The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
by Christy Kienast, The Quill
The La Harpe City Council met May 23rd for their last meeting of May.
Rick Balmer has expressed interest in replacing the sidewalk in front of the Masonic Lodge which is in disrepair and could be a safety hazard.
Balmer was told he needed to get a bid and present it to the council. In these situations, the city can go half and half with the property owner or if the property owner does the forming and pouring of the cement, the city will pay for the cement.
The operating permits for the chlorine at the water plant were received and is now up and running.
It was reported that City Wide Cleanup with Jackson Disposal went well. There were some televisions set out, and again, Jackson Disposal does NOT pick up electronics.
In new business, there is no money available at this time for a new squad car. There are grants out there to be applied for to help with this. We have gotten two squad cars in the past from grants. Chief Justin Livingston and Larry Finch are working on this.
The Dollar General Open House was a great success.
Dan Gillett asked if the council could have a "No Parking" spot marked in front of the Lincoln Memorial at the City Park. It seems as though this piece of historical interest is always blocked by a parked vehicle and you cannot see the marker.
There have been more complaints at the cemetery concerning grass clippings and such left on headstones. Council did mention that the weed eating does look a lot better.
It was brought to the attention of the council, that a motorcycle was caught on the railroad crossing at C St.
Mayor Brown is trying to get ahold of somebody on this matter.
Also, in new business, Gary Jackson has asked if the city can mow the property next to his on 3rd Ave. and he will keep up with it the rest of the summer. There has also been a complaint about the number of foxes in town. They seem to be growing in population.
A motion was granted to donate a load of gravel to the Murray Mershon Rock N Stroll All Night benefit on July 9th.
On June 25th will be the Josh Palmer Tribute Ride at the Annex.
There will be a Memorial Service on Monday, May 30 at 10:00 am at the City Park. In case of inclement weather, the service will be moved to The Annex.
The City Council was all in attendance along with visitors Doug Endres, Dan Gillett, and Christy Kienast.