Hamburg Council considers repairs, mulls policies

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by Adam Gruenewald
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Hamburg City Council members OK’d several small items during regular meetings in February.
Fire Chief Justin Buckentin shared that the Rescue 12 ambulance is in need of unexpected and necessary repairs and the exact amount is unknown, according to Hamburg City Clerk Jeremy Gruenhagen.
“It’s going to need some repairs because it’s been draining power,” said Gruenhagen. “So they are going to see what the cost is to repair it.”
Also, upcoming meetings will take place with Young America Township and Washington Lake Township regarding fees that will take into account the cost-sharing for a new fire engine  pumper that is expected to cost about $400,000 and will be purchased in 2018.
“We’ve been putting away money for that for the past five years,” said Gruenhagen, adding it is part of the capital replacement schedule.
In other news, council members approved a resolution accepting a donation of $1,000 from Rochelle and Jay Eichner for the Hamburg Fire Department, OK’d a gambling permit for the Hamburg Lions on April 7, revisited the feasibility study for the Industrial Park, reviewed plans for LED street light replacement that will take part in March, approved a right of way for Jaguar Communications to extend to William Mueller and Sons and approved a contract with Clarke Mosquito Management for 11 applications this summer.
Council members also held some early discussions on three different policy changes relating to nuisances, utility billing and drones.
As previously reported, the utility billing changes would assess property owners and not renters, a change from their current system of notifying the renter, who is assessed, and the owner every month.
With regards to nuisances, Gruenhagen said the council is interested in seeing if they have the authority to issue penalties instead of going through the process of an administrative search warrant.
“It kind of gets to be an expensive and lengthy process and then things don’t tend to get taken care of,” he said. “We want to look into if we can put a little more teeth in there and shorten the process.”
While no problems have occurred so far, Gruenhagen said a drone policy will be discussed in the future.
“We haven’t had any issues right now but want to have something in case it becomes an issue,” he said, adding the emphasis will be on privacy rights. “We kind of want to get a jump on that before they take off.”
Also, during a special Feb. 21 meeting, Hamburg members heard from Carver County Emergency Management Director Deb Page related to the 10-year comprehensive plan updates and started the process of updating zoning maps.
The Hamburg City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14.

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