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Silver Creek awaiting contract for sheriff’s patrols

SILVER CREEK – The Village of Silver Creek is still awaiting the completion of a one-year contract with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.

During a meeting of the Village Board Monday, Mayor Nick Piccolo said that Sheriff Joseph Gerace will present a contract to the Public Safety Committee of the Chautauqua County Legislature to try to finalize a one-year package for the village.

In June, sheriff’s deputies started patrolling the village after the mayor asked for the service because of the loss of several officers in the Silver Creek Police Department. Members of the County Legislature approved a short-term contract and asked the sheriff to provide more information about the coverage.

Piccolo Monday speculated that the sheriff might be waiting until after Election Day before presenting the proposal to lawmakers.

Piccolo also said he is discussing the use by deputies of the former Silver Creek Police Station, located in the fire hall, as their northern Chautauqua County substation. The deputies currently use space at the Hanover Town Hall.

Silver Creek Village Justice Richard Saletta has expressed interest in expanding court offices to the old police station. Saletta also asked about adding an associate judge for the village and requested funding to train the court clerk. The issue will appear on a future Village Board agenda.

In other matters:

• Residents who saw new water lines installed near their homes will be waiting until spring for landscaping work. The contractor, Visone Construction, will return in the spring to complete the work. Officials noted the season for growing grass and replacing driveway paving is over.

• Businesses in the village have been inspected for connections of storm sewer lines to the sanitary sewer. Trustee Warren Kelly said business owners have been cooperative and so far, all those who have been found to be out of compliance, have agreed to correct the problem. Excess rainwater and drainage into the sanitary sewer was a problem sited by state Health Department Officials in an audit held last year.

• Village officials noted a pickup turck for the Streets Department will be put out for bids until Nov. 18.

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