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Bidding process opens for 100 acres of timberland in Forestville

FORESTVILLE – The legal notice for the sale or timbering of more than 100 acres owned by the village of Forestville has been posted and published.

Bids for the sale of the property or the cutting of trees will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 6 at the village clerk’s office. Bids will be opened at the regular meeting of the village board on March 10. The announcement was made Tuesday at the regular meeting of the village board held in the municipal building. Further details are available through the village clerk’s office.

In other business, Mayor Kevin Johnson said that a public hearing on the formation of the North Side Water District will be held on Feb. 16 at 7:15 p.m. at the Hanover Town Hall in Silver Creek. Johnson said that the town board will conduct the hearing on the proposed municipal water district that would be served by the Village of Forestville for residents of the district who are not within the village limits.

Water system improvements were also discussed by the board of trustees. Johnson announced that a proposal for a filtration system that would help remove some of the odor, taste and discoloration from the village water has been designed and a plan was submitted to the Chautauqua County Health Department for consideration. The board has heard several complaints about the quality of the water.

Johnson said that the water consumption in the village has been greatly reduced since the new water lines have been installed. He said that the average daily consumption is 40,000 gallons. He said prior to the installation of the system average daily use was about 150,000 gallons. Johnson said that major water leaks were the cause of the losses.

The mayor distributed copies of the village’s water policy to the trustees; he asked them to review the documents and be prepared to recommend changes at the next board meeting.

Tom Halicki, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, said that the group is meeting every third Thursday at 7 p.m. in the municipal building. He said the major project for the members is a new village comprehensive plan. He said the plan on file was from 1971 and data was based on the 1960 census. The meetings are open to the public.