Drivers and residents in Hamburg may soon want to think twice before blasting their musical selections so that all may hear.
Hamburg Police Chief Johnny Oliver said at Monday’s meeting of the Hamburg City Council that he plans to start issuing loud music citations immediately.
Oliver said the decision followed numerous calls from residents about loud music in recent weeks.
“There have been too many complaints,” he said.
The chief said the citations will be given on a zero tolerance basis.
Hamburg has a loud music ordinance, Oliver said, but the violation also falls under the state’s disorderly conduct statute.
The citations will cost the receiving party $175.
Also during the meeting, Hamburg Mayor Dane Weindorf gave the council a draft copy of the city’s fiscal year 2019 budget.
The mayor emphasized to the council that the budget they received was only in its proposed form, and said that he would tell the council about any changes the city administration makes before the final form is adopted in January.
If adopted in its current form, the city anticipates $1,235,236 in receipts and $1,235,136.41 in general expenses.
That’s up from 2018’s budget of $1,082,095 in general receipts and $1,055,666 in expenses.
Through Oct. 31 of fiscal year 2018, the city had received $2,011,133.96 and spent $911,322.96.
Looking at the numbers for the coming year, the budget projects an increase in receipts in the general fund, planning for $1,103,700, up from 2018’s budgeted $1,072,095.
The fire department’s projected receipts increased significantly, up from 2018’s budgeted $10,000 to $99,536 because of a grant for 13 new self-contained breathing apparatus units.
The fire department is also expected to expend significantly more in 2019, $176,586 as opposed to 2018’s $50,691. Most of that expenditure is accounted for by the spending of the breathing apparatus grant, but $12,000 of it is utilities at the new fire station and an increase in expenditures to $10,000 for materials and supplies. Fiscal year 2018’s budget allocation for the same line item was $900.
The police department is budgeted to spend $515,100, up from 2018’s budget of $471,171. The largest increases in costs for the police department were in gasoline and oil, health and life insurance, and worker’s compensation.
Sanitation costs are expected to be down in 2019, with the department allocated $141,258 in expenses. The current fiscal year’s budget was for $142,775.
Outside the city’s general expenses, the new ambulance service — which voters approved in September — is projected to receive $315,000 from its dedicated sales tax in 2019. The city plans to reimburse the cost of the election for the service from the ambulance fund to the tune of $5,000 in attorney’s fees.
The city will also pay FAST Ambulance service — which is currently under contract with Hamburg until a final plan for the service is decided — a total of $60,000 from the fund, $30,000 for 2018 and $30,000 for 2019.
The remaining balance in the ambulance service fund, $250,000, is dedicated to the cost of the new service itself.
Mayor Dane Weindorf said the proposed budget was “a pretty good idea” of what the city will do with its budget.
He said that in the current fiscal year, the city’s sales tax collection is up 8 percent, “which helps us make our budget.”
Weindorf also said he was thankful to residents for adopting sales taxes for parks and the new fire station, which helps the city continue what he called a “culture of improvement.”
In other news, Mike Webb with Ideal Construction updated the council on the ongoing improvements to Norman Park and the construction of the new fire station, both of which voters approved in the fall of 2017.
Webb said many of the stumps in the park improvement area have been removed, and others will soon follow. He likewise said the storm drains for the project have been delivered and crews are getting ready to pour the slab for the concession stand.
On the fire station project, the slab is ready, the metal building has been delivered and crews are preparing the piers, Webb said. Some soil stabilization work at the site will begin next week.
Webb said work on the projects has been slowed somewhat because of 33 inches of rain in the last two months, but when Councilwoman DeAnne Murphy asked if the park would be ready by spring, Webb said, “We are going to do whatever it takes.”