HAMBURG — The Village of Hamburg Board convened on July 21 at the Hamburg Village Hall.
During the work session, the village board met with representatives from Imagine:Hamburg, a local non-profit group dedicated to promoting the village’s image and historical importance, to address a discrepancy with new welcome signs produced by the group.
The board questioned the representatives about new welcome signs made for the Village of Hamburg which list its establishment date as taking place in 1803, while the village was not legally incorporated until 1874.
The representatives present from the Imagine:Hamburg organization said that they meant the date to put more of an emphasis on the village’s historical heritage, which dates back to 1803 as the year of initial settlement, rather than its legal incorporation as a village.
The representatives said that the 1803 date plays an important role the organization’s goal of raising awareness of Hamburg’s historic past and appreciating the contributions of their founders.
After hearing the presentation by the Imagine:Hamburg representatives, board members said that the organization should see the confusion about the sign’s dates as an opportunity to educate the villagers about the historical significance of the 1803 date.
During the board meeting, Deputy Mayor Thomas Tallman put forth a motion for the Village Board to allow the Comfort Zone coffee shop on Main Street to replace its existing cabinet sign with a new plywood sign.
The board approved this motion, provided that the sign will be hung 8 feet or higher above the sidewalk below.
As the meeting continued, the board also approved a motion put forth by Tallman to authorize Mayor Thomas Moses as having the ability to sign an Inter-Municipal Highway Agreement on behalf of the village of Hamburg.
The next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Aug. 4, with a special work session that took place a week prior at 5 p.m. on July 28.