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Board looks to recover from flood

Issues of rebuilding and replacing equipment lost in the Aug. 9 flood in Silver Creek were discussed Monday at the regular meeting of the Village Board.

Board members tabled a request to sign a lease for an ambulance lost in the flood. The emergency squad has been using only one vehicle since the incident. The proposed lease for a 2009 vehicle was for $138,885.

"I agree with the idea of replacing the ambulance, but I think it needs more research," Trustee Amy Romanik said.

She said there are other considerations, including storage of the ambulance. The Silver Creek Emergency Squad's building was damaged in the flood and may not be replaced.

The Streets Department building on North Main Street has been condemned because of flood damage. The mayor was authorized to investigate the possibility of leasing storage space and office space for the Street Department and personnel.

Working Streets Department Manager Ralph Crawford said a temporary trailer has been put on the site but much of the equipment that was not damaged is not stored under cover. The Village Board will form a planning committee to discuss options of relocating the village's Streets Department.

Crawford said the area where the current building is located is expected to be in a designated flood plain since the historic flooding this summer.

The board agreed that bids could be advertised for replacement of the sidewalk plow, which was damaged in the flood.

A structural engineer will be hired to assess damage at the historic Silver Creek Dining Car, located on Central Avenue. The renovated dining car has been used as a museum and example of the manufacturing of dining cars. The car was built by the Ward and Dickenson Co. in Silver Creek and was used for many years as a dining car before its restoration and reopening as a local landmark and museum.

In other matters, water and sewer bills will be increased by 5 percent. The new rate will be used for the November billing. The current rate is $4.20 per 1,000 gallons of water for customers inside the village. People who live outside the village are charged $6.30.

Current sewer usage rates are $2.25 inside the village and $3 outside the village. The rates are also based on 1,000 gallons of usage.

Chautauqua County Legislator David Wilder, D-Silver Creek, announced that the former dairy building on Buffalo Street was sold at public auction Saturday. He said the new owner intends to demolish part of the building and use some of it for a residence.

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