The Hamburg City Council discussed a recent housing study at their June meeting.
The study was completed by an Omaha firm.
Mayor Cathy Crain said that Hamburg was singled out for special praise during the presentation of the study, which looked at all the towns in Fremont County.
She reported that Hamburg's hospital, clinic, local businesses, and the generally quaint appearance of the city were identified as positive factors.
In response to the study’s kudos for Hamburg, Council members noted also that the number of young children is on the rise in Hamburg, as are housing sales.
Council raised a question regarding whether the housing study's calculation of income levels and population, which shows a downward trend, was based on city boundaries only, or whether it also included the entire 51640 zip code.
One third of Hamburg’s population lives outside city boundaries, which usually define the testing area for such studies.  The study is to be considered an integrated, county-wide cooperative analysis, its authors noted.
The study is available as a PDF from City Hall.
City Clerk Sheryl Owen read a note from Kim and Kevin Johnson thanking the council and the city crew for their help with making the June 3 Flea Market a great success. Dealers were selling out their wares, and also ran out of food.
Public Works Director Alan Dovel remarked that there was very little trash to clean up after the event.
Money has already been approved for the September 30 Flea Market, to provide  porta-potties and trash cleanup.
In other Public Works matters,  Dovel reported that street drainage is a problem in Hamburg that might be improved by grinding down curbs. There is enough money for replacing asphalt, but not enough to also grind curbs. Mayor Crain said both must be done. Councilman Benefiel suggested that a specific plan for street improvements be developed.
A motion to approve street repairs on K Street as far east as Monroe passed. The work is to be performed by Oakes Repair.
Dovel attended a NRCS meeting regarding the Water Shed. The Water Shed tax will pay for the city to clean up the property, and money will be held in savings for ongoing cleanup.
Councilman Hendrickson requested that two handicap parking places be designated at the pool.  Dovel said he would check to see if he has the appropriate signs, and if not, he will order them.  
Dovel also recommended that the cleaning machine should be run longer each time it cleans the pool to better prevent algae and dirt from building up.  Councilman Hendrickson will let the pool managers know this needs to be done.
In other business:
Council approved three transfers into the General account: $15,000 from Savings, $2,225 from Road Use, and $30,000 fro LOPT.
They also approved payment of claims in the amount of $71,008.
Two building permits were granted, for William Salmons and Cody Stephens.
Public Works has repaired the south pump, and a sewer lift station was to be fixed the following day.
Alan Dovel has 21 applications for the City crew supervisor position and will begin interviewing soon.
A motion to submit an invoice to the Nishnabotna Levee District for spraying the Hamburg levee was passed.
The Council approved a cigarette permit for Casey’s General Store.
Councilor Benefiel announced that the landfill board gave their employees a four percent raise. He also reported that  Shenandoah Sanitation is under new ownership, and they have assured the Council everything will continue as usual.
Council approved accepting the offer of the deed to the late Ken Burton’s residence, in order that the city can clean up the property to prepare it for eventual sale.
The Council discussed two nuisances that need to be served.