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LONGER FILING PERIOD FOR SENIOR TAX EXEMPTION EYED

Senior citizens experiencing an illness or death in their families would be given extra time to file for tax exemptions in Hamburg under legislation being considered by the Town Board.

The board held a public hearing Monday night on the proposal that would extend the filing deadline for senior citizens tax exemptions.

Residents would be given more time if their failure to file a timely application is due to the illness or death of a spouse, child, parent, brother or sister.

"Every year there are always a couple people who miss our filing date of June 1," Assessor Robert Hutchison said.

"This will help us help them. Most of them are fairly needy of the exemption."

The board did not vote on the proposal Monday.

The Town Board also heard from a Manor Lane resident who said his neighborhood is inundated with traffic from events held at nearby Rich Stadium.

"We have a lot of garbage on our lawn and beer cans," he said.

"After the Rolling Stones concert, people decided they couldn't quite make it home to go to the bathroom and used our lawns as bathrooms."

Town officials said they would address the problem.

Also at Monday's meeting, Town Clerk George Danyluk announced that the location of two voting districts has changed for next Tuesday's election.

Residents in Districts 14 and 21, who used to vote at Erie Community College's Southtowns Campus, now will vote at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg at McKinley Parkway and Bayview Road.

Danyluk also said that hunting and fishing licenses are the single most popular reason people come to his office.

The Town of Hamburg sold 4,500 fishing and hunting licenses last year, tying with West Seneca as the second busiest license seller. The Town of Grace sold the most licenses, he said.

Also Monday, the board voted to erect 40 mph speed limit signs on Taylor Road outside the Village of Hamburg to the Hamburg/Boston town line. The current speed limit on that stretch is 55 mph.

The board decided to seek bids again for property at the former Wanakah Water District's Coachman's Lane property.

The board approved the sale of the property earlier this year, but the single bid received was below the minimum requirement of $7,000.

The board also appointed Gerald Pirritano to the Assessment Board of Review.

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