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La Harpe Approves Aluminum Can Collection Site To Benefit City Park

by Michael Rodeffer, The Quill

The La Harpe City Council all approved a motion for an Aluminum Can Collection Site to benefit the city park upgrades at their 7 p.m. regular meeting on March 9th.

Councilman Dave Clover commented that it had been suggested by a citizen, and he agreed that it was a good idea. Clover said the "Parents for Park" group would empty the cans and sell them and give the money to the city. The council decided to have the city employees set up a collection site on the south side of the city park so residents could donate cans for a good cause.

The council also unanimously approved a motion that the city is responsible for any repairs to a drainage pipe at 400 N. Center Street as long as it wasn't damaged by the landowner.

The pipe is an old storm drainage line which the city had installed years ago.

The council is planning a committee meeting for Friday, March 20th at 1 p.m. at the Annex. (As of noon on Tuesday, March 17, the meeting has been cancelled due to the Corona virus) Representative Darin LaHood and Rural Development Area Specialist Lynn Armstrong were to be in attendance to discuss the water project. Armstrong has been overseeing the USDA loan and grant for the city of La Harpe's now 7 million dollar water plant.

The council also discussed the wall repair near the city cemetery entrance at 500 E. Archer. Some of the wall had fell on the walkway. The council decided to have the city employees clean the walk.

The council decided to set the date for the "All Call System" demonstration for 12:00 p.m. (noon) on March 27 at city hall.

Councilman Brian Covert asked attorney Chris Scholz if he had heard from the Railroad line about repairing the crossings in town. Since Scholz had not had any response back he will inform the Railroad line it will be reported to the ICC.

Water Superintendent Tim Graves reported to the council that power had been off a couple weeks ago for 45 minutes and the lift station generators kicked on like they were expected to and worked fine since the bigger breakers had been installed.

Graves also said the city had received approval from the Post Office to move the water deposit box at the City Hall across the alley so people in their cars could deposit their water payments without getting out of their cars.

Graves also reported the CCR report is due June 30th and will be put in the paper and also that the city had no violations the last year.

In other action, the council approved:

Council adjourned at 7:57 p.m.

In attendance was Mayor Kat Hasten-Reed, Council members Kelly Harkey, Randy Shumaker, Greg Wisslead, Brian Covert, Dave Clover and Jerry Burford, Clerk Lucretia McPeak, Treasurer Monalisa Graves, Attorney Chris Scholz, and employees Larry Finch, Tim Graves, Daniel Carpenter, Trevor Finch, and David Little, IMEG Representatives Megan Crook and Eric Moe, Dan Gillett and Michael Rodeffer.