HAMBURG — Christmas was again on the minds of the Hamburg Village Board members, when they met for a work session on Dec. 2.
Fire Chief Tim Moses reported that the Santa Claus Parade in Hamburg was successful and added that his crew members said they were well received by parade-goers. The junior firefighters were on hand for the lighting of the star on Dec. 6.
Santa’s Workshop, which was set up in the Village Square Plaza after the Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 30, is now open for business. Village Mayor Tom Moses said that he was asked if it could be moved to a different location in the square’s parking lot, but the board agreed that the workshop is in the right place. “I don’t want to be moving that thing around,” Moses said. “It’s going to stay right where it is.”
Board Member Laura Hackathorn reported that the Village Business Advisory Council-sponsored Green Friday event, held right after Thanksgiving, as well as Small Business Saturday the next day, were a success. “The feedback was great,” she said. “The day went fantastic. The organizers were real go-getters and I commend the VBAC for a great job.”
Hackathorn said that the event received a lot of press and, as a result, saw a large turnout. “It was really well attended,” she said. “It’s really catching on.”
In a separate holiday matter, a local center has requested that signage for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day food drive be posted throughout the area. Administrator Donald Witkowski said that the organizers asked that the banners be placed around Christmas.
“We can pick the locations,” he said. “They are looking for the highest visibility.” Because this endeavor is held on the same day every year, the signs can be reused for future drives.
Board Member Paul Gaughan said that he felt that a few weeks would be enough time for the signs to get their point across, and asked that the banners be erected closer to the first of the year.
In other board news:
– The board has been asked to make a determination about demolition on a structure at 374 Pleasant Ave. It was recommended that the owner be asked to do a controlled demolition by a certified individual, and to add a deadline on the issued permit. “We expected this to be down by May 2013,” Deputy Mayor Thomas Tallman said. “Now he says it will be down within a year of that. It seems goofy.”
– Hackathorn spoke about a plaque that is proposed to be installed at the 12 Main St. corner. This sign will announce and explain the area’s historic district designation. While Hackathorn said that the original plan was to affix the plaque to a wall, it may end up being freestanding or at the ground level. “We won’t be ordering anything until we look at all of the options,” she said.
– Moses was authorized to sign an agreement between the town and village of Hamburg for the use of town Community Development Block Grant funds for a water line reconstruction project on a section of Long Avenue, between Center and South Lake streets. According to the board, this area is within a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development target area, in the village.
– The board approved an application for certificate of compliance for the building design standards submitted by Brett Bender of Elevated Mind Tattoo at 189 Buffalo St., for a projection sign to be mounted to a beam on the south corner of the building.
– Signage for Daniel Evans of Militello Pizzeria at 221 Buffalo St. was also approved. The specifications include a 36-by-146-foot sign with green LED halo lighting.
– The board approved siding and window replacement and a new front door for Jeffrey C. Magavern, Attorney, at 71 Main St.
– Black and gold window signage for Eric Adams’ business, Picture Your Walls, at 184 Buffalo St., was approved.
The next Hamburg Village Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16.