Posted: 3-6-2018:

"I must say Farwell"

Tonight at the village Board meeting, I resigned my position as Mayor. Due to health and family reasons  I could no longer avoid, it was time.


I gave Hamburg five years plus, as both a Trustee and Mayor.

Not all that I wanted to accomplish was accomplished but the important things were done.


I want to thank all who supported me, both Trustees and villagers.

I wish the new Mayor the best of luck and the village residents all the best.

Ed Williams
USA  Ret



Posted 2-9-2018:

"Important notice" - Residents of the Village of Hamburg

In the distant past and recent past, it was the policy set by the Mayor how the issuance of Ordinance Violations was to be done. This is about to change. First, it is not the policy or the procedure of the Mayor to create Ordinances, that responsibility lies on the Board of Trustees. The Mayor's responsibility is the enforcement of standing Ordinances and the issuance of citations. If any resident feels they do not like a standing Ordinance, the Board of Trustees are the people you need to address.

It was my policy to first send a courtesy copy of the ordinance to the violator's address, second time, a Village of Hamburg Ordinance Violation notice, third time, a letter from the Village lawyer, Mr Don Schaaf and the fourth time...appearance in court. This is about to change. There will be no courteous copy sent first and there will be no warning from the village for second offense. The reason being, it is not the responsibility of the Village of Hamburg to personally inform every resident of our Ordinances. It is the responsibility of every resident to know, understand and respect the ordinances for which governs our village. It is no different that changing residents from state to state, you, not the state, are responsibility for learning and knowing that you have X amount of time to change the address on your driver's license, change plates and re-register your car, etc etc.

I would highly suggest that everyone read our ordinances that are provided on our website and become familiar with them. Everything is covered under "Government" and don't forget to read all Resolutions for they also have guidelines on what you can do especially the Ordinance pertaining to pets. In the past, too many pets have been allowed to roam free, walked off a leash, defecated away from the owners property without retrieving and discarded by the owner. There are Ordinances pertaining to everything and not just pets but also yards, weeds, junk vehicles, trash, garbage, burning, etc etc.

Some residents move into the Village thinking they can do what they did where they moved from or think they can slide by. They can't, the Ordinances and Resolutions apply to 'EVERYONE' living in the Village of Hamburg and the compliance is required. Also, our ordinances are adopted from the County Ordinances and most of their ordinance are adopted from State law. They difference lies with who is the governing body, ie, if there was not a Village Burning Ordinance, the violation would fall with the county and the Sheriff's Office would be issuing you the violation since it is also a County Ordinance.

One last item, it is the responsibility of every elected official, not just the Mayor to insure the safety of those they have been elected to serve but in the end, it lies with the Mayor.

I have said this before and I'll say it one last time, respect the ordinances and by doing so you'll respect your neighbors.

Ed Williams
Mayor




Posted: 2-6-2018 - "Severe Weather Warning for Hamburg"


"Ice and snow has been forecast over the next 8-12 hours with ice and snow accumulation on the streets and roads. A special warning to those who like to speed up and down our streets....do it at your own risk, just don't kill any innocent child or resident while you continue to act like an immature idiot. You know who your are and everyone else knows also including the Sheriff's office".


Ed Williams

Mayor



Posted 11-30-2017 - "Hamburg Community Center"

"As of 10 am today, Nov 30th, the ownership of the Hamburg Methodist Church was officially transferred to the Village of Hamburg. Some immediate repair needed has already began. Hopefully repair work will continue Spring 2018 and have the new Hamburg Community Center Grand Opening will soon follow. All this will depend on donations of money, labor and materials whenever possible to help defray the total cost of restoration. The Village has already been offered all three to get repairs started and welcomes any donation no matter how small.

I hope that the Grand Opening will coincide with a Community Picnic that is in planning stage for June/July if all goes well."

Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 11-17-2017 - "Speeding through and in Hamburg"

"The speeding through and in Hamburg and the running of stop signs is completely out of control.  I want to advise those that walk and children that play to stay far away from the streets and alleys until this can some how come under control."


Posted 10-22-2017 - My Apologies:
"I want to personally apologize to all the visitors who came to, drove through and visited the Village of Hamburg during our Quilt Tour. I'm sure you saw a couple of yards that needed mowing and places where junk had been piled up or moved to. The village does have some that do not co-operate. For me as Mayor, this has become not only frustrating but also embarrassing but I hope you noticed the other parts of the village because there are many residents that do care about the Village of Hamburg".


Thank you for your understanding
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 10-21-2017 - Hamburg Improvements:

"Hamburg Improvements has come to an end for 2017 except for the new gazebo which should be arriving next week to be placed at the Point Park next to the Waldron Bld. This year we accomplished what we wanted to and next year in 2018 we hope to finish what is left on our 'to do' list. The new veteran's board for the new Memorial Park will be an addition for next year, new and more Rip-Rap along the river edges where possible is planned to help hold back river debris that sometimes is quite a task clearing it all from front street. That would be the end of things but since we are about to acquire the old Methodist Church, the new Hamburg Community Center will need attention next year also.


After our Trick or Treat Night, Veterans Day Dinner and Christmas with Santa Night left in 2017....Hamburg will enter into what I call it's 'hibernation time'. Relax and enjoy it.... I hope to."


Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 10-16-2017 - Color Drive:

"This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 21st & 22nd of October is Color Drive Weekend and the Quilt Tour. It will be another weekend for Hamburg to shine. A lot of traffic will be coming to or driving through Hamburg. Some vendors might be set up at our pavilion. Time for our village to put on a good impression as we always do.

Halloween Trick or Treating, our Veteran's Day Dinner and our Christmas with Santa will wind down 2017".

Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted 9-6-2017 - "United Methodist Church"
"Greetings!!!!

I am happy to announce that by a unanimous vote tonight at the Village Board Meeting, the village trustees voted to accept the gift of the United Methodist Church here in Hamburg from the United Methodist Federation.

We are excited about this gift and see high potential uses, Christmas parties, weddings, maybe assorted entertainment, plays, dances, shows, etc etc. Of course some work is needed to completely return the church to it's original glory but with help from the community and from those who have so many nice memories, the bell will ring again as soon as possible.

The Methodist Church is one of the only three remaining structures in Hamburg that can be said are original to Hamburg, the old school house and the Victorian house at the center of town being the other two. The church having been built in 1901 is now in the hands of the care of the Village of Hamburg.

Progress, happenings and events will be posted whenever possible."

Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor

"The Mayor will no longer post up to date happenings either on our Website or Facebook. It's difficult when mentioning names without mentioning others, people become offended" - (Posted 7-16-2017)


Posted 7-16-2017:
"Hamburg's Crime Stoppers Challenge"


"Finally, a municipality has matched our donation of $500.00 to the Two Rivers Crime Stoppers of Calhoun, Greene and Jersey counties. No, the donation did not come from any 'big' municipality such as Jerseyville, Carrollton, Hardin or Grafton. It came from the tiny village of Wrights, north of Carrollton in Greene county. Population....very few!!!

The challenge continues...who will be next and how.....small of a village 😉?"

Thank You
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 7-15-2017:

"Our Front Street In Hamburg"


"Front street today is a far cry what is was a month ago. It seems the Mississippi River has maybe settled now (knock on wood) and front street (Water St) will again return to a nice spot for a picnic.

I want to thank all shoreline property owners who came and push the debris away and cleared your lots. The village had to scoop and deposit most all the mud onto other private lots to get front street opened for traffic. All the mud has have now retrieved has been deposited it in various village locations where low spots needed to be filled in. 95% of the work done on front street has been done by Steve Doerr over these past two months. He deserves all the credit.

The village has had rip-rap deposited over the bank at the North end park next to Jeff Foiles Waterfowl Migrant business in the Waldron Bld (http://www.rokoutdoorz.com/). There was extensive erosion from this last flood from the park bank. 

Still hot.....stay cool Hamburgians"!!!!


Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 7-10-2017:

"Leash Law"

"The Hamburg Leash Law is still in affect. New residents are not getting the word or fail to read the Village Ordinance on our Website about their dogs must be on a leash when outside their property. Please comply with the Village Ordinance. Violators will not be tolerated".


Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted 7-10-2017:

"Our Hot and Dry Season"

"As with everyone else, Hamburg is now in it's hot and dry season where not enough rain and high temperatures slows things down and brings somethings to a halt, such as grass mowing.
Some improvements will continue but at a slower pace and some things scheduled for improvement will be postponed until next Spring, such as the expansion of our playground. The river and the flooding it caused lasted far longer than usual. Village trustees have put in many volunteer hours getting the town looking as it should be and come September and Oct, the Village of Hamburg should be at it's best.


Stay in and stay cool and if you must venture out, do what you have to do in the cooler hours of the day.


The village has a large fundraiser planned for September. Stay tuned for dates, times and a list of the home cooked food to be offered."

Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted 6-26-2017:

"Happy 4th of July" I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable 4th, that you arrive and return safe if you plan to travel.

The village is looking good, it will look better for this weekend. Our gazebo has been painted white and will be moved back to it's concrete pad later this week. A new and also white gazebo will be put in it's place later on this year. Until then a picnic table will be available and it too will afford a nice view of the creek point and the river.

I expect a lot of traffic this weekend even with the chances of rain in the forecast. Time to show off our village again, year is half over already.

Stay safe........
Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted June 12, 2017:

"Fireworks in the Village of Hamburg"

It is Illinois Law that the purchasing, selling or using firework is prohibited. For further explanation please read:
(425 ILCS 30/) Fireworks Regulation Act of Illinois.
Many will disagree with that law but unfortunately there are those who care less about any time limit, such as all night long, location, such as shooting fireworks at houses, etc etc. There are always some that spoil things for others so....the law will be applied and reported if violated within the Village of Hamburg.

Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted June 5, 2017:

"Tomorrow on WJBM or next Tuesday on the Jill Boomer Hour 9am-10am, the Village of Hamburg will be featured about our donation and challenge to other municipalities for the new Two Rivers Crime Stoppers." 


Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted June 1, 2017:

"The Mayor will be inserting mosquito control tablets into the creek and high water areas tomorrow, Friday, 2 June 17. It would best that no one venture into the creek or the flooded areas until further notice"

Thank You
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted May 28-2017:

"The Village of Hamburg has begun replacing it's memorial and is requesting names of those who served in the armed forces who are or were from the Village of Hamburg or Hamburg District. 
If you or a family member that is or was living in Hamburg or the Hamburg District during the time in service (move in's not qualified) please send their name and branch of service. These names are requested as soon as possible so when the time comes to apply those names, all will be available.
Please send the information to: hamburgclerk@frontier.com or Debby Hall  at peanut2@frontiernet.net
Please pass this request along to those you know, need to know. Name and branch of service only".


Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 5-26-2017:

"Memorial weekend is upon us and I want to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday. Remember what this holiday weekend represents, those that died in all our wars and conflicts in the defense and freedom of this nation and freedom of the whole world."
Stay Safe!!!!!

Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 5-26-2027:

"Front St (Water St) in Hamburg is now open once again. Please drive careful because there is still some water and mud on the surface. Respect our speed limit and stop signs".


Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 5-15-2017:

" The Hamburg Bake sale today was a HUGE success. The Village of Hamburg wants to thank all those who supported Hamburg by contributing baked items and all those that supported Hamburg by buying the baked items. I'm sure everyone enjoyed the smiling faces of some of our Board members who were there taking your money and contributions also.  Thanks again to everyone". 

Ed Williams
Mayor



Posted 5-10-2017:

"Cleanup of Water St has begun. It will be a day by day process. Stay patient and it will reopen as soon as it's possible to do so. Cleaning of the street-side property will take a bit longer."


Thank you,
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted 5-9-2017:

" I would like to thank Katie Sibley for stepping into Koni Proctor's shoes as village clerk when Koni moved to Jville. She did a great job taking on the responsibility at such a short notice. I wish you well and I'll need another dozen eggs next week. [😁]

I would like to welcome Jamie Mason as our new village clerk, being voted in for a full four year term at our last election. She is young and just what this village needs, new young blood so we old farts can set back and watch and remember our youth but then again, if you're a Baby-Boomer, we'll never get old!!!!!" [😉]


Thank you..................
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted: 5-5-2017:

"Hopefully Hamburg is on the downslope of the water collection debris that has become plentiful this time by Hamburg once again being flooded. The clean-up, this time around, will take awhile but Hamburg will move as soon and as fast as possible to get Water Street opened back up. A big clean-up is in the making to help expedite the re-opening of the Water St, Hamburg's (unofficial) Racetrack. Washington St. does not have the pit stops like Water St has...views of the Mississippi River when it's not in the Mississippi River."
Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted 5-3-2017 - "Hamburg in the News"
"The Village of Hamburg made front page news this week in the Calhoun News Herald for being the first to donate to the newly formed Two Rivers Crime Stoppers and....challenging all other municipalities in Calhoun, Jersey and Greene Counties to meet or beat our donation. A $500.00 donation was a big amount for the tiny village of Hamburg to donate but Hamburg sees the important need to get this Crime Fighting organization up and running"

Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted: 4-30-2017:

"Any Hamburg residence who's house is being shot with paint balls, contact the Sheriff's office or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-300-2590 with your tip and be paid for it.  They are aware of the vandalism"
Thank you
Ed Williams USA (Ret)
Mayor


Posted 4-29-2017:
"Watch for Water St. , it will be closed off until the water recedes......again!!!"
Thank you.
Ed Williams USA (Ret)
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted 4-20-2017: UPDATE:

Starting tomorrow, 20 April 2017, the Two Rivers Crime Stoppers telephone number will be in operation.

The telephone # is: 1-800-300-2590. The line hasno caller ID attached and all the information a caller provides is strictly confidential.
Ed Williams
Mayor
Village of Hamburg


Posted: 4-15-2017:

"Happy Easter"
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter. The village is ready for the Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow and I hope to see many visitors.
Next month I will begin a full four year term as your Mayor. I and the Village Trustees have many improvements and repairs planned and approved for your village this year. Mostly for Water Street but also for the parks and the playground.
Patch of potholes will commence shortly, we have been waiting for the patch to become available. It now is.
From Easter to Veterans Day is our time to shine for those that come to our village for a day by the river or just driving through.
The Calhoun Fall Festival will not take place in Hamburg this year, giving everyone more time to plan and prepare for next year's selection.
Have a nice Easter everyone..............
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted: 4-6-2017:

"Two Rivers Crime Stoppers"
The Village of  Hamburg will be the first to make a donation to the newly formed Two Rivers Crime Stoppers in the amount of $500.00. The Village of Hamburg would like to challenge other municipalities, not only in Calhoun County but also in Jersey and Greene counties to meet or beat our donation.
Thank you...
Village of Hamburg


Posted: 3-31-2017:

"Levy Plan H will be on the agenda, top spot, at the Village Board Meeting Monday night 3 April. All those who own property is encouraged to attend, there will be a question time for the residents. Afterwards for those who care not to sit through the rest of the Agenda may leave".
Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted 3-20-2017:
Hamburg residents.....if you feel that your life, your family, your children are in danger from speeding autos, truck and/or motorcycles speeding in, around and through your village, call and report the individual and/or the vehicle to the County Sheriff's Office. I, as mayor and the Village trustees have done all we can to curtail those living in and those travelling through Hamburg at high rate of speed. I can only call the Sheriff's office so much on your reports of such experiences.


We understand the amount of police is stretched and the case loads sometimes are overwhelming for such a small police force for a county and their response is limited but.........I would hate to see someone get seriously hurt because of the speeding ignorant drivers.

Any violations, either speeding, illegally parked, etc, involving autos, trucks and motorcycles should be directed to the Sheriff's Office. This does not include junk and inoperative vehicles that litter our village. Those violations are in the process of being corrected by Village Ordinance violation notices and if needed.....by the courts.

Thank you
Ed Williams, Mayor


Posted 3-9-2017:

"Hamburg Spring Cleanup"
A dumpster for the residents of the Village of Hamburg will be available at the Village Hall from 24 March to 31 March. No tires, oils and lubricants please. It is not decided if another dumpster will be provided again later this year so I would advise residents to take advantage of this dumpster to remove and discard unwanted items from you residence.
Thank you
Ed Williams - Mayor


Posted 2-24-2017:

"At the March 2017 Board Meeting, a vote will be taken whether to have a part-time village worker or not. If the Board decides to have a part-time worker, names of candidates will be announce and then a vote will be taken on who will fill that position. The position requirements are as follows:
Must be a resident of the Village of Hamburg
Must have valid driver's license
Must be physical able to perform the work assigned
4-6 hours weekly, $10.00 per hour. Possibly more hours depending on the circumstances that happen, ie, Flood Cleanup, etc

Those residents that are interested, please email the village clerk through the website or approach one of the Village Trustees.
Thank you
Ed Williams - Mayor


Posted 2-24-2017:

" I have tried to approach the ever present dog problem and it seems some people just will not comply with either my request or the Village Ordinances pertaining to loose pets.
People have a right to walk the streets and children playing without the fear of loose dogs coming after them. If when a dog is deliberately let loose to exercise themselves and that dog leaves the owner's property, the owner will be cited and the results will come from the County Court.
If you care not to be a responsible animal owner, insuring that the animal is contained, cared for and has all required immunizations, I suggest the owner either become responsible or make alternative care for your pet/s.
I further suggest all residents of Hamburg read and understand all the ordinances that can be found on this website. There are common sense rules when living among other residents in a small village, town or city....Hamburg is no different"
Thank you
Ed Williams - Mayor


Posted 2-23-2017:

"Please inform me as soon as something happens such as deaths, births, sickness, move-ins and move-outs. I don't hear all the news and I went to school in Kane so I can't read, help the Mayor to keep abreast of all that happens in the village of Hamburg and the outer limits"
Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted 2-10-2017:

"Dogs are still being let out at night, allowing them to get into trashcans of other residence. The latest sighting was a long haired golden retriever about midnight 2/8/17. Please people!!!!! Be courteous and stop being an annoyance to other residence. Same goes for a few who live on Washington St and insists on speeding. We know who you are and both your names and license plates have been turned into the Sheriff's office....it's just a matter of time".
Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor


Posted 2-7-2017:

It was reported at last night's Board Meeting, a prowler is out and about after hours in the Village of Hamburg. It was reported the prowler is not very stealth giving the impression he needs a set of Night Vision goggles. Keep an watchful eye, lock all doors and take steps for protection. The sheriff's office has been notified.
Ed Williams
Mayor (Interim)
Footnote: Spring is coming, so says Lowe's and Home Depot....Lawn Mowers are taking the place of snow blowers on their sales floors. 

Posted 1-21-2017:

Greetings Hamburg residence,
There is a important reason the below law exist and it's for you protection. If a person is using a sidewalk and your vehicle is blocking that sidewalk path, this makes the person using that sidewalk to walk around your vehicle. This requires the walker to enter into the street. You will be held liable for any accident and harm to that person if that person should happen to get injured doing so.
There are parents that walk their children, elderly who must walk for their health and everyday residents who walk for exercise and business.
Please be more neighborly to your fellow residents or have in force a very large insurance policy and pray no one gets hit by an auto because you were inconsiderate.
Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor (interim)
 
Prohibited Stopping, Standing, Parking
Stopping, standing or parking is prohibited in specified places. Local stopping, standing and parking regulations may be posted on signs. There are, however, statewide regulations that are not always indicated by signs.

Stopping, standing or parking is prohibited:
• On the roadway side of any parked vehicle (double parking).
• On a sidewalk, crosswalk or within an intersection.• Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb.


Posted: 1-9-17

Sanders Trash Containers
Some residents received new Sanders trash containers, more is on the way for those who has not yet received theirs.

No extra charge for the containers will be added.
I welcome these containers, hopefully this will totally eliminate those that still burn their garbage/trash occasionally and any future violation notices. Burning of garbage/trash is not only a village ordinance, it is a county ordinance, State and Federal law also. It is a health hazard for those who suffer from upper respiratory problems. The stink gets into houses, garages and cars. Have you ever drove through Fieldon on a trash/garbage burning day? 
Thank you
Ed Williams

Mayor (interim)


Posted 1-4-17:

"At the Village Board meeting last night, the Mayor outlined briefly his Repairs and Improvements for 2017 and beyond to the Board for discussion and approval in the upcoming months.
1. Curb repair
2. Outdated signage replacements
3. Playground expansion
4. Paint gazebo
5. Second gazebo
6. Memorial Park completion including Christmas display
7. Hiring of village worker
8. Pavilion upgrade
9. Holding back Flood debris
10. Riverboat Days (Frontier Days replacement) This subject will be an open participation for the village residents into the discussion when it's put on the Agenda for the March meeting. The Village Board will welcome your comments and suggestions.
Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor (interim)


Posted 1-3-17:

"For the residents & their guests, of the Village of Hamburg, the speed limit on Water St., is 30 MPH, the playground, 15 MPH and all other streets is 20 MPH. Those who use our streets to drag on, you know who you are....the Sheriff's Office knows who you are also and your license plates numbers. It's just a matter of time. Have a nice day...."
Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor (interim)


"Merry Christmas" everyone and here's to a great New Year for the Village of Hamburg.
Ed Williams
Mayor (Interim)



Posted 12-20-2016

" I would like to remind  the residents of Hamburg that are dog owners that a leash ordinance is enforced, even during the night. It has been seen that someone is allowing their dog to run the village off a leash during the night hours allowing their dog to disrupt garbage containers. Some may say, this could be a critter from the wood-line, rightly so but the tracks in the snow say different."

Thank you
Ed Williams
Mayor (Interim)

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Posted: November 21, 2016

"I want to wish all our Hamburg residents, a safe and happy Thanksgiving"
Ed Williams
Mayor (Interim)

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Posted: November 13, 2016

"Good Food and War Stories Galore  !!!!!!!!!"

Some veterans from all branches from different times in History with different experiences came together at the

Hamburg Veterans Day Dinner on 12 November, 2016
Some inter-service and inner-service jocularity as only veterans would understand took place among shipmates and buddies.
The home cooked cuisine that we all know is what Calhoun County is all about was abundant and great as always. ( I got TWO pieces if Bertha Fox's apple pie!!! )
I want to thank all the volunteers and the Kampsville American Legion Auxiliary  who, not only brought the dishes, did the cooking and cleaning up but all the volunteers who set the hall up in Red, White and Blue.
A drawing for a donated basket of jelly and jams from the Jelly Shack was won by Donald Webb and the flag and pole donated by Gary and Debby Hall was won by Roger Smith.
The following veterans came and enjoyed the day among those that once wore the uniform as they did themselves:
Donald E Webb, Army 1954-1956
Neal Funk, Marines
Steven Doerr, Navy 1976-1982
James Ewing, Army 1960-1968
Charles Schumann Air Force (Ret) 1966-1988
Charles E Payne Army 1952-1954
Patrick D Shenberger, Navy 1973-1977
Jim Franke, Air Force 1985-1991
Merle Hance, Army 1971-1973
Robert M Smith, Army 1965-1967
Donald Wilson, Army 1953-1954
Bernie Luecke, Navy 1961-1966
Roger Smith, Army 1964-1966
Redeye Schumann, Army 1951-1959
Happy Veterans Day from the Village of Hamburg
Ed Williams
Mayor (interim)
Army (Ret) 1965-1985
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Posted: November 1, 2016:

Summer is long gone and Fall is about to leave us. The village accomplished a lot this year, FEMA lot buyouts cleared, clean up and improvements made, picnic tables, trash cans and more parking spaces along the river for visitors. The river stayed within it's banks most of the time which is always a plus. New road and street signs also.
There were many people that helped keep the village clean and looking great with the grass and weeds and without the help and co-operation from the residents, much would not have happened. Those people I'd like to give a thank you for your time, your work and supplying your own fuel for the operation of your own equipment:
Dustin Lammy, mowing
George Smith for mowing and Marlene for the Memorial Flowers
Jodi Heidenriech, mowing
Gary Hall, mowing
Bernie Lucke, mowing
I never had to worry that the east entrance being kept cut and presentable for each weekend.
JR Ewing, mowing
Jimmy Doerr, tree trimming and bringing our trash cans from Jerseyville.
Eddy Payne, mowing

Thanks to Eric Benoist for painting and improving our Basketball Court at the Park.  It looks great!
Than you to the private residents that kept their yards clean and mowed, it does make a good impression for the entire town as a whole.
The rest of the Village Board did their share also with mowing, improvements by laying car stops, street signs, gather brush and cleaning front street from flood debris. Functions at the Town Hall always leaves a good impression on Hamburg.
The village has lost people and have gained people, a never ending revolving door is Hamburg and it will continue. To those have gone, it was a pleasure knowing you and to all those new arrivals, Welcome to Hamburg on the Mississippi.
The end of the year and upcoming events, the election next month 8th November and our 1st Annual Veterans Day Dinner, 12 November, 1 pm, Caucus on 5 Dec, 7 pm and the Christmas Party, date to follow. January, a month off, if it doesn't snow, February brings my birthday, 32 years old or 102 years old or somewhere in between.   and March brings Spring again.
Thank You for a great year....Hamburg moves onward!!!!
Ed Williams
Mayor (interim)

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Posted: October 23, 2016:

Pot Belly Pig Issue:

The town Board, at this moment, has no plans to deal with the pig menace. The owner has been informed to deal with them ASAP.  The pigs have tried to be cornered and captured many times by people using different methods and they continue to evade capture.  They have become a menace, not only to Village property but to private property owners as well.  The owner has been informed of their liability for damages.  What the owner has planned to deal with the pigs is their decision.  If steps are not taken immediately, the Village will have to take action and deal with them accordingly after conversation a with the States Attorney Monday morning.  

Thank you for your concern, it is our concern also and our responsibility to deal with this in a legal manner.


Ed Williams

Mayor Interim


Posted: September 21, 2016:

Greetings!!!!

The Village of Hamburg has tried almost everything to slow the speed of traffic on Water Street. When entering Hamburg the speed limit is 30 MPH, not a continuation of the 55 MPH coming off of the Mississippi Rd.

After further consideration for the safety of the residence of Hamburg and in talks with the County Road Engineer and the Sheriff, the junction of Water St. and Pleasant St., at the public boat ramp,  will become a three way stop. All traffic going south on Water St. will have a stop sign along with traffic going West and North.

We know this will not set well with some but the safety of children and walkers on Water St. is my responsibility that I take seriously.

Thank you for your understanding.
Ed Williams
Mayor (interim)
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Posted: September 16th.

Tonight the Village of Hamburg said goodbye to Koni Proctor. After nine (9) years of devoted service to the village as the Village Secretary, she decided to retire and move to Jerseyville where she and Roger can be closer to family and important facilities.

I want to thank her for her guidance and help that I needed to make the transition from Village Trustee to Mayor a smooth one.

It was a good evening among friends, the food was great, as it always is and a big thank you for everyone that provided the home cooked dishes and the volunteers to help clean afterwards. Very appreciated.

In Koni's place, Katie Sibley was sworn in and we all wish her a hearty welcome. I and the Board of Trustees have total faith in Katie to fulfill the position that she now occupies.

Gatherings like tonight is what makes Hamburg....Hamburg


Ed Williams
Mayor (interim)


Footnote: A special thank you to Bertha Fox for bringing her apple pie...................


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Posted: August 31, 2016

Greetings Hamburg!!!!!!!!!!

Labor day weekend is upon us. The unofficial time when Summer vacations end, kids are back to school, temperatures get mild (I hope). It's to be a nice weekend so expect many who will drive through and maybe some will stop for a picnic or just stop, sit and take in our river view.

The village is looking great, some places that still need work have been informed, just one and one is still pending in the courts. Our grant projects are moving right along, not much left to do and what is left will be completed this coming month. October is a very important month for the county with Old Settler's Day's, Color Drive and the Church and Quilt Tour. This will be the final year of the Church and Quilt Tour, some other event will take it's place but be assured, Hamburg will be included. Just two more months and we hibernate. Hopefully it will be a low snow winter and the river stays where it has and should always be.

The return of cool weather means grass will grow faster and mowing may have to be twice a week in certain places. The village has on loan a finishing mower deck from Gary Hall that will help with the workload on, not only, our rider mower but the people who operate it.
Let's keep Hamburg looking good for these next two months...it's an important time to show off what we have that so many don't.

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday everyone.
Your Mayor (interim)

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Posted: June 27, 2016


" Our 4th of July weekend is fast approaching. During this three day holiday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (4th), many visitors will be passing through. It's another time for our village on the Mississippi to shine. As I notice this weekend, our park benches was used three times and the 4th of July weekend should be the same. I hope everyone will contribute to the town's preparedness having it look clean and presentable...especially for potential buyers. The Village trustees will do their share and I hope the residence do the same. This is your village.

Two newly donated 4X6 flags will fly on both flag poles on the 4th. One from the village's new flag pole.
Thank You and have a safe 4th of July........"


Posted - May 2016
The Village of Hamburg has been awarded a $1000 grant from Calhoun County Foundation!!!
With this CCF Grant award, we will be making improvements with picnic tables, parks and a new flag pole at our Memorial Park area.
The Village & residents would like to thank the CCF for this award.


April 2016

clean-up was a great success and I'd like to thank everyone that was out and helped clean-up and beautify Hamburg. It was a long winter with way over our fair share of flooding, bringing with it, debris galore. Mostly from now till end of Oct it will be just maintaining the village.

With our CCF Grant award, we will be making improvements with picnic tables, parks and a new flag pole. Hopefully all this can be accomplished before Memorial Day and then we can all sit back and enjoy the summer on the Mississippi.

Again, thanks to all that participated....you know who you are.
Ed Williams - Mayor (interim)

Messages & News

The Village of Hamburg would like to announce, the

Mayor's Improvement Awards.


A $100.00 1st Place gift card, a $50.00 2nd Place gift card and a $25.00 3rd Place gift card will be awarded to the residents of Hamburg for their work, ingenuity and continued up-keep of their yards/gardens during 2017. All residents are eligible to participate. Destruction and damage due to flooding and drought

before and after will be taken into consideration.

Awards will be given at the Nov 2017 board meeting.

 Thank You
Ed Williams
Mayor (interim)

 I and the residents of the Village of Hamburg would like to welcome you to our little village on the Mississippi, where the people, be retired or working, walk our streets and the children still play outside and ride their bikes. We like to think we are a quiet, peaceful and friendly village to each other and to any visitors who might stop and take in the views of the Mississippi River. Whether living in or passing through, please follow our posted speed laws for everyone's safety, especially our children.
Thank You, Ed Williams, Mayor (interim)

Village of Hamburg 

Located in Calhoun County, Illinois

                         Established June 22, 1897

                                        Population 128 in 2010