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Hamburg Village Board members are considering changing the way the village handles dangerous and unsafe buildings.

Currently the Village Board must direct the code enforcement officer to inspect a building that appears to be unsafe. Under the new proposal, the code enforcement officer would have the authority to act on his own if he deems a building is unsafe or poses a danger to the public or its inhabitants.

The existing law requires the village to apply to state Supreme Court for an order of demolition. Under the changes being considered, the Village Board would conduct a hearing, and could order the building’s demolition and removal.

And new improvements at the Frontier High School stage are generating lots of attention in school circles.

The district completed extensive renovations to the stage area, in addition to installing 1,100 new auditorium seats last year, with handicapped accessibility. It was part of the district’s $29 million capital project, but the most recent stage area improvements were just finished in late November.

“It’s nice. It’s cooler and it’s brighter,” said Andrew Bojanowski, a high school senior who serves as a student representative on the School Board.

New LED lights, curtains and projectors are part of the package. Upgrades of that magnitude had not been done since 1984. The district now may look at reconstructing the “rigging apparatus” on the stage, as well, for some additional upgrades in the future.

“It’s going to be giving the kids the experience of using state-of-the-art industry technology,” said board member Larry Albert, retired from the district’s music department.

The School Board last week also appointed Wendy Hall as a fifth grade teacher at Pinehurst Elementary due to the resignation of a teacher. The board also appointed Kelly Weber as a regular substitute in art at Big Tree, Blasdell and Pinehurst Elementary Schools.

In another personnel move, the board granted tenure to Jennifer Makowski as an elementary school principal. She is assigned to Pinehurst Elementary School.

The board will next meet Jan. 7 in a budget work session that is open to the public.

Also coming up:

• The Town Board will meet at 8 a.m. Dec. 30 in the Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave. for the board’s annual year-end meeting.

• The Hamburg Village Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 in the Youth Center, 100 Prospect Ave.

• The Hamburg Village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• Hamburg Village Hall will close at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Dec. 31 and Blasdell Village Hall will close at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and Dec. 31 for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Hamburg Town Hall will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

•The third annual New Year’s Eve ball drop will take place in the Hamburg village parking lot off Main and Buffalo streets. “Rock the Roundabout” will feature music, games and refreshments starting at 9 p.m., as well as a ball drop at midnight Dec. 31.