You Might Find Interesting; My 'EARLY REMEMBERANCES' Of Chris Lund When I Moved To Hamburg In March 2007.
First, Lund REALLY LIKED My (Initial) HAMBURG WEBSITE !! So Much So, In Fact, That He Asked Me To Put A 'Link' On MyHAMBURG WEBSITETo His Personal 'HAMBURG BLOG SPOT Post'. I REFUSED; DIDN'T TRUST HIM THEN; DON'T TRUST HIM NOW !!
Second, Lund Approached Me And Wanted Me To 'Take Turns' With Him 'Spending The Day At City Hall' And 'Take Notes' So That 'We Could See What The City Clerk/Treasurer Really Does All Day'. I REFUSED; DIDN'T TRUST HIM THEN; DON'T TRUST HIM NOW !!
Lastly, I VIVIDLY Recall A 'CONTINGENT OF CITY OFFICIALS' Showing Up At My Door One Cold Fall Night Asking Me To Use The Power & Popularity Of My HAMBURG WEBSITE To 'Block' Lund From Being Elected In An Upcoming Election After It Became Known That He Had Announced His Filing For A Position On The Hamburg City Council. Again, I REFUSED; I DON'T LIVE MY LIFE THAT WAY !!
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We've all heard about 'SMALL TOWN POLITICS', the 'GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB' and all the other 'monikers'; now you'll have a chance to read the letters that I've written to Lund seeking answers as to just SOME of what is taking place in our City. Ask yourself: WHY did Lund, as a 'CITY OFFICIAL', FAIL TO RESPOND ?? Is he 'too important' ??Perhaps he needs a Secretary. How about a 'City Car' ?? Complete with the finest cigars and an 'Armed Chauffeur'.
The Mayor of ANY City, regardless of size, is the person that is ABSOLUTELY and TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that takes place in their City. PERIOD !! Since his election as the Mayor of Hamburg, I've sent NUMEROUS letters to Lund seeking information about various topics that Hamburg Taxpayers would find to be VERY'INTERESTING' about what's taking place in our 'small town' of around 500 residents.
As JUST ONE example (and there are MANY MORE),because of a leak in the natural gas line going to the standby generator, it was 'RED TAGGED' by Xcel Energy. The City of Hamburg was WITHOUT EMERGENCY BACKUP POWER for theCITY'S WELLSandWATER TREATMENT PLANT, FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME. (WEEKS, IN FACT !!) Then, when the gas line got fixed, the GENERATOR STILL WOULDN'T START because THE BATTERY WAS TOTALLY DEAD !! YEP; THAT'S RIGHT !!
In addition to that being a POTENTIAL HEALTH ISSUE TO CITY RESIDENTS, had there been a FIRE in the Citywhen the XCEL ENERGY POWER was 'OUT' (like during a storm), the results could have beenCATASTROPHIC !!
I didn't see the former Mayor or any other 'City Officials' come 'running to the rescue';I was theONLY ONEthatseemed to beCONCERNEDand, certainly; theONLY ONEwho KNEW WHAT TO DO !! Because I took my 'Elected City Position' seriously, I facilitated getting everything back 'on line' again. I also established a weekly 'test schedule' to be sure it would be ready to 'take over' and 'everything would work as intended' whenever the power went out.
PUBLIC OFFICALS are PAID WITH TAXPAYER DOLLARS and, as such, they are ACCOUNTABLE to TAXPAYERS !! But Lund thinks he's 'special' and has a CONSISTENT 'track record' of REFUSING TO ANSWER my letters to him seeking information about what's taking place in the City of Hamburg. Check back to see MORE UNANSWERED LETTERS that were sent to Lund INCLUDING the one sent that involved DISCREPENCIES and INCONSISTANCIES in the CITY'S CHECKING ACCOUNT that I just happened to 'stumble upon' !!
Even though LUND KNEW ABOUT IT(andI'VE GOT THE ACTUAL LETTERS TO PROVE THAT),YOU GUESSED IT; my letter to Lund wasNEVER ACKNOWLEDGED by the City, the issue was NEVER ADDRESSED by the City andNOTHING WAS EVER DONEby the City !!
You'll ALSO see the letter that I sent to Lund when he was seeking to be elected to the position CARVER COUNTY COMMISSIONER upon Jim Ische's retirement. Lund, who received only 14 votes from Hamburg residents, ONCE AGAIN, like so many times before, DIDN'T RESPONDto my inquiries to (and about) him !! You'll find that Lund's REFUSAL to respond to that particular letter will be VERY REVEALING as to his 'character'. (Or lack thereof.) Lund's being elected as a CARVER COUNTY COMMISSIONER was a 'long shot'; it is FORTUNATE for ALL Carver County residents, itDIDN'T HAPPEN !! And who's ever heard of a 'political campaign' being funded with a 'GO FUND ME' ACCOUNT ?? FACTis certainlySTRANGERthanFICTION !!
There's not much 'good' that can be said about a 'small town' MAYOR that PUBLICLYCRITICIZES, DEMEANS and BELITTLESPRESIDENT BIDEN and Minnesota GOVERNOR WALZ !! HAMBURG MAYOR CHRIS LUND represents the CITY OF HAMBURG and its residents in a TOTALLY APPALLING MANNER !!