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Harmony City Council trims 2009 budget


Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Another discussion was held on the 2009 budget at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 10. Using suggestions from council members at the October meeting, City Administrator Jerome Illg made some revisions to the budget that were looked at during the meeting. The cuts came to around $50,000. There is an increase in the budget from 2008 of around $26,000.

Illg warned the council that they should be cautious about a reduction in LGA (Local Government Aid) in mid-year due to the possibility of a state budget shortfall.

The final budget will be approved at the December council meeting.

Other Business

• There was a joint meeting with the council and the Harmony EDA (Economic Development Authority). The council passed a resolution for the sale of bonds to refinance Heritage Grove at a rate of 4.5123 percent.

• The council also approved a Revolving Loan for $17,500 at a rate of four percent over seven years. Jeremy Kruegel purchased the D&D Variety building and will be remodeling it to rent out for office or retail space.

• Linus Hammell of Hammell Equipment in Harmony spoke to the council about selling 50 feet of land next to his business. Recently Fillmore Central Schools found that they owned a plot of land in northeast Harmony that the city had been maintaining for many years. The school district sold it to Hammell. The land Hammell is interested in is near this strip where the city skating rink used to be located near the park. The city is going to draft up a purchase agreement that will be contingent on zoning issues.

• Construction at the Community Center is almost complete. The HVAC (Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning) in the gym is running, as well as the PTAC (Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner) units in the rooms.

• The city offices have been temporarily moved to another room until the remodeling is finished.

• Illg has been working on the Nuisance Ordinance with Cory Scrabeck. They added some stipulations for the criteria to receive permits for celebrations.

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