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Students' parking is at issue in Hamburg

Exams are winding down this week, and seniors at Hamburg Central High School will graduate Saturday, but North Street residents have had it with students who park cars in front of their homes.

"[The residents] say it's gotten worse," said Peter M. Danforth, chairman of the Traffic Safety Committee.

The south side of North Street, across from the high school, is the only section of the street where parking is allowed, Danforth said during Monday night's Village Board work session. Most of the other streets around the school have parking restricted from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days.

Danforth said residents have complained to the committee, as they have in the past. He said the village last year decided to monitor the issue this year. He said residents have to put up with not only cars blocking their driveways, but with littering by high schoolers.

The village is reluctant to restrict parking across from the high school. "Where are those kids going to park?" Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said. "We don't want to keep shoving this problem around."

Moses suggested that the village work with the school district to come up with some creative solutions to the parking problem. One might be to allow diagonal parking near the school tennis courts, he said.

"We don't want to keep creating more problems for other people," Moses said. "I think we have an obligation."

The board also discussed volunteers who donate time to improve the village. A citizen had suggested that the village pay her to pull the weeds along Lake Street, the mayor said, but the village will use people who must fulfill community service.

"It would be opening up a can of worms" if the village paid someone for what other groups volunteer to do, Moses said. The village "Beauts," members of the beautification committee, take care of flowers along the public spaces on main streets.

The discussion put some focus on the issue of "how to take care of all this stuff," Trustee Paul G. Gaughan said. "We catch up with one area, and another area is behind," he said. "There are various places now that are getting out of control."

"In some cases, property owners can step up more," Trustee Thomas P. Tallman suggested.

The village needs a plan and someone to make sure that it is carried out, Gaughan said.

"Right now, what we do is react," he said.

Also Monday night, board members honored Recreation Supervisor William D. Nye, who is retiring after 32 years working full time for the village. It's really about 35 years, counting the time Nye worked when he was in high school and college, the mayor said. "I was very honored to hopefully be a mentor," said Moses, who served as recreation supervisor before Nye.

The mayor gave Nye a plaque and a key to the village.

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