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The Hamburg Town Board Monday delayed action -- at least until its next meeting -- after holding public hearings on two rezoning requests.

The first of the two meetings was on William Downey's request for a rezoning from residential-agricultural to local retail for a convenient food mart on Southwestern Boulevard.

Several residents spoke in favor of the rezoning request, saying the growing residential population in the area has created the need for such a store.

The second concerned the request of Pearl A. Montgomery and Allen Knapp to rezone land on Lakeview Road from residential-agricultural to single-family residential for a proposed subdivision, Lakeview Court.

Some residents opposed the proposal, saying the agricultural area should be preserved.

In other business, the board approved the request of the Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company to expand and renovate the company's firehouse.

The fire company, a not-for-profit, private organization, was told by its bank that it needed the approval of the Town Board before it would be given an $800,000 mortgage for the project, even though the town is not financing the project.

The board also:

Awarded a $173,100 contract for the expansion of the Police Department facilities to Kirst Construction of Boston, N.Y.

Scheduled a public hearing for 7:15 p.m. July 16 on establishing a water district for the Rushcreek Park subdivision.

Appointed Paul Schlehr to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a five-year term beginning Sunday.

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