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What goes up must come down: Hamburg building to be demolished

HAMBURG — A Hamburg structure is again at the forefront of the Hamburg Village Board members’ minds.

According to that body, the owner of 374 Pleasant Ave. purchased the already condemned property in 2012, after a fire left extensive damage. “When he took ownership a few months later, there was a demolition order in place,” Village Attorney Edward Murphy said, during the board’s Feb. 3 meeting.

The board had discussed the issue during a Dec. 2 work session, determining at that time to again ask the owner to do a controlled demolition by a certified individual.

The Feb. 3 session saw the item come before the board again, this time via a public hearing regarding the building’s demolition. The board gave the property owner until Feb. 16 to secure a demolition permit (20 days from his Jan. 27 receipt of the certified notice), in compliance with the updated village code.

According to Murphy, the owner must complete the demolition within 60 days of obtaining the permit; the deadline is April 17.

“I think 60 days is a generous amount of time,” Trustee Paul Gaughan said. Murphy clarified that, if the demolition is not completed by April 17, the village can hire someone to take down the building.

The owner of the Pleasant Avenue structure was in attendance and indicated that he understood the board’s directive and the time frame in which the demolition is to be completed.

In other board news:

– Village Recreation Supervisor Josh Haeick reported that the village’s recreational skating rink should be up and running soon. The base at the Union Pleasant Elementary School is already completed.

– Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said that he and Village Mayor Thomas Moses Sr. were planning to attend a Feb. 13 conference of local mayors, to discuss distressed properties. This conference was organized by Springville Mayor William Krebs.

– Pat Healy, of information technology, announced that the rollout of new computers and printers is nearly complete. Up next for IT updates is the village police department.

– The board members noted the large turnout for the Picture Your Walls grand opening on Jan. 30. “That’s a real nice setup he’s got there,” Moses said, encouraging those who have not visited the local store to stop in and greet owner Eric Adams. “It was one of the nicest grand openings I’ve ever seen.”

– Moses reported that a proclamation had been given to local resident Ruth Garrison in celebration of the local resident’s 100th birthday.

– The board scheduled a public hearing regarding the tentative 2014 – 2015 budget for 7:15 p.m. on March 3. A copy of the budget will be available in the clerk-treasurer’s office, located at 100 Main St. in Hamburg, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, beginning Feb. 20.

– Bonita Meyer was appointed chairperson of the election inspectors. Sandra Hudden, Marguerite Murphy, Karl Stadler and Margaret Holmes were named election inspectors and Janice Hood was appointed an alternate election inspector. These positions will be in effect for the general village election scheduled for March 18.

– Mitch Johnson was appointed to the permanent position of laborer (refuse collector) in the department of public works, effective Feb. 1.

The Hamburg Village Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18, followed by a regular board meeting.

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