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Public safety issues top Town Board agenda<br> Fire protection, road crashes are addressed by supervisor

Public safety matters were on the top of the agenda for the Hanover Town Board on Wednesday during its final meeting of the year.

Supervisor Kathy Tampio said she looked forward to sitting down with officials from the Silver Creek Fire Department and emergency squad soon.

Emergency squad members seek additional money for coverage in the township, but the supervisor said she has been unable to determine whether the town can contract with them as an independent agency or as part of the village's fire protection group.

Tampio said the squad appears to be part of the Fire Department and is governed by the village. With that status, a separate contract would be impossible, she said.

The all-volunteer squad serves parts of the town on a mutual-aid basis.

Board members also talked about several crashes at Angell and Hanover roads, which prompted a resolution requesting that Chautauqua County complete a traffic study of the area.

Tampio said she hopes the outcome could lead to a flashing warning light and a flashing stop light.

Highway Superintendent Steve D'Angelo, who is also the chief of the Hanover Center Fire Department, confirmed that the intersection has been the site of several recent crashes. He supported the traffic study.

D'Angelo also recommended accepting a municipal snow and ice contract with the state Department of Transportation for maintaining 2.2 lane-miles of Buffalo Road that is within the Seneca Nation territory. The town will receive $5,735 worth of road salt as compensation for traveling on Buffalo Road with public works crews that also maintain the same roadway within the township.

In other action, the board:

*Learned that dog licensing will continue to be maintained by the Town Clerk's Office. A public hearing on the proposal to provide for a local law on dog licensing became necessary when the state withdrew its interest in such licensing.

*Approved a zoning law regulating the height of residential construction and the width requirements for side lots on property containing residential construction. All requirements are on file in the town's zoning office and will be required reading prior to any permits issued by the town's code enforcement officer.

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