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Creek channels being widened in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK – Work is underway to widen the creek channels in Silver Creek. At a special meeting held Tuesday in the municipal building, village board members heard about the progress of the project.

Heavy equipment is digging out the banks of Silver Creek and Walnut Creek which just flooded in July. The project includes making both streams wider and deeper and securing the rocks along the side walls of the creek.

“We hope it is going to help alleviate some of the flooding,” said Mayor Nick Piccolo. He said that the plan is to return the creeks paths to a more natural direction and restore some of the depth to help carry water. The village experienced flooding with heavy rains in July and had several incidents of high water in the creeks during the past several years. The flood of August 2009 damaged homes and the local Department of Public Works building.

The agenda for the special meeting also included awarding a bid to United Survey for re-lining and repairing sanitary sewer lines. The Cleveland, Ohio company was the sole bidder for the project. They will receive $481,850 for the work. The contractor is expected to begin the process in late August and complete the job by fall.