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Harmony still seeks grant for sirens

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Harmony Town Council has plans to conduct a meeting in March to discuss its intention to pursue a grant for a tornado warning system to be placed at the Harmony Community Center. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
The recent ice storm may have canceled the Harmony Town Board Meeting, but not the board's determination to protect their residents from more bad weather.

According to Harmony Town Board President Janice Gooch, the meeting, which, in part, was going to inform the public of the board's intention to pursue a grant to acquire a tornado warning system, was canceled as a safety precaution.

"We will reschedule (the event) to take place in March during our regular meeting," Gooch said. "As a board, we've been thinking about this project for the past four or five years."

The board has been working on acquiring a partial grant through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to cover the costs of installing a tornado siren at the community center. The estimated cost to complete the project is approximately $23,000.

"We would like to get the public's input and find out about their interest in the project," Gooch said.

Gooch, who has been involved in writing and acquiring several grants in the past, said the grant process can be daunting.

"I swore to myself when I finished the last one a few years ago that I wasn't going to do it again," Gooch said. "But here we are. A few residents have participated in the process up to now, but it would be nice if we could get some people to come to the meeting to learn about the project."

There's also a lot of activity going on at the Harmony Community Center, according to Gooch. Preparations are in the process to set up an office for the Harmony Town Council inside the facility.

"It would be nice to get more people to come to the meetings and get involved," Gooch said.

For more information about the Harmony Community Center or the upcoming tornado warning system project, call 446-3001.

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