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Proposed vet clinic in Village of Hamburg has some residents concerned

Discussion has begun on building a new state-of-the-art veterinary clinic on Buffalo Street. The complex would replace these two structures, the current Village Veterinary Clinic and the neighboring Greek Revival home.
The proposed plans for a new state-of-the-art veterinary clinic at 113 Buffalo St. in the Village of Hamburg has people talking.

Some residents have been very vocal against the idea, since it would mean the demolition of two older homes at the site.

Chris Snyder spoke out about the plan at the Nov. 5 Hamburg Village Board meeting.

“First, I want to express my support the Village Veterinary Clinic for their plan to create a state-of-the-art veterinarian clinic in the Village of Hamburg, similar to what Orchard Park has,” Snyder said.

“Secondly, I ask that the Village Veterinary Clinic and the Village Board work together to find an alternate location for this expansion, so that two beautiful homes, one which has historic significance, are not demolished in the process.”

The buildings in question include the current veterinary clinic and a Greek Revival home next door.

Snyder went on to say that she questioned how the village can celebrate their recent historic business district designation while considering demolishing a historic home.

“Not everything in the village has historic designation,” Mayor Thomas Moses said.

“We as a board have to look at everything that comes before us and we will look at every angle.

“Right now this plan is going through a process and it has not approached the board yet. It is a concept at this time,” Moses said.

“I grew up on Pierce Avenue and then moved away,” said Julie Howes, a member of the Hamburg Historical Society. “When I returned, the block had irreversible changed with the expansion of the Knight’s of Columbus and the apartment complex. Those beautiful houses that were there are now gone.

“I beg you to consider what is historic in this village,” Howes said.

It was suggested that perhaps the houses on Buffalo Street could be moved to vacant lots.

“The Boies-Lord house was moved and preserved and was made into a living history museum,” Snyder said. “Maybe the same could be done for the little Greek Revival.”

“It was a lot cheaper to move the Boies-Lord House, then than it is now,” Moses said. “At the time, the electric companies donated their services, that wouldn’t happen now.”

The board accepted Snyder’s written statements for the record.

In other action, the board:

• Appointed Marc Shuttleworth to the permanent Civil Service position of Public Works superintendent, at a salary of $68,959, effective immediately.

• Heard from Shuttleworth that leaves need to be left on the “devil strip” not in the roadway.

“Leaves left in the road can clog the drains and cause flooding issues,” he said.

• Heard from Recreation Supervisor Josh Haeick they are planning on fixing up the ball field at the Community Center.

“We are looking to make a T-ball field at that location and hope to have a functional field by 2014,” Haeick said.

Discussion was also held about gating the fence to stop people from walking through the ball park.

• Heard that Bikrim Yoga, 266 Buffalo St., has completed most of the work it needed to do and that work had started on the landscaping.

“They should be done soon and we’ll be able to issue them their permanent certificate of occupation,” Supervising Code Enforcement Officer Kurt Allen said.

• Hired Sally Birmingham as a part-time clerk to the village justice.

• Appointed Mary Beiter, Amy Fleissner Collins, Jeffrey Leyonmark, Laura Herman, Tricia Miller and Eliza Wild to the Agricultural Review Committee, a subcommittee of the Environmental Conservation Commission.

The board will next meet in a work session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, followed at a regular board meeting at 7 p.m.

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