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La Harpe City Council Meets Sets "Trick or Treat" time; Sets Fall "City Clean-up"

By: Michael Rodeffer, The Quill

At the La Harpe City Council meeting on Monday, September 28th, the council approved "Trick or Treat" night for Halloween night, October 31st from 5 to 8 p.m. The council also approved allowing the "Trunk or Treat" event around the city park for the same evening.

Randy Shumaker informed the council that fall clean up day will be Friday, October 16th.

Shumaker also noted the spray patching on the roads was coming along very well and the spray insulation foam had been applied at the city shed.

Shumaker noted the city had received a letter of violation for not sending in one sample of water for an E. coli and chlorine tests for the month of August. The city is required to send in 2 samples for the test and had only sent in one.

IMEG engineering firm representative Megan Crook informed the council the water plant is now using the shallow well, #1, to blend in with the deep well water to address some of the complaints about odor from the water.

Crook also noted all the contractors have fulfilled their obligations except for a few minor issues and some paperwork. Crook said the city would still have full support from US water reps even tho the project was complete.

Betty Collins addressed the council about putting a bench or memorial in the park for a deceased veteran classmate from the Class of 1986. The council talked positive about the idea and Collins will get back to them with the final plans.

The council approved the Aflac Insurance proposal to allow employees to sign up and have premiums deducted from their pay checks. This comes at no cost to the city.

The council tabled a decision on the Ramsey Financial Services Insurance proposal until the next meeting on October 12th.

The council also tabled, until the next meeting, any action on hiring a part time police officer.

In other business the council approved:

Council adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

Present at the meeting was: Mayor Kat Hasten-Reed, Treasurer Monalisa Graves, Clerk Lucretia McPeak, and Council Members Kelly Harkey, Jerry Burford, Brian Covert, Greg Wisslead and Randy Shumaker. Also present was City Attorney Chris Scholz, Employees, Tim Graves and Larry Finch, IMEG representative Megan Crook, Betty Collins, Willow Quivey, Dan Gillett and Michael Rodeffer.