SILVER CREEK – Hanover Town Board members were told Monday that the state soon may agree to pay part of the cost to dredge Cattaraugus Creek Harbor.
Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello (R-Sunset Bay) said he heard from State Sen. Catherine Young’s office that state money for the project may be available soon. Borrello said he hoped that a dredging project can be in place for the small boat harbor at Sunset Bay next spring.
The small boat harbor in Barcelona, near Westfield, is already scheduled to have dredging work next year. Borrello said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recognizes that there will be a substantial savings to have both Lake Erie harbors done at the same time.
“There is a huge savings in not having to pay contractors to bring the equipment into the lake waters two different times,” he said.
Borrello told Hanover board members that he anticipates State Sen. Tom Reed will also be supportive. Borrello said that he attended a meeting of the Lake Erie Management Committee earlier Monday and that the committee members believe there will be time to plan a dredging project.
The small boat harbor at Sunset Bay has lost water depth because silt has filled in and the water level in Lake Erie has been low. Since part of the harbor is a federal shipping channel and has the designation as a “safe harbor” for small boats, the Corps of Engineers is involved in the maintenance of the harbor.
In another matter, Kelly Borrello, president of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce, said she was appointed to County Executive-elect Vince Horrigan’s transition team, and she asked board members to contribute their thoughts on how the county could address economic and tourist issues.
Borrello said she will take ideas back to Horrigan, who officially takes office Jan. 1.
Councilman Fritz Seegert said he expects that Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace will present a contract to Town Board members for review within the next 10 days. Seegert said that he has been talking to the sheriff, at the direction of the Town Board, and that he hopes a new contract will be at a lower cost.
Hanover Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo said that the CSX Railroad crossing at Hanford Bay will be closed all day Dec. 3. Motorists needing to travel to the bay area will need to use the access road through Sunset Bay. He said the work is expected to be completed in a day.
D’Angelo reported that town plow trucks were used for a few inches of snowfall last week. He said six trucks are ready to tackle snowplowing on town roads. The town crews have installed 8,000 feet of snow fencing in rural areas to help prevent blowing and drifting snow on some roads.