The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Rasmussen Steps Down As Johnson Farm Manager

by Christy Kienast,The Quill

La Harpe's long-time attorney Mr. Richard "Dick" Rasmussen tendered his resignation as the Johnson Farm Manager Monday evening April 9th.

City Council members with the exception of Brian Lovell who was absent, voted to accept his resignation and then hire City Attorney Kurt Dittmer to replace Rasmussen in this important position.

The La Harpe City Council met during their first regular April session at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall.

Council members present also passed the Motor Fuel Tax Resolution.

Dan Gillett gave a summary on the Economic Summit in Carthage.

Council woman Marcia Stiller reported that the sidewalk in front of the Union Church is now finished.

Councilman Darrell Kraft would like to have the faded "No Parking on Grass" signs at the park replaced with new ones and add "No Skateboarding" signs as well.

Mayor Brown would also like to remind residences on Main Street that blowing their grass clippings on to Main Street is against the city ordinance, as it plugs the sewer lines.

The Kibbe museum is having their Open House on Saturday April 14th. The event starts at 1:00 p.m.

Gary Housewright requested to lower the rent on the Johnson land for which his Housewright Construction building sits on. His current contract expired April 1, 2012.

Council approved a motion to have City Attorney Kurt Dittmer approach Housewright with a contract.

There have been several concerns over the progress on the old Time and Chime building which has been sold. Since the sidewalk is blocked, people have to walk out into the road to get around.

This is also true for the other end of the sidewalk at The Quill office building, where the sidewalk is again roped off due to bricks separating along the roof line.

The council moved into executive session following the regular meeting.

The next city council meeting will be held April 23rd at 7:00 p.m.