When the floods hit in March and April the city of Hardy had several areas and structures damaged. Now, close to a year later, Hardy is picking up the pieces of Loberg Park and putting them back together.
Loberg Park extends to the banks of Spring River, putting it right in the path of destruction. In March, after the river swallowed the park, the once beautiful family spot was left in shambles.
During the Hardy City Council meeting Oct. 21, Mayor Nina Thorton told the council she had signed the $100,000 contract to repair the park. The lights in the park will be fixed along with the playground equipment and several other much needed items.
One of the council's concerns for the park is vandalism. Tracks from spinning tires have been left in the green grass and before the flood the drinking fountain was torn out. The council agreed they do not want to spend money to fix the family park if vandals are going to follow them, tearing it up.
Thorton suggested surveillance cameras for the park. During the discussion the council talked about the surveillance cameras being the first thing the vandals would tear up. Thorton said they might tear up the cameras but they can't get to the tape. The council agreed for Thorton to check into prices for surveillance cameras.
In other business the council heard a report on a broken pump. The pump that is out of service was replaced in February. The company who supplied the pump said there are 11 other cities having problems with the same product.
The company tried to back-out of the warranty on the pump and make Hardy foot the bill. After Thorton spoke with the business they agreed to replace the pump.
Thorton said the company stated after this repair they are backing-out of their warranty and will no longer support their product. Thorton said she asked for that statement in writing but has not received anything to that effect, yet.
Lonnie Phelps, Hardy fire chief reported that the fire department auction was a huge success. The entire $5,400 raised will help reimburse the volunteer firemen and first responders for the calls they have responded to in the past year. Phelps wanted to thank everyone for their participation and help.