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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 place for people to bring their dogs to be boarded for the day or for more long term. There will be a fenced-in area for the dogs to be outside as well.

The council also approved the kennel ordinance fee of $50 per year.

The current animal kennel ordinance was updated as well. Previously, the ordinance did not allow for more than four dogs, and there were no kennels allowed in city limits.

The new ordinance defined the word “kennel” and “commercial kennel.” It states that a person must have a license to have a kennel for cats and/or dogs, and the kennel can only be used for the purpose of selling, boarding, breeding, training, or grooming.

Fisher said she will have a temporary fenced-in area for the winter until a new fence can be installed in the spring.

Utility assessments

A public hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting to discuss utility assessments. City Administrator Jerome Illg explained there is one property owner with an outstanding utility bill that would normally be assessed to property taxes.

Illg explained this property owner is a landlord, and the bill was owed by the tenant. The tenant moved out in February, paid up their utility bill, and their utility deposit was refunded. The city later found out from the landlord that the tenants were responsible for the property through March according to their lease.

Illg said they no longer take the tenants’ word for it when this happens, and always check with the landlord, although he doesn’t feel the city should have to do that. There was some discussion about what is the responsibility of the landlords, and some discussion about raising the utility deposit in case things like this happen.

Council member Lynn Mensink asked if an increase in the deposit would make it cost-prohibitive for people to move to Harmony. She noted that many people live paycheck to paycheck. She wondered if this was a common enough occurrence that it would justify increasing the deposit.

City Attorney Richard Nethercut said it is not the city’s obligation to get involved in what is between the landlord and the t .....
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Harmony to allow “doggy daycare”

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony Greenhouse and Floral owner Paula Fisher approached the Harmony City Council on October 8 regarding the current animal ordinance. Fisher has been working on a business plan for the last year, and would like to open a dog boarding kennel and ..... 
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Budget for 2014 presented to Harmony City Council

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

By Hannah Wingert The Harmony City Council met on September 10, 2013 at 7p.m. All city council members were present. The consent agenda was approved. It included the minutes from the August 13 meeting, claims, the Administrator report, the financ ..... 
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Harmony discusses musician carving project

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony, Minn. resident and owner of Slim’s Woodshed, Stan Maroushek, approached the council a couple of months ago regarding a vision he had for a project to help bring people into town. The statues would be placed in a path throughout the town f ..... 
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Harmony considers road purchase

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

Cory Scrabeck approached the Harmony City Council with an offer to sell some of his property to the city. Third Avenue southwest ends at his property, and Scrabeck owns the rest of the road all the way to the end. Scrabeck said he has closed it a ..... 
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Harmony City Council approves sale of Heritage Grove

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton The Harmony City Council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) held a special joint meeting on June 11 to discuss the purchase offer for the Heritage Grove assisted living center. Remax Realtor Roxanne Johnson was present, ..... 
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Board of Review at Harmony City Council meeting

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

The annual Board of Review was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on May 14. Cindy Blagsvedt from the County Assessor’s office summarized the sales study that was conducted on residential, commercial and agricultural sales in Fil ..... 
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Harmony to purchase new ambulance

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

It was approved for the Harmony Ambulance service to go ahead with plans to purchase a new ambluance. Larry Nolan spoke to the council at their meeting on February 12. According to Nolan, the current ambulance is a 2010 with 45,000 miles. Since t ..... 
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Tax abatement hearing at the Harmony City Council meeting

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates was at the Harmony City Council meeting on January 8 for the tax abatement hearing. The city is planning to refinance a USDA bond they currently have in order to get a lower interest rate an ..... 
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