The new community house and concerns about vandalism at the park were discussed by the Harmony Town Council at its April meeting at the Van Buren Firehouse.
President Janice Gooch read a card from Paul and Theresa Chaney thanking the council for a congratulatory planter sent to honor the opening of their business, Chaney's Diner & Deli. Bud Erny presented information about the proposed community house and submitted contracts for signing. This is the next step in getting the construction started at the site near the intersection of Border Street and U.S. 40.
Eddie Clark, superintendent of the Harmony Park, gave a report of the progress and the problems with vandalism at the park. Vandals have knocked the garage doors off the tracks, removed screws from playground equipment, taken a water fountain apart and have continued to be an expensive nuisance. Spring break was an especially destructive time. Clark and Marshal Bob Parr think the culprits must be attacking the park late at night. Both have been on the lookout for offenders.
One of the tennis nets at the park will not be put up until a part, that was ordered, arrives. Basketball nets will not be attached at the goals because they are torn up as soon as they are fixed. The goals are okay. Most picnic tables seem to be in pretty good shape. Clark emphasized that a new truck would be needed soon, probably before winter. Leslee McDonald reported that a group of parents would be working on the ball diamonds on Friday if the weather permits.
The council discussed street signs that have been replaced and others that needed to be repaired or replaced. Gooch said she had contacted Kendall Meyers to get building permits for the community house and would stop by his house to pick them up.
Four-wheelers have been a problem in the Harmony area. Some riders are crossing other peoples' properties and causing damage. Gooch will pass the complaints on to Bob Parr for further investigation.
Gooch reported that she was putting together history and other information about Harmony to send to Joe Jarzen, president of the Indiana Heritage Trail. He is considering having a sign erected to illustrate Harmony's importance on the National Road.
Council members will deliver or mail letters to Harmony homes regarding the annual trash day. Residents will have a dumpster available at the Van Buren Firehouse on trash day. This will be a good chance to dispose of unwanted items. The service is free to all Harmony residents.
Council members attending were Janice Gooch, Don McCollister, Leslee McDonald, Elmer Pollard, Donna Mullenix and Town Attorney Eric Somheil.
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