The group Imagine: Hamburg has something new it is imagining. That is the chance to be sanctioned by the Village of Hamburg once again.
“At one time, we were sanctioned by the village,” said Dale Neseman, a member of the nearly 30 person group.
According to Neseman, the origins of Imagine: Hamburg began nearly a decade ago as the Route 62 Reconstruction Committee, which aided the village during the reconstruction project, when roundabouts were installed and businesses struggled.
He said that committee officially was disbanded by former Mayor Curt Hermann, but remained an independent group and changed its name.
“We would like to be part of the village team again,” Neseman said.
He cites insurance and liability reasons as a main reason that the group is considering asking to become sanctioned by the village again.
“We are not tax exempt,” said Neseman. Recently, the group has been working on building an old-fashioned trolley stop near the Buffalo Street/Clark Street/South Park Avenue roundabout. The money came from donations and Neseman said he is concerned that some people who donated will assume it was a tax-exempt donation when in fact, it was not.
He also believes that being sanctioned by the village would bring the group increased credibility when it comes to future projects.
“We’ve always had great cooperation from the board and this mayor,” Neseman said.
Although Neseman noted that the group has not formally voted to decide whether they would like to seek being a village run group again, conversations with other members has him confident that they feel the same way.
“We all would like to be back in the family, and if you’ll accept us, we’d like to come home,” Neseman said.
Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said while there are many positives, with being a village sanctioned group, “there are always restrictions.” He suggested that one objective of the group should be to figure out exactly what there purpose is.
In other board news:
• The Village Board honored outgoing Traffic Safety Chairman Peter Danforth with a plaque for his years of service. Mayor Thomas J. Moses, Sr. said Danforth was a member of the committee for about 10 years, including “six or seven” as chairman.
“I feel very, very strongly about the future of the Traffic Safety Committee,” said Danforth.
He said he left a list of about 20 items that will “keep the committee busy” but are very important. He said among the items he is concerned about includes young people walking and bicycling in the dark.
• The Mayor said Imagine: Hamburg is showing the movie “Brave” outside at Memorial Park on Thursday, July 25. There will be activities for children beginning at 7:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk.