SILVER CREEK – Members of the Village Board approved a motion to sell a police car and other excess equipment on an auction website.
At the regular meeting of the Village Board, held Tuesday, members agreed to put a 2013 Ford Interceptor car up for auction along with two police bicycles and a leaf pickup machine.
Two other 2009 Dodge Police cars had been declared excess in June. A motion at the meeting cleared the other items for sale. They have been listed on Auctions International and will remain for sale until Sept. 17. The equipment was listed for sale starting last Friday.
“I don’t agree with the decision to sell the police cars for several reasons,” said Village Attorney Dan Gard. “But it is legal,” he added. The answer was a response from a village resident Nancy Klees, who asked about the sale.
Gard, a former police officer, had urged the Village Board members to retain the equipment until they decided whether they would restart their police force. The village has had a contract with Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace handling policing duties since June 2013.
“I think the sheriff is angry with me now,” said Mayor Nick Piccolo. He said the village seems to get young recruits from the Sheriff’s Office for coverage. “Some of the deputies don’t look any older than the kids in the park they are talking to,” added Piccolo. The mayor said he has asked the sheriff to have deputies do more patrols in the village park, especially after curfew hour at 10 p.m.
Also at the meeting:
• A motion to spend up to $23,500 on fees with GHD Consulting was met with opposition from Trustee Thomas Harmon. He asked where the funds would come from to pay the firm. Harmon abstained from the motion for hiring the firm. He said he missed the meeting when a GHD representative explained the necessity of the fee.
Harmon said he thought village employees could inspect sewer repairs without an outside contractor. The motion was approved by the remaining board members.
• More than $15,000 in unpaid water and sewer charges was removed from the financial records as not payable. The fees came from four properties that were foreclosed upon and taken over by Chautauqua County.