Dan Sturm introduced Hamburg's new EMS director, Jeremy Hodges, to the city council and those present at the governing body’s meeting on Sept. 11. Hodges began his duties for the city  May 1. He has previously worked with LifeNet and Children's Hospital in Omaha.
Sturm said that hiring for open EMS positions has been slow across the board. Not only small towns but larger services also are having trouble finding people. But Hamburg is starting to fill openings for part-timers to drive EMS vehicles.
A new rescue vehicle has been ordered for the rescue squad and should arrive by December. Sturm said that with three vehicles available, there will now be enough to do transfers and also respond to an emergency in the event one of the vehicles is out of commission.
Mayor Crain congratulated Elaine Howard of Hometown Pride on the group's nomination for the Governor's Volunteer Award for outstanding commitment and service. Maggie Langley of Farragut Hometown Pride submitted the nomination. The award was scheduled to be presented by Gov. Kim Reynolds in Council Bluffs on Sept. 19.
Howard offered kudos to the city for a great Popcorn Day. Mayor Crain remarked that it was the biggest crowd she's seen in her 10 years of participating in the parade.
Howard and Hometown Pride will be writing a grant for next year and asked the council to consider whether there is anything that should be addressed.
She said that mulch would probably be needed in the park next year, and also asked whether the tree next to the city's new LED sign could be pruned back, to which one council member responded that it would be “one Dr. Seuss-looking-type tree,” and it might be best simply to let the leaves fall for now.
Mike Crecelius, Fremont County Emergency Management Director, brought the county's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan as it pertains to the City of Hamburg for approval.
The document has been reviewed and accepted by FEMA. Council passed the resolution adopting the plan.
The council discussed the benefits and implications of raising the taxation on the Hamburg Pumping Facility, but tabled the issue until they have more information.
Alan Dovel reported that the water valves for Moody Addition and the one at Washington and E Street have been installed, and that the grinding of the street in Golden Acres has been completed.
He also said there are around 60 sump pumps left to check, and that draining the pool was scheduled to begin Sept. 16.
In other business, council discussed and approved:
The Annual Urban Renewal Report;
Payment to Rod Finnell for mowing the Nishnabotna Levee through the Hamburg Pumping Facility in the amount of $2500;
A building permit for Gloria Mattice to erect a fence around the yard.
Transfers of $5,000 from General Savings and $30,000 from Road Use for the Golden Acres street project into the General Fund checking account;
Transfer of $40,000 from Checking to Savings-Property Tax;
Claims in the amount of $79,757.76, with $19,559.84 from  General Checking, $41,255.26 from Local Road Use, $16,731.92 from Water and $2,210.74 from Sewer;
Payment of $2500 to Rod Finnell for mowing the Nishnabotna Levee through the Hamburg Pumping Facility, and
The purchase of a mower for the cemetery from Agrivision in the amount of $5,000.