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Harmony City Council discusses street report

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton

Engineer Brett Grabau was Bonestroo was at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 13 to talk about the street engineer report that was recently done.

Grabau explained that the report looked at Harmony’s immediate and long-term street needs. Harmony has 8.96 miles of city streets, and 6.1 miles that are in the rating of 4,5, or 6 on a scale of 1-10.

“You have a good variety of streets,” said Grabau. “Most of them are right in the middle of their life cycle.”

Grabau used the PACER rating scale to map out the streets of Harmony to see what the needs were and where the city should plan on making improvements in the near future.

City Administrator Jerome Illg said the city needs to look at what needs to be redone in the next couple of years, and when they seal coat next year, not bother spending money on those streets.

Some of the most needy streets are in the southeast part of town, especially 1st Ave SE. Maintenance employee Chris Johnson said they have to look at what streets will also need sewer or water redone underneath as well.

There was some discussion about updating the assessment policy to include mill and overlay of streets, which Grabau recommended. Mayor Steve Donney was in favor of keeping assessments low, especially on higher-costing projects.

Donney said he and the city council members would like to look at the Capital Improvement Plan and review it.


Illg presented the council with the budget cuts that each department came up with. The final budget must be approved at the December meeting. There was a total $49,700 in cuts made.

Dan Tieffenbacher said the library board had agreed to cut $3,500 from their budget. Illg said they cut $1,500 from the utilities budget at the community center, based on past experience with the bills there. There were cuts made from every department.

Heritage Grove Bond


Illg informed the council that the EDA (Economic Development Authority) is asking the city to help pay the Heritage Grove bond payment that is due on December 1. He explained there are two bond payments a year. The city has $50,000 budgeted for this purpose, but Heritage Grove needs about $25,000 more than that to make the December 1 payment.

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Harmony City Council approves new playground equipment

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

Brand new playground equipment will be installed at Selvig Park in Harmony by next spring. At the regular city council meeting on September 11, 2012, the council approved the purchase of the equipment, moving along a project that has been in the wor ..... 
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Harmony City Council moves forward with Pavement Management Plan

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council had a Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) workshop on May 29, and they suggested Stantec come up with a proposal for a pavement management plan for the city. Brett Grabau from Bonestroo, who is partnered with Stantec, explained t ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses property values

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

Cindy Blagsvedt from the Fillmore County Assessor’s office was at the Harmony City Council meeting on April 10 to discuss property values. A Board of Review was held before the regular meeting for residents who had questions or concerns, or wanted ..... 
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Senator Jeremy Miller visits Harmony during legislative break

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

Minnesota State Senator Jeremy Miller took the chance to visit several places in southeast Minnesota during the legislation’s spring break. It was an opportunity for him to meet with residents and business owners, answer questions, and share discu ..... 
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