The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

La Harpe City Council

by Christy Kienast, The Quill

The La Harpe City council met on Monday, November 12th at 7:00 pm at the La Harpe City Hall. All council members were present as well as City Attorney Kurt Dittmer, Dan Gillett, Police Chief Justin Livingston, Tim Graves, David Little, Wayne Humphrey, Doug Endres and me, Christy Kienast.

City employee, Tim Graves noted that the sewer testing has been completed and the sewers are in great shape. There is very little root problems, they still have a few places to cap and plug. Graves also noted that they installed the new settling tubes today.

He also had a few problems about the announcement of the trash bill going up. Suggested instead of just putting it in the newspapers, they should put it on the bottom of the water bill.

Chief Livingston announced that one of our part-time officers has quit to pursue a full time career in Rushville. Although we still have two full time officers and two part time officers, he is asking that the city hire two more part time officers to help cover all of the shifts that need covered. This will be no additional hours, but it will help keep enough officers to cover all of the shifts needed.

The council passed the 2012-2013 Tax Levy Ordinance.

City clerk noted that the Municipal elections will be held for the 3 seats on the city council that are up. Each candidate must have 25 signatures on their petition.

Christy Kienast gave an update on the Country Christmas; numerous floats for the parade, there are approx. 40 businesses for Open Houses, the city agreed to decorate City Hall for the event, the electrical problems at the city park have been resolved. Along with the Veterans' Memorial Bulb Tree and the Memorial Tree, the group is also having a Bulbs for Mikhaila tree on the south side of the park. Anyone interested, contact Ryan Kienast.

On Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at 6:30 pm there will be a meeting at the Senior Citizens Center in La Harpe to discuss the Single Family Housing Grant. Everybody in the target area will get a letter.

An update on the fence at the sewer plant, the landowner is tearing out the brush, the fence will not be started until spring, prcing will not go up.

Mayor Brown and Chief Livingston have found tree stands within the city limits. City attorney Kurt Dittmer has filed a current city map. This should be done approximately every 10 years. 

The next city council meeting will be Monday, Nove. 26th at 7:00 pm.