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County supports proposed trail projects


Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

Vicky Tribon, chair of Harmony Trails Commission, and Vern Bunke, Bluff Tracks, asked commissioners for their support to further each of their specific projects for recreational trails at the board’s June 9 meeting.

Tribon and Bunke pitched their plans in late May to the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority (EDA). The EDA approved resolutions of support for each project to help them in their applications for state funding.

SE Minnesota Stateline Trail Extension

Tribon described her group’s plan for the SE Minnesota Stateline Trail Extension. Efforts are being made by the city of Harmony to extend the trail from the existing Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail south from Harmony to the Iowa border. There is an interest in extending the Cresco Trail system (northeast Iowa) to the Minn. border to meet this proposed Root River State Trail extension. The resolution suggests that the extension will increase economic opportunities in Fillmore County. The planned extension will allow trail users a convenient access to Niagara Cave.

Tribon said they hope eventually to have an official trail loop to connect the SE Minnesota system to the Decorah trail system.

Tribon explained that she wanted the resolution, in part, in support of a language change in the Blufflands Trail system statute that had been included in a vetoed bill (Environment and Energy). The language change includes language for “connections to the Iowa border including a connection to Niagara Cave” and also the addition of “Prosper”. She also will use the resolution of support in a 2016 bonding proposal request for construction and land acquisition.

Commissioner Mitch Lentz, who is also on the county EDA board, was concerned that language in the proposed resolution had not been included which would rule out the use of eminent domain for land acquisition. An amendment adding a clause specifying that eminent domain will not be used for land acquisition was approved. The resolution as amended in support of efforts to extend the Root River State Trail to the Iowa border was unanimously approved.

Bluff Tracks

Bunke described his vision of a “low cost, locally managed, nature based, regional recreational trail system.” His Bluff Tracks system goal is to establish 250 miles of ATV trails, 100 miles of equine trails, 50 miles of mountain or fat tire biking trails, and 50 miles .....
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Harmony Library receives grant from SELCO

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met on May 12, 2015 at 7 p.m. All city council members were present. The consent agenda was approved which included the minutes of the previous meeting and the claims and bills. City Administrator Jerome Illg reported ..... 
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Harmony moves forward with plans for community garden

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met on April 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. All city council members were present. Fillmore County Property Appraiser Brian Hoff opened a Board of Review hearing. There were no questions and no one was present for the public foru ..... 
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Community garden coming to Harmony

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

Becky Hoff and Aaron Bishop gave the Harmony City Council an update on the community garden project being planned by the public library. The garden will be located behind the community center. Hoff said she will be asking for formal permission to st ..... 
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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 me ..... 
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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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