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Responsibility for keeping sidewalks free of ice and snow will shift from the Village of Hamburg to property owners under a proposed amendment to the Village Code.

The Village Board on Monday scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 on the proposal.

The village plans to continue to plow sidewalks and recently purchased three new snow throwers.

However, the legal responsibility -- and liability -- would shift to homeowners.

"We're asking the community to help us out, especially around schools, if we can't get to them (sidewalks) right away," Trustee Daniel S. O'Connell said.

The proposal calls for ice and snow to be removed within 24 hours of the end of a snowfall.

If ice is so hard it can't be removed without damage to the sidewalk, the proposal calls for it to be salted or sanded.

Property owners also would continue to be responsible for installation and repair of sidewalks.

On another matter, the board approved the site plan for construction of a two-story office building at 60 Main St., a vacant lot next to the former post office.

John Russo said he plans to start construction this fall on the 18,000-square-foot brick building he will lease to LHR Inc., a debt collection agency.


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