Hamburg City Council held its regular monthly meeting Thursday night. The council approved an ordinance for City Attorney Paul Keith to chair the council meeting in absence of the late Mayor Dane Weindorf.
The future of the mayor’s office, new internet and water options, and baseball field upkeep were on the council’s agenda.
Peggy Akers, the city clerk, is acting as mayor until the council votes for someone to hold the position until an election can be held. Keith said on Thursday that because there was more than a year left on Mayor Weindorf’s term that there would have to be an election.
The council voted to have a special meeting on March 11 to discuss who will sit in as mayor until the election. Keith said it will be July or August because of the lengthy deadlines that are required before someone can run for mayor.
The also council heard a presentation regarding the new internet service that will soon be available to Hamburg residents. Rodney Govens, technical operations manager for the internet service provider Swyft Connect, spoke to the council about the upcoming installation of broadband and the packages that will be available to businesses and residents.
Govens said that information will be going out to Hamburg residents soon.
Residents will have more options regarding water and sewer leaks as well. The council approved a service that was presented to them last month in order to protect residents from water leaks. One service will go on the water bill for approximately $1.30 a month unless residents choose to opt out of it.
This service will cover the cost of one water bill a year in the event that a customer has a leak or unexpected high water usage.
The other service will be billed separately and will offer more coverage options including sewer lines.
The council approved turning over their client list to the company that requested it and residents should soon start receiving information on coverage options.
The council approved the purchase of a fingerprint machine as presented by Chief Johnny Oliver for up to $19,999.
Council person Derenda Stanley asked the council to look over a proposal submitted regarding funds for the baseball field. “I really believe the late mayor wanted to get the baseball program going,” Stanley said.
DeAnne Murphy questioned some of the expenses listed and asked if parents were not still volunteering to clean concession stands and bathrooms. She said that in the past parents worked together to get the ball park ready so that city workers didn’t have to. “I just know I’ve cleaned concession stands and bathrooms down there myself,” Murphy said.
Peggy Akers said that the city workers did go down to the complex to start working, but that she believed that parents should be doing the work as well. “I certainly want to buy equipment,” Murphy said. None of the council members objected to the purchase of equipment, but some did object to the city workers doing all of the work.
“The parents of the ball players need to pitch in and help a lot too,” council person Mike Sanderlin said.
“I spent many years down there as I know some of you did too, painting fields and mowing,” Sanderlin said. The discussion was ultimately tabled as the mayor’s assistant said she was still working on getting the total cost of equipment together. “I just know this was really important to our late mayor,” Stanley said.