The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

La Harpe City Council

by Christy Kienast, The Quill

The La Harpe City Council passed a resolution to submit an application for the Community Development Assistance program on Monday, January 23, 2012 at the La Harpe City Hall.

They also passed a measure for a Technical Assistance Agreement with W.I.R.C. This is for the housing rehabilitation application for the City of La Harpe.

Random and door to door surveys have been done with a few left to be completed.

These surveys are being done for the moderate to low income families.

The installation of new stop signs in La Harpe is being completed with a grant from the state of Illinois.

The council expressed their happy sentiments about the new structures going up in town, new homes and buildings.

The new police truck is here waiting to get decked out with decals and necessities.

A local farmer is setting up new grain bins just south of the railroad tracks and would like to tie in to the existing storm sewer.

Mayor Brown has discussed this with city engineer Eric Moe. He sees no problem with how it is being done or the capacity of the system. This work will start in the spring.

The bridge in town has been inspected and the council was happy to announce there were no problems with it. It will need inspected again in 2 years. The DNR has a big problem with the north side of the dam where all the concrete is. They want the city to haul the concrete out or cover it with dirt. Trees also need cut down in this area and they would like to keep it mowed.

They also had a question with the overflow pipe but it had already been replaced from one end to the other. A motion was passed to pay McClure Engineering for the study.

The new name for the car show in town is the La Harpe Classic Car Show Reunion. It will be Saturday, August 4th.

Mayor Brown says the team is going at things a little differently than in the past and hopes for a great turnout.

The car show is open to any and every kind of make and model, and motorcycles.

This will be the 14th year for the car show here in La Harpe and for the first time under the big tent there will be Fords, GMs and Mopars.

The sidewalk project at the Union Church will be revisited again in the spring as it was too late in the fall when talks began on the project.

The next city council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on February 13. A public meeting will be held at 6:45 p.m. on the water rates compared to other communities.