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BOARD ADDRESSES BRIDGE COMPLAINTS

The Hanover Town Board has a message for youths: Do not go jump off a bridge.

The board discussed complaints it has received regarding youths jumping into Cattaraugus Creek from the Conrail Road Bridge during a workshop session Monday with Town Attorney Thomas White and Chautauqua County sheriff's Deputy Richard Snyder.

Town officials said the perpetrators are parking in the town boat launch parking lot and cutting through private property on Triangle Drive to get onto the railroad bridge.

"One of these days someone is going to get caught up there when a train is coming," said Councilman Chum Bowker. "There's nowhere to go but down."

Highway Superintendent Steve D'Angelo estimated the drop from the bridge to the water is 35 feet. The water is only about 17 feet deep in that area.

"The concern is that there could be logs or concrete or anything else floating through there and one of these kids could land on it and be killed," he said.

The board directed White to send a letter to Conrail officials asking them for support in monitoring the area.

Snyder suggested property owners have "no trespassing" signs installed. He said it would also help if the railroad installed fencing and posted "no trespassing" signs.

In other action, the board:

Agreed to send notices to property owners regarding sewer violations in the Hanover sewer district.

Rainwater reportedly is mixing with sewage and causing an increase in the amount of water being processed at the sewage treatment plant.

Agreed to have regular inspections of the sewer district to identify any possible violations.

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