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Silver Creek mayor cites need to increase water and sewer rates

SILVER CREEK – An increase in the water and sewer rates for village customers will be discussed during a special meeting at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Building.

Mayor Nick Piccolo called for the session, saying the village needs extra revenues to help pay for the debt from the recent projects to bring the sewer-treatment plant into compliance with Chautauqua County Health Department regulations.

Extensive work on the water-distribution lines has also been completed. The additional cost comes on top of a slight increase in the village tax rate. Tax bills will be available in June.

Bills for water and sewer use are sent twice a year. The next bill is due in November. Currently, the rates for each 1,000 gallons used are $4.83 for water and $2.57 for sewer.

In other developments:

• Village Trustee Thomas R. Harmon said he sent several photographs of railroad bridges to federal and local officials. He said that a conference call was held with the federal officials and that an inspector visited May 6.

The Federal Railroad Administration sent an inspector to the area and looked at all eight bridges. “The inspector concurred on a lot of issues,” Harmon said.

Harmon said he is going to reach out again and see if the bridges could be improved. The inspector said the bridges are considered safe, according to Harmon, but there are some concerns.

• Piccolo said the village has filed a report with the county Sheriff’s Department about vandalism at the baseball field and at the village ballpark and gazebo.

The damage included bolts removed from benches and some of the spindles kicked out of the gazebo, the mayor said. Damage was also reported to the ball field, and a complaint was filed about cars driving on the field and parking near the playing area.

• The mayor said that 18 abandoned homes have been identified by the code-enforcement officer and that their locations have been reported to the Fire Department.