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Harmony City Council Report: Dobie Days gets liquor license pending insurance determination

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

On Tuesday, May 8, 2007, the council welcomed Corey Scrabeck, Dobie Days organizer, to the meeting to further discuss the festival's details prior to approving a liquor license. Scrabeck opened the discussion by explaining his follow-up to previous security and insurance concerns. For the event's security he reported two Fillmore County Police Officers will be hired plus a number of cadets from Anoka County. He provided the council a map illustrating the event and pointed out the locations of the event's security checkpoints. Additionally, event attendees will be required to wear wrist-bands to determine whether or not they are a minor and how many days of the concert they have paid for.

For insurance Scrabeck explained that he had secured insurance for the event, the city and himself. Mayor David Kingsley asked City Attorney Richard Nethercut if the level of insurance was adequate to cover any city liabilities. Nethercut reported he was not sure and that he would investigate the matter within the next few days. Other council questions concerned garbage disposal, parking and rest rooms. After Scrabeck explained his plans to provide 60 trash cans, 18 contracted porta-potties and plans for parking the Council approved Scrabeck's request for a liquor license contingent on Nethercut's recommendations.

The two day event is planned for August 17 and 18.

City Developments & Improvements

Engineer Brett Grabau from Bonestroo & Associates addressed the council on two city developments and improvements. The first project discussed was the Jacobson Addition Street and Utility Improvements. Bonestroo reported that the total cost to implement the sewer, water main, utility services and street improvements for the area would be $109,738 that would be assessed to the lot owners. During a previous council meeting it was decided to also include a 100' extension on the service improvements to help plan for future home developments. Grabau reported the cost for this 100' extension would be approximately $20,000 and questioned whether this cost would be shared by all lot owners in the area or just the owners in which the project borders.

The Council deliberated this decision for quite some time - some thought the cost should be born by the bordering lot owners and others felt that such a large assessment would not be fair. The Council concluded the discussion by asking the lot owners of the area to sign an agreement to develop certain lots within 5 years. This would allow the city of Harmony to recoup their costs sooner.

The second development discussed was the city's 5th Street SE Private Sewer project. Bonestroo recommended that the city connect into the existing sanitary sewer system, downstream from the manhole, southeast of the property. After a cursory site survey it was determined that the sewer infrastructure is deep enough to service the lowest level of this property. Costs would be 100% born by the owner for all materials and restoration needed to make the connection to the roadway. Additionally, this recommendation would make it easier to fix possible sewer problems from neighboring houses. The Council approved this recommendation.

Sheriff Report

Fillmore County Deputy Jesse Grabau presented the new squad car equipment to the Harmony City Council. In addition he provided a Sheriff's Office Activity Report for the Harmony-Canton-Mabel area. The report outlined a rundown of the April law enforcement activity. Highlights included 1 felony arrest, 6 gross misdemeanor arrests, 2 juveniles detained, 44 motorist contacts, 22 tickets issues, 29 warnings, 3 accidents without injury, 2 warrants executed, 15 civil process, 81 radio calls and 580 routine patrols.

Other Business

The Council also:

• Learned that the Wastewater Treatment Center had been operating well and meeting all required permits.

• Approved replacing the city's water tower catwalk the same time as the tank is painted.

• Approved liquor licenses for 4th of July events, the Harmony Legion Bar and the Harmony Golf Club.

• Discussed an emergency management option to develop a plan for Wheelers Bar to be utilized as a town-shelter in an event of an emergency.

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