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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 there is normally some amount of inflow and infiltration, the numbers have been double or triple the amount recently. The treatment plant treats an average of 55,000 gallons of water a day. The past couple of weeks, numbers have climbed to well over 100,000 gallons, and on one day in particular, 234,000 gallons were treated.

The heavy rains we have experienced this summer have played a part, and the levels spike shortly after a heavy rainfall. Johnson said they have been looking in manholes, and have two pumps running, but have barely been able to keep up with the high water levels.

The problem is finding where the water is leaking into the pipes. There are many areas in town that still have clay pipes. Johnson mentioned some smoke testing that was done a few years ago to find some problem areas. The city has also done televising in order to find leaks.

“This is a lot of water,” said Johnson. “There’s not going to be just one smoking gun.”

He also mentioned a large amount of grit clogging the pipes, made up of mostly sand and gravel. He doesn’t know where that is coming from, either.

City Administrator Jerome Illg offered some ideas to help narrow down the location. He suggested checking the lift station pump hours during rain and when the rain is done to help determine which part of town the excess water is coming from.

Siren

Stuart Morem of Morem Electric sent the city a proposal on purchasing a new siren system. The current system is still in working order, but is reaching the end of its lifetime.

The quote from Federal Signal Corporation was for $14,200, with another $6,000 for installation. This amount includes the pole it would be installed on. It was noted the siren has a battery back-up system in case of power outages. When a tornado hit Harmony a few years ago, the siren did not work.

Illg said Morem would like to see the city transition to this in the next few years. Money has been set aside each year in the budget, and there is currently $7,500 earmarked for a new siren. It would be located near the fire hall.

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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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Harmony approves license for The Dog Pad

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

The kennel license application from Paula Fisher was approved at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 12. Fisher will have a dog kennel at the same location as the Harmony Greenhouse and Floral. The Dog Pad, LLC, will be a doggy day care, a ..... 
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