Hamburg approves service line guidelines

By Paul Downer
Community Editor

By Paul Downer

Community Editor

With the recent acquisition of a specialized camera to televise sewer lines following Hamburg’s major sewer improvement project in 2011, the Hamburg City Council approved a set of guidelines for its use during its meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

City ordinance requires property owners to have their service lines inspected when they sell their homes, and the council agreed that private citizens can have their lines inspected one time at no charge, during regular work hours and after giving at least 72 hours notice.

Council members also agreed that the homeowner or realtor must be on site to provide access to the service line prior to the inspection.

Another focus of the meeting was street repairs. Council members viewed a draft of the city’s newly formulated Street Pavement Management Plan, which lists the current conditions of all city done, and will provide guidance for prioritizing the work.

The plan was compiled by the city’s engineering firm, and an engineer is expected to be on hand at the next council meeting to present the plan in full.

Council members also discussed a joint powers agreement with Carver County for the overlay of County Road 50 through town this summer. A date for the work has not yet been set, but council members will continue that discussion at their next meeting.

Another main items of discussion was the future construction of trails to the two city parks, BiCentennial Park and Community Park, to improve handicap access with the use of SHIP money. Council members discussed the merits of straight vs. winding paths, and the design layout discussion will continue at upcoming meetings.

In other business, the council:

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