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City hall relocation discussed at Hardy City Council

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hardy City Council listens as Al Corte, executive director of Main Street Hardy, tells of the success of the recent Junk and Jam, as well as upcoming activities.
The main topic at the Oct. 3 meeting of the Hardy City Council was a lengthy discussion regarding city governments' failure to move out of the Old Hardy Gym, after moving there temporarily because of a flood threat in April.

Alderwoman Amy Hussung asked Mayor Nina Thorton when the city planned on moving out of the gym. She said she had been approached by numerous people who were upset because the gym could not be used for community events and family gatherings.

The mayor said no one had approached her about the issue. Hussung suggested the council set a timeline for exiting the building.

According to Hussung, many are concerned the popular Gun and Knife show has had to move to the much smaller Creekside Loft. Hussung said residents were concerned vendors might not returnfor other events, if the gymnasium is not available for use.

Other council members were reluctant to support Hussung's idea of setting a timeline to exit the gym.

The city of Hardy has been waiting for FEMA reimbursements from the flooding, but has also been hoping to obtain the building vacated by Iberia Bank. Hussung said she had spoken with "higher ups" in the bank, and said hopes the building would be donated to the city "is not going to happen."

Thornton told Hussung she also spoke with an Iberia Bank representative from Louisiana who told her the bank had taken it off the market, to which Hussung said, "Well, they put it back on today."

Thornton said she offered to go to Louisiana to speak to the board about having the building donated to the city.

Alderwoman Sherri Groves said, of delays in moving from the gym, "We can't predict the future."

Hussung said, although the city did not know there was going to be a flood, it should move out of the gym, and do something to keep city hall from flooding again. Hussung said, "That building was remodeled for city hall."

Groves reminded her public could use the old city hall facility for events. Alderwoman Sue Taylor and Margaret Harness suggested the city wait for an update from FEMA before deciding to move out.

The mayor said FEMA representatives had been in Hardy but gave no indication on the amount, if any, the city would receive from the flood damages to the city.

Discussion continued when the mayor said, "What should we do, just throw the government offices to the wind, How do people get to us if there is a flood?" Thornton said the city has flooded 11 times in four years.

The mayor explained Hardy was the last city visited by FEMA, because the government offices had an option for relocation.

The April flood got up to the porch of the city hall. The Mayor denied rumors about mold being in the building, saying the only problem with city hall is its location in the flood zone.

Council agreed to wait on an update from FEMA before moving forward with plans to relocate city hall.

Other items of discussion included cleanliness issues with the bathrooms in Dr. Thompson Park.In order to resolve issues with the restrooms, the Mayor announced automatic flushers had been installed on the downtown restrooms.

She added that seals were replaced at the advice of a plumber, who said they might be responsible for odor problems.

She also said there are plans to install grates on the doors of the restrooms, to allow proper ventilation.

Hardy Pottery owner Dale Maddox suggested to the mayor the restrooms be locked after 5 p.m. to prevent problems from occurring. The mayor said the restrooms would not be closed.

The city council voted to sign up for natural gas for the city offices and support the Sharp County iniative by signing a proclamation of support.

Main Street Hardy Executive Director Al Corte updated the council on the success of the recent Junk and Jam.

He said there was a great turn out, and members of Main Street will be touring Hardy in the next week.

Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose told council the city's fire department was down one truck, which needs to be repaired in order to maintain the ISO rating.

Rose said he has contacted various companies about repair, with one estimate being $24,914 plus the cost of travel to Michigan for the repair.

Rose said he has taken the truck to a local repair shop and the cost for redonditioning the electronic valve and controller would be between $1,000 and $3,000.

He said the mechanic guaranteed it would not leak.

The mayor informed Rose there was enough Act 833 money to cover the expense, and the expenditure will be reinbursed next year.

Council then voted to send the truck out for the needed repair.

Prior to adjournment, upcoming events in the area were announced.

On Oct. 16, the Rendevoous, Volzwagen Festival, Christian Outreach Bow Shoot, Hardy Volunteer Fire Department Auction and breakfast and Collectible show will all be held in Loberg Park, the Hardy Beach and at the fire department.

The Hardy City Council meets bi-monthly on the first and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

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First, just looking at the picture of the basketball goal in the back ground because the City refuses to leave the gym is priceless.

I think I saw a game of horse being played during the council meeting.

Regardless, the City needs to GET OUT OF THE GYM and move back to the perfectly fine CITY HALL immediately. No excuse. Many, many people live in a flood zone and make arrangements to evacuate in those RARE floods. Yes, rare, the Mayor made a incorrect statement about 11 floods in 4 years. Not sure where those facts came from, but they are wrong.

Also, now they are waiting on moving with the HOPE that Iberia GIVES THEM A BUILDING or on FEMA grant money. Well the last time the CITY took FEMA monies they fixed up the CITY HALL and the MAYOR was proud of it! It was ALWAYS in a potential flood zone. Here is what she said back then.

Let's go back over 2 years ago and see what the Mayor was saying about City Hall:

March 2009 -- Thornton, "Now we have a 40 by 100 foot building which is our original city hall and it's all redone and it's absolutely fabulous." Additionally, most of the city repairs were done by FEMA money, grants and little insurance here and there.

March 2009 "It's so clean and nice," Thornton said about the newly remodeled office. During the March 3 city council meeting.

March 2009 -- Thornton, "We want to invite everyone to come and enjoy our newly renovated office"

As a matter of fact the Mayor back then even joked about the Spring River Floods, and she said, "A flood of tourists, that's really good. Maybe that will be our new catch phrase, the flood of tourism in Hardy."

The only problemm now is the flood of tourism has been DROPPING just like planned events..such as the Wilburn Brothers 5th Tribute that was just cancelled! Should I Continue??

-- Posted by FOHA on Thu, Oct 13, 2011, at 7:37 AM

I agree with FOHA. The floods have been over for months and months and water had only reached the front porch of City Hall anyway. Nina: MOVE YOUR BIG BEHIND out of the gym and let residents and event organizers USE THE HARDY GYM! Talking about procrastination--what is a "FEMA update" got to do with moving back into CITY HALL where you belong, Nina/

-- Posted by conventional1 on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 11:37 AM

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