Thursday May 9, 2013 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
After years of discussions and sometime arguments, a new code has been adopted for the storage of recreational vehicles, trailers, boats, mobile homes and motor homes in the Village of Hamburg.
For the past four years, members of the Hamburg Village Board, the village attorney and the code enforcement office have struggled with how to improve an existing code which was not user friendly and almost impossible to enforce.
“We did not even have the paperwork to provide the permit we were mandating they get,” Mayor Thomas Moses said at the May 6 village board meeting. The new code, which was adopted unanimously by the board at the meeting, is less restrictive than the previous code, said Village Attorney Edward Murphy.
Permits are now required for any RV/trailer/boat etc. which is over 24 feet in length, including the trailer it sits on, if applicable.
No permit is needed if the entire vehicle is parked of stored within an enclosed garage, shed or barn.
Also a vehicle stored for over 180 days must be either in the rear yard or the side yard (of a corner lot)
All permit applicants will need to be filed with the village clerk, as well as paying for a nonrefundable application fee. Once that is received, the clerk places the application on the agenda for then next available Village Planning Commission meeting as well as providing a minimum 10 day written notice (certified mail) to all resident home owners living within 100 feet of the outer property line of the applicants property.
A complete copy of the code (238) is available online at www.villageofhamburg.com under Village Code, at the Village Hall or at the building inspector’s office in the basement of the Hamburg Town Hall.
In other action, during the work session, the board heard a presentation by Town of Hamburg Emergency Manager Glenn Zawierucha, Deputy Emergency Manager Sean Crotty and Village of Hamburg Disaster Coordinator Ric Dimpfl on a proposed Code Red program in the village.
The program would provide an enhanced high-speed mass communication service that would include land line phones, cell phones, texting and email alerts. According to Emergency Communications Network, who manages the program, this is an interactive way to keep in touch with the community and can be used in emergency situations, such as a missing person, bomb threats and severe weather alerts.
It can also be used as a tool by the municipality to alert residents about water breaks, road closures and other events.“They can target specific neighborhoods, even call just a single street, it is not like the reverse 911 calls, which blanket an area,” Crotty said.
“We are planning on using the Code Red this year at the Erie County Fair,” Zawierucha said.
The cost for one year of service was set at $45,000, with the cost divided between the six municipalities the Town of Hamburg provides dispatch service to.
The cost for one year would be, if approved by each municipality:
• Town of Hamburg – $26,662.96
• Village of Hamburg – $5,575.28
• Village of Blasdell –$1,513.42
• Town of Eden – $4,555.14
• Town of Boston – $4,756.04
• Town of Colden – $1,9345.49
According to Zawierucha, they are hoping that the other municipalities come on board with the program and they said they could be up an running by June 1.
No decision was made on the proposal, but Village Administrator Donald Witkowski did say that with the budget process for 2013-14 already completed, it might be difficult to find this much money, especially since it would be a yearly expense.
The board will next meet in at 5:30 for a work session followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20.