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Harmony adopts salary ordinance

Friday, September 9, 2011

The Harmony Town Council adopted a salary ordinance, and was briefed on additions to Harmony Park as well as the status of the tornado siren at its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

Council President Janice Gooch read the stipulations of Ordinance #2-2011 to the council and those in attendance.

"It's a salary ordinance for the upcoming years for the councilmen, president, clerk treasurer, deputy clerk treasurer, town marshal, which we have none, and the (town) attorney," Gooch said.

At the moment, Harmony is without a town marshal. According to Gooch, a candidate had been ready to take the position, but dropped out due to the schooling that had to be completed to be eligible for the position.

Indiana code provides for towns to set the salaries of elected officials and the town marshal.

The council has set the salaries for the 2012 year at,

* $3,700 total, not individually, for the four councilmen,

* $4,500 for the president,

* $7,500 for the clerk treasurer,

* $900 for the deputy clerk,

* $10,000 for the town marshal, and

* $500 for the town attorney.

The council then voted on and adopted the ordinance.

Meanwhile, President of the Park Board, Rozanne Aker, presented the council with blueprints for equipment additions to Harmony Park.

"There's two (different) playground equipments that we've ordered," Aker said. "The shipping date to leave the factory is Sept. 19, so we should be getting that in shortly after that."

Aker said that the equipment sets are for different age groups.

"For the 2 to 5-year-olds... there's two slides, one that you climb up and one that you slide down ... and that space will need to be 20 by 25 (feet)," Aker said."

Aker said the other equipment is for 5 to 12-year-olds, and it needs a bigger area of 46 by 37 feet.

"It has a balance beam that they walk on, these little button things that they step on, plus monkey bars and a little climbing wall," Aker said.

Aker said she will set up a community project to install the equipment that will be supervised by a contractor.

She said she hopes to have around 10 people helping to install the equipment, which should take one day and is looking into setting up a lunch for helpers. Aker said depending on how fast she can get it set up, the new equipment could be up by the end of September or into October.

Next, the council was updated on the tornado siren that Harmony will be receiving soon.

"We'll have close to $7,000 to pay from funds on the siren, (and) we've got the rest of it donated," Gooch said. "We have to pay $15,000 the day they deliver it, which should be anytime now and then when they get it completed we'll have to finish paying for it."

Gooch also said the area where the siren will be placed has been selected.

The Harmony Town Council meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Harmony Community Center.



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