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Hamburg named No. 3 by AARP

HAMBURG — “Hamburg has been turning out a lot of safer senior citizen drivers,” said Neil Ross, a driver safety instructor and district coordinator for the American Association of Retired Persons, “and I really appreciate that.” Those words came during a presentation held at the Hamburg town board’s bimonthly meeting on June 9, during which the board was presented with a plaque for ranking third in the nation among AARP host sites.

“Hamburg has come in No. 3 in the nation, out of 18,000 different host sites,” Ross explained. “So they’re No. 3 in the nation for giving and allowing AARP to teach. They had the [third] highest number of classes and they had the total number of students or people taking the test. Now this all came about because Hamburg has been very active with their seniors.”

Mark Denecke, director of recreation, added, “This plaque is dedicated to the Hamburg Senior Center. It’s presented by Julie Lee, who is the national vice president and national director of driving safety. This is a great honor for Hamburg, to come in No. 3 in the nation.”

Denecke then read the commendation from Lee, which stated, “I cannot thank you and your staff enough for your ongoing leadership, commitment and generosity. Thanks to your hard work and support, your community is safer for all road users, and hundreds of drivers are safer and more confident behind the wheel. AARP records show that from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2013, your organization hosted 39 courses, to which you reached approximately 994 participants.”

On the subject, Supervisor Stephen Walters said, “No. 3, right here – this is going to go up in our new center. We’re going to have more space, so hopefully we can do more classes, and next year, maybe this three will be a No. 1. We’re not going to rest on our laurels. I know Marty’s going to work hard to continue this record of excellence for the town.”

In other board news:

– Longboards at the Beach made a proposal to operate the seasonal concession stand at the Hamburg Town Park, which was accepted by the board. The term runs from the 2014-2017 season, at a total of $1,500, per season. “No other proposals were submitted,” added Walters.

The amount remains constant from previous years, he noted.

“It’s historically been very difficult to find a concessionaire because of weather factors and the fact that the beach is restricted to residents only,” said Denecke. “It’s very difficult to make a profit while doing so. We’ve been fortunate to have Longboards at the beach for the last two or three years. They have really spruced it up and done an outstanding job, as far as the appearance of it, the menu; they brought in special events. They sponsored movie night. They’ve had acoustic guitar players and singers and really have brought a nice touch back to Hamburg Town Park.”

“I heard a lot of good things,” said Councilwoman Cheryl Potter-Juda. “I have no opposition to Longboards being there. I’m all for it.”

– The fund for Woodlawn Beach Operations was increased by the finance department of the town from $2,000 -$2,500.

– Jason Collard was appointed deputy for the highway department, effective June 11, due to the retirement of Richard Krautsack, former deputy highway superintendent. Krautsack’s retirement took effect June 10 and came after 36 years of service.

– A zoning request by Braymiller Market, which is currently in a Residential-Agricultural District, to rezone 2.08 acres of its 4.52 acres of land at 6936 Gowanda State Road to Neighborhood Commercial General Residence District was referred to the planning board. According to the resolution, “The Code Review Committee reviewed the application and found merit in the rezoning of this property.”

The next board meeting for the town of Hamburg is scheduled for Monday, June 23 at 7 p.m.

All town board meetings are held at the Hamburg Town Hall, which is located at 6100 S. Park Ave. in Hamburg.


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