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Harmony City Council Report: Property owners along TH 139 frontage discuss final assessments

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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The public hearing for Harmony’s TH 139-reconstruction assessment roll was a quiet one as Mike Lynch of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates outlined property owners’ responsibilities. Firm figures were presented now that the project has been completed. The $1,971,123.49 roadwork was broken down into the following categories with the total cost first and the assessed amount second:

•Sanitary Sewer: $71,247.70; $17,811.92.

•Water Main: $97,884.14; $24,471.04.

•Services: $41,782.58; $41,782.58.

•Lighting: $136,301.01; $0.00. •Sidewalk: $151,293.19; $7564.66.

•Storm Sewer: $606,833.91; $0.00.

•Street: $865,780.97; $0.00.

"The assessed portion of the project costs totals $91,630.20 or 4.65%,” noted Lynch. MnDOT is paying 57.52% of the total project and the city of Harmony is responsible for 37.84% or $745,776.76.

A property owner with 100 feet of frontage would be looking at $5,593.05 in assessments. Those owners have the option of prepaying the assessment without interest charges until November 15. The remaining portion of the assessment will be spread over ten years at a 5% rate and be payable with yearly property taxes. Without prepayment and depending on individual assessments, that additional payment will run from $600 to $700 explained Lynch.

A comment about new sod on the boulevard in some areas was described as coming from a "hog pasture" and "full of button weeds". Lynch assured the owners that some sod would be replaced as well as a few trees. A dry summer has done considerable damage to the sod. There has been a problem with the performance of the subcontractor explained Lynch. The general contractor will have to use a firmer hand to get the problem resolved.

Following the hearing, the council approved the resolution for adopting the TH 139 assessments.

Sewer project bids

Mike Lynch continued his presentation to the council, moving on to sewer project bids. There were four outfall bidders, with a $20,000 span between high and lowest. The bid was awarded to Swenke Company, Inc. at $38,757.

The wastewater treatment project had six bidders, with a $84,000 separating low and high estimates. Staab Construction Corp. was awarded the low bid at $312,700.

The lift station project attracted six bids differing in costs of $69,500 span. No action was taken until the council is able to clarify language in a section of the bidding specifications.

Other business

•There will be a special acknowledgement of an Eagle Project completed by Alan Schansberg, son of Eileen and Ralph Schansberg of Harmony on November 15. The project included raising funds that enabled him to create a picnic area behind the community center. Pads were poured for three park benches and two picnic tables. A very small percentage of boys scouts go on to earn Eagle Scout.

•Councilwoman Sherry Hines reported Heritage Grove would be under new management. Harmony Health Care, under the guidance of Gunderson Lutheran, will be in charge of the site. Hines said the staff was very happy with the decision. She also noted the new partnership would be cost effective and provided strong resources to fall back on.

•Approved two partial payments for work on the community center’s roofing project in the amounts of $3,253.50 and $17,249.00 to Cresco Building Center.

•Approved a resolution supporting a grant application for accessibility for library. The cost is estimated at $20,000.

•City Administrator Jerome Illg was given approval to look for a new server computer as the current one has required considerable repair work of late.

•50-60 yards of rock were recovered from the community center’s roof when repair work began. A price will be determined per yard and will then be offered to the public.

•A copy of the Sheriff’s report was reviewed with little activity.

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