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Tax abatement hearing at the Harmony City Council meeting


Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton

Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates was at the Harmony City Council meeting on January 8 for the tax abatement hearing. The city is planning to refinance a USDA bond they currently have in order to get a lower interest rate and save money. There were no residents there for the hearing.

Bubany explained the city took out three loans through the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) in order to improve the community center. Right now interest rates are a lot better, and can be locked in at 2.2 percent. Bubany said First Southeast Bank in Harmony locked in that rate a few months ago for the city.

The total amount reduced on the loans would be $67,000. Bubany stressed that they are only refinancing the parts of the loan that are allowable by the USDA. The city will have to pay $35,000 to do the refinancing.

Bubany showed the parcels in town that will be part of the tax abatement. He stressed that there will be no changes to taxes for these property owners; the city just has to show that they can generate enough taxes. “It’s just on paper to meet legal requirements,” he said.

Mayor Steve Donney said that $35,000 will be coming out of cash reserves, and Bubany said the city could levy some of that amount back if they wanted to.

The plan is to close on the loan on January 14.

1st Ave Southwest project

Illg said Brett Grabau from Bonestroo came down to Harmony and looked at the curb sections on 1st Ave. and they did some marking and measuring to update the plans. He said he, along with councilor Jerry Shuck and Grabau met with the county engineer regarding the project, and were told the county would like to turn the street over to the city in ten years.

Illg said the county cost share policy does not include curb and gutter or storm sewer. They discussed asking the county to help more with the costs so they would consider taking the street back in the future.

Illg also said the final costs will be more than what was discussed at the December meeting. The plan is to have an assessment/project hearing at the March meeting.

Planning and Zoning

Hearing

The Planning and Zoning committee had recommended approval of a rezoning/special exemption request from Crop Production Services. The request was to change the zoning of commercial to agricultural .....
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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 enti ..... 
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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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