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BY: Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | December 19, 2012

As one strolls along Main Street in the Village of Hamburg, take the time to look around at the historic buildings.

These buildings are now registered in Washington D.C. on the National Register of Historic Places and joins an elite listing of properties nationwide.

“This is a huge opportunity for the village,” Trustee Laura Hackathorn said at the Dec. 17 board meeting. “With this designation, commercial property will now be eligible for historic tax credits.”

“This is a job well done,” Mayor Thomas Moses said.

Special Project Coordinator Paul Becker recommended there be signs posted along the designated area of Main (from Lake Street to Buffalo Street) and suggested the pictures of historic buildings be included.

In other action, the board heard from Becker on many of the projects he is working on, including website enhancement; modifications of the village’s zoning codes; possibly merging the Planning Commission and Architect Review Committee; establishing a task force to oversee/coordinate with other entities about hike/bike, ski/snowshoe trails in the village, and re-establishing the Economic Development Committee, with new members.

There was also some limited discussion on the possibility of hiring a consultant to help with the zoning code review.

“We need to make sure that we are following what our comprehensive plan suggested,” Becker said. “We want to be consistent.”

In other business, the board:

• Heard from Moses there is the possibility that a Soap Box Derby will be held in the village on June 29.

• Heard the annual Rock the Roundabout will be held Dec. 31, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the municipal parking lot.

The event, sponsored fully by Loomis, Offers & Loomis, will have live music, with a special appearance by “Word of Month.”

The Quiz Master Dennis George will be trying to stump attendees with trivia questions and there will be food available for purchase.

Parking will be in Saints Peter & Paul RC Church lot.

• Approved the application for signs for the new Hunt Real Estate building at 5546 Camp Road.

• Approved the application for a proposed staircase enclosure for a set of stairs at the back of Patrick O’Brien’s building at 32 Main St., providing O’Brien provides for the file, the specific materials and colors to be used.

• Granted permanent status to Joshua Haeick, as provisional recreational supervisor, subject to the conditions of a Civil Service provisional appointment for the recreational supervisor position.

• Granted permanent status to Police Officer Ethan F. Rog. He successfully completed his 18 month probationary term.

• Agreed to hire Computel Consultants of Earlville, to review the village utilities, for a one-time fee of 40 percent of any and all recovered refunds and/or credits as a result of their work.

According to Moses, other companies were asking for 50 percent.

• Heard from Public Works Superintendent Marc Shuttleworth that he would like to see if they can offer Wi-Fi capability in the village parks.

“We have a lot of the equipment and I would like to see if we can offer this service,” Shuttleworth said.

Shuttleworth will be working with Pat Healy, who handles the village’s technology services, computers, phone lines and other equipment.

The board next meets at a 5:30 p.m. work session on Monday, Jan. 7 followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.

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