Banners honoring veterans in the Village of Hamburg went up on utility poles along Buffalo Street last year, and the organizer has asked to expand the area for the banners.
But the Village Board wants to keep the banners where they are, Mayor Thomas J. Moses Sr. told a father who wants to put a banner with his son’s photograph on it in front of his store.
Sue Jantzi organized the “Hometown Heroes Banners,” which have the photo and name of a Hamburg soldier or veteran who served in an active war zone since Sept. 11, 2001.
The village originally designated poles along Buffalo Street from the Village Plaza to Legion Drive, then expanded it along Buffalo to Union Street, Moses recalled Monday night. The village also retrofitted hardware for the banners and installed them.
Jantzi said the banners would be taken down each November and given to each family, and new banners would be erected, although the banners have stayed up through the winter.
The mayor said Jantzi came to the village three weeks ago and wanted to expand the area down Buffalo and Main Street.
“We as a board didn’t feel we wanted to go that whole avenue there in the business district, because we have other type of banners that would be possibly put up,” he said.
“Is [there] a priority more important than children serving our country?” asked Roger Hancock.
His son is serving in the military, he said, and he wants to put a banner in front of his store, Town and Country, which is on Main Street.
“What will happen then is we won’t have any guidelines on where they go,” Trustee Mark Colmerauer said. “I respect why you would like to have that. We’re just trying to keep some semblance of order of where the banners are going.”
The mayor also said the village has had banners for years that have not been displayed, but it would like to erect them on Main Street.
Also Monday, village officials met with consultants on updating its zoning codes.
The village is looking at “form-based” zoning, vs. conventional zoning. Form-based zoning looks at the physical form of an area, and develops standards based on the form and scale of buildings and their surroundings.
During the work session before the board meeting, board members met with representatives of Wendel Cos., an engineering and planning firm.
Ellen Parker of Wendel said developing the new zoning could be similar to developing mini-master plans for specific areas of the village. Board members said they do not want to change residential zoning, but would like to concentrate on the main thoroughfares of the village.
“It makes sense to prioritize where you will have the most impact,” Parker said.