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Harmony Council selects contractor for Community Center project

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

Members of the Harmony City Council made a decision on who would be doing the construction work at the community center this fall at their October 9 meeting. They received a total of six bids, and Mayor David Kingsley stated he was happy with them. Gerry Shuck made a motion to go with Quality Construction, whose bid was $19,390.

At that point Jeff O'Connor from Shamrock Construction spoke up with some concerns he had. The bids were required to mention both a start and finish date. Quality Construction's original bid stated they would be starting on November 20, finishing on December 29, and would paint the exterior in the spring. Shamrocks' bid, as well as the others, was to start right away in mid-October.

When Quality Construction found out they had a later start date than the other bidders, they made some arrangements and said they would be able to start earlier.

"If you're altering part of the bid, you should let people re-bid," said O'Connor.

Allen Dahl, owner of Prosper Lumber Company, had the second lowest bid after Quality Construction. He added that if he had known there was someone with a lower bid than his before tonight, he would have changed his bid as well, but that's not how it's supposed to work.

The motion for Quality Construction died for lack of a second, and the project was awarded to Prosper Lumber Co. for $19,606.89. Harmony Plumbing and Heating will provide the heating and air conditioning units for $1,653 a unit, and Morem Electric will do the wiring on those units in the two rooms for $6,750.


City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with a budget report showing money marked for future capital improvements and needed equipment. His report showed that based on the 2006 audit, the city is using approximately $38,500 in reserve dollars to fund the Jacobson Addition project. The city is also planning future improvements to the community center that would need reserve money to complete. Based on this, he did not recommend using any additional reserve money to assist with the tax levy for 2008.

Illg said it was up to the council to make cuts to the budget where they see fit to do so. It was mentioned that the city could look into low-interest financing for the community center projects in the future. There are some places where cuts cannot be made, and Illg said the easiest place to cut is where money is set aside.

Kingsley wondered if Illg could work on some of the cuts as well. Illg said he just needed some sort of direction on where to cut and what the priorities of the council are, instead of just a dollar amount to cut.

The budget will be looked at again at next month's meeting. A Truth in Taxation meeting will be held on December 4.

Ambulance Pension Plan Request

Eileen Schansberg requested that the city raise the Ambulance volunteer pension plan contribution from $30 a month to $50 a month. The increase was approved. According to Schansberg, there are currently 15 people on the ambulance crew, and not all of them are eligible for the fund yet. She said it is a thank-you to those that work hard, and possibly an incentive for others to join the crew. She believes the budget can handle the increase.

Council member Mark MacKay commended Schansberg for her hard work done over the years for the ambulance. "She does a hell of a job," he said.

Other business

The Planning and Zoning Committee discussed non-conforming structures at their meeting, and the ordinance that allows for the structure to be enlarged or altered only once, and only enlarged 25 percent.

According to Illg, several residents have wanted to add on to their homes and have come across problems with the ordinance. The P&Z committee increased the size they can be enlarged to 35 percent. The structures must still conform to current building ordinances.

• Chris Johnson said the repiping at the well near the water tower is complete, and a brand new motor has been installed. There have been no problems so far. He also mentioned the rock that has been on some streets in northeast Harmony will be cleaned up soon. The company in charge of cleaning up the rock had some troubles with their equipment.

• The EDA (Economic Development Authority) asked for, and received, an extra $10,000 for housing incentives, as they went over their original budget of $5,000 due to several requests.

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