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Snow removal concerns in Harmony


Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government



At the February 10 council meeting, Council member Kyle Morem brought up the issue of snow removal in Harmony. He stated it has been the biggest complaint he has heard in town. “What can we do to fix that?” he asked.

He and other council members have heard complaints from residents about how difficult it is to get down streets after the snow, or roads that are not being plowed well, which then get packed down and become slippery.

City Maintenance employee Chris Johnson said it was up to the city council. The current policy is they do not remove snow on the streets unless there is at least two inches of snow. Council member Debbie Swenson said she has heard a lot of complaints as well. She asked if it was possible to lower the blades on the plows to remove more of the snow. Johnson said they were down as far as they would go.

Johnson feels a big problem is that people shovel snow from their sidewalk onto the street after it has been plowed. It then gets packed down and the plow can’t get to it. “We could plow every time it snows if you want,” he added.

Another concern Swenson brought up was the sidewalk from Wheelers to the nursing home, which has not been getting plowed consistently. “We as a council said we would clear that sidewalk,” she said. “It does get used.”

Swenson acknowledged that city employee Terry Bigalk has been gone, but said the work still needs to get done. Johnson said he works five hours a day at the wastewater treatment plant. He has other duties as well and the city doesn’t allow for any overtime.

The council assured Johnson they were not attacking him, and that there are other employees that could be doing the work. “It’s just a problem we have in this town,” said Morem. “If you have any suggestions, just let us know.”

Johnson said he would be willing to do whatever it takes to help out. Mayor Steve Donney suggested the utility committee meet with the city staff to discuss the plowing situation, and everyone agreed.

Maintenance

Johnson said the grid filter at the wastewater treatment plant is working again. He also mentioned having to replace the trip edge on the main plow truck because it had worn down too far. He noticed it 6-8 weeks ago and ordered a new one, but it wore down quickly before the new one came, and he had to get a new one from Centerville, Wisc. .....
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Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

On the evening of Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce conducted their annual meeting at the City Council Chambers in the Harmony Community Center. Pictured above, left to right: Reuben Hershberger (Board Member), An ..... 
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Harmony City Council swears in new members

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony City Attorney Richard Nethercut swore in two people at the council meeting on January 13. Steve Donney, who was re-elected as Mayor of Harmony during the November election, and brand new council member Steve Sagen. Building and maintenan ..... 
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Residents attend assessment hearing for street project in Harmony

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Residents of 1st Ave SW came to the Harmony city council meeting on November 10 for the public hearing on assessments. City engineer Brett Grabau was there to explain the project and answer any questions from the council or the residents. The pro ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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