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Trustees announce plan for light standard at traffic roundabout

Hamburg village trustees are planning to erect a decorative light standard at the center of the roundabout at Legion Drive and Clark and Buffalo streets.

The stand will have five light fixtures, and there will be eight bollards, or short vertical posts, around the light.

The roundabout and center sculpture has been the site of several accidents, with vehicles striking the center sculpture. The last accident, in December, moved the base of the sculpture, and the sculpture broke.

The statue was to have been solid copper, and the village paid $65,000 for artist Larry Griffis III to produce it, Mayor Thomas Moses said Monday night.

Moses said the village filed a lawsuit seeking damages after it discovered the sculpture was not solid copper when it was damaged in a previous accident.

Village Board members also approved the comprehensive plan, which will guide development and redevelopment in the village. The previous plan was updated in 2003 and helped transform Main Street into an award-winning destination, with roundabouts and a pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

The plan identifies five specific areas that need to be addressed, including Lake Street north of Pierce and Main Street, Pine Street, South Buffalo Street, Main Street between Lake and Center streets, and the West End's light industrial zone located along the railroad tracks.

Also Monday night, the board set up reserve funds for water and municipal facilities, and renamed the streets reserve fund, which will be known as the streets and sidewalk reserve fund.

Some of the reserve funds will get deposits Thursday, when the Village Board conducts its year-end meeting at 8 a.m. Instead of putting leftover money into the fund balance, some will be placed in the reserve accounts. Unused money in the maintenance account, for example, will be placed into the municipal facilities reserve.

"The thought is everybody's telling us we've got to start replacing this equipment, so we're going to put it into a reserve fund and build up enough money to start replacing some of things we need to do in the buildings," Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said.

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