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Harmony City Council looks at street project


Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton

Brett Grabau from Bonestroo was at the Harmony City Council meeting on December 11, 2012, to discuss the street repair projects on 1st Ave SW. It is a county road, and the county is planning on doing a reclaim and repave to that entire stretch of road. It will not be a total reconstruct, but the city needs to do work to the utilities underneath the road at the same time as this project.

“They are not going to pour money into something if the city isn’t comfortable with the utilities underneath,” said Grabau.

Grabau said Maintenance Employee Chris Johnson and City Administrator Jerome Illg looked at the utility needs and came up with some estimated numbers. The sanitary sewer under that road is working, but it will need to be televised. Also, there is clay pipe under there for a few blocks, which will have to be upgraded. The water main will have to be reconstructed from Center Street to Third Street. Johnson said right now there are 4-inch cast iron pipes under there, which are dinosaurs. They need to have at least 6-inch pipes to get good enough water pressure for fire protection.

There will also need to be utility service, storm sewer, and street improvements. The total estimated cost of all of these is around $200,000.

There was some discussion about assessing property owners on the sanitary sewer, water main, and utility service improvements at 25 percent. There was also discussion about contacting the county to see what kind of cost share they could get. The council approved getting the ball rolling on getting more information, designing the project, and informing residents.

Police Car

Deputy Jesse Grabau spoke to the council about the purchase of a new squad car. He received thre bids for three different cars, and they discussed the pros and cons of each. The council approved the purchase of a 2013 Dodge Charger at an approximate cost of $23,500. They will also need to buy a new digital camera system, as Grabau said they are still using VHS and tapes are getting hard to come by. The Charger will have a higher resale value than the other choices. There is sufficient money in the capital projects fund for the purchase.

Grabau’s current vehicle has more than 80,000 miles on it and is a 2008 model. It will be taken to auction and could bring from $3,500 to $4,500.

Budget and Levy

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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 ..... 
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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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