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City Council Reminds Of Clean-Up

by Christy Kienast, The Quill

September 26

The Council wants to remind citizens of La Harpe that City Wide Clean-up is Friday October 7th. All items must be out to the curb by 5AM.

The action was discussed at the Monday evening La Harpe City council meeting September 26, 2011 at 7:00 wp.m. hich was held at the La Harpe City Hall.

All council members were present as well as guests Danny Gillett, Doug Endres and Christy Kienast.

Dan Gillett gave an update on the Economic Development committee. The meeting in Carthage had two guest speakers. Andrew Hamilton spoke of the money that was given to the victims of Hurricane Katrina

and some to victims of flooding in Hancock County and various other places. Money is still out there to help people that have been victims of natural disasters in the areas.

The second speaker was Terry Newall who had put together the booklet on Carthage. He is putting together a booklet on Hancock County and said that any business that would like to put an ad in the booklet, needs to contact him.

It was announced that classes will be offered to help people become entrepreneurs and start their own business. These will be floating classes, held in different locations depending on the location of the people who sign up for them. The first class will be for adults and the second class will be for younger adults.

Look for more information on this in the future.

Members of the council attended the Illinois Municipal League Convention in Chicago. Councilman Brian

Lovell brought back a few ideas from the convention. He talked about the street lighting vendors he visited with. He would love to see Main Street and the City Park with street lights.

He talked with several vendors about park equipment and benches, etc. He brought back several brochures on park equipment.

He says he would love to see new equipment in the city park. The council members all agreed that the convention seemed more geared towards smaller communities of 5000 or less.

The bid came in for the transmission on the squad car. It will cost approximately $2500 to rebuild it.

The bids for mowing at the cemetery and city park will be going up in November. The new contract starts in January. There will be a committee meeting on October 5th, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the possibility of changing some things in the contracts.

The council passed the resolution for the Christmas parade. The Golden Rule Club will be sponsoring the Christmas Parade Saturday November 26th at 3:00 p.m.

Marcia Neff and Lucretia McPeak had also attended the convention in Chicago. She talked with a company named Municode about putting the city ordinances online.

This would be an asset to not only the council but to anyone in the city wanting to know anything about the city ordinances. They will be contacting the company to get more in depth information.

George Russell of McClure Engineering has asked the city to pay the remaining balance on the water tower project. The $4500 will closeout this project.

The work on the squad car will start next week.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:40.m.