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Village of Hamburg discuss use of mapping system

Germany – The Hamburg Village Board discussed the possibility of instituting a computerized mapping system that would help manage the village’s infrastructure and buildings.

Special Projects Coordinator Paul Becker told the board at its work session Monday (Nov. 3) night he recently discussed the benefits of the Geographic Information System with representatives of Erie County and local governments and thought it would be an idea the village should consider.

A GIS integrates hardware, software and data for managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information and allows for the viewing, understanding, and interpreting of data in ways that reveal relationships, patterns and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts, according to www.gis.com.

It allows its users to analyze the difference between spacially-referenced places and measure data, variable over space, according to the county’s Web site at www.erie.gov/environment/planning_ecdev/gis.asp

Donald Witkowski, the village’s administrator, told the board that he believed it would bring increased efficiency. He pointed out that the town also maintains a GIS and has a dedicated staff for it. He also said the village may be eligible for a grant of up to $600,000 for the implementation of this service.“It might be a good time to get involved with this,” Witkowski said.

Village Trustee Michael Cerrone agreed, saying there was a great deal that could be done with the use of the system, as long as the data is kept up-to-date.“It could be a very effective tool for the village,” Cerrone noted.

In other business, the board:

  • Tabled a plan granting a special use permit for the use of 39 Long Street as a “doggy day care,” due to the effect it may have on nearby businesses, including restaurants, and residential buildings. The store would be in the same building as a salon next door and calls for a 24×40 feet, fenced-in outside enclosure for the dogs, who would be supervised. After an executive session about the matter, Village Mayor Thomas Moses Sr. said there were further matters to investigate.

    Tabled a motion to approve a 20-foot-by-20-foot, 400-square foot shed in the back of the Verizon building at 141 Main St. to be used to store fiberoptic equipment. The Planning Commission and Architectural Review Committee both reviewed the application and recommended its approval, but the board held off until site plans could be further reviewed.

  • Accepted the resignation of Joseph K. Bloom from the position of police officer with the Village of Hamburg.
  • Approved the increase of members on the Traffic Safety Committee from five to seven and then appointed Bonnie Meyer of Huntington Court for a term to end April 6, 2009.
  • Approved the installation of a projecting sign at least 9 feet above grade at Lake Shore Savings on 59 Main St. and the amendments to the facade construction at Fix Chiropractic on 246 Buffalo St.
  • Announced that work to repair overhead street lights on Rovner Place is 95 percent done. The mayor pointed that out in response to a resident’s concerns last month.
  • Changed the public hearing for code changes to South Buffalo Street from Nov. 3 to its next meeting on Nov. 17 at 7:15 p.m.

The board will next week for a work session on Monday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m., with a regular board meeting set to start at 7 p.m.