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.