The Hamburg city council confirmed dates for public meetings to be held in July at their monthly council meeting on Monday, June 25 at city hall.

The meetings will be held to open bids for the projects funded by the one percent city sales tax that began this year – Norman Park and the new fire station.

The park bids will be opened on July 10 and the fire station bids will be opened on July 25, both at city hall.

The city has held several park meetings since the beginning of the year to hear public opinion on blueprints and work with engineers to maximize effectiveness of the project.

The park committee wanted to wait until summer baseball and softball leagues were completed to begin serious construction at the park.

In other news:

- The city received a clean audit report for the fiscal year that concluded on Dec. 31, according to City Clerk Peggy Akers.

City Attorney Paul Keith said a city has “had a good day” when it receives a clean audit report.

- Police Chief Johnny Oliver told the council about the new computers the department received for patrol cars. He said the computers will aid officers in their work.

Oliver said the department will soon begin issuing electronic tickets, similar to the ones the Arkansas State Police issue. He said it will save money for the city on the purchase of ticket books.

- Public Works Director Jimmy Hargis said that mosquitoes can become an issue during the summer and he requested assistance in fighting their numbers.

He said individuals can help by emptying containers and limiting standing water.

- The city intends to sell three vehicles: a 2000 Dodge Ram 1500, a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2004 Chevrolet ½ ton truck.

The next city council meeting is scheduled for July 23 at 5 p.m. at city hall.

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