The Harmony Town Council has had two regular meetings and several special meetings in the last two to three months to accommodate all the events taking place in the town. The two regular monthly meetings for December and January were rather short.
The Council met on Dec. 28 at the Harmony Methodist Church. This was a dinner meeting with all committees for an end of the year wrap-up. Council President Janice Gooch summarized the accomplishments since the town incorporated in 1977. In 1988, they received a 50/50 grant to start the Harmony Park. The Girton Brothers donated three acres and the grant helped buy eight more, making the park 11 acres. Later, streets were blacktopped.
In 1999 Harmony received a grant for storm sewers and began working with Commonwealth Engineers to receive grants of $150,000, $320,000, and another for $350,000. An additional $115,000 was borrowed and that loan is now paid down to almost half.
Streetlights were added in the last two years.
The grant for a new community house has already been approved with construction to be finished by the end of this year.
"We wanted what Harmony needed, not some Taj Mahal," Mrs. Gooch said.
Bud Erny Architects revised their first drawings to accommodate the budget and needs of the community. The Council is involved in the bidding process.
A grant request for the Highway 40 Corridor Beautification Project was resubmitted to the Indiana Department of Transportation on Jan. 31.
The Council has had a busy year with several extra meetings, trips, and paperwork to get all these projects working for the residents.
Harmony Town Council met Jan. 3 at the Van Buren Firehouse.
Greg Midgley, President of the National Road Heritage Trail, attended the Jan. 3 meeting to discuss the TE grant for the Beautification of Highway 40 project and tying it into the National Trail Project. The work on the National Trail Project that is crossing the state, primarily being done by individual cities and towns. If the TE grant were approved, this would make a walkway for Harmony residents to use along the highway and to later stroll to the park. It would help to attract people to the area and replace the uneven and mostly non-existent sidewalks that are currently there. It would provide a facelift for the community.
Vince Sommers of Commonweath Engineers also attended the meeting. Sommers discussed the draft of the application to be submitted by Jan. 31st. He emphasized keeping people informed and supportive of the project. He suggested talking to State Sen. Richard Bray and Representative Andy Thomas.
The next scheduled meeting is Feb. 7 at the Van Buren Volunteer Firehouse.