Informational Flyer Sent To All Hamburg Residents By The City Of Hamburg In Fall 2019

(Memorial Day Was On May 27th !!)
Photo Taken
09-18-19
After Observing That The 'City Sign' Sign Had Been 'Out' For  Several Days
At one time, Hamburg Taxpayers were paying about $1,300.00 ANNUALLY for a 'Maintenance Contract'; it's
unknown if that's still the case.

Sign Finally Fixed: 10-24-19
Why'd It Take FIVE WEEKS ??
PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMINATION
Issued By President Trump On October 17, 2019 Directed That All American Flags Be Lowered
To Half Staff Until Dawn On October 19, 2019
Because Of The Death of Elijah E. Cummings.
Hamburg Flags Remained At FULL STAFF
During The ENTIRE Period !!

Not The First Time A Presidential Proclamation Has Been Ignored, Probably Will Not  Be The Last

YUP; IT'S ALL ABOUT IMAGE & PRIDE !!
(Or, At Least It SHOULD Be)
Photo Taken 10-18-19 @ 10:09 AM
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CITY OF HAMBURG IS BEING SUED BY A FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER & HIS SON !!
On July 31, 2019, A Carver County Sheriff's Office Deputy Served A 'SUMMONS & COMPLAINT', Dated July 30, 2019, On The City.
That's About A YEAR AFTER (and OVER $23,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS LATER)
Since This Whole "Mess" Began; Just In Case Anybody, Besides Me, Is 'Keeping Track'.
UPON RECEIVING THE ABOVE 'FLYER' IN THE MAIL, I SENT THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL TO THE CITY:

From:Delta Dick <thedeltashow@gmail.com>
To:Jeremy Gruenhagen <HamburgCityHall@gmail.com>
Date:Oct 15, 2019, 8:04 AM
Subject:Litigation Involving Hamburg

Jeremy:

I received the 'City Flyer' in the mail; it is well 'laid out' and contained interesting and meaningful information.

One item that 'caught my eye' was about 'pending litigation' with property owned in the 'heart of Hamburg'. I'm assuming that this
refers to the issue with  former City Council Member Steve Trebesch; I thought that matter was resolved long ago in the City's favor.

Apparently not.

I previously had been following this matter via the City Council Agendas and recordings of the pertinent City Council meetings but ceased
to do so once it was determined that the City's position prevailed. However, I am now seeking additional information about this issue.

Specifically, has the City been formally served with a civil lawsuit? If so, I can probably obtain all of the information that I'm seeking by obtaining a copy of that lawsuit.

If no civil lawsuit has been formally served on the City, 1). What are the basic 'issues' against the City claimed by Trebesch, 2). How many taxpayer dollars is he seeking
from the City; and  3). What is the total amount of taxpayer dollars that have been spent to date on legal fees on this matter since it first came to light (believed to be in 2018).

If a formal 'Release Of Information' document is required to be completed in order for me to obtain this very basic information, please e-mail said form to me.

Thank you.

Richard Odoms
150 Jacob Street
Hamburg, Minnesota 55339
(612) 460-8212
MY RESPONSE FROM THE CITY .....

From:Jeremy Gruenhagen <cityadmin@cityofhamburgmn.com>
To:Delta Dick <thedeltashow@gmail.com>
Date:Oct 15, 2019, 8:33 AM
Re: Litigation Involving Hamburg

Mr. Odoms,

Since the City is involved in a pending litigation I will need to confer with our attorney. Once I hear back from them I will provide you with the information that is available to the public.

Jeremy Gruenhagen
City Clerk-Treasurer
P.O. Box 248
181 Broadway Avenue
Hamburg, MN  55339
952-467-3232
THE 'DECEPTION' BY THE CITY BEGINS .........

From:Jeremy Gruenhagen <cityadmin@cityofhamburgmn.com>
To:Delta Dick <thedeltashow@gmail.com>
Date:Oct 21, 2019, 9:03 AM
Subject:Re: Litigation Involving Hamburg

Mr. Odoms,

Since the pleadings have been filed, you can get them from the Carver County Court Administrator. 

The city has been served with pleadings, and this matter is ongoing.  Based on knowing the status and the ongoing
condition of the matter, are your other requests withdrawn pending disclosure of the entire pleadings?

Sincerely,

Jeremy Gruenhagen
City Clerk-Treasurer
P.O. Box 248
181 Broadway Avenue
Hamburg, MN  55339
952-467-3232

















On October 21, 2019, the City Of Hamburg, TOLD ME DIRECTLY, AND IN WRITING, that ".....the pleadings have been filed" and DIRECTED ME TO THE COURT to obtain copies of the information that I was seeking.

After contacting the Carver County District Court Administrator, after making TWO TRIPS to the Carver County District Court Administration Office at the Carver County Government Center and after speaking, IN PERSON, with TWO District Court Deputies as well as after speaking, by telephone, to a THIRD District Court Deputy, I was told, DIRECTLY, that the Court had NO RECORD of ANY pleadings, lawsuits or ANY other documents involving the City of Hamburg as of that date !!

Documentation REFUTING THIS  EASILY VERIFIABLE, INTENTIONALY MADE FALSE STATEMENT MADE DIRECTLY TO ONE OF IT'S RESIDENTS BY THE CITY OF HAMBURG, has been obtained from the Carver County District Court, CLEARING SHOWING THAT THE 'FILING' DIDN'T TAKE PLACE UNTIL NOVEMBER 6, 2019; POSSIBLY AS EARLY AS NOVEMBER 1, 2019 !!
MINNESOTA STATUTE 609.43
MISCONDUCT OF PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
A public officer or employee who does any of the following, for which no other sentence is specifically provided by law, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than
one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both:

(1) intentionally fails or refuses to perform a known mandatory, nondiscretionary, ministerial duty of the office or employment within the time or in the manner required by law; or

(2) in the capacity of such officer or employee, does an act knowing it is in excess of lawful authority or knowing it is forbidden by law to be done in that capacity; or

(3) under pretense or color of official authority intentionally and unlawfully injures another in the other's person, property, or rights; or

(4) in the capacity of such officer or employee, makes a return, certificate, official report, or other like document having knowledge it is false in any material respect.
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From:Delta Dick <thedeltashow@gmail.com>
To:Jeremy Gruenhagen <cityadmin@cityofhamburgmn.com>
Date:Oct 22, 2019, 9:05 AM
Re: Litigation Involving Hamburg

Thank you for your response; I apologize for not getting back to you sooner.

No, my 'other requests' are  NOT  'withdrawn' pending disclosure of the entire pleadings..

I am still seeking to learn the total amount of taxpayer dollars that have been spent to date on legal fees on this matter since it first came to light (believed to be in 2018).

Additionally, I am seeking to learn if the City Council has held any 'closed' (or other non-public) meeting/discussions regard this matter and if so, the date(s) of those
'closed' (or other non-public) meeting/discussions regarding this matter.

Also,  what is the name of the owner(s) of the property that is the subject of the 'pending litigation' and in whose name(s) is the City water/sewer service of that property?

I deem it highly unusual that while the information that I have previously requested on October 15th is in the possession of the City and should be readily available to City
residents upon request, yet; I am being told that I have to contact Carver County Court Administration to obtain that information concerning, and in possession of, the City.

Based on my personal experiences and observations of, with and by City Officials during my four year City Council term from 2013 to 2016, something is beginning to 'smell real bad' here.

Richard Odoms
150 Jacob Street
Hamburg, Minnesota 55339
I'VE JUST 'CAUGHT' THE CITY INTENTIONALLY LYING TO ME .....

From:Delta Dick <thedeltashow@gmail.com>
To:Jeremy Gruenhagen <cityadmin@cityofhamburgmn.com>
Date:Oct 22, 2019, 11:42 AM
Subject:Re: Litigation Involving Hamburg

Jeremy; I have just left the Carver County Court Administration
Office.

The very helpful and efficient Court Clerk there told me that there
is no record of any filing of any documents or pleadings involving
the City Of Hamburg or anyone with the last name of Trebesch,
filed with Carver County Administration as of this date.

Richard Odoms


IF I WAS A 'BETTING MAN' .....
From:Kelly Dohm <kdohm@mhslaw.com>
To:"thedeltashow@gmail.com" <thedeltashow@gmail.com>
Date:Oct 24, 2019, 9:15 AM
Subject:Data Practices Act request

Mr. Odoms, I understand that you have reached out to Jeremy Gruenhagen to make a request for certain municipal data. Please see the attached Data Practices Act policy of the City of Hamburg. As you are aware, the City has this policy in place with applicable forms found at the end of this policy. Please complete the applicable form for the data that you are requesting and send it over to me. Once we receive your completed form, the City will respond in accordance with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and this applicable policy. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Best regards,

Kelley C. Dohm
Partner
Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin, PLLP

For TWO and A HALF YEARS, I SUCCESSFULLY 'deflected' this girl's FAILED 'legal gymnastics' who viciously tried, IN VAIN, to force me to resign during my term as a Hamburg City Council Member. (2013-2016). It was pitiful and disgusting, to watch her lead those greedy, vindictive other City Officials, Malz, Lund, Gregonis, Trebesch and Gruenhagen, 'around by their noses' and down the 'Primrose Path' CONVINCING THEM that THROUGH HER EFFORTS & SUGGESTIONS, that they (the other City Council Members and 'Officials') could 'get ride of me' BEFORE MY TERM EXPIRED because I was 'asking too many questions' of what was taking place and how the City was WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

I SUCCESSFULLY completed my ENTIRE FOUR YEAR TERM of Office !!
DOHM, & HER 'CONCEPT' ,
FAILED MISERABLY
And The City Of Hamburg, AND IT'S RESIDENTS,
GOT NOTHING FOR THE TAXPAYER MONEY
THAT THE CITY COUNCIL WASTED ON
DOHM'S LEGAL EXPENSES !!

But, still;
HAMBURG RESIDENTS
PAID HER LAW FIRM $50,000.00 !!

AND NOW; SHE, AND HER LAW FIRM, HAVE
'RETURNED TO THE HAMBURG 'TROUGH', ONCE AGAIN !!

(So Far, As of September 30, 2019, Her Law Firm Has Been PAID $18,562.50 HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS !! See Below)

And, According To "OFFICIAL COURT DOCUMENTS", This 'Pending Lawsuit' Is
NOT SCHEDULED TO GO TO TRIAL Until DECEMBER 2020; OVER A YEAR AWAY !!


HAMBURG RESIDENTS:  Do YOU Have ANY IDEA How Many More
THOUSANDS & THOUSANDS OF HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS
Will Be
TOTALLY WASTED  IN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS
Alone; Even
BEFORE THIS CASE EVER EVEN GETS TO COURT ??!!
There's a REASON why lawyers have fancy homes and offices and drive 'shiny new cars'.

From:Delta Dick <thedeltashow@gmail.com>
To:City Administration <cityadmin@cityofhamburgmn.com>
Date:Oct 25, 2019, 12:33 PM
Subject:Information Request

Completed Request Forms attached per your request.

Richard Odoms
150 Jacob Street
Hamburg, Minnesota 55339
(612) 460-8212

Attachments:

From:Delta Dick <thedeltashow@gmail.com>
To:City Administration<cityadmin@cityofhamburg.com>
Date:Nov 16, 2019, 2:16 PM
Subject:E-mail From/To Courtney Johnson 10-15-19 @ 2:06PM

Yesterday, November 15th, I received the information regarding current pending legal proceedings involving the City of Hamburg in the mail that I had previously requested.

One document, involving an e-mail from (or to) Courtney Johnson dated October 15, 2018 at approximately 2:06PM was not legible. Please provide a legible copy of that e-mail.

NOT GONNA FALL INTO THIS 'TRAP' .....

For the record, I have not, and will not, respond to any e-mail or telephonic communication from Kelly Dohm, or any other attorney from Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin; that is why my recent (and future) request(s) regarding the City of Hamburg were sent to you.

The (very obvious) reasoning for my decision above is because of the very real potential that the City of Hamburg will attempt to claim that I am, or may be, responsible for any legal expenses incurred by the City as a result of any additional information that I may request. By my making my request to the City Clerk/Treasure's Office, that clearly delineates where the request was sent.

I experienced that 'rodeo' during the last 2.5 years as a City Council Member. Never again !!

Richard Odoms
150 Jacob Street
Hamburg, Minnesota 55339
Did the Hamburg City Clerk Treasurer
'ACT ALONE' in his being deceptive and lying
to me? Or was he COERCED or DIRECTED to lie to me by the CITY ATTORNEY or OTHER CITY
OFFICIALS in an effort to prevent me from obtaining information concerning the civil
lawsuit brought against the City by a
former City Council Member and
about what's taking place in the
City of Hamburg that's already
COST TAXPAYERS OVER $23,000.00 ??
This OFFICIAL DISTRICT COURT DOCUMENT that I obtained from the Carver County District Court Administrator UNEQUIVOCALLY PROVES BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, that this civil lawsuit against the City of Hamburg, WASN'T 'filed' with the Court until AT LEAST NOVEMBER 1, 2O19 !!
When I requested information on October 15, 2019 regarding information about this lawsuit against the City form HAMBURG CITY CLERK/TREASURER JEREMY GRUENHAGEN sent me an e-mail stating, "Since the pleadings have been filed, you can get them from the Carver County Court Administrator."

Below, is the reply, and copies of documents clearly refuting his statement, that I received from the Carver County District Court Administrator:
I was ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN that HAMBURG CITY CLERK/TREASURER JEREMY GRUENHAGEN had lied to me; no question in my mind, at all. Additionally, because of my previous 'experiences' with ATTORNEY KELLY DOHM of the Waconia based law firm of MELCHERT, HUBERT & SJODIN during my City Council term and now, because of her 'involvement' in this current, 'pending litigation' against the City of Hamburg, I had to verify the 'facts' that were already so obvious to me (and should be to YOU) about what had taken place. I already had the 'evidence' I needed to PROVE that the City of Hamburg had overtly, and intentionally, lied to me, but I wanted more 'facts and information' to solidify my allegations 'beyond a reasonable doubt'; the 'legal standard' required to convict an person accused of committing a crime(s).

I contacted the Carver County Court Administrator; that letter is presented and shown here.
Hamburg residents apparently are not at all 'happy' with how the City is handling this issue and have previously expressed their dissatisfaction about how City Officials are dealing with this matter; here's an 'item'  that I obtained from the City's 'Official Website':
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WANTS
THE CITY
TO PAY
$150,000.00
FOR
.4/10TH
OF AN
ACRE ??
A  LITTLE BACKGROUND

In August 2012, I decided I wanted to try and 'Serve My City' and gave 'Local Politics A Shot'. I filed for a position on the Hamburg City Council to find out exactly what was taking place with our City Officials who were 'in place' at that time. I was elected to office with (as I recall) a 55% election rate and served from 2013 through 2016. Once on the City Council, I didn't like what I saw was going on with a handful of self-centered, egotistical other City Officials. I pretty much 'kept quiet' but continued to observe what was taking place with the half a dozen other people Hamburg residents were entrusting their hard earned TAX PAYER DOLLARS with. Eventually, in my second year as a Hamburg City Council Member I began making some very pointed inquiries and began openly questioning some of what what was taking place in our City and the HUGE WASTE OF TAX PAYER DOLLARS !! In September 2017, I was publicly 'blind-sided' at a City Council Meeting by a City Official who I had previously believed to be 'my friend'. (I've ALSO recently 'caught' that SAME City Official LIE TO ME regarding this latest 'issue' that's ALREADY WASTED OVER $23,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!) I can envision this whole mess being 'dragged on' and COSTING HAMBURG TAXPAYERS TENS OF THOUSANDS if not HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS !! I think we're potentially looking at the CITY OF HAMBURG GOING 'BANKRUPT' if this is allowed to continue !! The only 'winners'  will be THE LAWYERS (like it ALWAYS is !!)

From that point forward and for the rest of my four year term, It was ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVEABLE  what those other six Hamburg City Officials did, how the 'City Attorney' was 'spoon feeding' them with what they should do, and how they should do it, 'to get ride of me' so they could, once again, 'regain their empire'. Their actions, for the next two and a half years NEEDLESSLY WASTED $50,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS by their trying to force me off the City Council so they could continue to 'operate without transparency'. City Officials at that time were Richard Malz (Mayor) Robert Gregonis, Chris Lund, Steve Trebesch & myself (City Council Members), Jeremy Gruenhagen(City Clerk/Treasurer) and Kelly Dohm of the Waconia based law firm of Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin (City Attorney). Any of those names sound familiar to anyone ?

But I'M NOT A QUITTER, and I publicly exposed exactly what was taking place via my very detailed Hamburg Minnesota Website. Below is a Webpage that I maintained  showing just some of the many 'supportive comments' that I received during the remainder of my term of Office as a Hamburg City Council Member.

THE CITY
WOULD EVEN CONSIDER MAKING A 'COUNTER OFFER' ??
Oh; I
momentarily forgot .......

THANKS TO
TAXPAYERS,
The City
thinks it has
UNLIMITED FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE !!
Initially, I was going to post the entire civil lawsuit and accompanying documents on this Webpage so that they would be available for everyone to read. However, once I realized the massive number of pages and documents involved, it is NOT PRACTICAL for me to do that.

Instead, I strongly urge ANYONE, City resident or not, to contact the Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen, and request a copy of the lawsuit against the City, and the related documents, from the City. The telephone number of the Hamburg City Hall is (952) 467-3232; you can e-mail Gruenhagen at cityadmin@cityofhamburgmn.com.

Anyone interested in how our City is being 'run' should DEFINATELY obtain a copy and read what the hell is going on in our City.

Hamburg residents, and other visitors to my Website, already are painfully aware of the
WASTEFUL SPENDING OF $50,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES
PREVIOUSLY PAID TO THE SAME WACONIA BASED LAW FIRM A FEW YEARS AGO !!

THAT SAME LAW FIRM, JUST RECEIVED THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS
MORE HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS
FROM THE CITY OF HAMBURG !!
And Will CONTINUE TO RECEIVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS MORE OF HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS As This Whole "Mess" "Plays Out !!

AGAIN !!! Anybody else see a 'pattern', here ??

Check back for more about that fiasco, later. And keep checking my Website as well !! (I'll keep it updated, interesting AND informative !!)

By the way; did you notice that ALL of those 'elected officials' (except one) responsible that previous and HORRENDOUS WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS in their UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORT to force me to resign my position as a City Council Member because of all of the 'questions I was asking'  about HOW TAXPAYER DOLLARS WERE BEING WASTED and what I was observing and 'uncovering'), are NO LONGER ON THE CITY COUNCIL ?? (That 'mass exodus' didn't just coincidentially happen !)

Only Lund remains; and, as I recall,  he got his Mayoral position by 'default' , NOBODY ELSE WANTED THE POSITION; NOBODY ELSE EVEN FILED FOR THE OFFICE OF MAYOR !!

Lund is basically a "DEFAULT MAYOR" !!

While I can't imagine that the City  would charge City residents for copies of the lawsuit, 'stranger things' in Hamburg have happened, and they, somehow, have to recoup the $23,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS THAT THEY'VE WASTED SO FAR !!

Initially, the City of Hamburg attempted to PREVENT ME from obtaining important information relevant to this lawsuit. Denying a citizen, regardless of who it is, public information about what is taking place with their 'Public Officials' and how their HARD EARNED TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT, is bad enough in itself, but them LYING in a CONSCIOUS & COORDINATED EFFORT to FURTHER FACILITATE  the 'WITHHOLDING PROCESS', reeks of a 'cover-up" and, sadly, is a part of some our local, state and federal officials today. Local governments 'mirror' state and federal governments ! Hamburg is no different.

Eventually, trough perseverance and insistence, I was able to obtain the information that I was seeking; but it took thirty days for me to obtain it. To see the request that I submitted, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Below, is the response I received regarding the information I was seeking. So that Hamburg residents and visitors to this Webpage can get some 'insight' and information of what this whole mess is all about, I'm also posting copies of some letters that I snatched off of the 'Official' Hamburg City Website to provide you with some basic facts and information. (Please check back frequently as I add additional documents, e-mails and other information.)

PLEASE NOTEEven before I recently  'resurrected' my HAMBURG MINNESOTA Webpage to address this very serious, potentially financially devastating issue, everyone pretty much already knew the identity of the City residents that have brought suit against the city. As a courtesy to them and to respect their privacy, I INTENTIONALLY did NOT previously reveal their identities on my Website because I thought it to be more appropriate for the CITY OF HAMBURG, not me, to initially publicly disclose their identities..

As evidenced by the letter below, the CITY OF HAMBURG, through it's City Attorney, KELLY DOHM; and NOT ME, has now publicly made that disclosure and has publicly revealed the identity of the City resident(s) involved in this issue.

(The two amounts shown above equal $23,632.50 !!)
And we're not even in the 'Discovery' phase of this mess !!
This OFFICIAL DISTRICT COURT DOCUMENT that I obtained from the Carver County District Court Administrator UNEQUIVOCALLY PROVES BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, that this civil lawsuit against the City of Hamburg, WASN'T 'filed' with the Court until AT LEAST NOVEMBER 1, 2O19 !!
This OFFICIAL DISTRICT COURT DOCUMENT that I obtained from the Carver County District Court Administrator UNEQUIVOCALLY PROVES BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, that this civil lawsuit against the City of Hamburg, WASN'T 'filed' with the Court until AT LEAST NOVEMBER 1, 2O19 !!
This OFFICIAL DISTRICT COURT DOCUMENT that I obtained from the Carver County District Court Administrator UNEQUIVOCALLY PROVES BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, that this civil lawsuit against the City of Hamburg, WASN'T 'filed' with the Court until AT LEAST NOVEMBER 1, 2O19 !!
"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

"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.”

ESPECIALLY, in 'small towns' !!
I'M STILL
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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 !!!)
$31,227.23 TAXPAYER DOLLARS RECOVERED !!
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The
'Players'
While it would make sense that because my request of a 'better copy' of the letter referred to above was made to Hamburg City Clerk Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen, that would be the logical source that would provide me with a better quality copy. NOT SO !! On Friday, December 6, 2019, I finally received another (very poor quality) copy of the letter that I had requested. But, instead of the City  simply sending me a 'better quality' copy as I had requested, the City forwarded my request to, (Who Else ??; YOU GUESSED IT!!); Attorney Kelly Dohm of the Waconia based law firm of Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin.
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HAMBURG RESIDENT'S HARD EARNED TAXPAYER DOLLARS
OVER $23,000.00 AS OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2019
This OFFICIAL DISTRICT COURT DOCUMENT that I obtained from the Carver County District Court Administrator UNEQUIVOCALLY PROVES BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, that this civil lawsuit against the City of Hamburg, WASN'T 'filed' with the Court until AT LEAST NOVEMBER 1, 2O19 !!
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Did Hamburg City Officials Violate
MINNESOTA's OPEN MEETING LAW ??
Is THAT  Why The City of Hamburg Was 'Dragging Their Feet' In
NOT RELEASING THE INFORMATION
That I've Requested ??

To See My Information Request,
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DID YOU KNOW ??

Any Official(s) Who Is (Or Are) Determined To Have Violated

MINNESOTA's 'OPEN MEETING LAW'

Are

INDIVIDUALLY  FINANCIALLY  RESPONSIBLE
For Payment Of Any Fines Assessed Because Of Their Actions !!

We Citizens Are NOT 'On The Hook' For Their
'OPEN MEETING' LAW Violations !!

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What's Taking Place
In Our City
"SMELLS
BAD";
REAL BAD !!

And It All Began To 'SMELL' EVEN WORSE When The Mayor's Term
Of Office Was CHANGED
From TWO Years To FOUR YEARS
Shortly  After The
CURRENT MAYOR CHRIS LUND
Took Office !!

Can You Spell
P-O-W-E-R-G-R-A-B ?

The LONGER The City Waited To PUBLICLY RELEASE The Requested Information, The More 'Suspicious' It Appeared And The WORSE It Made Our City, And It's City Officials, Look  !!

As I've stated previously,  this latest 'mess' recently uncovered (that has been going on for MORE THAN A YEAR within the City of Hamburg, has "VICTORIA" written all over it !!

Residents will recall a few years ago when
HAMBURG
CITY OFFICIALS WASTED
Yet ANOTHER
$50,000.00
TAXPAYER DOLLARS
IN LEGAL FEES !!

When Hamburg Residents Found
Out About That (Via My Website)
They Were OUTRAGED !!

Because I PERSONALLY WITNESSED His 'Behavior' & Misdeeds While We BOTH  Were City Council Members,
I Hold Hamburg's
CURRENT MAYOR CHRIS LUND
(Hamburg's equivalent to Adam Schiff)
FULLY RESPONSIBLE for THAT
PREVIOUS HORRENDOUS WASTE OF TAXPAYER MONEY
As A Result Of Lund's
REPREHENSIBLE ACTIONS
In Hamburg's
'DOG & PONY SHOW'
When He Was A
HAMBURG CITY COUNCILMAN
Before Being Elected As
HAMBURG'S MAYOR !!

What's Taking Place Now In
Hamburg Is Of Such Similar
Magnitude And Yet

ANOTHER
HUGE WASTE OF
TAXPAYER DOLLARS

That It, Once Again, Deserves It's
Own Webpage; Replete With
Associated, Supporting Documents.

Ah; Just One More Thing........
In regard to holding someone responsible
for their dishonesty and 'misdeed'(s),
WHICH CITY OFFICIAL(s)
will the Carver County Attorney's Office,
(or other prosecutorial authority),
determine who committed, and
WILL BE CHARGED
with
MISCONDUCT
OF A PUBLIC OFFICIAL ??

And, if
MORE THAN ONE
CITY OFFICIAL
IS INVOLVED,
ANYONE
with half a a brain knows that's called a
CONSPIRACY !!
(Please CLICK HERE For Definition)

Also, here's the 'appropriate statute' defining
'MISCONDUCT OF PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE':
(Emphasis Added In Red)

While I FULLY AGREE With
Special Agent Sanborn, There
STILL Are Elected Officials,
RECEIVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS
That
DON'T THINK THEY
ARE 'ACCOUNTABLE'
OR ARE REQUIRED TO
'PLAY BY THE RULES' !!

For Example.......

In LAKELAND,
Mayor Locks The Doors Of City
Hall; City Council Strips Him
Of Most Of His Powers.

In CROSBY,
Ex-Mayor Suing Former Police Chief and Former Police Lieutenant For Defamation.

In TOWER,
Former Mayor, City Clerk; Charged
With Criminal Misconduct.

In ISANTI,
Police Chief Fired For Lying Under Oath, Tampering With Witnesses; Couldn't Be Trusted In Court
According To  City & Court
Documents, City Attorney Quits
After Television Investigative Report
Reveals 'Questionable Decisions' In
Dealing With The City's Police Chief.

In JORDAN,
A City Council Member
Is Removed From All 'Committee
Assignments'  After Complaint.

In ELYSIAN,
Mayor Being Sued For Defamation
In Fatal Officer Involved Shooting
Of Philando Castile.

In FAIRMONT,
City Attorney Already Gone; City Administrator Agrees To Leave After Dozens Of  Mishandled Criminal Cases Were Discovered By Police;
Suspects Never Charged,
Statute of Limitations Expires.

And In Carver County, Tiny
HAMBURG
(Population Of Only  About 516 Residents),
A FORMER CITY COUNCIL MEMBER
IS SUING THE CITY !!

In Addition To Advising Residents Of A Potential 10% INCREASE IN HAMBURG PROPERTY TAXES, A Recent Document Sent To Hamburg City Residents Regarding The City's 2020 Budget Stated, "In Regards to Lawyer Fees, That One Is Going To Depend On The Pending Litigation With Property Owned In The Heart Of Hamburg.

We Are Working Diligently With The City Attorney To Get Within The Ballpark Of Potential Legal Fees."

Learning this, I actually requested various documents from the City of Hamburg on October 15th, to find out exactly what's taking place in our City that nobody seems to want to talk about publicly.

Finally, on Friday, November 15th; ONE MONTH AFTER I made my initial request for information to Hamburg City Clerk Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen, I received a written response (NOT from the City Clerk/Treasurer), but from Kelly Dohm, (Hamburg's equivalent of Nancy Pelosi), an attorney with

Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin

the VERY EXPENSIVE Waconia based law firm that City Officials chosen, and continue to choose chose to represent 'all of us' in all of the City's VERY EXTENSIVE 'legal matters'.
"The public trusts that their government officials are
honest and will always
work in the best
interests of the
citizens they
represent."

Jill Sanborn,
Special Agent In Charge
FBI - Minneapolis Office
FOLLOW THE MONEY

Compare The Taxes On Official Carver County Property Tax Statement Above. Hamburg Residents, And Others, Will Find It 'Intriguing', To Say The Least (But NOT Coincidental), That My City Council Term Began On January 1, 2013 And Concluded On December 31, 2016. (See above.)

FROM 2013 UNTIL 2019, Property Taxes On This Very Small Parcel Of Land (It Takes LESS THAN 20 MINUTES To CUT THE ENTIRE YARD) INCREASED BY $744.00 !!

And That's Just ONE PARCEL
In The City of Hamburg !

This inappropriate, vindictive action of referring a simple request for a 'better quality' copy, by City Clerk/Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen, instead of costing only a dime or a quarter, is probably going to end up COSTING HAMBURG TAXPAYERS HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS !!

As an interesting 'sidelight', during my term as a City Council Member, I ASKED DIRECTLY; how much per hour HAMBURG TAXP[AYERS WERE PAYING DOHM and/or her law firm after seeing how much the City was wasting every month paying Dohm and her law firm in legal expenses.

Both Dohm, AND THE CITY, REFUSED  to provide me with that information (at that time as a City Council Member elected by the residents !!)
NO SURPRISE HERE; As of December 5, 2019, the City FAILED TO RESPOND to the above request !!
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EVEN THOUGH HAMBURG CITY CLERK TREASURER JEREMY GRUENHAGEN REFUSED
To Provide Me With A Copy Of The Pending Lawsuit Against The City of Hamburg, And
EVEN THOUGH Official Carver County District Court Documents
PROVE, BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT, That
THE HAMBURG CITY CLERK/TREASURER LIED,
(See The INCONTROVERTIBLE EVIDENCE Below)
The Hamburg City Council
STILL APPROVED A 4% SALARY INCREASE FOR GRUENHAGEN
For The Year 2020 !!
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Dohm's two page letter that I received is now available on my HAMBURG MINNESOTA Webpage. Dohm's letter was also accompanied by a Compact Disk containing relative documents.

I've FINALLY received the 35 PAGE 'Summons & 'Complaint' dated July 30, 2019 and the many accompanying documents served upon the City (made up of residents like YOU and me) and the Response by the City of Hamburg, consisting of approximately a similar number of pages.

Initially, I was going to post the entire civil lawsuit and accompanying documents on this Webpage so that they would be available for everyone to read. However, once I realized the massive number of pages (75+) and documents involved, it is NOT PRACTICAL for me to do that.

Instead, I strongly urge ANYONE, City resident or not, to contact the Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen, and request a copy of the lawsuit against the City, and the related documents, from the City. The telephone number of the Hamburg City Hall is (952) 467-3232; or you can e-mail cityadmin@cityofhamburgmn.com.

'CLOSED' CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS  
that I suspected for a long
time had taken place, where
HAMBURG RESIDENTS
and everybody else were/are
PROHIBITED FROM ATTENDING
have also now been
VERIFIED !!

AT LEAST

THREE
'CLOSED'
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
TOOK PLACE
at which this matter was
PRIVATELY DISCUSSED !!
(See MINNESOTA 'OPEN MEETING' Law)

It seems, at least to me, like there's a major 'cover-up' taking place with our City Officials; ESPECIALLY since I've previously 'caught' the Hamburg CITY CLERK/TREASURER JEREMY GRUENHAGEN LYING TO ME !!

Information that Gruenhagen sent to me via a DOCMENTED e-mail PROVED, WITHOUT QUESTION, to be FALSE, once I was able check it out TWICE; which obviously RAISES  ANOTHER SERIOUS QUESTION: Did Gruenhagen 'make up' this lie that he told to me on his own ??
Or, was Gruenhagen
TOLD TO LIE TO ME BY
THE CITY ATTORNEY
Or by
OTHER CITY OFFICIALS ??

Whatever Took Place, I've Posted The
IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE
On My HAMBURG MINNESOTA  Webpage
Showing That The
CITY OF  HAMBURG
WITHHELD INFORMATION
And Then
LIED ABOUT THAT INFORMATION
To One Of It's
RESIDENTS !!

Yet; The Hamburg City Council Has Already
APPROVED A
4% SALARY
INCREASE
FOR GRUENHAGEN IN
IT'S 2020 BUDGET !!

It's Called
REWARDING SOMEONE FOR THEIR 'BAD BEHAVIOR' !!

Please
CONTINUE TO VISIT THIS WEBPAGE
To Learn More Of What's Taking Place In
Our Small Minnesota City Of Only
About  516 Residents, By It's
Elected, And Other, City Officials.

MINNESOTA STATUTE 609.43
MISCONDUCT OF PUBLIC OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE

A public officer or employee who does any of the following, for which no other sentence is specifically provided by law, may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both:

(1) intentionally fails or refuses to perform a known mandatory, nondiscretionary, ministerial duty of the office or employment within the time or in the manner required by law; or

(2) in the capacity of such officer or employee, does an act knowing it is in excess of lawful authority or knowing it is forbidden by law to be done in that capacity; or

(3) under pretense or color of official authority intentionally and unlawfully injures another in the other's person, property, or rights; or

(4) in the capacity of such officer or employee, makes a return, certificate, official report, or other like document having knowledge it is false in any
material respect.
I'm  sure that everyone, ESPECIALLY HAMBURG RESIDENTS, will be
DISMAYED to learn that now,

BY THEIR VERY
OWN ADMISSION,

HAMBURG CITY OFFICIALS HAVE ALREADY SPENT
OVER $23,000.00
OF OUR HARD
EARNED
TAXPAYER
DOLLARS

SO FAR ON THIS 'MATTER'  and
you KNOW IN YOUR HEART that the LEGAL BILLS ARE ONLY GOING TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE SUBSTANTIALLY !!
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To See My Initial E-mail & Formal Request For Information Submitted To The City Of Hamburg, PLEASE CLICK HERE.
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