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Town of Hanover airs plans for cellphone tower, windmill and water district

SILVER CREEK – Public hearings on a cellphone tower, a windmill and a new water district attracted more than 35 people to Monday’s meeting of the Hanover Town Board.

The cellphone tower is proposed on property owned by Richard Skinner, on Route 39 in Forestville. Town Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro noted the applicant has to prove the tower is needed because of a lack of coverage. Residents spoke for and against the tower. One neighbor objected to it because of its proximity to his home. A decision was tabled until Aug. 10.

Sheryl Love of Prospect Road, Forestville, hopes to erect a 153-foot windmill for residential energy use. However, the maximum height for windmills in the town is 120 feet, under the current code. Passafaro noted the plan complies with all other town requirements. Councilman Kevin O’Connell made the motion to table the decision until Aug. 10.

Two residents of Creek Road, Forestville, petitioned the board to create a water district that would purchase treated water from the Village of Forestville. One family has been without usable water for nearly one year and has had to purchase water and store it in a tank. The district would allow the two residents to contract with the village to purchase water. In previous years, both homes received water from the village but were cut off last August, when a new water supply went into operation.

“I think we have discussed this out,” said Krista Miller, who noted that village officials said they would be able to install lines to her home within a few days. The two residents of Creek Road provided a petition for the district, which was approved unanimously by the board.

In other matters:

• Zoning code changes, including new laws on food trucks, will be the subject of a public hearing scheduled for 7:35 p.m. Aug. 10.

• The board approved a resolution for the supervisor to sign a contract with Dean Marine to dredge the town’s small boat harbor at Sunset Bay. “We have got a bid for Dunkirk and for the Cattaraugus Creek Harbor,” said Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay. who noted the project would likely be done next spring. “The total project cost ... is $355,000,” Borrello added.