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PANEL RECOMMENDS TWO WATER LINE PROJECTS

The Water and Sewer Committee is recommending the Hanover Town Board take action on two water line projects.

At Monday's workshop session, it was noted that the 10-inch water main along the Routes 5 and 20 area probably will not support business expansion, including potential expansion of Lake Shore Hospital.

"We want expansion, but we need this as a first step," said Frank Boniface, a member of the committee.

Supervisor Donald Dalrymple said the town is considering a project to clean the water main and then apply a cement coating. Preliminary studies have indicated that buildup within the line is preventing an even flow.

The committee also supports the replacement of a water line beneath the railroad tracks on Allegheny Road, which previously sustained a break.

Boniface urged the board to hire a grant writer to research funding options for the projects.

The board also discussed the possibility of consolidating the town's four water districts into one. Residents' payments to their districts would not change; the consolidation would give the town a greater pool of money to draw from in case of an emergency.

On another matter, Councilman Scott Lycett asked the board for its support in having a consultant design a comprehensive plan for the town. It could cost up to $35,000, but the town is expected to receive about $11,500 in grant funding for the study.

Lycett pointed out that the comprehensive plan is necessary in applying for grant funding.

The item is expected to be placed on the September meeting agenda.

It also was reported that Silver Creek School District officials are offering the town financial assistance in property assessments being challenged. Initial conversations indicate the school district is willing to pay two-thirds of all legal fees.

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