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Hamburg Village Board OKs plan for expanded veterinary clinic

Hamburg Village Board members Monday night approved the site plan for the expansion of Hamburg Village Veterinary Clinic on Buffalo Street.

There was little mention that in order to build the new 8,900-square-foot building, two well-kept houses would be demolished, including the building currently housing the clinic at 113 Buffalo St. and the adjacent house at 103 Buffalo.

When the plan surfaced last year, some residents expressed dismay that the house at 103 Buffalo, which was built in 1802, would be lost. While it is old, the two-story house has not been designated as a landmark by the village or state.

Before tearing down any building, the clinic must obtain a demolition permit. Once the permit application is submitted to the village code enforcement officer, the officer gives a copy of the application to the mayor, village clerk and chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission.

“The demolition permit for any building that comes down has to be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission and signed off by the mayor,” Deputy Mayor Thomas Tallman said.

The commission may make a recommendation on the demolition, but it is the mayor and code enforcement officer who must sign the permit, according to the village code.

Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. said he anticipates signing the permit after reviewing it. The existing veterinary office is not efficient, with some animals being treated on the second floor, he said.

Also Monday night, the board adopted the 2013-14 $9.3 million budget, which will increase the tax rate by 48 cents to $19.49 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or 2.52 percent. The tax levy will go up 3.36 percent, which is less than the tax cap.

Board members also conducted their annual reorganization meeting, reappointing village officers and various members of commissions and committees.