Article by: Chris Giesen
Harmony Receives $50,000 Grant for Emergency Management
Harmony was awarded a $50,0000 USDA Community Facilities grant to make several emergency management equipment improvements throughout the City. “The grant will provide about two-thirds of the overall project cost to purchase and install back-up electric generators at the City’s two sanitary sewer lift stations and the cost of updating the electrical system at the City’s community center to accept a portable back-up electric generator,” said CEDA Vice President Chris Giesen who authored the grant. “Currently in an power outage emergency situation city staff has to move a portable generator between the two lift stations to keep sewers flowing the correct way, and this grant eliminates that issue, freeing up precious time and man-power in an emergency situation. It also improves the City’s ability to utilize its community center in emergency situations as a shelter, previously back-up electric power was not available at the facility” he continued.