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Hanover board hears water-level worries

SILVER CREEK – Concerns about low water levels at the Hanover Boat Launch and the need for dredging Cattaraugus Creek dominated the Hanover Town Board meeting Monday.

Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo said he has been in contact with State Sen. Cathy Young’s office to seek funding for dredging.

Some longtime residents of the area asked what responsibility the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may have in maintaining the water level for safe boating. They recalled an agreement dating back many years when the corps was involved in the breakwater and harbor project. They said it was implied at that time that the corps would maintain water level so that a boat could come into the harbor. Town Supervisor Todd Johnson agreed to look into the issue.

Residents said the water is only about 4 feet deep now. That will not be deep enough for larger boats to be launched.

In another matter, Johnson said he has not heard a definite start date for replacing the bridge over Cattaraugus Creek at Routes 5 and 20.

The heavily traveled bridge between Chautauqua and Erie counties was on target for replacement this year.

Johnson said he knew that state officials were looking for a building for bridge engineers to use as an office, but he has not received official word on the construction project.

Board members heard a presentation from Jay Warren, who is gathering support for a Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan.

Warren is visiting leaders in communities along the Lake Erie shore to talk about the plan and ask for support for a regional waterfront plan.

He asked board members to consider a resolution supporting the project. The financial commitment is $2,000 for each community starting in 2014.

The annual cleanup of the beach in Sunset Bay will be held at 9 a.m. April 20. Volunteers interested in working on the project can meet at the Sunset Bay Fire Hall.