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Development projects to get signs

Signs will be posted on the sites of proposed subdivisions and other projects in Hamburg to alert people living nearby that changes are planned.

"We are trying to keep people better informed and notified of things that are going on," Councilman D. Mark Cavalcoli said after the Town Board approved the ordinance Monday night.

Planning consultant Drew Reilly said it will probably be February before the signs -- similar to those Amherst uses -- are prepared and posted for the first time.

They will be general in nature, so they can be used repeatedly. They will state that a project has been proposed on the site and further information is available from the town Planning Department.

Information also will be posted on the town's Web site, www.erie.gov/hamburg, Cavalcoli said.

Also Monday, the board:

* Gave permission to the commissioners of the Big Tree Volunteer Fire Company to schedule a referendum on whether members age 60 and older can continue to earn retirement credits by remaining active in the department.

Several other fire districts have approved the change to encourage older members to remain, Councilwoman Joan Kesner said.

* Decided that a full environmental impact statement will be required for a proposed 151-unit active adult lifestyle community planned by Vanderbilt Properties on Southwestern Boulevard, just south of Amsdell Road.

A zoning change from residential to planned unit development is sought for the 42 acres, and there are questions about traffic, drainage and sewers that require a complete environmental review, Reilly said.

* Approved the appointment of Kathleen Sacco to a vacancy on the Hamburg Public Library board of trustees.

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