The City of Hamburg will be installing fencing on the northern boundary of the new walking trail at Norman Park.
“That way, the walkers will feel more secure where you can’t just come out of those bushes out of those woods,” Mayor Dane Weindorf told the city council before the council gave him permission to proceed with the project. “Three or four ladies told me they weren’t going to walk over there if we don’t have a fence over there.”
The council’s vote gave the mayor authorization to spend up to $9,000 on chain-link fencing for the area.
Councilwoman Derenda Stanley asked Weindorf if the city should also consider adding lights to the area some time in the next year
“There are people who would like to be out there, but with the daylight changing it’s getting dark (earlier),” she said.
Weindorf said he has started working on next year’s budget and there are some other costs to consider – such as the city’s need to purchase a new garbage truck – but that council members should bring those thoughts to him now so that they can be considered.
“If we do lighting I am going to look at maybe redoing all the lighting at the park because right now we pay Entergy for those lights – the lights belong to Entergy – and we pay them an excess of $500 a month for those lights. Five hundred a month times 12 months is $6,000 a year times (the number of years) we’ve had that system.”
For the amount of money paid to Entergy for the lighting system over the years, the city could possibly install a lot of lights, Weindorf said.
Stanley also said she saw some ball park fences that would need to be repaired. Councilman Mike Sanderlin said now was the time to make those repairs, because in the spring the ground in that area would be too soft.
Weindorf said the city was likely going to have to do the ball park fence repairs in-house, though the Hamburg School District may help with the project.
In other news, the council adopted Oct. 19 an ordinance that will increase the residential and commercial rates for rural water customers.
Under the ordinance adopted, the new rates are fixed at $27.90 for the first 1,000 gallons consumed; $3.75 per 1,000 gallons for the next 9,000 gallons; and $3.20 per 1,000 gallons for water consumption in excess of 10,000 gallons.
City Attorney Paul Keith said the change as adopted would not be in effect for the next 30 days, which would give customers time to respond and appeal to the city before the price change starts.