Hamburg Village Board members are considering joining the Town of Hamburg in purchasing an interactive communications system to contact residents.
“It’s an interactive, proactive way to keep in touch with your community,” Peter Applegarth, a representative of Emergency Communications Network’ Code Red, told board members via telephone at their work session last week.
The system can be used in emergencies to contact people in a specific neighborhood by contacting them on their telephones and cell phones. Once the numbers are entered into the system, a message could be put out to a street, neighborhood or entire town from the town’s emergency services dispatch center. The message could warn of an emergency or disaster, a lost child, or more routine items such as road closures.
“We looked at this a couple years ago, but the cost was prohibitive,” said Hamburg Town Det. Sgt. Glenn Zawierucha. “We’re going to use this at the [Erie County] Fair to locate missing children.”
The cost for the Village of Hamburg would be about $5,500, according to information given to the village. It would cost the town $28,600; Blasdell, $1,500; Boston, $4,700; Eden, $4,500 and Colden, $1,900.
Also this week:
• Brush collection will take place in Blasdell starting Monday morning.
• The Hamburg Central PTSA will host a “meet and greet” with School Board candidates at 7 p.m. Monday, in the auditorium of Charlotte Avenue Elementary School, 301 Charlotte Ave.
• The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in Conference Room No. 1 followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.
• The Hamburg Village Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.
• The Hamburg Village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.
• The Hamburg Central School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Middle School, 360 Division St. The board expects to go into executive session immediately and return to a public session at 7:30 p.m.
• 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.
• Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs will speak during a lunch Wednesday sponsored by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce at the Armor Inn Tap Room, 5381 Abbott Road. Check-in starts at 11:30 a.m. with the lunch and program starting at noon. The presentation is open to the public, but reservations must be made in advance by calling the chamber at 639-7917.
• The Blasdell Village Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall, 121 Miriam Ave.
• The town Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 7B in Town Hall. Among the items on the agenda is a public hearing on the plan for an ice cream store and pool supply business on vacant land on the east side of McKinley Parkway, south of Dorchester Parkway.
• The annual Village of Hamburg “Bites” Progressive Dinner will start at 5 p.m. Thursday. The event, sponsored by the Village Business Advisory Council, allows patrons to enjoy an appetizer, two dinner “bites,” dessert and drink at participating establishments. Tickets can be purchased at Main Street Ice Cream or Comfort Zone.
• The Hamburg Farmer’s market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the village municipal lot off Union and Main streets.
• A Special Event Day and a “Dig with the Experts” program will be held at the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, off South Park Avenue and Bristol Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.