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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Town awaits playground equipment

Friday, May 13, 2005

Harmony Park topped the Harmony Town Council agenda this month.

The Council met May 3, at the Van Buren Township Firehouse. Janice Gooch reported on the projects at the Harmony Park. Rosanne Aker has been unable to contact the sales representative for the playground equipment that was ordered last fall. She will call the company directly if her messages are not returned by the end of the week.

Janice said that Eddie Clark was putting riprap behind the garage to stop the wash in that area. Skelton has been contacted to remove the trees that could become dangerous and has been asked to give an estimate for topping additional trees.

All the Council members thought the Trash Day was a success. Members of the Council were present to help people unload their items at the compactor truck supplied by Wallace. Residents are already asking when they will do this again. It is a once-a-year project for the town but they are considering doing an additional Trash Day in the fall. Residents did not have to pay to drop off their unwanted items. The Council paid for it for that one day to help everyone dispose of large, bulky items and accumulated trash. It was a terrific service to the community.

Gooch told the board members and residents that Marshal Bob Parr had been tagging abandoned vehicles and was continuing to work on the problems with dogs. He had contacted the Humane Shelter to pick up some animals, that were in a bad situation, but the Shelter had been unable to come at that time. He will try again.

Larry McCoy was concerned about the condition of the street near Elm and Vorhees. Due to sewer repairs, the road is in bad shape. The Council explained that the street is to be repaired by the Knightsville Sewer District and then Harmony will maintain it after it is put back to its original condition.

Residents continue to call or bring their concerns about unkempt properties. Although the Council has spent considerable effort in getting these problems removed, there are still more areas that need attention. Other residents had come to the meeting just to see the Council in action. There was a young couple who were attending their first meeting. A lady, looking to buy property in the area, wanted to compare Harmony Town Council with the board she had served on in her home community. Dick Modesitt was glad the Council had changed its night to Tuesday so he could attend the meetings.

Council Member Leslee McDonald asked about the possibility of installing a tornado warning system in Harmony that would be tied into the system at Brazil. Janice will research the feasibility and cost of the project.

Other proposed projects are still on the agenda. Information on the Highway 40 Beautification Grant may not be available until this winter. The town had applied earlier this year to have sidewalks on both sides of the highway with curbs and gutters installed. They also planned for rest spots complete with bench, trash can, and landscaping along the sidewalks.

The Council hopes to get a proposed drawing for a community house to be built at Harmony. Surveys have been sent out to get information for the grant application and the company helping with the procedures has been doing the archaeological study of the proposed area. Janice reported that many community houses they had looked at were too big for what the town needs. Later this month, the Council is planning to visit a building they think might be a better model for the kind of structure needed in Harmony. Janice Gooch had visited the facility and told the group that it had a large enough room for wedding receptions (about 200 people) with a fireplace at one end, a kitchen, smaller boardroom, storage, restrooms, and a deck for events held during the summer months. Once plans are made and possible grants received, the Council can hold hearings and start to advertise for bids on the project.

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