The Hamburg City Council approved $8,000 in road repairs and up to $5,000 in additional expenses on new playground equipment Monday evening.
The City of Hamburg received money from the state to repair two miles of city road — specifically East Jefferson, East Norman, North Cherry and South Cherry. The total cost of those repairs was $203,000, with the state providing $180,000 towards the costs, Mayor Dane Weindorf said.
In addition to those repairs, Weindorf suggested that the city pay an additional $8,000 to repair parts of Foote Street as well.
Weindorf said the cause of the damage was heavy farm equipment using the road, and said that the city gave multiple tickets to heavy farm trucks traveling on Foote Street recently.
Weindorf also said the city plans to continue to keep heavy equipment off of the road once it is repaired.
Weindorf said he plans for the upcoming construction on all of the town roads to either be on a Saturday or when school is dismissed.
The council approved for the mayor to use $8,000 from the capital improvement account to repair Foote street at the same time Cherry, Jefferson and Norman streets are being repaired.
In addition, the council approved for the mayor to spend an additional $5,000 of the capital improvement fund on playground equipment for the new playground area near the softball fields.
Weindorf said that Simmons Bank had provided $10,000 for equipment and asked that the city of Hamburg add an additional $5,000 to ensure the city could purchase durable equipment.
In other news:
The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is currently sponsoring Paint the Town Purple to promote local businesses and Hamburg High School’s Homecoming celebration scheduled for Friday.
The City of Hamburg was approved for a USDA Rural Development Grant that will pay for the city to get new police vehicles. Weindorf said the city will soon have four new Dodge pickup trucks and the grant will pay 55 percent of the cost for those vehicles.
The council approved the 2017 water and sewer audit as presented.
The mayor also announced the purchase of a new city vehicle.
Weindorf said he would be purchasing a 2009 pick up truck from State Surplus for $3,800 to be used by the city employees in their daily duties.