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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 a $250,000 DEED (Department of Employment and Economic Development) matching funds grant. The remainder of the cost will be funded through the PFA (Public Facilities Authority) at a low interest rate. Grabau said the city’s PPL (Project Priority List) score was within the range to qualify for low-interest funding. They will know by the end of September if they are approved.

The DEED grant will expire in late 2015, so Grabau suggested they go ahead with design plans to get ahead of the game. This way they will be ready to go when the PFA financing is approved.

The council approved. City Administrator Jerome Illg said they are not committed to the PFA just by agreeing to move forward.

The pump house and the well will be two separate projects with two different contractors. The total cost for construction and engineering is just under $700,000.

The street project at 1st Avenue was scheduled to begin June 9, but has been delayed until the week of the 16th. The council approved the change order, which changes the pipe to PVC instead of the previously approved DIP (Ductile Iron Pipe). This change saved the city $7,000. The total cost of the project will be $923,187, which will be split between the city and the county.

Grabau said they will be close to getting the new curb and gutter by the Fourth of July. They will meet earlier that week and see where things are and make a plan to get ready for the vendors.

Visitors Center

Ralph Beastrom approached the council on behalf of the Harmony Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity, and the Harmony Area Foundation. He explained the improvements that will be done at the Visitor’s Center regarding the small room previously used by the Habitat for Humanity staff.

One idea was to have an office there for the Harmony Area Foundation. Beastrom also spoke of the Historical Society and the expanding collection of items they have for display. The original intent was to have temporary displays with borrowed items, but it has not worked this way, as many people have donated their historical artifacts. Beastrom said there are vo .....
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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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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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