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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.

Budget

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

payment

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.

Illg explained the reason they have been so short .....
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A change to Harmony Main Street

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

By Barb Jeffers The First Southeast Bank of Harmony, Minn. has started work on a major project which includes an addition and renovation. According to bank President Chris Skaalen, the addition and eventual renovation has been contemplated for six ..... 
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“Historical Harmony” during Holiday Fest

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

On November 17, as part of the Holiday Fest, the Harmony Area Historical Society will present its current display of pictures and other items that capture the history of Harmony. The display will be in the HAHS Interpretive Room at the Harmony Visit ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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A touch of Japan in Harmony

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Peace, tranquility, and relaxation. These are just three of the many words used to describe Asahi Loft by guests. Asahi Loft of Harmony, Minn. was opened in June of 2011 by Innkeepers Cindy and Doug Ofstedal. Once a guest arrives at Asahi Loft they ..... 
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Diane Marie Torgerson

Wed, Nov 7th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Diane Marie (Kiehne) Torgerson, 63, of Harmony, MN, died unexpectedly on November 5, 2012. She suffered an apparent heart-attack Monday morning at her beloved church in Greenleafton, MN. Having Pastor Roger by her side at the time of her death, in th ..... 
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Ada Austin

Tue, Nov 6th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Ada Austin of Harmony, was born in Cresco, IA on December 7, 1938 and passed 4 November, 2012. Survived by the love of her life, her husband James, sons Scott Austin, (Donna), Mike Austin, (Denise), daughters, Tori Kenney (Brian) and Konya Bloomquis ..... 
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Habitat Wall Raising celebration in Harmony on November 17

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Harmony, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity Winona – Fillmore Counties will be having a wall raising celebration at its Harmony house on Saturday, November 17. Habitat broke ground on the house last spring, and they are now celebrating the new family ..... 
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Harmony Arts Board to sponsor Joni Finnegan art show

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

The Harmony Arts Board is hosting an Art Show featuring the paintings of award-winning local artist JONI FINNEGAN on Saturday, November 3 1-4 pm at the Quarter/QUARTER Restaurant in Harmony. The Art Show promises to be a delightful event. Chef Steph ..... 
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