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Silver Creek , Hanover, Forestville to discuss wider sharing of services

SILVER CREEK – Town Board members were asked to take the lead in coordinating a joint meeting between the villages of Silver Creek and Forestville, the two school districts and town leaders.

At the regular meeting of the Town Board held Monday, Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo asked board members to coordinate a session so that the local officials could talk about ways to share services.

‘We’re all here for the same reason,” said Piccolo. “For the betterment of our residents.”

Piccolo said the town highway crew was very helpful recently when the village of Silver Creek needed heavy equipment to break up the ice in the creeks. He said the county emergency services equipment was broken down and the town of Hanover Highway Department stepped in with equipment to help with the project.

“We already share some services and I think we could do more,” said Piccolo.

Piccolo said that a flood was averted for the fourth time this winter because equipment was able to break up the ice and allow water to flow out to Lake Erie.

Town of Hanover Supervisor Todd Johnson announced that Sunset Bay had also avoided flooding. He said he learned that ice jams start to form in a small tributary in Arcade that eventually clogs near the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek at Sunset Bay.

Johnson said he was impressed by the work of town employees and especially by the volunteers who watched the flooding situations over the weekend in the bay area.

Also Monday, Hanover Town Board members were asked to consider a property revaluation to renew the town’s equalization rates. The equalization rate is used to help determine tax rates after levies are applied by towns, villages and school districts.

The town’s residential equalization rate has dropped to 90 percent, Robert Wright, a real property analyst with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said. He said the overall equalization rate is 92.6 percent when other properties are calculated into the rate.