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Council Reminds of City Clean-upby Christy Kienast, The Quill

The La Harpe city council met on Monday, September 22, 2014. A motion was made and passed to make Brian Lovell Mayor Pro-Tem in absence of Mayor Ken Brown.

A reminder that city Wide cleanup is Friday, Oct. 17th.

Danny Gillett told the council that he took some of the items for the Hometown Sports Exhibit in Carthage. The Smithsonian was impressed with the size of the building they have for the use of the Hometown Sports exhibit in the former Twaddle Furniture building.

Christy Kienast asked the council on behalf of the Country Christmas committee to pay for the Carriage rides for the Country Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 at a cost of $600. The council agreed to this. In other news, the Country Christmas Parade Resolution was passed.

Bids were received for the taking down of the ash tree at the school administration office and for the removal of a limb caused by storm damage in the cemetery.

Taking down the ash tree: Farrell Tree Service and Chris Akers Tree service came in at $3000 apiece; Weaver Tree Service came in at $1750. The removal of the large limb at the cemetery: Farrell and Akers both came in at $300 and Weaver came in at $570. The bid for the taking down of the ash tree was awarded to Weaver Tree service and the removal of the limb at the cemetery was awarded to Akers Tree Service.

The consolidated election is April 7th, 2015. Nominating papers may be taken out as of Tuesday, September 23. The first day the papers can be filed is December 15th with the last day being December 22nd. The positions open in this election will be for Mayor, City clerk and city treasurer, as well as 1st Ward Mike Bennett s seat, 2nd ward Darryl Kraft s seat and 3rd ward Brian Lovell s seat. The nominating papers must have a minimum of 14 signatures. Papers are available at any city council meeting for pickup.

The 6th street culvert project is still under discussion. The group would like to lengthen it to the east to allow it to be mowable. The culvert in place now is a 1927 model that has separated and come apart.

Cemetery cleanup is in full swing. If you were unable to get your belongings off your cemetery plots for cleanup, you may contact the caretaker Minnie at 309-333-9028 to claim your belongings.

The mapping meeting for the city will be on October 1st at 7:00 pm at the La Harpe Clubhouse. Anyone interested in helping La Harpe grow is invited to attend.