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Harmony Administrator updates council on flood matters


Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The day of the Harmony City Council meeting on June 24, City Administrator Jerome Illg met with Senator Sharon Ropes to talk about water damage in the community due to recent flooding. They toured some of the homes that have had damage due to flooding.

"It doesn't appear that there's going to be any FEMA assistance for residential damage," said Illg. He tried to express to Senator Ropes that although there are problems with the wastewater treatment plant and other places in town, the far bigger problem is with the homes in the community, and they need to find some way to help those people out. Illg said it's up to the governor to hold a special session, and then it's up to the legislature.

"It doesn't look promising," said Illg.

Flyers have been put up around town alerting everyone who was affected by the flooding to fill out a survey regarding the damage. Illg stated that this is very important, as the more need the city has and the more information gathered, the more likely that Harmony can get some assistance.

Water Tower

Residents in Harmony may have noticed that their water pressure has decreased considerably in the last week, as cleaning and painting are being done to the water tower. Illg explained that the water tower has been completely drained, and there are pumps on either side of town running to discharge the excess pressure. City employee Terry Bestor said that Maguire Iron, Inc. is planning on having the tower filled again by the fourth of July.

Illg also explained that there were a few additional things that needed to be done to the tower that they were not expecting, all of which total around $15,000. According to Illg, some of these items could not be detected until the water tower was completely drained, which is why they were not known before now. One of those items was a crossover cleanout pipe that was filled with sediment. Also, the lettering that will spell out Harmony will be larger than the existing lettering, so Harmony will only be written twice, in diagonal letters, when completed.

Other business

• The council approved an EDA (Economic Development Authority) Revolving Loan for a local business that wants to expand by purchasing a building downtown. The revolving loan is for the down payment of the building, and is for $11,000. Illg explained that the interest rate is 4 percent for seven years, and it is interest free for the first year.

The council also authorized bidding for the Community Center parking lot project. They will be taking bids for three weeks.

• Council member Sherry Hines stated the EDA decided not to go forward with their parking lot plans for the alley behind the bank right away. The city will be going ahead and putting the conduit and gravel on the street, and talk with Stuart Morem about the location of the transformers.

• A liquor license was approved for the restaurant On the Crunchy Side, and a gambling permit was approved for the Harmony Legion for pull tabs.

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