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Flood project awarded to low bidder

The contract for a flood mitigation project was awarded to the low bidder Tuesday at a special meeting of the Silver Creek Village Board.

The Michael Sarafina Co. of Cheektowaga, at $124,900, was named the lowest of 10 companies to bid on the installation of large stones known as riprap along the creek. Robert Halbohm, representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reviewed the bids and said the document from the company appeared to be in order.

Construction is slated to begin June 1 and be finished by the end of July. Halbohm said the state Department of Environmental Conservation will only grant a permit for work in the waterway during that two-month period.

Bids ranged to over $300,000 and came from several companies throughout Western New York.

Halbohm said that the USDA has set aside $75,000 to help fund the project, but he thought that additional funding could be added to bring the total to around $100,000, or 75 percent of the cost. Petri Baking Co. has pledged $34,000 to assist with the project.

The company stands to benefit, as the flood-prevention project will be near its cookie factory in Silver Creek.

The installation of riprap and shoring of the walls of the creek bank are designed to help prevent a flood like the disastrous one in August 2009 that damaged many properties in the village.

The matter received unanimous support from the Village Board and Mayor Kurt Lindstrom. The mayor said he was pleased by the number of bidders who participated in the process.

The vote was probably the last for outgoing Trustee Greg Cole, who chose not to seek re-election. He will be replaced by Thomas Harmon, who will join the board at the reorganizational session in April. Lindstrom and Trustee Amy Romanik were successful in their bids for re-election to the board.

The board also accepted the resignation of Louis Pelletter as village historian. The mayor recounted the former chief of police's many accomplishments, including building the gazebo, grant funding for new tennis courts and many other projects.

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