illg said the city could qualify for an up to $35,000 grant from the USDA. The grant would be 25/75, so the total project would have to be $47,000 to get the maximum grant. The city was already planning on purchasing a new siren for $20,000. This, along with a generator at the fire hall, would be $54,000. After the $35,000 grant, the remaining cost would be around $20,000, which the city was already planning on spending for the new siren.

The council approved the projects contingent on receiving the grant.

Fire Department

Donney said the fire department is looking at replacing their SCBA (self-contained breathing apparatus) tanks in the next few years. They need to be replaced every 15 years, which is three years away. He said they are planning to set aside money in the budget in the next three years to pay for them, as they are around $800 each. They will be looking at grants in a couple of years to help pay for new SCBA packs as well, as the current packs will not fit the new tanks.

Donney added the fire department will be looking for a new pump on the tanker, as the current one is leaking fuel into the trunk, and the pump is not functioning. The new pump will cost approximately $5,000.

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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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Harmony City Council sets levy for 2014

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council approved the budget and set the 2014 levy at their regular meeting on December 10. The levy was set at $550,000. When discussing the budget items, Mayor Steven Donney asked about the $40,000 that has been in the budget eve ..... 
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