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Mayor Hasten Appoints Street Superintendent

by Mike Rodeffer, The Quill

In Monday nights La Harpe City Council meeting, Mayor Kat Hasten appointed David Little as the street department superintendent. The appointment was unanimously approved. (Alderman Ken Brown was absent).

The council also approved a motion to adopt the settlement agreement and mutual release of all claims against Ryan and Christy Kienast.

The agreement in part reads:

The respective claims of the parties result from water and sewer bills sent by the City of La Harpe to the Kienasts in 2015 and 2016 for utility services provided at the rental property located at 118 W. Main in La Harpe.

A dispute had arisen over the calculation of the bills. The Kienast's paid the utility bills under protest.

The city believes that there are amounts still due and unpaid. The purpose of this settlement agreement is to resolve the claims of both parties.

In consideration of the mutual promises of the parties to forgo collection or payment of the disputed amounts and to forgo litigation over them, the city hereby releases the Kienasts and Kienasts hereby release the city...from any and all claims which they now possess against each other, or which may arise in the future, relating to water and sewer bills for the Kienast apartments for utility services in 2015 and 2016.

The council also approved the procedure for resident side walk reimbursement.

Residents need to get two separate quotes for material and labor installment and bring them to city council meeting or give to a council member.

The council will inspect and review the need for sidewalk replacement and make sure funds are available in the budget for 1/2 of the quoted price.

Council then votes on the request for replacement and reimbursement of half of the quoted installment price and will choose one of the quotes which was submitted.

Note: City of La Harpe street department is responsible for tearing out and removal of the old sidewalk. The cost of the tear out should not be included in the quotes, nor will it be reimbursed to the resident.

Randy Shumaker praised the 4 city employees, Tim Graves, David Little, Dan Carpenter, and Trevor Finch for their hard work at the well plant.

In other action the council approved:

The council noted Friday, October 13, as city wide clean up date.

The council also will have a joint committee meeting with IRWA/McClure's on Wednesday, September 27th at 5:30 p.m. to discuss future plans for the city's water needs.

Next regular council meeting will be Monday, October 9th, at 7 p.m. at La Harpe City Hall.