Mayor Cathy Crain said she was shocked and embarrassed to see the number of pool visitors triple and even quadruple during the last month it was open and free to all.
“What this says to me,” she said, “is that we’ve been failing  our people. Obviously cost has been a factor keeping people from enjoying the pool.”
Crain and the City Council agreed that something needed to be done to ensure that more of the people of Hamburg were able to enjoy the pool in the future.
To that end, Crain had been having discussions with Hamburg School Superintendent Mike Wells about possible ways to make sure students had passes.
Crain and the Council tossed around several ideas about lower priced passes, free Saturdays or Saturdays and Sundays,  etc., pointing out that the pool lost money every year, so its purpose wasn’t to be a big money-maker for the City, but an asset to enjoy.   
The Council turned all of the information over to the Pool Board, charging them with coming up with some good suggestions to make the pool affordable for all and report back to the Council.
The group of ladies who had previously asked if they could fundraise and get some extras for the pool were back and as requested, brought a list of things they thought the pool needed, including:
Pool steps;
Matting around the pool;
Benches around the pool;
New seats and umbrellas for the lifeguard chairs;
Shower mats and new shower heads, and
Sunshades, at least for the baby pool.
They felt long-range needs included:
Bumping out the decking on the south side (from the baby pool to the bleachers);
Lawn chairs;
An informational sign out front, and
Repairing the front steps.
Crain pointed out that while fixing the front steps the retaining wall needed to be redone, too.  The group discussed the fact that additional pool deck concrete work also needed to be done, which would be very costly.
The Council discussed potential costs of all these projects, and agreed to earmark $15,000 from savings to take care of some of these projects, but continue to seek out grants to use instead of that money if possible.
The “pool ladies” will continue to work with the Pool Board and the City Council to make several improvements and changes to the pool before the next season as well as continuing thereafter.
A first reading of an ordinance which will fine homeowners for having sump-pumps hooked to sanitary sewer was approved.  
Alan Dovel said this was a big step in solving the infiltration issue the DNR has questioned the city about.  Dovel guessed that about half the homes in town probably have sump-pumps hooked to the sanitary sewer, and said once passed, the ordinance will give homeowners warning that their sump-pumps must be re-routed to the street before fining them.  Enforcement would start in the spring.
Dovel said that another issue that would have to be addressed was well-head protection. He said the city had started working on this issue clear back in 2011, then the floods hit, and the issue was pushed aside.  A minimum of a 200 foot protected radius around the well-heads is required, with a preferred 300 foot radius.  
Right now in at least one well-head location there are horses within that radius, as well as a burn pile.  Dovel said the city will get back to work on addressing the well-heads, and that this is another of the DNR’s directives.
Due to the weather, the company working on the streets has not been able to complete planned work yet.  Dovel and the Council agreed that all of the potholes in town needed to be filled while work is being done.  Dovel estimated costs of about $9,000, and the Council approved up to $10,000 for that work.
Four transfers were approved:
One from road use to checking for $102,459.66;
Two from savings to checking, totalling $9,500, and
One from checking to savings for $146,324.52.
In other business:
The Council approved Kim and Kevin Johnson’s request to close off three blocks of Main Street, from G to D Streets on June 3 and September 30 for a flea market/swap meet;
Payment of claims totalling $164,681.57 was approved, and
One new board member for the Library Board will be sought.
The council will meet again on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall.