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Dredging of Cattaraugus Creek may go forward

SILVER CREEK – Dredging of Cattaraugus Creek may go forward, Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, said at Tuesday’s Hanover Town Board meeting.

He said a dredging company will start in Barcelona Harbor in Westfield in late June and then could go to Dunkirk Harbor before getting to the Sunset Bay Harbor at Cattaraugus Creek. He said the company could start work in the area in the end of August.

There was $100,000 added to the fund for the Town of Hanover from State Senator Cathy Young, R-Olean. An additional $70,000 has also been pledged by Chautauqua County.

The Barcelona Harbor dredging project is being funded by federal money due to damage recorded after Super Storm Sandy. The Towns of Hanover and Dunkirk hoped to have the same company dredge their harbors because there would be a local cost savings.

Borrello said the estimated cost of dredging the Sunset Bay Harbor is being determined by the contractor, Dean Marine and Excavating of Michigan. Money to pay for dredging the town’s harbor is still an issue. Town Supervisor Todd Johnson estimated the cost to be about $750,000 for the project. He also said that funding for the project may require that officials reduce the size of the area to be dredged.

Also at the meeting:

• Town of Hanover Councilman Kevin O’Connell reported that board members are still considering repairs to the town’s sewage treatment plant. The Town Board presented a proposal to upgrade the plant last summer but after several negative comments at a public hearing to finance the project, it was tabled. Supervisor Johnson said the board will consider some upgrades and will make a decision on the improvement plans in the near future. The 30-year-old plant has had some operational issues in the past year.

Johnson said the board will conduct a new public hearing this summer. He estimated costs at about $5.2 million. There are about 800 customers in the town’s sewer district.

• Town Planning Board Chairwoman Carol DePasquale said that she was disappointed to hear that MMM Development may stop plans to construct a water park and hotel on Routes 5 & 20. She said the planning board and other local leaders have supported the project and she hoped that the developer, Michelle Borrello, would still consider the site in the township.

• Board members decided to hold the June 9 meeting at King Road Park at 7:30 p.m. The board will unveil a new sign designating the park as “Bicentennial Park.” The land was donated in 1976 by the Harry VanCuren Family.

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