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Hanover Town Board discusses dredging in Cattaraugus Creek

SILVER CREEK – Dredging in Cattaraugus Creek in Sunset Bay continues to be a priority for the Town of Hanover, although funding for the engineering phase of the project has not yet been secured.

At the regular meeting of the Town Board on Monday, Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo said he has spoken to State Sen. Cathy Young about possibly funding the engineering phase at a cost of about $43,000.

The total cost of the project is estimated at between $500,000 and $750,000. The project was established to try to relieve some storm water flooding in the bay area.

Some residents of Sunset Bay said that another Erie County community recently received funds for the same purpose.

D’Angelo said his department will begin work on storm water drainage lines in the Sunset Bay area as early as next week.

D’Angelo also said that an Ohio Street resident, Thomas Young, is interested in deeding over about 400 feet of land that is part of Ohio Street in Sunset Bay. He was advised to give the details to the town attorney for review and consideration.

Also at the meeting:

• Supervisor Todd Johnson said he and the board members have been considering participation in the Lakefront Water Revitalization Program as presented at the last meeting. He said they will consider a resolution of support at a future board meeting.

Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello said that the Lake Erie Management Committee met earlier Monday and agreed to support the program with a donation of $10,000. He said the funds will be distributed from the Chautauqua County Bed Tax account. Borrello said he felt strongly that the program will help communities along the lake with leverage for future funding.

• Board members agreed to the purchase of a new loader for the Highway Department at a cost of $133,394. The purchase will be subject to a 30-day permissive referendum. There will be $77,000 applied to the cost from the sale of an old loader, and the remaining funds for the purchase will be financed through the highway reserve account.

• Councilman Wayne Ashley said he has been looking into complaints of cows getting loose in the area of King and Bennett State roads in Forestville. He said Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies have logged 17 complaints in recent months about cows on the lam. He added that he will be looking for a solution.