Plans to move the Town of Hamburg’s Recreation Department, Senior Services and Adult Daycare can now officially move forward.
The Hamburg Town Board unanimously agreed to a 19-year lease with the Frontier School District which will allow the town to move those three departments into the current Frontier Community Educational Center, which is located at 4540 Southwestern Blvd.
Town Councilman Joseph Collins asked Supervisor Steven Walters if there was an out clause due to the length of the deal.
Walters responded there is an out clause, and satisfied with the answer, Collins, Walters and Councilwoman Amy Ziegler all voted “yes” to the lease.
On May 1, the two sides announced they had reached a pact.
After learning that BOCES was vacating, Frontier Superintendent James C. Bodziak reached out to Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven J. Walters after reading that the town was looking for a new location for the day care. The Hamburg Town Board discussed its future during a work session on Feb. 11, at which time Walters, along with Councilmembers Amy Ziegler and Joseph Collins all agreed that the program had outgrown the facility, which is located at Pleasant Avenue and Haviland Place.
Walters said at that time when Bodziak first approached him with the idea, he was a bit “skeptical,” but quickly realized that this was the ideal location to move its recreation, senior and adult daycare facilities.
The town will assume control of the facility around July 1, when BOCES moves out. The Southtowns Teacher’s Center is also located there and is vacating.
As part of the agreement, the town has agreed to a 10-year lease with a nine-year option. Frontier will continue to own the building and the town will pay the yearly bond payment, which Walters said will range between about $50,000 to $55,000. The supervisor said the figure will change annually as interest rates fluctuate. The town will also be responsible to pay utilities, maintenance and insurance for the property.
From this point, the town will begin working on specific plans on how it will update the facility to fit what the town needs.
At that time, the supervisor noted there is not a specific time frame in which it will be open yet, but his early goal is for it to be in operation by Jan. 1, 2014 – if not sooner, Walters said.
Once the project is completed, Walters said the Recreation offices will move from the Nike Base, the town will sell the current Adult Daycare building and the town will move its senior services from the People, Inc., run Iris Housing on Sowles Road. The Youth Department will also be vacating Woodlawn Beach when the new facility is ready.
The building was built in 2002 with the intent of helping provide an education. Although the use will be different, she believes some of those same core ideas remain.
• The Hamburg Town Board will be reducing to one meeting a month in July and August.
The next meeting will be on Monday, July 15, beginning with a work session at 6 p.m. The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
The board will follow the same meeting times on Monday, Aug. 12, and will resume with two meetings a month beginning in September.