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La Harpe Council Meets Hears Delays

by Michael Rodeffer, The Quill

Randy Shumaker reported that because of the storm and especially the lightning on Monday, the planned all town shutdown of the water supply did not happen.

Because of the weather, Laverdiere Construction cancelled plans to do their water connections across from the water plant uptown.

However, Laverdiere Construction was able to do a connection around F Street which affected some customers at the west end of town.

Shumaker added that the temporary portable tanks came into town today. These tanks will be used to provide water while the repair and renovation of the water tower is done. With these tanks in place, Shumaker said any water shut downs could be kept to a much smaller area of the town as hookups were being done.

The council wished to apologize to the businesses for any inconveniences they endured because of the planned water shutdown.

Tim Graves noted the street light has been installed at Willow Drive.

Marli Burt reported there had been several thefts lately so everyone might want to lock up their cars and houses.

The council discussed colors for the water tower and decided on purple and gold.

Dave Clover brought up the issue of some ruts which need filled in at the cemetery. Clover also asked about plans for tearing down the house by the lift station. Tim Graves said he would check with Waste Management about a dumpster and see what all could be put in it.

IMEG representative, Megan Crook, gave a report on the progress of the water project.

Crook stated the block walls were up on the building on Main Street and the trusses would have been put up today (Monday) if the weather had been good. But with rain and some lightning, it has been postponed until Tuesday.

Crook also said all the water mains are now in the ground and the lift station is in the ground. The water mains are being pressure tested.

Crook reported after tonights' (Monday) pay estimates that all of the CDAP grant money ($500,000) will have been used and approximately $1.8 million of the loan will have been spent for construction purposes.

In other business, the city council approved:

At 8:30 p.m., the council went into Executive session for approximately 1 hour to discuss and take action on the treasurer's replacement.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., the council moved back into regular session. The council approved having a committee meeting of the whole council on Monday, August 19th at 6:00 p.m. to continue the discussion of the treasurer's replacement.

Present were council members: Kelly Harkey, Randy Shumaker, Greg Wisslead, Brian Covert, Dave Clover, and Jerry Burford, Mayor Kat Hasten-Reed, Treasurer Maggie Link, Clerk Lucretia McPeak, employees Tim and Monalisa Graves, David Little, Dan Carpenter, Marlie Burt and Lynn Hoyt, IMEG Representative Megan Crook, Attorney Chris Scholz, Dan Gillett and Michael Rodeffer.