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SOON YOU'LL BE ABLE TO READ MY BOOK
(This Will Be The Second Book I've Written; My First Book Was Titled "BURNING CORN TO HEAT OUR HOME".)

Regular Visitors To My Website While I Was A Hamburg City Council Member Were Able To Get
A More Detailed 'Look' Of What Was Taking Place Within Our City, By Other City Officials.

In The 'Tells All' Book I'm Now Writing About My 'Experiences' As A Hamburg City Council Member,
You'll Learn More About What Took Place, Why Nothing Was Done When It Was Discovered,
Who Was Involved, And Why No One Was Held Accountable !! (At Least; Not Yet.)
Fortunately, Minnesota Has A 'Statute Of Limitations' Law.

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MY EXPERIENCE AS A HAMBURG CITY COUNCILMEMBER
During The Four Years That I Served As A Hamburg City Council Member, Learn WHAT Took Place, WHAT  I Saw, WHAT  I Heard, WHAT  I Questioned, WHAT  I Did, WHY  So Many 'Closed' City Council Meetings' (I Considered Them 'Secret' Meetings) Were Held By The Hamburg City Council, and HOW  City Officials Retaliated Against Me And WASTED Approximately $50,000.00 (OR MORE) TAXPAYER DOLLARS   In LEGAL FEES ALONE  to The Waconia Based Law Firm Of Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin Trying To  FORCE ME TO RESIGN FROM THE CITY COUNCIL !!
"I also request the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and the appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff until noon on this Memorial Day on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels throughout the United States and in all areas under its jurisdiction and control.  I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period."

Donald J. Trump, President of the United States
Monday Morning
05-29-17
Monday Morning
05-29-17
EVERY YEAR it's the SAME THING !! Trying to get the City to be responsible and effective to get a Jacob Street property owner to cut their weeds before they get to be THREE FEET TALL and end up being a bunch of ugly looking 'clumps' of cut weeds that detract from our city's beauty !! But they just don't 'get it'.

Why did we spend about $129.00 in June and another $ 190.00 in July watering our lawn to keep it green and cut it at least twice a week so that it would enhance the overall beauty of our home and help compliment the city's appearance, if the City doesn't do their part to ensure that vacant properties are similarly taken care of ?? 

Our Jacob Street 'neighborhood'  is STILL HAVING A PROBLEM with the City failing to ensure, that the weeds in the vacant lot shown above and below,  are mowed regularly and kept under control.

Did This "SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS" , Too??

To the right are a series of pictures previously taken over  several months, of the vacant lot on Jacob Street; PLEASE CLICK on the 'thumbnail' images to enlarge them.
Please 'Click' On The Pictures Below To Make Them Larger
Did This
"SLIP THROUGH  THE CRACKS" ??
Here's Something 'Interesting' ...........

Speaking of Jacob Street, I find it  intriguing the number of times that the same few vehicles slowly drive south down Jacob Street from County Road 50 and when they get to the Twin Cities & Western Railroad track crossing, they turn around and then, slowly, drive back north on Jacob Street toward County Road 50.

They must be driving slow because of all of the children in the area.

Yes; that MUST be why !!
And, how much money do the new, LED street lights save taxpayers when they
remain on during the daytime ??
OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING
HAS CAUSED THE CITY OF HAMBURG
TO HAVE  THE HIGHEST TAX RATE IN ALL
OF CARVER COUNTY !!
Source: Carver County Taxpayer Services
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Some of the Milkweed Plants in this vacant lot shown above that the city is 'ignoring', are MORE THAN 40 INCHES TALL !!

FOLKS; This ISN'T ' Rocket Science'.  As I Understand It From Being A Former Hamburg City Council Member, If A Property Owner Allows Their Weeds To Get 'Out Of Control', The City Clerk/Treasurer Is Supposed To Send Them A Letter Citing The Appropriate Ordinance And Asking Them To 'Cut Your Weeds' Because They Are In Violation Of The City's 'Noxious Weed Ordinance'. The Property Owner Is ALSO Told That If They Don't Comply With The City's Directive To 'Cut Your Weeds' Within A Specified Time, The City Has The Authority To Order The Property Mowed And Assess The Cost Of Mowing To The Property Owner's Taxes. Even Though Another Resident Made A Complaint To 'City Hall', NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE !!  Did This "SLIP THROUGH  THE CRACKS" ?? Or, Is It 'Intentional' ?? Based On Previous Experience, I Tend To Believe It To Be The Latter; NOT The Former.

Of Course, The Question That "Begs To Be Answered" Is; WHERE IS THE CITY'S 'OVERSIGHT' Of An Employee Who Clearly, In This Instance Alone, Doesn't Do His Job ?? ('Indifferent Attitude' Immediately Comes To Mind.)  And, What Action Will They Take Against Him As A Result ?? How The 'New' Hamburg City Council Reacts Will Be A 'Test' Of Their Own Integrity And Credibility'.

Perhaps The City Hall Staff Could Spend LESS Time Worrying About Me & My Website And Spend MORE Time Doing What We Taxpayers Are Paying Them To Do !!
"What a mess, and farce, and taxpayers are footing the bill.  Where is common sense ?"

"I looked at your website – you have quite the story."

"Dick, I don't think people care, plain & simple. The fact they don't "know" is apathy, laziness for many, some are working several jobs, trying to raise a family, and are exhausted."

"How much money did the City of Hamburg waste on attorneys fees related to your website?" (So far; the city has spent, as near as I can calculate, about $50,000.00 !! At the Budget Meeting in September, Hamburg Mayor Richard Malz called for the 2016 budget for legal fees to be INCREASED by an ADDITIONAL $9,000.00; for a total of $15,000.00 for 'legal expenses' in 2016 !!)

"Hello Mr. Odoms, I saw your website in the NYA Times.  Bravo!!!  Who says an “alien implant” (a term I’m using to explain how some of us feel who are not “native born sons”) can’t be heard and can’t have some say?  I’ve heard one disgruntled newcomer to the local area describe it this way:  “You’re a nobody and have no real sense of belonging or feeling welcome unless you have three generations of ancestors buried in the local cemetery.”  The citizens of Hamburg and the surrounding area are very fortunate to have you “telling it like it is”.  Don’t let anyone intimidate you into giving up.  You are a TRUE public servant and so much more!!!  More small towns around here need a Richard Odoms.  Perhaps you will be the “spark” that will spread."
(Signed)
"A nearby local “implant” since 1974."

"I also reside in Hamburg & I'm very interested in WHY the city had to hire an attorney regarding your informational website.   I feel if the city (clerk) had been more proactive in his job and had a city website that actually provided residents with useful information,  this never would have happened!"

"Holy cow Dick! I commend you on the path you have taken with this issue."

"Good Morning Richard: The website looks great!! It has a completely different look GREAT JOB!! Thank you so much for all the hard work you do, for the city and for your listeners. I wish we had someone like you in our city government."

"I applaud you for all your time.  The city had absolutely no business using "our" money to go after you! That could have gone toward our water bills for a month as a resident bonus, as our water/waste bills are ridiculous.   I know we need a new water tower, but why hasn't the city been putting money aside for the last 25-30 years!  They had to have known back then.  Plus for a city of 500 I think we should be sharing a city clerk with Green Isle, and we could have a full-time assistant & save a lot of money & headaches. Thanks again."

"Thank you very much for your honesty,  it's so seldom for elected positions."

"In most cases, new council members are expected to 'go with the flow'..keep quiet! You're newly elected; you can't have any new ideas! Good luck."

"I did see the article and I've read your site as recent as last week. What Privacy information are they referring to?"

"Keep the spirit and action going with the website on City officials and activities."

"As someone that deals with this alongside corporate lawyers, I either have missed something or your accusers are 'seeing' things. Good luck."

"I looked at the article and your website. Very impressive article. I am sure they will keep on pressuring you to back down. I am sure you will not though."

"I can totally relate to the fact that a person of integrity can't be anybody but who they are or not stick up for what they really believe in, regardless of how mad it makes other people or how much it upsets the apple cart, especially when you know, for sure, they are the ones in the wrong !!!!"

"They want you to give in & knuckle under or turn a blind eye to their 'business as usual' ." "Sounds atypical of many City elected officials."

"Whew ... just who might be familiar with "small town politics"!  At least you're doing it from a position of a co-equal Council member.  I applaud your willingness to step forward to serve your community but as you've discovered 'there are so many individual agendas' ... its difficult to prepare for all of them. Jealousy can raise it's head when least expected."

"The "agenda" for City Council & Mayor is quite simple it would seem....do what's best for Hamburg and it's residents!  Beyond that point...it begins to reflect negatively when their individual and/or respective goals venture into areas that reflect self-interest rather than Community Interest."

"I applaud your community interest and your willingness to truly serve your own community. Good luck."

"Hello Mr. Odoms, I'm delighted to hear that your "email phone" is ringing off the hook!  I  can't imagine their content being anything but encouraging and uplifting !"

"You obviously have always had the best interests of the city in your efforts and yes, politics are very real and sometimes ugly.

"Count me in as being one of your fans and supporters !"

"In most cases, new council members are expected to 'go with the flow'..keep quiet! You're newly elected; you can't have any new
ideas! Good luck."

"May just have to go sit in on a Hamburg City Council meeting since it's open to the public."

"Sounds like you have your hands full. Knowing you the way I do I do not think you will back down. The city council meetings are public correct? So the meeting minutes should be public for everyone to make up their own mind. I am sure that most people that know both sides of the situation agree with you."

"Your web site about Hamburg is awesome, Thanks for taking the time and doing it. Hope you have great New Year and please keep up the great job you have done with your Website for the City of Hamburg."

"My prayer would be more Dick Odoms would rise up and get involved in their lives, in their communities and in our way of life! Our future needs courageous leaders who are not afraid to “challenge” the process and our leaders. America needs our involvement more than ever because of the polarizations that is taking place at all levels of government and our lives. I have tried to think of any part of my life where government in NOT involved in some way, shape or form. While I believe we cannot live without “the people” looking out for each other, I believe we have created a monster that has an appetite we cannot sustain. Something has to give. "Wishing you Life’s Best today and everyday !!"

"You're a busy guy, with lots of energy, ideas, and accomplishments."

"I will be curious to hear what the results are from the search being done." "Hope all goes well and soon!"

"Hey, Richard, Keep Up The Awesome Work !"

A VERY INTERESTING Letter Written By A Former Jordan City Council Member Appeared In The Saturday, July 25th Edition Of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune Newspaper Which Raises Many Of The Same Issues And Concerns That I Have As A Hamburg City Council Member. To Read That Letter, PLEASE CLICK HERE. Then, PLEASE SEND YOUR THOUGHTS & COMMENTS To Me.

In a recent Minneapolis Star-Tribune article describing some 'questionable ethics' by other City Council Members in the City of Blaine (Minnesota) Mayor Tom Ryan unwittingly recently said it best: “People think politics are dirty, and they are right.”
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AS EVIDENCED BELOW, I HAVE A 'HISTORY' OF 'WATCHING OUT' FOR THE WASTEFUL SPENDING OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!
(And I'll CONTINUE To 'Watch Out' For Hamburg Resident's Taxpayer Dollars !!!)
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WITHOUT QUESTION,  I've Had The Pleasure Of Meeting And Working With Some Incredible Other City Officials With Impeccable Integrity And Of Great Character. Specifically; Our CURRENT FIRE CHIEF, Our FORMER FIRE CHIEF, Our CURRENT PUBLIC WORKS EMPLOYEE  And Our Previous 'DEPUTY CLERK/UTILITY BILLING CLERK'; All Of Them Are/Were Assets To The City. I Also Got  Along  Very Well With Our Former Public Works Employee. (Who Resigned In August 2013.)

And As For The City's Original 'Deputy Clerk/Utility Billing Clerk'  Who ALSO  Resigned (In December 2013), I Believe That  The City Owes Her A HUGE APOLOGY  Based On What I Found Out  During The Latter Years Of My City Council Member Term. I Believe That  The Entire City Council Were All Misled; Both Against Her As Well As Against Our Former Public Works Employee.  You Can Easily Guess Who Misled Us.

Soon After Taking Office, I Remember Being Told DIRECTLY By Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen (Words To The Effect); "I'd Like To See Both Of Them Gone." And They  Were/Are. That Should Have 'Tipped Me Off' As To The Type & Character Of The Person I'd Be Dealing With During My Four Year Hamburg City Council Term. But, I THOUGHT  That I Could TRUST Him. How Wrong I Was !!

All residents living on South Jacob Street In Hamburg work hard to keep our homes neat, our yards free from clutter,
our grass neatly trimmed and regularly cut. Yet, the city allows the lot shown above, to exist as a 'neighborhood blight',
detracting from the beauty of all Jacob Street resident's properties, their hard work and dedicated efforts !!

But, Of Course, Their 'Conspiracy Plot' Against Me DIDN'T WORK; I Served My  ENTIRE Four Year  Term. And Before Anybody Even Realized What Was Taking Place, I Was  Able To Ensure That Mayor Richard Malz And Councilmember Robert Gregonis (Two Of My  Major Adversaries) Would Be DEFEATED In Their Efforts To Be Re-Elected, Thereby, Effectively TOTALLY REMOVING BOTH OF THEM From Involvement In Our City Government !!

BUT, (And Well You Might Ask), HOW   Did It All Begin, WHO  Was The Sole 'Drama Queen' Initially  Responsible And  WHAT  Did That Person, And Others, Then Do ?? It'll All Be In My Book !!

Photo Taken 08-29-17
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HERE'S SOMETHING THAT YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T KNOW ........

The Crux Of All Of The Hostility By The Other City Officials (That Ultimately Has Cost Hamburg Taxpayers Around $50,000.00) Really Began In Ernest In November 2014 When I Submitted A Formal Report,  In Writing, To The Entire City Council, Regarding Numerous Instances Of Employee Misconduct And Inappropriate Behavior That I Personally Had Witnessed. (In The 'Private Sector', Such An Employee Would Have Been IMMEDIATELY FIRED !!) However,The Hostility Began to 'Rear It's Ugly Head' About A Year Earlier When I Aggressively Supported A City Resident And Openly Opposed Other City Official's Attempts To Force The Annexation Of Township Property Owned By That City Resident Who Didn't Want His Township Property Annexed By The City. 'Dirty Politics 101' !!

Please Check Back Later To Hear The Audio Of What Was Said, Who Said It And What Really Took Place At That City Council Meeting.

E-mail I Recently Received (From An Attorney No Less) ........
"The world has a shortage of people who will stand up for justice -
Thank you for being one of those willing to help a person in need."
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"A CONCERNED, TAXPAYING CITIZEN EXPOSING WASTEFUL SPENDING OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS BY LOCAL & STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS; 'CALLING OUT' & HOLDING THOSE OFFICIALS, AND OTHER TAXPAYER PAID EMPLOYEES, ACCOUNTABLE  FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR, INCOMPETENCE, INAPPROPRIATE ACTIONS & PUBLIC MISCONDUCT."

What's 'the story'
behind the reconstructed
Jacob Street Grinder Station ??
Something
"SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS" ??
Again ??
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Photo Taken 9-8-17
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HAMBURG CITY ORDINANCE

§ 93.48 OWNERS RESPONSIBLE FOR TRIMMING, REMOVAL, AND THE LIKE.

All property owners shall be responsible for the removal, cutting, or disposal and elimination of weeds, grasses, and rank vegetation or other uncontrolled plant growth on their property, which at the time of notice is in excess of 12 inches in height.
§ 93.52 ABATEMENT BY CITY.

In the event that the property owner shall fail to comply with the destruction order within seven regular business days and has not filed a notice within 48 hours to the City Clerk-Treasurer of an intent to appeal, the City Council may employ the services of city employees or outside contractors and
remove the weeds to conform to this subchapter by all lawful means.
§ 93.53 LIABILITY.

(A) The property owner is liable for all costs of removal, cutting, or destruction of weeds as defined by this subchapter.
Can ANYONE Think Of A Reason WHY The City Hasn't Taken Action As A Result Of The Weeds Shown Above To Grow So Uncontrollably? Is This Another Example Of Something That Has AGAIN
'SLIPPED THROUGH
THE CRACKS' ??
When The Photo Was Taken, This Milkweed Was
OVER 40 INCHES IN HEIGHT !!
Did This, Too,
"SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS" ??
NOT The First Time; PLEASE SCROLL DOWN
Photo Taken Thursday  Afternoon - 09-14-17
"Governor Mark Dayton, who will attend the funeral, ordered that flags be flown at half-staff statewide Thursday in honor of (Wayzata Police Officer) Mathews and issued a proclamation offering gratitude on behalf of the State of Minnesota for his service."                                               Star-Tribune September 14, 2017
Photo Taken Thursday  Afternoon - 09-14-17
My Perseverance Paid Off !!
FINALLY !!!!
(Please Scroll Down For More Information)
This Weeds On
This Lot Were
FINALLY Cut On
September 13, 2017
PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT OF PROPERTY OWNER BY
THE CITY BECAUSE OF WHO OWNS THIS LOT ???

ANYBODY ELSE, BESIDE ME, THINK THIS IS 'ODD' ??
But, WHY DID IT TAKE THE CITY SEVERAL MONTHS To Do Anything, Despite Receiving Complaints From The Public ??  (Please Scroll Down.) Did Something 'SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS' ?? AGAIN !! But, WHY Did It Take The City So Many MONTHS To Get Something Done ??

Lots of vehicles driving slowly south on Jacob Street to view the vacant lot above, in person, after learning  about it from my Website. After verifying the condition of the lot, they then turn around at the railroad tracks and go back north.
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WHAT'S THIS ??
Incontrovertible 'Evidence' That PROVES, 'Beyond A Reasonible Doubt' That What The Hamburg City Council Was TOLD, And What Hamburg Residents May Have HEARD, Is Totally False & Was
Wholly Fabricated !!
WHY WEREN'T THEIR ACTIONS EVER INVESTIGATED ??
"HAMBURG 7"
"THE UNTOUCHABLES";
Listed In Order Of Culpability
(Remember: I Was Present At All Times And Witnessed Everything That Took Place And By Whom)

THE OTHER CITY OFFICIALS DURING MY FOUR YEAR CITY COUNCIL MEMBER TERM
#2 MAYOR:
Richard Malz
Term Expired: December 31, 2016
#6 COUNCIL MEMBER/VICE MAYOR:
Steven Trebesch
Term Expires: December 31, 2018
#3 COUNCIL MEMBER:
Chris Lund
Term Expires: December 31, 2018
#5 COUNCIL MEMBER:
Robert Gregonis
Term Expired: December 31, 2016
#7 DEPUTY CLERK/UTILITY BILLING CLERK:
Tamara Bracht
(Who Just Got A $1.00/hour Raise)
#4 (CONTRACT) CITY ATTORNEY:
Kelly Dohm
Representing The Waconia Based Law FIrm Of
MELCHERT, HUBERT & SJODIN
Seven Of The Most Vicious And Vindictive City Officials That I've Ever Met & Should Never Have Trusted Who
WASTED $50,000.00 TAXPAYER
DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES
Trying To Force My Resignation; Yet Who
RECEIVED, and CONTINUE TO RECEIVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF
TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!
I WILL NEVER TRUST
ANY OF THEM AGAIN !!

HMMMMMMM.......
Did The City Official Responsible For All Of What's Happened, Act Alone Or Act At The Direction Of Another City Official Or Officials ??
ANYBODY ELSE, BESIDE ME,
THINK THIS IS 'ODD' ??

HAMBURG CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS 'APPROVE THE MINUTES' OF FIVE SEPERATE CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS THAT
THEY NEVER EVEN ATTENDED !!

Was This ANOTHER Case Of Something That
"SLIPPED THROUGH  THE CRACKS" ?

This, And My Other Webpages, Will  Describe A Little Bit About What  I Experienced And Discovered During My Four Year  Experience  As An Elected HAMBURG CITY COUNCIL MEMBER, And Some Of What  Had & Was Taking Place.
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THE CITY OF HAMBURG HAS THE HIGHEST TAX RATE
IN ALL OF CARVER COUNTY !!
(SOURCE: Carver County Taxpayer Services)
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Another Classic Example Of
The City's Responsibility That
"SLIPPED THROUGH
THE CRACKS
Because
SOMEBODY IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB !!
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Even Under The Most 'Adverserial Conditions', During My Four Year City Council Term, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

"A CONCERNED, TAXPAYING CITIZEN EXPOSING WASTEFUL SPENDING OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS BY LOCAL & STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS; 'CALLING OUT' & HOLDING THOSE OFFICIALS, AND OTHER TAXPAYER PAID EMPLOYEES, ACCOUNTABLE  FOR THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR, INCOMPETENCE, INAPPROPRIATE ACTIONS & PUBLIC MISCONDUCT."

After What I Witnessed & Experienced During My Four Year City Council Member Term, They Should ALL Be In Jail Because Of Their Words, Actions & Misdeeds !!
Richard Odoms
Hamburg
City Council Member
2013 - 2016
HAMBURG 7
"THE UNTOUCHABLES"
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     Seven Of The Most Vicious And Vindictive City Officials That  I've       Ever Met & Should Never Have Trusted  Who  RECEIVED, And
CONTINUE To Receive,  THOUSANDS  Of TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!
  WHY WEREN'T THEIR ACTIONS EVER INVESTIGATED ??
Please CLICK HERE To See Who They Are
WHY WEREN'T
THEIR ACTIONS EVER
INVESTIGATED ??
ABOUT 25% OF OUR CITY'S ANNUAL BUDGET IS SPENT ON 'ADMINISTRATION'
(Certainly, If Anyone, At Any Time, Has Pertinent Information That Can 'Clarify' Anything That's Posted On My Website,
It's Always Welcome And Can Be E-mailed To Me At thedeltashow@gmail.com Or Sent Via 'Snail Mail'.)

Did You Know That Hamburg's City Clerk/Treasurer, Jeremy Gruenhagen, Doesn't Even Live In The City and Is PAID WELL OVER $75,000.00 HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS ANNUALLY IN WAGES & BENEFITS ?? (Corrections Invited!)

And, Did You Know That He Has An 'ASSISTANT' , Deputy Clerk/Utility Billing Clerk Tamara Brecht, Who, Like Him, Doesn't Live In The City Either, And She Receives Somewhere In The Neighborhood Of Yet ANOTHER $800.00-$1,000.00 PER MONTH OF HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!  (Corrections Invited!)

ANYBODY ELSE, BESIDE ME, THINK THIS IS 'ODD' ??

Spending About 20-25% Of Our City's Annual Budget On 'Administrative Staff' At City Hall MAKES NO SENSE !! Perhaps It's Now Time For The City Of Hamburg To 'Time Share' Our Office Of City Clerk/Treasurer (And Legal Services) With Another Small, Nearby City Or Township And Save Taxpayers, For BOTH Jurisdictions, A 'Butt-Load' Of Our Hard Earned Taxpayer Dollars !!

Hamburg 'Public Works' Guy ?? WORTH EVERY PENNY HE'S PAID !! Fire Chief ?? DITTO !! 'City Hall Administrative Staff' Consisting Of One Full-time AND One Part-time Employee For A City Of Only (About) 240 Households Housing Only (About) 516 Residents ?? OBSCENE !!  (If Anyone Wants To Offer Any Corrections To My 'Figures' & Information, Please Contact Me At thedeltashow@gmail.com.)

Remember: For My Four Years As A City Council Member, I Intimately Saw, Heard, Observed And Witnessed, (and shared with you), Some Of What Was 'Going On' In Our City. What I Saw, Heard, Observed And Witnessed During Those Four Years, Was Very Disturbing To Me, To Put It Mildly. It Should Be Equally Disturbing To The Perpetually Overtaxed Residents Of Our Fair City, As Well.

Previously On This Website, I Pondered If The City Auditors Determined That The City Of Hamburg VIOLATED MINNESOTA STATE LAW  In 2015. I Then Provided An Excerpt Of The City Auditor's  CITY OF HAMBURG 2015 ANNUAL REPORT Allowing Visitors To My Website To Read What That Report Stated So That They Could Make Draw Their Own Conclusion. I Also Expressed My Concern That The Same Thing Might Have Happened Again In 2016 And Made Three Requests Of The City Auditors For  A Copy Of The CITY OF HAMBURG 2016 ANNUAL REPORT. That Apparently 'Got Somebody's Attention'.

After Sending Them Three Requests, I Finally Received A Response From The City Auditors To My Request; They Directed Me To The City's Website.  Also, On Saturday, August 5th, 2017 I Received An Anonymous Envelope In The Mail Containing A Copy Of A Webpage From The City's Official Website Along With A Copy Of Minnesota State Statute 412.191 That Addresses City Councils; Specifically The Publishing Of "Proceedings; Alternative"; A Concern That I Had Raised As A Result Of The Comments Made By The City Auditors In Their CITY OF HAMBURG 2015 ANNUAL REPORT.You'll Recall I Expressed Concern That The Auditors Had Stated, In Their Annual Report Of The City Of Hamburg, That "The City Is Out Of Compliance With The Applicable Minnesota Stature."

Well, Are We Or Aren't We ?? Who knows ?? Somebody, More Knowledgeable Than Me, Will Have To Make That Determination. I'm Just Reporting, To Hamburg Residents, My Concerns Because Of What I've Observed. I Did That As An Elected City Official; Now I'm Continuing To Do That As A Taxpayer That Is Concerned About The Continued Wasteful And Useless Spending Of Taxpayer's Hard Earned Dollars By Hamburg City Officials !!

The City Auditors Failed To Mention In Their CITY OF HAMBURG 2015 ANNUAL REPORT Was A Provision Of Minnesota Statute 412.191 Subdivision 3 Which States, "Cities With A Population With A Population Of Less Than 1,000 According To The Latest Federal Census ARE NOT REQUIRED (Emphasis Added) To Comply With This Section, But May Do So At Their Discretion." Another Provision Of The Statute States That A City Is Allowed To Mail, At City Expense, A Copy Of The Proceedings To Any Resident Upon Request.

While The Anonymous Sender Of The Documents That I Received On Saturday Failed To Identify Themselves Or Include A Return Address On The Envelope Sent To Me, The Format Of The Address Label On The Envelope Was Quite Familiar To Me. But More Importantly, 'Somebody' Provided Me With The Clarification That Was Needed To 'Set The Record Straight'. Which Has Now Been Done. 

But Does That 'Excuse' The Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer, And His 'Assistant', For NOT PROVIDING City Council Members (And The Public) With  City Council Meeting Minutes For (About) The Last Four Or Five Months of 2015  In A 'Timely Fashion' ??

'SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS' ??

And what about the same thing happening AGAIN in 2016 ?? ANYBODY ELSE, BESIDE ME, THINK THIS IS 'ODD' ?? MORE 'SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS' ??

I've already raised the issue of the 'new' City Council Members approving the Minutes of City Council meetings THAT THEY NEVER ATTENDED !! And this happened FIVE TIMES !! ANYBODY ELSE, BESIDE ME, THINK THIS IS 'ODD' ??

Something 'SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS' ?? AGAIN ??

Why did the Hamburg Fire Department have to wait so long to get a Kwik-Trip Credit Card so they
could buy gas for their emergency vehicles 24/7 ?? (Same thing applies to our Public Works employee!)

ANYBODY ELSE, BESIDE ME, THINK THIS IS 'ODD' ??

Did that, Like So Many Other Things, 'SLIP THROUGH THE CRACKS' ?? AGAIN ??

Oh, yes; there's EVEN MORE Instances Of IMPORTANT TASKS That Should Have Been Accomplished In A Timely Manner But,  Instead, They, Too, 'SLIPPED THROUGH THE CRACKS' !!



The City Is In Possession Of Pertinent Audio Tapes, And Other Information, That WILL DOCUMENT  What Took Place In Hamburg Beginning In The Summer Of 2014 And Lasted Until January 1, 2017. So That Hamburg Residents Can Know The True Facts About That Has Occurred In Their City By Their City Officials, What Took Place At All Of Those Many 'Closed' City Council Meetings That CITY RESIDENTS WERE PROHIBITED FROM ATTENDING And WHY The CITY WASTED $50,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS In Legal Fees To (Contract) City Attorney Kelley Dohm And Her Waconia Based Law Firm Of Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin, Hamburg Residents Have The Right (And The Need) To Be Provided With The Following:

1). A copy of my November 5, 2014 written, formal, ten page report submitted to Councilmember Chris Lund; a member of the City of Hamburg 'Personnel Committee', and

2). An audio copy of what took place and what was said during the proceedings of the 'closed' City Council meeting (that cost taxpayers between $500.00 - $800.00+) held in November 2014, and

3). A copy of my July 30, 2015 (the date that my Website has EVER had the most 'hits'), letter and TWO ACCOMPANYING DOCUMENTS, sent to the (contract) City Attorney, Kelly Dohm of the Waconia based law firm of Melchert, Hubert and Sjodin; the law firm that the city 'contracts with' for legal services and that has received about $50,000.00 of OUR hard earned tax dollars, and

4). An audio copy of what took place and what was said during the proceedings of the 'closed' City Council meeting (that cost taxpayers between $500.00 - $800.00+) held on August 1, 2015, and

5). An audio copy of what took place and what was said during the proceedings of the 'closed' Special City Council meeting (that cost taxpayers between $500.00 - $800.00+) held the last week in September 2015, and

6). An audio copy of what took place and what was said during the proceedings of the 'closed' City Council meeting (that cost taxpayers between $500.00 - $800.00+) held in November 2015, and

7). An audit and summary of City Hall employee attendance records beginning January 1, 2015 to the present time as well as the other information requested in my May 17, 2016 letter to Hamburg City Council & 'Personnel Committee' Member Christopher Lund. (While a member of the Hamburg City Council, I requested that information, but was REFUSED that information !!)

An elected Hamburg City Official being REFUSED information concerning the city ?? ANYBODY ELSE, BESIDE ME, THINK THIS IS 'ODD' ??

I find it totally astonishing that the City of Hamburg even THINKS that they can continue to conceal the above information from the residents that pay their taxes so this city can exist !! The city can't 'keep this under wraps' forever; the longer the city 'hides' what took place by cowering behind and using the excuse that Minnesota's Data Privacy prevents disclosure, the worse it's going to be for the city, its officials and all of the city's residents, when everything 'implodes'.

AND IT WILL !! You can 'go to the bank' on that.

As the ones that 'pay the bills', residents of the City of Hamburg have the right to demand absolute accountability of a City employee that enjoys a wage and benefits 'package' of more than $75,000.00 taxpayer dollars annually, plus enjoying the luxury of having a part time 'Deputy City Clerk'  costing residents yet another $500.00 to $1,000.00 a month, OR MORE, of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars !! City officials that intentionally impede the flow of information to its residents, for whatever information, can not be trusted and their actions are unconscionable !!

ASK YOURSELF: Does  a City with only 516 residents really NEED a non-city resident full time City Clerk/Treasurer; much less a non-city resident part time 'Deputy City Clerk' who, combined; 'eat up' about 25% of the City's annual budget each year ?? I think NOT !! From What I've Observed, Both As A Citizen AND As A City Council Member, We're NOT Getting Our 'Money's Worth' !!

Please Check Back Frequently As I Begin To Itemize Some Of The City's Seeming Innocuous Expenditures So That Residents Can See Exactly How Their Hard-Earned Taxpayer Dollars Are REALLY Being Spent; You'll Find It 'Interesting' !!
"THERE'S A DISTRUST IN GOVERNMENT, PROBABLY MORE THAN EVER IN THIS AREA.
EVERYTHING WE DO - AND RIGHTFULLY SO - WILL BE EXAMINED."
Bill Reynolds, Shakopee City Administrator, Minneapolis Star-Tribune Newspaper Sunday December 24, 2017
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MY EXPERIENCE AS A HAMBURG CITY COUNCIL MEMBER

Comments That I Received

My Correspondence
With City

08-07-17
Request For Information

10-16-17
Letter To Mayor Lund
Poor Audio Quality Of
City Council Meetings

11-07-17
SECOND Letter Sent To Lund

11-14-17
Above Letters Unanswered
THIRD Letter Sent To Lund


About My Website

Audio Clips From Hamburg City Council Meetings
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Accomplishments

WHAT
"SUNSHINE LAW"
Attorney Marshall Tanick Said About What Took Place

What Is The
"SUNSHINE LAW"

What Were The 'Circumstances' Surrounding Current
HAMBURG MAYOR
CHRIS LUND
First Being Elected To The
Hamburg City Council ??
(Please Check Back Later)

Hamburg Fire Department
2016

Hamburg Hawks
Baseball Team

Hamburg Hunting
& Fishing Club

Hamburg Service Memorial

Historic 5 Inch Rainfall
June 19, 2014

Jacob Street Grinder
Station Crash

LEAD IN HAMBURG'S DRINKING WATER ??
'Elevated Levels' Of Lead Have Been Discovered In The Drinking Water
Of Some Homes & Buildings In The City Of Hamburg. For More Information, Please Call The Hamburg City Hall At
(952) 467-3232.

Also, I've Provided 'Links' Below To  Appropriate Websites For Additional Information:

Environmental Protection Agency

Minnesota Department Of Health

Main Lift Station
Emergency Generator
Site Plan

Main Lift Station
Emergency Generator
Installation

November 5, 2017
Open Letter To Residents

QWIK-LINKS
A "Qwik" Way To
Navigate My Website

Retired Hamburg
Fire Chief Brad Droege

Water Line Freeze Ups
February, March 2014

Who Are The
'HAMBURG 7' ?
Why Do I Refer To Them That Way & Why Weren't They Investigated For Their Actions ?

There'll Be More;
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WONDERFUL PEOPLE
SITE INDEX
ATROCIOUS Leadership
LOCAL GOVERNMENT 'MIRRORS' STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS.
            (And It's The TAXPAYERS Who LOSE !!) As JUST ONE Example, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Let's See Just How Some Copious, Obscene Amounts Of Hamburg Taxpayer Dollars Are Being Spent !!
HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS PAID TO
HAMBURG CITY CLERK/TREASURER
JEREMY GRUENHAGEN
Because It Involves The Spending Of Taxpayer
Dollars, This Is 'Public Information' And Was
Obtained From The City of Hamburg Website*

JANUARY 2017 CLAIMS LIST
*Amounts Shown Below Are NET Amounts Received; Not GROSS Amounts Paid
CHECK #  DESCRIPTION                  AMOUNT
18367            Wages; 'Rounds'                          $ 1,812.61
18399            Wages; 'Rounds'                           $ 1,812.61
For the four years that I was a Hamburg City Council Member, I always found it 'interesting' (actually; I found it disgusting) to look back at the end of the year and see the thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars that were wasted each year by the other Hamburg City Officials. From what I witnessed and observed, it's no wonder that the City of Hamburg has, and historically has had, the HIGHEST TAX RATE IN ALL OF CARVER COUNTY !!
(SOURCE: Carver County Taxpayer Services)

While I was opposed to all of the needless, wasteful spending that I was observing take place, as a Hamburg City Council Member I was POWERLESS to do anything because of the 'makeup' of the rest of the City Council Members, their demeanor, and self-serving selfish motives and 'personal agendas'.

Sadly for Hamburg Taxpayers, I don't see any reduction of property taxes in residents' future. The reason I say that is because FIVE of the original "HAMBURG 7" City Officials STILL EXIST !!

Once again this year, I'm going FOLLOW OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS and put that information on this Website for the information of Hamburg residents and others visiting this Website.

My 'first stop' will be at City Hall. Let's see exactly just how many Hamburg Taxpayer dollars the two 'City Hall Administrative Staff'; Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer, Jeremy Gruenhagen as well as Hamburg Deputy City Clerk/Utility Billing Clerk, Tamara Bracht, are costing Hamburg taxpayers and taking out of our city each month. (Gruenhagen and Bracht both are employed by the City, yet; both of them are 'non-residents' of the City of Hamburg.)

I'll also look into some of what the city's other 'big ticket' expenses during 2015, 2016; and now in 2017; especially the TENS OF THOUSANDS of HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS associated with the Hamburg Community Hall which, at one point, Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen, PERSONALLY TOLD ME, was LOSING (about) $20,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS  A YEAR !! That  just didn't make any sense to me.
HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS PAID TO
HAMBURG DEPUTY CLERK/UTILITY BILLING CLERK
TAMARA BRACHT
Because It Involves The Spending Of Taxpayer
Dollars, This Is 'Public Information' And Was
Obtained From The City of Hamburg Website*

JANUARY 2017 CLAIMS LIST
*Amounts Shown Below Are NET Amounts Received; Not GROSS Amounts Paid
CHECK #  DESCRIPTION                  AMOUNT
18343            Wages 12-19-16 to 01-01-17       $   388.69
18371            Wages 01-02-17 to 01-15-17        $   585.07
FEBRUARY 2017 CLAIMS LIST
*Amounts Shown Below Are NET Amounts Received; Not GROSS Amounts Paid
CHECK #  DESCRIPTION                  AMOUNT
18404            Wages 01-16-17 to 01-29-17        $   462.81
MARCH 2017 CLAIMS LIST
*Amounts Shown Below Are NET Amounts Received; Not GROSS Amounts Paid
CHECK #  DESCRIPTION                  AMOUNT
18439            Wages 02-13-17 to 02-26-17        $   359.71
18458            Wages 02-27-17 to 03-12-17        $   555.76
18462            Wages 03-13-17 to 03-26-17        $   614.85
FEBRUARY 2017 CLAIMS LIST
*Amounts Shown Below Are NET Amounts Received; Not GROSS Amounts Paid
CHECK #  DESCRIPTION                  AMOUNT
INFORMATION UNAVAILABLE ON CITY WEBSITE
(I am also UNABLE TO LOCATE  Numerous Check #'s On The City's Website)
MARCH 2017 CLAIMS LIST
*Amounts Shown Below Are NET Amounts Received; Not GROSS Amounts Paid
CHECK #  DESCRIPTION                  AMOUNT
18454            Wages - March                              $ 1,762.22
APRIL 2017 CLAIMS LIST
*Amounts Shown Below Are NET Amounts Received; Not GROSS Amounts Paid
CHECK #  DESCRIPTION                  AMOUNT
18499            Wages 03-27-17 to 04-09-17        $   499.67
18513            Wages 04-10-17 to 04-23-17        $   531.51
APRIL 2017 CLAIMS LIST
*Amounts Shown Below Are NET Amounts Received; Not GROSS Amounts Paid
CHECK #  DESCRIPTION                  AMOUNT
18500            Wages - April                              $ 1,762.22
18514            Wages - April                              $ 1,762.21
TOPIC OF THE DAY
Security Lighting

'Security Lighting' is called that for a reason. At night when Old Sol sets in the western sky, virtually all of us rely on some sort of 'security lighting' to make our homes, yards, driveways, etc., safer. That's even why we have streetlights.To be 'cost effective, 'Security Lighting' is designed to automatically turn on at night and turn off during the day.

'Click' on the thumbnail picture to the right, posted on this Website
the morning of November 17, 2017 to see a nighttime photo of the
flagpole light at Bi-Centennial Park. Then, please 'click' on the image
below it posted here on the evening of November 17, 2017.

It is my understanding that it was converted to LED's to 'save money'.
It hadn't been urned on FOR MONTHS during the night so it was saving
Hamburg Taxpayers 'lots of money'.

But, how much did Hamburg Taxpayers pay to have this light, that was
never on, converted to LED's ??

Equally important, tho; is WHY ??
I can't even begin to remember how long I've seen this light at the City Hall building on during the day; years; for sure !! I sure think that anybody showing up for work there everyday would notice it being on when it should be off.

LESSON OF THE DAY
Other Than Taxpayers, Who Are City & Municipal Officials
Accountable To For Their Actions ??

As the Rochester Mayor &  Rochester City Council Members recently found out, the actions of elected and other City Officials in the State of Minnesota are under the jurisdiction of the Office Of The Minnesota State Auditor who holds those City Officials, elected, hired, appointed and otherwise, 'accountable' for their actions, INCLUDING the wrongful and/or inappropriate spending of Taxpayer dollars and violating Minnesota's "OPEN MEETING LAW".

For more information, PLESE CLICK HERE.
IT'S A MIRACLE !!
THIS MAKES ABOUT AS MUCH SENSE !!
$31,227.23 TAXPAYER DOLLARS RECOVERED !!
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'SUPER LAWYER'* Marshall Tanick, is an attorney whose firm specializes in Class Action, Professional Malpractice, Constitutional Law, Land Use & Zoning, Personal Injury, Employment, Products Liability, Labor Law, Whistleblower and Administrative Law.  For 35 years, Marshall H. Tanick has represented clients in a wide variety of legal matters, with emphasis on employment law; constitutional law, including defamation, privacy, and other communications; education law; animal law; pet law; land law; and business disputes.

Marshall H. Tanick has substantial experience in a wide variety of legal matters, with emphasis on employment law, Constitutional law, communications, and business disputes.  He has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association for more than 20 years, since inception of the Certified Program.

He served as a law clerk for Federal District Court Judge Carl R. Swanson and was an attorney with the Robbins Law Firm in the Twin Cities before spending more than 30 years as Senior Partner of the law firm of Mansfield, Tanick & Cohen, P.A., and its predecessor before joining Hellmuth & Johnson, along with eight other attorneys and staff from that firm.

He is a contributing columnist for Minnesota Lawyer magazine, Bench & Bar magazine, the StarTribune newspaper, and has published many articles in newspapers, magazines, and books on business, financial, and legal topics.  He has just been named “Author of the Year” by the Minnesota Bar Publication, as well as recipient of the First Amendment Award by the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Minnesota.  He also is a frequent lecturer at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs.

He is involved in a variety of civic and community activities, including Chair of the Golden Valley Civil Service Commission and the Golden Valley Connections Project.  He also has served on other non-profit and charitable Boards of Directors.

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Definition Of The Day : EXEMPT EMPLOYEE

"The Fair Labor Standards Act contains dozens of exemptions under which specific categories of employers and employees are exempted from overtime requirements. The most common exemptions are the white-collar exemptions for administrative, executive, and professional employees, computer professionals, and outside sales employees. There is a also a lesser known exemption for certain retail or service organizations. The primary advantages of classifying employees as exempt are that you don’t have to track their hours or pay them overtime, no matter how many hours they work."    Source: HRHero.com

And, yes; according to (contract) Hamburg City Attorney Kelly Dohm of the Waconia based law firm of Melchert, Hubert and Sjodin, Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen IS an EXEMPT employee of the City of Hamburg !!
Something To Which You Are Not Entitled, Isn't The  Honorable Thing To Do Is
If Somebody Gives You Something That You're Not Entitled To Receive, Wouldn't An Honorable Person
Return  What They Shouldn't Have Received In The First Place, To Those Who Gave It To Them ??

More about why this is important to Hamburg residents; later.
                                                                 WHEN IT ALL STARTED & WHO STARTED IT

Click On The Audio Conrtrol Above To Hear What Took Place At A City Council Meeting In September 2014 After The Jacob Street Grinder Station Was Replaced, When Gruenhagen, Who Just Received ANOTHER 2% RAISE By The City Council, 'Ambushed' Me
For Simply Doing What Needed To Be Done, Because He Wasn't Doing HIS Job,To Get It Back Up And Running.
(Note the initial inflection in Gruenhagen's voice !!)

Did ANYBODY See Gruenhagen Tending To The Lift Station In The Middle Of The Night For A Week Straight ??
#1 CITY CLERK/TREASURER:
Jeremy Gruenhagen