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Infrastructure is budget challenge

Hamburg Village Board members continue to work on the village budget, which is expected to be finalized next month.

"Their biggest struggle right now, they want to do some infrastructure improvements," said Village Administrator Donald P. Witkowski.

The board wants to resurface and reconstruct a number of roads, and is looking at how to borrow the money and pay it back without a large tax impact.

"They would be committing to a 15-year economic commitment in uncertain economic times," Witkowski said, but he added that bond rates are very low. "If you're going to bond, now would be the time to do it."

Last week, the board also ended the probation of Public Works Superintendent Marc Shuttleworth by giving him a permanent appointment, although he still has to pass the next civil service exam.

The board also approved roof and facade improvements to Kim Lee Nails, which plans to move from Main Street to 134 Buffalo St., and an addition to Fisher Pools, 247 Lake St.

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