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Proposed Hamburg Village Veterinary Clinic project is progressing

Veterinary Clinic has taken another step towards fruition.

The site plan for the proposed 8,900 square-foot two-story state-of-the-art veterinary clinic on Buffalo Street was approved by the Hamburg Village Board at its meeting Monday (April 1), based on a positive recommendation by the village’s planning commission.

The plan shows the three existing wooden frame buildings (the current veterinary clinic, a residential building and a garage) as well as a small brick building (a former barber shop) having been removed and replaced by the larger clinic.

No variances will be needed for the project, as presented, Trustee Thomas Tallman told the board.

Since the plan was first revealed last October, some members of the Hamburg Historic Preservation Commission and some village residents have spoken out against the demolition of one home, of Greek revival architecture.

According to Tallman, the Historic Preservation Commission will not be able to officially weigh in on the matter until a demolition permit has been filed. “When that happens, the Commission gets to report on the possible historic significance of the building,” Tallman said.

In other action, the board adopted its 2013-14 budget, with a general fund tax rate of $19.49 per thousand of assessed value. This reflects a 2.52 percent tax rate increase and for a home assessed at $100,000 this would be about a $48 increase.

The amount needed to be raised by taxes is $6,336,675, a $206,356 increase from last year.

Increases in the New York State Retirement System ($127,143), workers compensation insurance costs ($15,000 increase) and a $172,532 increase in health insurance costs are the major reasons for the budget increases, Village Administrator/Budget Director Donald Witkowski said.

The capital projects include approximately $1.2 million in road work for the third phase to repair and resurface streets. This will be paid by a combination of bond funds ($1,036,162), CHIPS funds and asphalt funds.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the application for certificate of compliance for building design standards for Hardie Board siding to be put on the front of the Pyramid Lounge, 187 Buffalo St.

• Approved the application for compliance for building design standard for a proposed Subway Restaurant at 349 Buffalo St.

• Held its annual organizational meeting and reappointed Tallman as deputy mayor and Witkowski as village administrator, budget director and WNY Stormwater Coalition (alternative representative).

Other appointments were: Mary Beth Dueringer as deputy treasurer; Mary McKee as deputy clerk; Edward J. Murphy III as village attorney/acting village prosecutor; Michael J. Biehler as acting village justice; Brian F. Attea as village prosecutor; Marc Shuttleworth as WNY Stormwater Coalition representative and Paul Klemenich as the bingo inspector.

Peter Danforth, Ronald E. Nelson, Bonnie Meyer, Diane Reynolds, Mary Ellen Glass, Gene Nowicki and Julie Hughes were appointed to the Traffic Safety Committee for a one year term, with Hadley Fisher as an advisory member.

Michael E. Lennon, Douglas Hunter and Michael Agate were appointed to the Architectural Review Committee for a one year term. David Rust was appointed as an alternate member.

Michael P. Kaney and Garry L. Nelson were appointed to the Recreation Commission for a three year term.

Matthew Roth was appointed to the Planning Commission for a three year term.

Judy Johnson, Pamela Revezzo, Kathy Herrmann, Peggy Murphy, Edallia Jakobsche, Mary Schwartz and Cheryl Noworyta were appointed to the Civic Beautification Committee for a three year term.

Doug Hutter and Mary Beck were appointed to the Historic Preservation Commission for a three year term.

Peter McCormick and Raymond Myers were appointed to the Zoning Board of Appeals for five year terms. Richard Stumpf was appointed as ZBA chair for a term of one year.

The board will next meet in a work session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m.


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