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This was my first time of being able to attend the WCCO WEATHER WATCHER NETWORK 'Appreciation Day' put on by WCCO. I must say, I was absolutely and totally impressed !! The food and refreshments were excellent and plentiful, Chief Meteorologist Chris Shafer and his staff were very cordial and accommodating and the information that was presented and discussed was very interesting, indeed. Additionally, the Meteorologist In Charge of the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Chanhassen, Todd Krause, also gave a very timely two hour presentation about severe weather; how storms and tornados form, the elements needed and the difference between a 'wall cloud' and a 'shelf cloud'.

All in all, it was an interesting and tremendous experience to participate in and I'm already looking forward to next year's event. In the meantime, watch for "Hamburg" to scroll across the bottom of your television screen during the 'weather portion' of WCCO's newscasts. The information displayed are ACTUAL WEATHER CONDITIONS in  our city as recorded by my Personal Weather Station (PWS). PLEASE CLICK HERE. And HERE.

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AND, NOW; HERE'S TODAY'S 'COMMON SENSE' MATH QUESTION .............................

Beginning in January 2015 and continuing for (about) another 14 months, the amount of YOUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS that the CITY OF HAMBURG has WASTED 'targeting' one 'City Official' and trying to force him to resign from his position as a City Council member: (Approximately) $33,000.00 !!

Beginning in August 2014 continuing until February 2016, for (about) 19 months, the amount of TAXPAYER DOLLARS that the CITY OF VICTORIA spent 'defending' four 'City Officials': $15,222.55 !! (Documentation to be posted on my Website, soon !)

The City of Hamburg WASTED MORE THAN TWICE the amount of YOUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS on legal fees than the City of  Victoria did, and the City of Hamburg WASTED it in (about) 5 MONTHS LESS TIME !!

In reality, BOTH cities, 'lost' their 'case'. But, even more importantly, the TAXPAYERS LOST !!

The lawyers made several trips to the bank, I'm sure. I guess that means that they, (the lawyers), 'won'.

As for me, I remain as a member of the Hamburg City Council. And my OFFICIAL CITY COUNCIL MEMBER Website (THIS Website) continues to be 'alive and well' and it is STILL informing our residents of 'What's Going On' in our city and how your/our TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE BEING WASTED !!

O.P.M. Other People's Money. O.M.G. !!!

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GET THIS: At a 'regular' City Council meeting, I, as an Elected City Official, asked Dohm, the city's 'Contract) City Attorney, simply, but DIRECTLY, exactly how much Hamburg Taxpayers are paying her, and her law firm, per hour, for  legal services)

I, as an Elected City Official, upon making an 'Official City Request' for information on behalf of Hamburg Taxpayers, was REFUSED that information !!!

ANOTHER EXAMPLE: Last summer in yet ANOTHER ongoing attempt to dissuade, harass, embarrass, humiliate and intimidate me, Dohm advised the City Council that it should 'turn to the Courts' to obtain an 'Order of Protection' against me.

Here's ANOTHER 'Official Request' I made, as an Elected City Official, to Dohm on September 15, 2015 after she advised the Hamburg City Council that they should obtain such a Court Order against me:

"RE: 'Order for Protection' Request

Dear Ms. Dohm:

As your 'target' and the defendant of the above-captioned matter, in addition to providing me the name of the judge before whom you appeared to 'present your case'. please forward to me, at the address shown below, copies of ALL documents submitted to the Carver County District Court, to the Carver County Attorney's Office and to the Carver County Sheriff's Office, by you, or your law firm on behalf of the City of Hamburg, relating to this matter.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this very serious matter."

Dohm didn't even have the courtesy to comply with my request (as an ELECTED CITY OFFICIAL) and didn't provide me with the documents that I requested. Instead, Dohm sent me the following e-mail message on September 14, 2015:

"Mr. Odoms, I am in receipt of your correspondence to me dated September 10, 2015.
On behalf of the City of Hamburg, my  office is not able to provide you copies of  any
documents requested.  By making this statement, I am not confirming or denying the
existence of any documents identified in your correspondence to me."

????? ***** !!!!!

"I am not confirming or denying.....?" Hillary; LOOK OUT !!

There is NO ACCEPTABLE EXPLANATION FOR SUCH ARROGANCE
by  Dohm;  especially from  someone whose  law firm has received approximately
$33,000.00 HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!!

So much for 'Open Government' !! What is the city (and Dohm, herself) 'covering up' ??

You'll  also  find it 'interesting'  that   when  it  was learned that  the Court  would  not
issue an  'Order For Protection'  without  my   appearance  to  present   'my  side  of
the  story',  THE   CITY   WITHDREW   ITS   REQUEST   because, as told to
me by  Councilmember  Chris Lund,  the  city  didn't want  my  facts and  information 
about what's taking place in Hamburg known to the Court !!

But, Dohm, and her law firm, STILL GOT PAID THOUSANDS OF HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS by  the  city !! And  now, I'M  BEING  BLAMED for their WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS !! NOT going to let that happen !!

I'm sure that you will also find it quite 'noteworthy' to learn that I INTENTIONALLY DID NOT SEEK legal advice or representation when I learned of Dohm inappropriately advising the city to obtain an 'Order of Protection' against me, because it was ABSOLUTELY CYRSTAL CLEAR to me that there was NO BASIS WHATSOEVER for Dohm's poor legal 'advice' to the city.

Rather, it was their (futile) effort of retaliation against me. Period.

Yet, the City of Hamburg has TOTALLY WASTED approximately $33,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS  for her, and her law firm's POOR 'legal advice and services'.

My legal expenses, you ask? $000.00 !!

Additionally, various documents (of 'interest') associated with, and that were also a part of the 'OFFICIAL CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION' of me by the McLeod County Sheriff's Office Detective, are ALSO now available to the public. As you've read above, no criminal 'charges' were ever brought against me as requested by the Hamburg City Council and (contract) City Attorney Kelly Dohm; whose Waconia based law, Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin WAS PAID APPROXIMATELY $33,000.00 HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS for her participation in this 'Witch Hunt' !!

To obtain a copy of the interrogation transcript and/or associated documents, via e-mail, please call the McLeod County Sheriff's Office, Records Department, at (320) 864-1505. As I recall, I received my copy in LESS THAN TWO HOURS after making my request !! (They're VERY efficient !!)

Dohm, and her law firm, HAVE GOTTEN PAID SEVERAL THOUSANDS MORE OF HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS, by the city; without the city even so much as 'batting an eye' !! What's taking/taken place between 'the city', Dohm, and her law firm, has to be the biggest 'fundraising effort' for Dohm's Waconia based law firm of Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin, since Girl Scout Cookies !! (I'll bet Dohm and her law firm are probably 'laughing all the way to the bank' !!) 

And, AGAIN; I was BLAMED for their WASTING TAXPAYER DOLLARS !! As stated previously, I WILL NOT  allow that to happen !! Using this Website, I'm 'setting the record straight'.

I'm a taxpayer, too. I'm just as upset about our city WASTING $33,000.00 in unnecessary legal fees as YOU are !!

Cited above are just TWO examples of  how Dohm, and her Waconia based law firm, Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin, have billed the city for approximately $33,000.00 IN LEGAL FEES !!

And, yes; there are  many MORE examples. Also, have Hamburg  Mayor Richard Malz and the the other  City Council Members and City Officials, themselves,  violated Minnesota's 'Open Meeting' Laws in their 'zealousness' to attempt to force my resignation? They don't talk with me; they talk among themselves. How else could they come up with all of their 'nastiness' against me?

I believe the time has come, long ago, for numerous reasons, to seek another law firm to serve as 'City Attorney' !! (Dohm is the attorney representing the Waconia based law firm of  Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin and contracted by the City of Hamburg as it's (contract)' City Attorney.)

Did you  also know  that in the  three + years that I've been a member of the Hamburg  City  Council,  the  City  Council, I  DON'T  EVER   RECALL  SEEING  AN  ITEMIZED  BILL from Dohm or her law firm ?? 

Instead, each  month  the City Council is ONLY provided, by  the  City Clerk/Treasurer,  with  just a 'TOTAL AMOUNT DUE'
(NOT an itemized  statement') for legal  fees, charged monthly, to the city, by Dohm's law firm, which are ROUTINELY PAID by the city, on behalf of the city's taxpayers !!

O.P.M.; OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY !!

But, wait; don't just take my 'word' for it; get the  information listed above from the city, yourself; and then YOU decide if you agree with 'what's been going on' for the last eighteen months and what's taken/taking place in OUR city by your other Hamburg City Officials and their MASSIVE WASTING OF YOUR (and my) TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

Again, I urge residents to contact City Hall and obtain the six documents referenced above, and listed below:

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 law based firm of Melchert, Hubert and Sjodin; the law firm that the city 'contracts with' for legal services and that has received those $33,000.00 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 September 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.

After all; it's OUR $33,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS !! If the city refuses to provide you with the above information, for whatever reason(s) they may state, that should also immediately 'raise your suspicions'.

And, again; ANY Hamburg resident or ANY other member of the public, member of the public can also (instead) obtain a copy of the transcript and/or associated documents, AT NO CHARGE CHARGEvia e-mail, simply by calling the McLeod County Sheriff's Office, Records Department, at (320) 864-1505.
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Because I haven't agreed with them on several important issues, Hamburg Mayor Richard Malz, in concert with other 'City Officials' orchestrated and began a MEAN, VICIOUS, VINDICTIVE, RETALIATORY 'CAMPAIGN'  against me in January 2015; hoping to force me to resign my position on the Hamburg City Council. THEIR DESPICABLE EFFORTS FAILED !!

Failing that, and then, upon the advice of (contract) City Attorney Kelly Dohm of the Waconia based law firm of Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin, City Officials TURNED TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (hoping to force me out of office) by filing a CRIMINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST ME with the CARVER COUNTY SHERIFF"S OFFICE !!
THOSE EFFORTS FAILED AS WELL !! Their (FAILED) efforts became a continuation of what has become a horrendous WASTE OF APPROXIMATELY $33,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS by other Hamburg 'City Officials' !!

I'm sure that you will also find it quite 'noteworthy' to learn that I INTENTIONALLY DID NOT EVEN SEEK LEGAL ADVICE or representation when I learned of Dohm inappropriately advising the city to file a formal, CRIMINAL complaint against me because it was ABSOLUTELY CYRSTAL CLEAR to me that there was NO BASIS WHATSOEVER for Dohm's poor legal 'advice' to the city. Instead, it was their (futile) effort of retaliation against me. Period.

Nothing ever 'happened' as a result of a CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION, I was TOTALLY EXONERATED; yet it cost Hamburg Taxpayers (as well as Carver, McLeod and Scott County Taxpayers) THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!!
FINALLY, Hamburg residents, and the public, can FIND OUT EXACTLY what the the Hamburg Mayor and other City Officials' DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW  (through their 'abuse' of 'closed' City Council meetings) and how they subsequently WASTED THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!

Hamburg residents should be aware that the Hamburg City Council, over the past 12-18 months, has held an extensive number of very costly (approximately $250.00 to $800.00+ EACH) 'Closed' City Council meetings (and as recently as February 23rd !!) to discuss 'city issues', privately. At these 'Closed' Hamburg City Council meetings, members of the public are PROHIBITED FROM ATTENDING THESE MEETINGS, and the written, pertinent 'Minutes' of these meetings, as well as the audio recordings of what took place and what was discussed at these 'Closed' Hamburg City Council meetings, are all routinely UNAVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC !!

How, then, can the Hamburg taxpayers (who 'pay' for these very expensive 'Closed' City Council meetings) POSSIBLY  know everything that's taking place in our city? They CAN'T know. And they DON'T know !! But I DO KNOW; remember, I attended EVERY ONE of these 'Closed' City Council meetings. And ALL of those meetings were recorded !!

I, as an elected City Council Member and all of the other  'city officials'; the Mayor, the other Hamburg City Council members, Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen and, usually, ('contract') City Attorney Kelly Dohm of the Waconia based law firm of Melchert, Hubert & Sjodin, attend  EVERY  'Closed' City Council meeting to discuss 'city business', privately. In  most cases, it  is usually the ('contract') Hamburg City Attorney (Dohm) that advises the City Council to hold these 'Closed' Hamburg City Council meetings; wherein  matters involving the city are being discussed WITHOUT the public's knowledge.

BUT, QUESTIONS ABOUND !!

ASK YOURSELF: Are these individual, very expensive  'Closed' Hamburg City Council meetings WHERE THE PUBLIC IS PROHIBITED FROM KNOWING WHAT'S BEING DISCUSSED, 'unethical' ?

ASK YOURSELF:  By holding these 'Closed' City Council Meetings, is the Hamburg City Council, itself, violating Minnesota's 'Open Meeting Law' ? (Victoria City Council Members were recently found to have violated Minnesota's 'Open Meeting Law' and were collectively fined $5,550.00 by the Court !! To read more, PLEASE CLICK HERE.)

ASK YOURSELF: Is the intended, lawful purpose of these very expensive, 'Closed' Hamburg City Council meetings being circumvented, abused and/or 'taken advantage of' by other Hamburg 'City Officials' ?

ASK YOURSELF: Are these very expensive, 'Closed' Hamburg City Council meetings REALLY a 'cover up' by the other 'City Officials' of what is REALLY  taking place in our city ??

ASK YOURSELF: Are these very expensive, 'Closed' City Council meetings really, in reality, a 'Witch Hunt' in disguise, by the other 'City Officials' because I'm 'asking too many questions' ??

ASK YOURSELF: Do these very expensive, 'Closed' City Council meetings REALLY accomplish anything ???

The Carver County District Court Judge handling the case against the Victoria 'City Officials' stated, "Relying on attorney advice is appropriate; believing an attorney would totally insulate you from liability under the (Open Meeting Law) is not." I have obtained the Summons and Complaint against the Victoria 'City Officials' detailing their misdeeds. It reveals 'a lot of similarities' as to what's been taking place in Hamburg !! (The Court's FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSION OF LAW, ORDER AND ORDER FOR JUDGMENT document apparently is no longer available to the public on the City of Victoria Website; I will post it on this Website soon, so please check back for that.)

KUDOS TO THE VICTORIA CITY CLERK !! (CLICK HERE !!)

I've now received, from the Victoria City Clerk (in a very timely fashion and with absolutely NO HASSLE whatsoever!!) an accurate amount of Taxpayer Dollars that the City of Victoria has spent from August 20, 2014 up to March 8, 2016 (about 19 months) as a result of the civil suit brought for their City Officials violating Minnesota's 'OPEN MEETING LAW'. While I had initially 'heard'  the number $400,000.00 TAXPAYER DOLLARS in LEGAL FEES paid by Victoria taxpayers being 'tossed around', I've now learned that the correct amount of Taxpayer Dollars actually spent was $15,222.55. Again, that's from August 2014 to February 2016; only about 19 months.

By comparison and  according to City of Hamburg documents, the  other Hamburg City Officials
have 'jumped' on the  Melchert, Hubert &  Sjodin  'Merry Go-Round'  and  have WASTED about
$33,000.00 of YOUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS to be 'taken for a ride' for (about) the past
14 months !!

A VERY EXPENSIVE 'ride' at that.

Do the math: CITY OF HAMBURG 'targeting' one 'City Official' trying to oust him from office,
beginning in January 2015 and continuing for (about) another 14 months, $33,000.00 !!

CITY OF VICTORIA  'defending' four 'City Officials', beginning in August 2014 and continuing until February 2016, for (about) 19 months$15,222.55 !!

Or, are these 'Closed' Hamburg City Council meetings simply a WASTE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS in an ongoing effort by the other 'City Officials' to force me to resign my position on the Hamburg City Council because of the many 'issues' that I've raised (and I will continue to raise) since my election to the City Council in 2012 ??

ASK YOURSELF: What about the very expensive  meetings (and telephone calls) involving the Hamburg City Clerk/Treasurer Jeremy Gruenhagen and Dohm as well as the very expensive meetings (and telephone calls) between Dohm and Councilmembers Chris Lund and Steve Trebesch (representing the Hamburg 'Personnel Committee) ? All of these 'meetings and telephone calls' WASTE ADDITIONAL TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!

ASK YOURSELF: Does a city with ONLY 2 'full time', 1 'part time' and 1 'seasonal' employees and  a population of only 516 residents REALLY NEED to have a 'Personnel Committee' ?? A 'Personnel Committee' that can (and does) PREVENT the rest of the City Council from knowing what it is they're doing or what's taking place !! MORE WASTE of HAMBURG TAXPAYER DOLLARS !!

Just as a point of information, Hamburg Resolution 2015-11 passed by the Hamburg City Council on December 22, 2015, the ENTIRE 2016 BUDGET & TAX LEVY  for the City of Hamburg is ONLY $441,140.00 !!

By this time, you should be ASKING YOURSELF; WHAT'S GOING ON ??

And well you should !!

Not only was I 'aware' of what is and has been taking place, but I also became 'suspicious'. And, so, on behalf of the residents of the City of Hamburg who elected me as their City Council Member, I started to do some 'digging'.

Because I'm deeply concerned about what is taking place in Hamburg by your other 'city officials' as well as because I TRULY CARE about this city, our residents and my elected position as YOUR City Council member, I spent my own money and, at NO EXPENSE TO HAMBURG TAXPAYERS, met with, and spoke to,  distinguished, prominent, well known and respected Twin Cities attorney, Marshall Tanick (who is an EXPERT on 'Sunshine Laws'), regarding my concerns about what is taking place in our city relative to widely accepted  'Sunshine Laws'. (Sunshine laws are regulations requiring openness in government. Sunshine laws make meetings, records, votes, deliberations and other official actions available for public observation, participation and/or inspection. Sunshine laws also require government meetings to be held with sufficient advance notice and at times and places that are convenient and accessible to the public, with exceptions for emergency meetings.)

Mr. Tanick's response, which I found to be very 'telling' and intriguing to say the least, will be of very great interest to the residents of Hamburg; particularly because of 'what's going on'. It'll also substantiate my claims and 'position' that I've previously held and expressed, regarding the WASTING OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS in an effort to 'cover up' what's really been taking place.

To gain a better and more thorough 'perspective' of what's really 'going on' in our city, residents should also contact the Hamburg City Hall and obtain the following information:

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 law based firm of Melchert, Hubert and Sjodin; the law firm that the city 'contracts with' for legal services and that has received those $33,000.00 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 September 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.

I WILL HAVE NO PART of ANY  type of 'cover-up'  taking place in the City of Hamburg by other City Officials !!
Here is the response that Mr. Tanick sent to me:
(To obtain a copy of the interrogation transcript and/or associated documents, via e-mail, please call the McLeod County Sheriff's Office, Records Department, at (320) 864-1505. As I recall, I received my copy in LESS THAN TWO HOURS after making my request !! They're VERY efficient !!)
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However, because the case involving the (UNFOUNDED) allegations against me is now officially 'closed', Hamburg residents (and other member of the public) are now able to find out what was said and discussed  during my two and a half hour CRIMINAL INTERROGATION  by a McLeod County Sheriff's Office Detective.

A COMPLETE, UNEDITED, revealing and 'telling' WRITTEN TRANSCRIPT of my interrogation, by the McLeod County Sheriff's Detective, about what's taken (and still IS taking) place in the City of Hamburg, the identity of who's involved and what they did, IS AVAILABLE, via e-mail, at NO CHARGE, to Hamburg residents (or any other member of the public) who requests  a copy be e-mailed to them.

WHAT'S
THE
'LINK' ??
HAMBURG DEPUTY MAYOR 'LOSES CONTROL' AFTER CITY COUNCIL MEETING;
CITY COUNCILMEMBER FORCED TO RETREAT AND FLEE CITY HALL

MINNESOTA CRIMINAL CODE
Statute 609.72 DISORDERLY CONDUCT.
                    § Subdivision 1.  Crime. Whoever does any of the following in a public or private place, including on a school bus, knowing,  or                               having reasonable grounds to know that it will, or will tend to, alarm, anger or disturb others or provoke an assault or breach of the                       peace, is guilty of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor:

                    (1) engages in brawling or fighting; or

                    (2) disturbs an assembly or meeting, not unlawful in its character; or

                    (3) engages in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, or noisy conduct or in offensive, obscene, or abusive language tending                                 reasonably to arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.

In Minnesota, disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor offense carrying a maximum punishment of 90 days in jail or a $1000.00 fine, or both.


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My E-mail Response Sent To Councilmember Chris Lund On May 24, 2016 (Somewhat Modified)

Councilmember Lund:

In my May 17th letter to you seeking information about employee attendance and contrary to your erroneous statements, I am making NO allegations and my request is NOT a 'fishing expedition' as you assert !!

Rather; my written inquiry and request for information is a matter of 'accountability' of 'administrative' City Hall employees (who are paid with taxpayer dollars) and their 'record of attendance', so that city residents can know what is taking place in their city, by City Officials, 'where their taxpayer dollars are going' and why City Hall may be 'closed' when they go there to transact 'city business' during 'normal business hours'.

Since my being elected to the City Council, you and I have both discussed privately, numerous times and at length, the amount of employee absence and resultant amount of City Hall 'closure'.
I must tell you that I am 'puzzled' by your sudden 'turnabout of attitude', and your reluctance to research and provide information about (taxpayer funded) employee attendance and the amount of time that the City Hall is 'unstaffed'. This is PARTICULARLY TROUBLING since the Hamburg Mayor has also previously expressed his concern about the amount of time that City Hall is 'closed' and unavailable to city residents who wish to conduct 'city business' during 'normal business hours', due to employee absence.

I must agree with Mayor Malz's previously stated public 'position' that this city should be 'run like a company'; 'open for business'; five days a week, eight hours per day. Sadly, it is not.

The city isn't Vacation Bible School !!

Additionally, Councilmember Trebesch and I have previously had numerous, similar conversations between us regarding the seemingly unacceptable employee attendance.

I'm curious how many Hamburg residents realize the amount of taxpayer dollars spent that are spent for 'administrative' salary, wages and benefits, it's staggering; MORE THAN $75,500.00 ANNUALLY FOR THE 'WAGE & BENEFITS PACKAGE' PAID TO THE CITY CLERK/TREASURERALONE !!

Add ANOTHER $4, 6 or 8 THOUSAND (or more) taxpayer dollars annually for a 'part time' 'Deputy City Clerk' position; that 'eats up' $80-85,000.00 in 'administrative costs', ALONE; of our city's annual budget of only (about) $410,000.00.

Citizens NEED TO KNOW how their taxpayer dollars are being spent by their elected officials, and what their taxpayer dollars are being spent for.

I renew my request(s) for the information sought as outlined in my May 17th letter to you.

Sincerely,


Richard Odoms
Hamburg City Council Member
Excerpt from the
2016 CITY FEE SCHEDULE

City Employees 2016 Wages
Jeremy Gruenhagen - $4,902.30/Month  =  $58,827.60

20156 Health Insurance (HSA) - Paid By City
Jeremy Gruenhagen - $1,404.72/Month =  $16,856.64

TOTAL 'WAGE & BENEFITS' PAID BY CITY:  $75,684.24