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Hanover Town Board approves new water district

SILVER CREEK – The residents of Bennett State Road outside Forestville have been assured that their municipal water line will continue as a formal water district.

The Hanover Town Board on Monday night unanimously adopted the district, which will continue to be served by the village of Forestville. 

No negative comments were heard on the plan last week at a public hearing on the proposed district.

The district includes 18 families and two businesses.  They have been buying water from Forestville for several years.

Their water service was threatened when a formal financing plan for the village mandated that any water sold outside village limits could only be sold to a district endorsed by a municipality. The action required a plan and a petition signed by the residents requesting the district. 

Forestville Mayor Kevin Johnson said that under the plan, the village will maintain the water line and take care of administrative costs for the customers in the district.  He said service will continue as before. 

The water line in that area was improved during the village’s recent upgrades to its system. 

Johnson said the approval of a district through the town of Hanover will allow the village to roll the $200,000 cost of improvements into the long-term financing for the village. 

He said the financing is expected to be completed by mid-March. The village received special terms to finance the entire $5 million project at zero interest for 30 years. 

Members of the Town Board also authorized an extension of the Bennett State Road water district near Silver Creek.