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Harmony plans for new well

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony’s City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the city council meeting on June 10 with an update on a couple of projects.

The council approved moving forward with design plans for the new well. Grabau reminded the council the city has received a $250,000 DEED (Department of Employment and Economic Development) matching funds grant. The remainder of the cost will be funded through the PFA (Public Facilities Authority) at a low interest rate. Grabau said the city’s PPL (Project Priority List) score was within the range to qualify for low-interest funding. They will know by the end of September if they are approved.

The DEED grant will expire in late 2015, so Grabau suggested they go ahead with design plans to get ahead of the game. This way they will be ready to go when the PFA financing is approved.

The council approved. City Administrator Jerome Illg said they are not committed to the PFA just by agreeing to move forward.

The pump house and the well will be two separate projects with two different contractors. The total cost for construction and engineering is just under $700,000.

The street project at 1st Avenue was scheduled to begin June 9, but has been delayed until the week of the 16th. The council approved the change order, which changes the pipe to PVC instead of the previously approved DIP (Ductile Iron Pipe). This change saved the city $7,000. The total cost of the project will be $923,187, which will be split between the city and the county.

Grabau said they will be close to getting the new curb and gutter by the Fourth of July. They will meet earlier that week and see where things are and make a plan to get ready for the vendors.

Visitors Center

Ralph Beastrom approached the council on behalf of the Harmony Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society, Habitat for Humanity, and the Harmony Area Foundation. He explained the improvements that will be done at the Visitor’s Center regarding the small room previously used by the Habitat for Humanity staff.

One idea was to have an office there for the Harmony Area Foundation. Beastrom also spoke of the Historical Society and the expanding collection of items they have for display. The original intent was to have temporary displays with borrowed items, but it has not worked this way, as many people have donated their historical artifacts. Beastrom said there are volunteers working hard to catalog and index these artifacts as they put together a history of Harmony.

“There are multiple things the room gets used for,” said Beastrom. He described changing it into a multi-purpose room, with historical displays around the perimeter, a space people can use for research, and an area for events.

The carpet in the room was in bad shape, and Beastrom said they have made plans to replace that, and will be doing some painting this week. He and Vicki Tribon had submitted a grant application to the Harmony Area Foundation. The total cost of carpet, painting, and fixtures for the displays, comes to around $3,000.

The display areas could be open to the public at certain times that would be advertised, or by appointment for research purposes. Beastrom invited the council to tour the Visitors Center to get an idea of the changes that are being made and see what goes on there. The council agreed to meet there June 17 at 5 p.m.

EDA and Chamber

Emily Ellis resigned her position as director of the Chamber of Commerce, and they are currently advertising for her replacement.

The Fourth of July plans are underway, with fireworks, beer tent, food vendors, and games for kids. There will be wristbands sold instead of tickets for the kids activities.

There are new promotional commercials for the City of Harmony that were done by the Chamber of Commerce.


The new carpet has been installed in the library and the books are all back on the shelves.

Illg explained some problems with the north wall of the library. When the snow melts, it creates an ice dam, and the water comes under the existing wall, damaging the flooring. To fix this issue, they will take off the stucco, reflash the wall, and put siding on it to match the rest of the building. They will also tear out the shrubs so it is easier to remove the snow and keep it away from the building. The project will cost $2,700.

Other Business

Kyle Morem was sworn in as a new council member.

A liquor license was approved for Wheelers.

A new AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was installed in the ATM room at First State Bank.

The August meeting time was changed to 8 p.m. due to the primary elections.

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