Hamburg City Council voted May 24 to purchase approximately $8,000 worth of computers and equipment to update systems in city hall.

City Clerk and Acting Mayor Peggy Akers said the computers in the clerk’s and water offices were nearly a decade old and had become incredibly slow. She also asked the council to approve the purchase of a server in conjunction with the new computers.

“I think we need some computers because I don’t want them to crash,” Akers said. “We have too much information to have to go back to the beginning.”

The cost for the bundle that Akers quoted to the council was $3,359.98 for three computers and $4,656.46 for the server.

The council voted unanimously to approve the request.

The city board likewise took up and adopted a resolution that will allow Hamburg to purchase equipment necessary to install a fuel tank and pumps at the city yard. In this instance, the resolution allows up to $3,000 to buy equipment from Hamburg Motor Supply.

While the mayor usually has leeway to spend up to $5,000 on city purchases without direct council approval, in this instance the resolution was necessary because Councilman Mike Sanderlin has an ownership stake in Hamburg Motor Supply.

Akers said the estimated cost for the purchases necessary was approximately $2,700, but once they were installed at the city yard and the city had purchased fuel at wholesale prices, it would save 15- to 20-cents per gallon depending on the price of fuel on a given day.

In other news:

- Jeff Anderson appeared before the council on behalf of the Hamburg baseball and softball committees to ask them to consider adding late Mayor Dane Weindorf’s name to Norman Park.

Anderson said the committees understand that the park exists because of the Norman family’s donation, and that they are not asking for the Norman name to be removed, only that Weindorf’s name be added.

“This proposal is in no way meant to supersede the original name, but to expand it,” he said.

Akers said that the covenant deeding the park land to the city requires that it have the Norman name in perpetuity.

“I don’t know if you can add to it,” she said.

Others suggested finding something at the park to bear Weindorf’s name, but were not sure if there was anything available at the moment; for example, the pavilion is already named for Maxwell Hill, and City Attorney Paul Keith said the walking trail was originally named for a member of the Hamilton family.

“We just need to be sure we don’t overlap on something else,” Keith said.

- Mayor’s Assistant Georganna Cossey reported to the council that she is working on a recreation grant for the city.

Hamburg had applied for the grant last year but was unsuccessful in the application, but Cossey said she spoke with an engineer about the application to find out how it could be approved.

The 2020 application had requested matching funds for two splash pads, which Cossey said the grant did not support, as well as new lights for the ball fields. The process would allow for one large splash pad, however, if the city applies for the funding again.

Cossey told the council that the grant agency wants to hear from the community about the project in order to “give them a voice.” The city will have to offer more than one avenue for community members to voice their opinion, she said.

“I am waiting to hear what you want included and what the public wants included,” Cossey said.

- Fire Chief Tim Hollis told the council that he had gotten the city’s new-to-them ladder truck inspected and that getting a repair to address the inspection’s one issue would not be very expensive. The truck still needs to be outfitted with equipment, though, and he said he would seek bids for it.

Hollis also told the council that the No. 2 fire truck needed some repairs to address freeze damage that it had acquired in recent years. 

The council voted on a motion from Councilwoman DeAnne Murphy to allow up to $10,000 in repairs without further council approval.