Hamburg and Evans could be eligible for millions of dollars in state and federal waterfront revitalization funds if a bill designating Eighteen Mile Creek as an inland waterway is signed into law.
Sen. Marc Panepinto, D-Buffalo, sponsored the bill in the state Senate, which gained unanimous approval last week.
“For as long as I can remember, outdoor activities involving Eighteen Mile Creek have been an important part of life for the people of Erie County and Western New York,” Panepinto said. “By designating Eighteen Mile Creek as an inland waterway, millions of dollars in state and federal funds will be made available for pollution clean-up and waterfront revitalization.”
Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, is the sponsor of the bill in the Assembly.
Eighteen Mile Creek is the second largest tributary in Lake Erie, and serves as a habitat to thousands of migrating salmon and steelhead from August to April. It is a runoff for more than 120 square miles of agricultural and residential land.
• The Hamburg Village Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.
• The town Zoning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 7B in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.
• The town Planning Board will hold a work session at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Room 7B in Town Hall.
• The Blasdell Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Shops at Lake Avenue, which is the former Hills Plaza at 4271 Lake Ave.
• Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc. (HOME) will hold open office hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the town Community Development building, 6122 South Park Ave. Members of the public can meet with HOME’s counselor, ask questions and pick up information about fair housing and/or landlord-tenant law.
• The Hamburg village Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave.
• The Hamburg village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.
• The Hamburg Farmers Market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the village municipal parking lot, with entrances on Main and Union streets.