Optimism abounds as Harrisville begins spring, summer prep

HARRISVILLE – Despite the rain, there was a feeling of optimism at the Harrisville City Council meeting Monday.

“The economy seems to be coming back a bit and we seem to be climbing out of a hole a bit,” Mayor John Dobis told the council.

City Clerk Barbara Pierce announced the lineup for the summer concert series to be held at the Harrisville Harbor Wednesday nights from July 10 to Aug. 7.

Although Pierce books the bands for the city, the concerts are self-supporting. Volunteers from the city, the fire department and service organizations rotate each week to collect donations from the crowd, which cover expenses.

Three other bands wanted to apply but will have to settle for being wait listed, Pierce said.

“We want to provide as much entertainment as possible,” Dobis said. “We’re back on track.”

Dobis said crews will flush fire hydrants April 22-26. They will identify and replace city signs that have become worn and weathered – such as stop signs and no parking signs. They also will remove seven trees that Joan Crick and the city’s tree committee have identified as dead.

Cutting trees has been controversial in the past, but Crick stressed the trees her committee identified pose a safety risk to residents and homes. Some will be removed by local crews; Consumer’s Energy may top other trees where they are growing into power lines, she said.

Mike Baird officially was appointed to the Harrisville Harbor Commission and discussed dredging that the state is planning to provide funds for, because of record low water levels.

Dobis clarified the city has a contract with a company to dredge the harbor six times, and the last effort was made in 2011. So the city and the state will have to figure out how the state dredging effort will be handled, including the engineering. No action was taken until representatives can be contacted.

The harbor also has received a grant of $24,999 to redo the north dock, Baird said. He suggested that slip numbers be ordered and installed as part of the harbor’s reservation system.

“We actually lost four docks, so the sequence becomes an issue,” Baird said.

Many of the numbers are worn out from weathering and will need to be replaced as part of maintenance.

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