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Where We Live: Hamburg


There may be money left over from constructing quiet zones at the railroad crossings on Rogers and Cloverbank roads.

Town received $475,000 in federal highway funding and $50,000 in state funding for the project. A more expensive plan had been proposed, but the railroad changed its requirements. The current project would install devices that channel traffic, preventing cars from going around the gate that comes down at the crossing, directly on the pavement surface along the center of the road, 100 feet from each crossing gate arm. With the devices in place, trains would not have to blow their whistles at the crossings.

The town is looking into using the rest of the funding to establish additional quiet zones at other crossings in the town, such as Pleasant Avenue, and Lakeview and Bayview roads, Town Engineer Gerard M. Kapsiak said. Since Pleasant and Lakeview are county roads, the town has contacted Erie County to discuss installing the traffic devices on those roads, he said.

Copies of the draft design report and preliminary drawings are available at the town’s website at

Also this week:

• The Hamburg Central School Board will conduct a special meeting at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in the administration building, 5305 Abbott Road.

• The Hamburg Village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

• The Blasdell Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave.

• The band Disco Duck will play at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in JFK playground in Blasdell.

• Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields are scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park as part of the Hamburg village summer concert series.

• The town Planning Board will conduct a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. One item on the agenda is a request from Benderson Development for a new building in the southeast corner of the Tops plaza at Southwestern Boulevard and McKinley Parkway. The board also will consider a request for approval of the site plan for a medical office building and immediate care facility at 5793 South Park Ave.

• The Frontier School Board will meet in a special session at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave., Hamburg. The board plans to appoint an interim superintendent to oversee the district. Superintendent James C. Bodziak announced he will retire Sept. 9.

The Board is also expected to enter an executive session after conducting business.

• Imagine Hamburg and Southtown Audio Video will present a movie at dusk Thursday in Memorial Park.

• The Hamburg Farmer’s market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the municipal parking lot between Main and Union streets.

• The annual Blast on the Beach will take place from noon until 10 p.m. Saturday at Hamburg Town Park.