Hamburg’s sewer customers will soon pay more for the service after the city council adopted an ordinance last week that will raise the rates.

Mayor Dane Weindorf said a public hearing about the matter was hosted at city hall but that the public did not show up.

The ordinance sets the new rates at a minimum charge of $7.40 for customers with a 5/8-inch meter for the first 1,000 gallons of use. A one-inch meter has a minimum charge of $10.40 and a two-inch meter has a minimum charge of $38. 

After a user exceeds 1,000 gallons, they will then be charged $1.50 per 1,000 gallons up to 8,000 gallons. Use over 8,000 gallons will cost $1.40 per 1,000 gallons. 

The council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance. Those who have questions about their sewer rates or who wish to see the full amended ordinance may contact Hamburg City Hall.

City Attorney Paul Keith said this is the first time the rates have been changed or amended since 2017. The council has discussed the issue at many previous meetings and ultimately decided to raise rates to cover the other cost increases that have accumulated since the last rate change.

In other news the mayor gave the council the proposed 2021 budget so they could review and discuss it at next month’s meeting.

“I’m excited about it; it’s a balanced budget except capital improvements,” Weindorf said. 

The city will be using some of the capital improvement funds on a sewer project as discussed at previous meetings. Weindorf also said he included a new garbage truck in the budget.

“I feel like the city is in good shape,” Weindorf said. 

Weindorf also said that the water offices have moved to the back of city hall and that it seems to be working better for everyone that way.

The mayor offered a community COVID-19 update as well saying the virus has picked up in the area and that he has cracked down on the city employees because of the spread throughout the city. 

“So far we haven’t lost but six or 10 days of people being out with COVID, which with 30 people is unreal,” Weindorf said. 

The mayor asked that the community continue to work together to stop the spread.  He also announced that the city got $118,000 from CARES ACT funds that he included in next year’s budget.  

“It’s really going to help our budget,” Weindorf said.

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