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Storm drainage project nearing a start in Hanover

SILVER CREEK – Town Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo is preparing to start a storm drainage project in Sunset Bay, he told Hanover Town Board members Monday at the board’s regular meeting.

D’Angelo said that supplies have been ordered and that he will need one more easement from a property owner on Michigan Avenue.

D’Angelo also gave the board an update on his conversations with officials from the Department of Environmental Conservation on the town’s plans to have Cattaraugus Creek dredged. He said DEC officials agreed with him that the waters are very shallow in the creek. He said the DEC is hoping for a joint meeting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to talk about the project.

D’Angelo reported that he has contacted State Sen. Cathy Young’s office and hopes that some state funding could help the town with the project. Early estimates are between $500,000 and $750,000, he said.

Also at Monday’s Town Board meeting:

• The town’s boat launch fees will remain the same in 2013. A single launch is $7, and a season pass is $80. The board is considering replacing the grinding equipment at the fish cleaning station; D’Angelo reported that he got a preliminary estimate from Dunkirk Electric Co., and the new equipment will cost about $3,900.

The board members agreed that the town could host a weigh station for the South Towns Walleye Derby for nine days at the town’s boat launch area. Further details and insurance information will be provided at an upcoming meeting.

• D’Angelo got permission to advertise for bids for road materials, fuel and motor oil with bids to be returned by 10 a.m. April 15.

• Town Councilman Frederick Seegert announced that he set up a negotiations meeting with Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace at 4 p.m. Thursday to talk about police protection for the next year and possibly over the next three years.

• Councilman Wayne Ashley reported that work on a monument for veterans at Town Hall is expected to start soon.

• Supervisor Todd Johnson agreed to look into a speed reduction request for a resident of Hanover Road. The resident said the area between Route 39 and Smith Mills has had several accidents.

The supervisor also said he is looking into funding through New York State Electric & Gas for replacement lighting around Town Hall.