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Some residents and business owners are unhappy with the state Department of Transportation's reconstruction project of Routes 5 and 20 in the Village of Silver Creek.

As a result, village officials plan to meet with state representatives to resolve some issues.

At Monday's board meeting, Trustee Nick Piccolo said Main Street entrepreneurs are unhappy with the progress of the work and have complained that the sidewalk in front of the vacant former high school was finished before the downtown area.

"They did a whole stretch in front of an eyesore like the old high school," Piccolo said.

Recent heavy rain also has caused havoc for a Main Street resident who is experiencing heavy yard and basement flooding from a storm sewer line. The flooding reportedly had not occurred prior to the project to replace the lines.

Water Department Superintendent Robert Groat said the village is not sure the line was reconnected after it was replaced. The village has been repairing water lines under the highways while they are excavated.

Deputy Mayor Norbert Czarnecki said he wants to squelch a rumor that the state will not install brick sidewalks in the village park.

The $5.5 million project includes repaving, curb restoration and sidewalk improvements; repair of the superstructure of the Howard Street Bridge; and installing new stone paving and landscaping features in the downtown park. The work began last spring and should be finished by Dec. 31.

"I have a deep concern if the state does not keep its word," Trustee Dorothy Mangano said. "They said they would do enhancements at the intersection and the park. We've lost enough beauty by them taking trees down."

In another matter, the board agreed to schedule a public hearing on Knight Street parking prior to an upcoming November meeting.

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