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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 every year for Heritage Grove. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the city lost $300,000 when they sold Heritage Grove, so that will remain in the budget and go into the general fund.

Donney also had some concerns with the library budget, and suggested a cut of $3,500. He noticed an increase in the budget of $3,500 over the last two years, and felt it was excessive. Librarian Stephanie Silvers was at the meeting for the discussion.

“Costs are going up, too,” noted Silvers. “If I don’t get an increase, I won’t be able to get as many books. Right now I can barely keep up with bestsellers.”

Silvers said that 67 percent of the increase she was asking for was for salary and wages. The rest of it was for books, audio, and videos.

Illg clarified that the budget for audio, video, and books was $7,500 in 2012, $9,500 in 2013, and $11,270 proposed for 2014. That comes to an increase of $1,800 from 2013 to 2014.

Donney felt the increase was a lot higher than a maintaining level, and suggested they cut the budget by $1,000.

He also made a motion to set the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for city employees at 1.5 percent. Those changes in the budget were approved.

The $550,000 levy was not changed from the preliminary set in September. The extra $1,000 from the library budget will go into the general fund.

The levy is currently at 99.165 percent of the tax capacity, which is right near or below what other cities in the area are at, and a decrease of 4.27 percent.

Assessment policy

Brett Grabau of the engineering company Bonestroo was at the meeting to discuss the proposed special assessment policy and the 1st Ave SW project.

The city never had a formal assessment policy. In the past, they have consistently assessed 25 percent of street reconstruction, and 25 percent of the utilities. In the proposed policy, property owners will be assessed 40 percent of the project costs. The city will pay 100 percent of storm sewer improvements and sanitary sewer replacement for street reconstruction projects, and the public utilities will pay 100 percent of .....
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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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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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