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Village of Hamburg resident claims permit process is unfair and ambigious

The proposed changes in the code for the storage of RVs/boats/trailers/campers is still raising some concerns for Village of Hamburg residents.

Peggy Hazamy, of Brookwood Drive, in the village, spoke about some of those concerns at the village board meeting Monday (March 4).

One of the proposed changes in the code is that property owners living within 100 feet of the property lines of a permit applicant, will be given a written notice, by certified mail, top give them a chance to comment.

“Other permit applications do not require a neighbor’s permission,” Hazamy said. “Is there another ordinance based on someone’s opinion?”

Hazamy suggested that anyone with existing boats, trailers, campers, motor homes or recreational vehicles should be grandfathered in.

“This law is targeting only certain people in the village,” she said. “This is infringing on the rights of private property owners.”

As Village Attorney Edward Murphy has pointed out numerous other times, at other meetings, there is an existing law/code on the books about storing these types of vehicles in the village.

According to Murphy, the existing law is more restrictive than the proposed law. It is possible that the village could just keep the current code and to have the code enforcement officers actively enforce it.

Hazamy’s comments will be taken into consideration, Deputy Mayor Thomas Tallman said.

In other business, Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said the Hamburg Public Library will appear before the board at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18 to give a presentation on their proposed expansion of the Buffalo Street library.

“The mayor asked the library board to come here and give us a presentation about this,” Tallman said. “This is happening here in the village and we really do not know what the plans are.”

In other action, the board:

• Heard from Witkowski the public hearing for the 2013-14 budget is 7:15 p.m. on Monday, March 18. (See related story on page 3)

• Authorized Mayor Thomas Moses to sign an agreement with Conestoga Rovers Associates to provide professional engineering consulting services for a proposed water system consolidation study, to not cost more than $49,600.

• Awarded to Modern Disposal the contract to rent two 32 cubic yard garbage packers to be used for the Village of Hamburg’s large trash pickups for March, June and September, at an hourly rate of $132.50 each truck and one operator with a four hour minimum. Overtime rate was set at $132.50 each truck.

Allied Waste Services of North America bid was $131.39 per hour and one operator with an eight hour minimum. Overtime rate was set at $131.30.

According to the board, although Modern Disposal was not the low bid, the four hour difference between the minimum payments more than makes up the difference.

• Heard from Recreation Supervisor Josh Haeick that the Easter Egg Hunt will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Tree Grove Park on Prospect Avenue.

•Heard from Highway Superintendent Marc Shuttleworth that the first large trash pickup will be the week of March 18 through March 22 and the electronic drop off will be Monday, March 25 at the DPW property on 373 Pleasant Ave.

The board next meets at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18.

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