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Silver Creek Village Board hears concerns over railroad bridges

SILVER CREEK – Concern over the condition of railroad bridges in Silver Creek was brought to the Village Board meeting Monday.

Local resident Bob Lyman asked board members what could be done about getting repairs to the bridges. “Our bridges are in terrible shape,” said Lyman. He had particular concerns about the bridges on Lake Avenue and Jackson Street. The Jackson Street bridge is the historic Skew Arch, which was erected in 1869. The stones in the construction were carved from local rock and form a unique design. The bridge is reportedly only one of two of its kind in the world.

But now pieces of stone are falling from the arch, Lyman said.

The village has eight railroad overpass bridges.

Village Trustee Thomas Harmon thanked Lyman for bringing the matter to the board and vowed to document the damage with photographs. “We will send letters,” said Harmon. He said state and federal officials should be put on notice that the village has concerns with the bridge conditions as well as the contents being hauled on the trains.

“I think all these communities along the tracks need to make noise,” said Lyman.

In other business before the board

• A special meeting was set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 for the purpose of adopting the budget.

• Mayor Nick Piccolo said the board members need to meet with Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace and talk about the projected costs of the contract for police coverage in 2016. The village has a contract through the end of this year. There will be a special meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. to continue budget talks.

• The Silver Creek Kiwanis Club was granted permission to use the village park and ballpark on June 6 for their annual Children’s Fair.