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Construction should start soon on the 6,000-square-foot addition to the Hamburg Public Library.

The Town Board on Monday night awarded four contracts totalling $2.69 million for the renovation and expansion.

“This is a great day for Hamburg,” said Library Director Jack Edson, recalling that the Library Board proposed the expansion to the Town Board about two years ago.

The 47-year-old library, which has 160,000 visitors a year and a circulation of more than 235,000, is one of the hubs of the Buffalo & Erie County Library.

The expansion will include a circular-shaped addition with skylights, an indoor ramp for greater accessibility, an enlarged meeting room, a coffee bar and fireplace.

The town received a grant of $713,000 from the state Public Library Construction program to help pay for the addition.

The board also appointed Supervising Code Enforcement Officer Kurt Allen to be project manager for $20,800. Transit Construction Services of Elma is the general contractor, with a bid of $1.89 million; Parise Mechanical of Tonawanda won the mechanical bid for $292,000; Ackerman Plumbing of Tonawanda will complete plumbing work for $177,800; and IPL Electrical & Communications of Buffalo won the electrical bid for $330,400.

Construction is to be completed by next Oct. 30, Edson said.

Also Monday, the Town Board appointed four new police officers, promoted two officers and accepted the retirement of another.

Andrew J. Sulski, Joshua T. Taylor and Anthony J. Venditti II will join the town Jan. 19 and attend the Police Academy. Timothy Colling, an Erie County sheriff’s deputy, is transferring to the Hamburg Police Department on Jan. 5.

The board also promoted Officers Paul Randall and Thomas Boyer to detective-temporary, effective Dec. 15., and formally accepted the retirement of Detective Sgt. Thomas Best Jr.

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