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New water rates proposed for Hanover residents

SILVER CREEK – New water rates are proposed for Town of Hanover residents. At the regular meeting of the town board held Monday, the members considered increasing the cost to purchase water for two districts.

The cost for 1,000 gallons of water in District 1 would increase by 50 cents to $8.50 and rate in District 2 would increase to $10.

The town of Hanover does not produce any treated water. The district customers receive water from the Erie County Water Authority. The town has a contract to continue to purchase water from the Water Authority until 2020.

Board members tabled the proposal for the change in prices pending a review by the Water and Sewer Committee. The sub-committee is expected to review the issue and report back to the board members by the Aug. 10 meeting.

Supervisor Todd Johnson said the town has not increased water rates in the last four years. The town is faced with some maintenance issues for the transmission lines in the district and for the water storage tower.

Also from the town board meeting:

• A public hearing on proposed changes to the town’s zoning code will be held at 7:35 p.m. Aug. 10. The revisions include clarifications in several areas of the code. The document is available in the town clerk’s office for review.

• Board members held over decisions on a proposed cellular phone tower on Route 39, Forestville, and plan to re-visit the issue on Aug. 10. A decision to allow a wind-energy turbine on Prospect Road in Forestville was also deferred to the Aug. 10 agenda.

• The regular meeting in August is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the town hall.