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Foster Turns In Resignation

By: Mike Rodeffer, The Quill

Police Officer Kenny Foster turned in a letter of his intent to resign as a police officer to the City Council on Monday evening. In part the letter read: "Please accept this letter of resignation from the position of Police Officer, effective two weeks from today. My last day at La Harpe Police Department will be May 28, 2018.

I have accepted a position with another organization that will further my growth and development in my career. I have enjoyed working at La Harpe Police Department and will miss my colleagues and the citizens here. However, this change in organizations will benefit my career and my family at this time."

IMEG Representative Megan Crook informed the council La Harpe was selected for a grant of $500,000 which can be used for the water main project.

Bill Rasmussen presented the City of La Harpe with a check for $5,000 from the Richard Rasmussen Trust. The money is to be used to improve the basketball court in the City Park. Bill's father, Richard Rasmussen, was the La Harpe City Attorney for 47 years. Bill stated his father loved the City of La Harpe and loved basketball.

Alderman Randy Shumaker reminded everyone that grass should not exceed 8" on property or the owner could be subject to a violation. Shumaker also reminded all that grass should NOT be discharged onto Main Street as it would cause drainage problems.

City Clerk Lucretia McPeak noted there would not be a 2nd meeting in May.

Mayor Kat Hasten-Reed informed the council that she wanted to stop any rumors. The mayor stated that she had not sold her house and was not resigning as mayor.

There was a lengthy discussion on ATV's being allowed on city street. The last council meeting was also just a discussion on the subject and ATV's have not been approved yet. The council plans on voting on an ordinance regarding this subject in the near future.

In other business the council approved:

There is to be a joint committee meeting to discuss the city budget on Monday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m.

Present: Mayor Kat Hasten-Reed; Aldermen Brian Covert, Greg Wisslead, Randy Shumaker, Ryan Olson, Jerry Burford, David Clover; Treasurer, Maggie Link; Clerk, Lucretia McPeak; City Attorney Chris Scholz; Employees, Kenny Foster, Larry Finch, Trevor Finch, David Little, Tim Graves; IMEG Rep. Megan Crook; ESDA Rep. May Owsley; Bill Rasmussen, Richard Wood, Chad Burt, Dan Gillett, Michael Rodeffer.

Meeting adjourned at 9:57 p.m.