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Haeick updates board on recreation issues

Joshua Haeick, the new recreation supervisor for the village, updated the board on recreation issues during the July 2 Hamburg Village Board meeting.

Haeick spoke for the first time in his official capacity at the board meeting, since taking over for William Nye, who retired as the department’s supervisor in June. He noted that there was a problem with village lifeguard certifications since New York State decided it would no longer recognize lifeguards certified by Red Cross.

“There are eight or nine lifeguards who need to be re-certified. Why the state and Red Cross are not in harmony, I’m not sure,” said Haeick. He said the problem would be quickly rectified.

He also told the board he plans to include parks into his five-year master plan and asked for insight.

“I want to look into improving our park systems in the next five years,” he said.

Haeick also requested information on the 14th annual Greater Buffalo National Softball Association World Series Qualifier tournament in Hamburg, which will take place on July 13-15. More than 60 teams, with 40 being from out of town, will be taking part in the tournament.

“I want to put together a booklet of information full of coupons so the teams could know what village they are in,” said Haeick.

The board, realizing the lack of time for proper preparation, decided they would help put together what they could and focus more on getting ready for next year’s tournament.

Also during the work session, no decisions were made on the parking and traffic problems on North Street near Hamburg High School. It was considered at the previous board meeting that parking diagonally near the school’s tennis courts could be a possible solution to the problem.

“It might be more hazardous having diagonal parking because of backing up,” said Mayor Thomas J. Moses. The board discussed that there was a strip of land between the tennis court and the school that could possibly be turned into parking.

During the formal meeting, a public hearing was held regarding revisions to the village code pertaining to size and maintenance of parking spaces. The new code would reduce the size. The original dimensions of parking spaces were 10 feet by 20 feet and the new dimensions are 9 feet by 19 feet. The hearing was held and the motion was carried.

In other action, the board:

• Passed a motion to approve a Certificate of Compliance for Building Design Standards for Tara Weller, a representative of Dairy Queen on Lake Street, for her pre-existing pole sign. The old sign was damaged heavily in 2010 by wind. A new sign was
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