HARRISVILLE - The Harrisville City Council gave updates on the status of several projects at its regular meeting on Monday, including repairs to the well house, the city website, volunteer work by the beautification committee, and road maintenance on Church Street.
Seven months after a power surge damaged some of its safety features, Harrisville's well house was repaired last week by a joint effort between the city and Consumers Energy. Mayor John Dobis said the bottom line cost may not be apparent until next month, implementation of four-wire power, for which the well house originally was designed, should prevent the incident from happening again.
"There was never any risk to the city that we can presuppose. We weren't going to run out of water, we weren't going to go down. However, it was a safety issue that if we ever did go down, and it was a four-wire to three-wire hookup, and a person went in that building and didn't know what they were doing, we could have had an issue there," he said. "So we had to deal with that, we had to put that to rest and say, 'We want the quality product that we need, and we're going to go ahead and do it.' So we've done it, we feel comfortable with everything we've done, I'm still talking about trying to recoup any of the $8,000 that we lost on the initial break, and I don't know and don't have a game plan yet of that."
The city also agreed to have asphalt repair work done around the manhole covers on Church Street for about $4,800, and Dobis personally committed to making the city's website, cityofharrisvillemi.org, more of a priority. He planned to meet with Treasurer Tom Keerl today to plan and discuss ways to maintain and improve the website and keep it up to date.
Dobis also thanked the beautification committee for its initiative in readying the city for Independence Day visitors. On June 15, Jackie Trimmer essentially formed the committee by recruiting 15 volunteers to clean up the harbor and playground area. They spent several hours raking, weed trimming, shoveling overgrown sod, picking up trash, spraying Roundup on the weeds, cleaning up under the playground equipment, planting four new barrels of flowers, and power washing the overlook benches and pavilion picnic tables. The council also gave the committee the go-ahead to use money from the Lady Lions to pay for a new, decorative directional sign at the corner of Main Street and Lake Street.
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