Hamburg Village Board members have taken the first steps to demolish two houses in the village that have been considered dangerous and unsafe for about a year.

One, at 374 Pleasant Ave., was heavily damaged in a fire Dec. 26, 2012. The other, at 24 W. Crescent, is abandoned, and was ordered taken down in January 2013. But the village’s code allowing demolition was cumbersome, and was changed this year.

The board last week scheduled hearings on the demolition of the homes, as required under the new law. The board will conduct a hearing on the Pleasant Avenue home Feb. 3. A second hearing will be conducted Feb. 18 on the West Crescent building.

The former law required the village to get court approval for a demolition.

Town and county taxes are due by next month, and can be made in person at all three M&T Bank branches in the town, in addition to the town clerk’s office in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

M&T branches accepting payments are located at 23 Lake Ave., Blasdell; 5771 Camp Road, and 6000 South Park Ave. Payments will be accepted until Feb. 18 for payment without penalty.

“In a time when local governments are forced to do more with less, we are delighted to leverage our valuable relationship with M&T Bank in an effort to be more efficient and provide additional convenience to the Town of Hamburg taxpayers,” said Town Clerk Catherine Rybczynski.

“M&T Bank is pleased to once again team up with the Town of Hamburg to give the taxpayers a more convenient method to pay their school taxes,” Laurie Finn, M&T Bank Relationship Manager.

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of its Student Star Awards program, scheduled for Feb. 6 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant. The program was created by the Education Committee of the chamber to acknowledge the achievement and character of local high school students. Businesses or organizations interested in sponsoring a Student Star for the evening’s event can contact the chamber at 649-7917.

Also this week:

• The Hamburg Central School Board will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the administration building, 5305 Abbott Road. The board plans to go into executive session to meet with the consultant conducting the search for a new superintendent. Consultant Vincent Coppola is to report on reference checks on the candidates. There were 19 applications, and the board narrowed the field to seven semi-final candidates.

• The Town Board will hold a work session at 6 p.m. Monday in conference Room No. 1 followed by a regular meeting in the court room in Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

• The Frontier School Board meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a budget work session in the boardroom of the Frontier Educational Center, 5120 Orchard Ave., Hamburg.

• The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its 13th Annual “State of the Town Address,” featuring Supervisor Steven Walters, Friday at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell, on Friday. Check-in for the noon lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. To make a reservation, visit the chamber’s website at or call the chamber at 649-7917.