LaHarpe school uses considered

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

LAHARPE — LaHarpe officials will discuss in December their options for the former LaHarpe Elementary School building.
Ownership of the building will be transferred from USD 257 to the city on Dec. 1.
City Council members have asked the LaHarpe Pride Committee to come up with ideas for the building’s use.
The Pride Committee discussed the issue briefly Monday before agreeing that more information was needed, such as whether renting the building to a private business would make the entire structure subject to property taxes.
Also unknown was whether the building’s heating and air-conditioning system could be configured so that temperatures in each room could be controlled separately.
Utility costs and taxes will weigh heavily in the city’s options, Pride members agreed.
Among the ideas brought up at Monday’s Pride Committee meeting were to use the front office portion for city offices; to use the gymnasium or other classrooms for a recreation area; renting the building for private functions such as wedding receptions or music concerts; or using the building as a day care facility.
The City Council will meet Dec. 9 to further discuss the issue.

MEANWHILE, Pride members decided a number of other items.
The committee will begin promoting LaHarpe as “The Heart of Allen County,” capitalizing on it being the geographic center of the county as a marketing theme for informational brochures and banners.
The group also will sponsor a Christmas lights decoration contest and host a soup and chili dinner prior to its Dec. 21 meeting. Any LaHarpe resident who decorates his home by Dec. 14 is eligible. Committee members will decide between then and their December meeting their three favorite homes. The top three vote-getters will receive a cash prize.
The soup and chili dinner begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at the school building.