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Harmony to have boulevard tree program again

Mon, May 14th, 2012
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Rod Johnson was at the Harmony City Council meeting May 8 on behalf of the Conservation Club. They will be sponsoring a special event in Harmony on July 3 instead of having the usual beer tent for the celebration. The band Gemini will be having a concert at the Fire Hall that night, and the Conservation Club will be selling beer.

Johnson said the event will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and there will be no beer sales past midnight. They will not have a beer tent on the 4th, but will be hosting a pancake breakfast that morning.

The council approved the temporary liquor license for the event, as well as the noise permit. Council member Gerald Shuck voiced some concerns about parking on Highway 139, and suggested they touch base with the state to make sure it’s fine.

Building and Maintenance

City Administrator Jerome Illg spoke to the council about repairs that need to be made to the roof at the visitor’s center. He said right now it needs approximately $1,100 worth of repairs, and the building committee has approved proceeding with it. Illg added that replacing the roof will need to be done in the near future, and could cost the city $50,000 to $55,000.

There was some discussion about improvements needed at the entrance to the Community Center. Illg had received two bids for cement, but was waiting for another one before they make the decision. Part of the sidewalk at the front entrance needs to be replaced, as well as some cement at another one of the entrances on the library side.

Lighting was another issue at the entrances, and Illg received bids from Morem Electric. He said the LED lights were a lot more expensive than the metal halide lights. The council agreed to go ahead with replacing lights at the front entrance with metal halide lights, and getting one to light up the flag pole.

Tree Program

City Clerk Eileen Schansberg said there have been many people calling to see if the city is going to have a boulevard tree program. Several years ago, the city covered 50 percent of the cost if a person wanted a tree planted in their boulevard. Illg said they also covered 25 percent of the cost if the tree was in their yard.

Illg added that they usually have money in the Park Board budget to cover things like this. The council agreed to do the program again, but only cover the 50 percent of boulevard trees. Boulevard trees must be from 12 feet to 25 feet away from the curb. If a person wants a tree planted elsewhere, the city will order and deliver it but they must pay full price for the tree. Illg is going to call greenhouses to get prices and lists of good trees to use.

Other Business

Johnson said he has put pellets around town to get rid of mosquitoes. The city will be spraying for mosquitoes again this summer.

A rehab loan was approved for $9,245.13 as recommended by the EDA.

A special meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on May 29 to discuss the Capital Improvement Plan.

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