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Mild winter good for Highway Dept.

Less snow has produced more savings for the Town of Hanover Highway Department.

Highway Superintendent Steve D'Angelo announced Monday that his department used about 70 percent less salt and sand on area roadways this winter. He said if November and December 2010 have a pattern of less snowfall, he could post favorable numbers for the entire year.

D'Angelo said that using less salt and sand also meant less fuel used and less overtime for his crew. His work crews took advantage of warmer temperatures recently to clean the beach at the town's public park at Sunset Bay.

Still optimistic, D'Angelo said he has already disassembled one plow and is now prepared for road improvement projects.

He asked the Town Board to post the following roads to reduced weight limit for the spring: Bradigan, Hurlburt, Empire, Hopper, Quarry, Waterman, Overheiser, King, Cottage, Gibbs, Mixer, Rider, Spears, Allegany, Freedom, Homes, Hanford, Blanding, Christy and Bebee.

In other matters, the board authorized Town Supervisor Kathy Tampio to sign a contract for police services with the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. The funds for the $328,789 contract were approved in the 2010 budget.

The town will also pay up to $15,000 for fuel for a patrol car. The contract requires one sheriff's deputy to be on duty in the township each day, for 24 hours.

The town Planning Board is still seeking a new member due to the resignation of Kevin O'Connell, who was elected to the Town Board. Those interested should send a letter to the clerk's office.

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