Thursday January 31, 2013 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
Permit fees have substantially increased in Hamburg, for the town and its two villages.
“These increases reflect the need to sustain all the work which is done by this department,” Supervising Code Enforcement Officer Kurt Allen said at the Jan. 22 meeting of the Village of Hamburg Board.
According to Allen, since commercial construction has been down over the past three or four years and residential permits have increased, it was the logical move to increase those permit charges.
An example of some of the increases include:
• One-to-two family house (2,000-square-feet) including townhouse and condo has increased from $550 to $1,050.
• Residential addition (300 square-feet) from $110 to $200.
• Commercial or industrial building (5,000 square-feet includes addition) went from $1,350 to $1,600.
• Residential alteration ($25,000 projected cost) increased from $155 to $285
• Residential accessory: garage (575 square-feet) increased from $64 to $150 and sheds (100-square-feet) went from $40 to $55.
A complete list of all the permit charges is available at the Hamburg Village Hall and Hamburg Town Hall, as well as the town’s website at www.townofhamburgny.com under Building Inspection, subheading Building Inspection Home.
“Our department’s budget is $600,000 and we don’t want to pass all that cost on the taxpayers,” Allen said. “I was told by the town board to come up with substantial increases to sustain the department.”
Mayor Thomas Moses requested Allen to keep them informed about any future changes to fee schedules.
“This impacts all our residents and we should have been appraised of this before it happened,” Moses said.
In a related matter, the board agreed to continue discussions on the changes in the existing code for storing RVs, campers, boats and trailers at the Feb. 4 meeting, possibly at the work session at 5:30 p.m.
The current code, which limits the length of the aforementioned items to be 24-feet or less, requires a permit fee, has been considered by the board in need of revision.
It has been discussed that if the code is not changed, that the current code should be enforced.
In other matters, the board listened to a presentation by Brian Attea, Dr. Andrew and Laura Reyda on the proposed state-of-the-art Hamburg Village Veterinary Clinic at 103 and 113 Buffalo St.
“Since we purchased the clinic in May of 2006, we have been growing and now we are sort of bursting at the seems,” Dr. Reyda said.
“We love the existing building and we take pride in how it looks. We’ve spent a lot of money on it to make it look better,” Laura Reyda said. “But we have outgrown it. We tried to merge the two buildings into what we need, but it just can not be done.”
Instead, the couple are planning on demolishing the house, garage and small brick building (former barber shop) at 103 Buffalo St. first and continue operating out of the original clinic at 113 Buffalo St. as the new clinic is built.
Once completed, they will move into the new clinic and the other building will then be demolished, so the final stage of work will be completed.
“Our goal is to provide comprehensive, compassionate and innovative healthcare options for our patients and their families,” Dr. Reyda said. “This is our mission statement and we take it very seriously.
“Our new hospital will offer new services such as: 24-hour veterinary emergency care; dog and cat boarding; “Doggie Daycare;” digital radiology which allows for a faster diagnosis and endoscopies,” he said.
“Our plans have the building incorporating and enhancing the village’s existing architecture, appearance and flow,” he said. “We want to fit in the village, not make a big statement or stand out by itself.”
Attea, the attorney representing the Reyda’s said he did not believe there is any need for zoning variances for the project.
According to Moses, the board needed more information on this project, since a lot of questions and concerns have been raised about it.
“We do need to look at the big picture, but it is in the heart of the village,” Moses said. “We depend on our boards/commissions recommendations in these kind of situations and we do not take sides. This will continue through the process and all aspects of the plan will be discussed.”
The board next meets on Monday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. for a work session, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Both are open to the public.