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If weather cooperates, Woodlawn Beach State Park could possibly break even in 2013

According to the latest operation numbers by the Town of Hamburg, Woodlawn Beach State Park revenues are continuing to increase.

According to Hamburg Town Supervisor Steven Walters, Woodlawn Beach’s statement of operations for 2012 showed a total revenue of $277,589 and a total expenditure of $320,031.

“This shows us in the red for $42,442,” Walters said at the May 13 town board meeting. “In 2009, when the state ran it, they reported an over $300,000 deficit. It was closed in 2010 and we took over in 2011.

“We have shrunk that deficit by over $200,000 in two years. We think this jewel in the town needs to be kept open,” Walters said.

According to Walters, Barbara Lipke, who works as general manager at Woodlawn on the weekends, has done an outstanding job.

He also praised Linda Rogers for her marketing of the facility.

“We estimated our revenues from the rental of the Pavilion for the 2013 year would be $30,000,” Walters said. “We are already at $34,000 and we still have not opened for the season.”

Walters also praised Ray Pawlowski, of Highway/Buildings and Grounds, with keeping the beach and grounds immaculate.

“I’m very happy we stepped up to keep this beach open and it officially opens for the season on Saturday, May 25,” Walters said.

For the town park/beach the statement of operations for 2012 showed a $335,092 deficient in revenue, most of that connected to salaries, retirement payments and insurances.

The Hamburg Golf Course showed a profit of $33,629 for 2012.

In other action at the board, the town approved the rezoning of 15.3 acres of land at 4462 Clark St., (Lockwood’s Greenhouses) from M-1 (industrial park-research and development district) and R-3 (multi-family district) to C-1 (local retail business district), with conditions.

The major condition is that Lockwood’s must provide to the town, a landscape/buffer enhancement plan for the area between the site’s new parking area (to the northwest of the property, behind the neighbors property) and adjoining residential properties.

This plan will reflect the screening requirements for parking lots abutting residential properties (landscaping, fencing, etc.) and will address permanent buffers and lighting issues (shielded lights, etc.).

This plan shall be reviewed and approved (or request revisions) by the town and then constructed by the applicant prior to the rezoning being filed.

According to Town Planner Andrew Reilly, the applicant has three months to have the landscaping approved and completed. If they do not, the rezoning approval will become void and they would have to begin the process over again.

“The town will not file to have this property rezoned until this is addressed and corrected,” Reilly said. “They built the new section of parking lot without any approvals and now they must bring it into compliance. They must do this whether or not they let the rezoning lapse.”

Another condition is that any future development or redevelopment of the site will require proper setbacks and buffering. There will be a minimum setback of 50 feet from the property line abutting residential uses.

The third condition is that there will be a deed constriction, which will prohibit the construction of hotels, motels, banks and drive-through banks on the site.

The town also approved the rezoning of 4856 Lake Avenue from M-1 (industrial park- research and development district) to C-2 (general commercial district) for a golf cart sales and service business.

In other business, the board:

• Approved a serial bond for $1 million towards the $2,252,625 Hamburg Public Library expansion/renovation project.

The remaining $1,252,625 is to be paid by grant money from the state, town funds and other money raised by the library.

The loan will be for 15 years and will be paid by the town through its budget.

• Recognized retired President and CEO of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Betty Newell for her years of dedication to the town and villages.

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