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Silver Creek files flood repair plan

Village Board members have drafted their proposal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for replacement of some buildings and equipment lost in the Aug. 9 flood.

At the regular meeting Monday, Trustee Amy Romanik said the letter was sent to FEMA, but there is no timeline for reply. She said an extension has already been applied for so that reconstruction and acquisition could happen after the Sept. 1 deadline imposed last year.

Earlier this month, trustees decided to locate the village's Department of Public Works in the former George Bentges Warehouse on Routes 5 & 20. The location is outside the village limits but has been serving as the temporary home for department workers and equipment since shortly after the flood. Village officials hope that FEMA approves the move and also a list of repair and renovation projects, including work on the fire hall and municipal building.

A bid of $24,777 from Tenney Rigging of Alexander was approved to demolish the former DPW buildings on North Main Street. Work is expected to start shortly. The buildings were declared unsafe after flood damage. Rebuilding on the same site has been determined not appropriate as flooding may occur again.

In other matters:

*Starting next year, the Chautauqua County Board of Elections will oversee voting on village Election Day. The events of the day had been run by the local village clerk.

*The annual fireworks display is set for July 3 in Silver Creek. The celebration will be held at George Borrello Park at the foot of Jackson Street at dusk. The rain date for fireworks will be July 5.

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