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Hamburg street repairs planned

More than a half dozen streets in the Village of Hamburg will be refurbished this summer, most as part of the $2.25 million bond issue approved earlier this year.

"We can't get to all the streets this year as we would like to," Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said during Monday night's Village Board meeting.

Some streets will be repaved, others will be reconstructed.

The first to be done this year will be Highland Avenue and Oliver Place, said Marc Shuttleworth, superintendent of public works. Work will start in June.

Union Street, East Union Street and Victory Avenue are to be refurbished in July. The streets slated for the third project this summer are yet to be determined but probably will include Idlewood Avenue, Shuttleworth said.

Work on Crescent Avenue also will start soon, he added.

Other streets to be redone this year include Elizabeth Street, Henderson Place, Sunset Drive and Holiday Lane. Work on those streets will be funded through about $100,000 in state CHIPS funding and $60,000 from the village's budget. The village plans to spend about $800,000 in road reconstruction this year.

Patching on other village streets will take place this year, until they can be redone in future years, he said.

Streets to be repaved or reconstructed in 2012 include Charlotte Avenue, Division Street, Lombardy Lane, Mark Avenue, North Street, Scott Street and Sherburn Drive. The last year of the three-year project will see work on Brookwood Drive, Foxcroft Drive, Randall Terrace, Sandra Place and West Crescent Avenue.

Shuttleworth readjusted the work schedules based on work being done next year by the Erie County Sewer Authority on Charlotte and Sherburn.

It would cost $8 million to $10 million to improve all streets in the village, officials said.

In other business, the board approved the tax levy of $5.95 million. The tax rate is $18.52 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, up 71 cents or 3.98 percent. Taxes are due by July 1.

The board also gave permission for Walter Iwanenko to house a third dog at his Main Street home. Village code allows two dogs. Iwanenko told the village his brother, Air Force Maj. Derrick Iwanenko, was unexpectedly called up for his third deployment and asked him to care for his boxer while he was gone.

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