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Hamburg church proposes new playground for the kids

HAMBURG — The Hamburg United Methodist Church may soon be sporting a brand new playground. The Hamburg Village Board gave partial site plan approval to that body, during its Nov. 18 meeting.

The church, located at 116 Union St., has asked permission to install a fenced-in playground on the northwest side of the existing facility.

The village board said that the church is looking into cutting off the driveway at the west end of its property, which exits onto Union Street. Deputy Mayor Thomas Tallman said that the current enter-only driveway will probably be changed, to accommodate two-way traffic.

Tallman said that this new arrangement should not impact traffic flow on the site.

The playground will be named in honor of the late Lucinda “Cindy” Edie of Hamburg, who died Aug. 1. The church said that it will be enclosed and have two gates; it will also have access from within the church building.

The plan has been reviewed by the planning commission, which recommended that the village board give a partial site approval to the project.

In other board news:
– Evans Bank asked for permission to add 20 parking spaces to its existing lot. Two sets of eight spaces will be located on the southwest side of the building, and another four spaces will be added to the north side of the bank.

– Board Trustee Paul Gaughan said that local artists have donated their time to work on the Hamburgh Holidays cutouts and that “they look amazing.”

– The board reminded the community that the Denim and Diamonds event will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at J.P. Fitzgerald’s.

– According to Gaughan, some of the village’s stop signs are no longer reflective, because of age, and need to be replaced.

– The board authorized the mayor to sign a change order with 12 Main St. LLC for additional electric work on the village parcel project at the corner of Main and Buffalo streets.

– Upon the recommendation of Superintendent of Public Works Marc Shuttleworth, David Seiwert was appointed to the position of working automotive crew chief in the DPW, effective Dec. 2, for a probationary period of six months. His starting salary of $55,000 will increase to $57,000 next December, after a satisfactory performance evaluation, and rise to $59,000 in 2015, after another such evaluation.

– A public hearing regarding revisions to the village code’s chapter entitled “Buildings, Dangerous” will be held at the village hall at 7:15 on Dec. 16.

– Moses was authorized to sign a consulting agreement for the village with Computer System Consultant Patrick Healy, for a term beginning last June 1 and ending May 31, 2014.

– The board also authorized a lease agreement between the village and Upstate Cellular Network, doing business as Verizon Wireless, for use of the Long Avenue water tank as a cell tower site for an initial term of 60 months.

The next Hamburg Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2.
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