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Forestville board to look into dissolving village

FORESTVILLE – An advisory committee will look into possibly dissolving the Village of Forestville.

During the regular meeting of the Forestville Village Board Tuesday, trustees agreed by a vote of 3 to 1 to form the committee to consider absorbing the village government into the Town of Hanover.

Trustee Kevin Johnson opposed the motion.

Trustee Ron Lineman, in favor of forming the committee, had the support of the other trustees and the mayor. The group will ask for participation from members of the Town Board, the fire department and Chautauqua County Legislator Rod Rogers.

Rogers addressed the issue, noting he was involved when the Village of Perrysburg dissolved. Rogers said he encouraged the participation of an outside committee after a local group looked at some of the issues.

Village Attorney Michael Sullivan said the advisory group should look at the village’s current assets and services as well as the debts involved.

Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo attended the session and said his board has discussed the idea of dissolving. “The town is not going to take on any of your debt,” he said.

Piccolo cautioned that the Town Board is entering its budget planning season and it may be difficult to get participation from Town Board members.

Piccolo also noted he believes the state will “force consolidation of towns and villages.”

Village Mayor Linda Aures called for a motion to allow the committee to meet and report back within 60 days of meeting on the fact-finding issues, including debt service, assets and village services. The committee is expected to begin meeting soon. According to the motion, the committee will act in an advisory capacity only.

In other matters, Johnson reported on the progress of the new water system. Village Board members agreed to notify the Chautauqua County Health Department that the village would like to proceed with bringing the new system on line. Public Works Supervisor Charles Brewster said the system is working manually, and he recommended that once water is tested that hydrant flushing start.

Brewster said the pumps on the system can produce 230 gallons of water per minute. Communication links between the pumps and the storage system were also discussed. The board will wait for information from the engineers on the installation of either radio or phone line communication systems.

The board will hold a public hearing on a local law that would establish a capital improvement fund for the water system. The hearing will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 in the fire hall.