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Town of Sheridan leaders don’t want to be considered ‘drop in the bucket’ in water district

SHERIDAN – Town leaders made it clear that they do not want to be considered just a “drop in the bucket” when it comes to their stake in the regional water district proposed for northern Chautauqua County.

At the regular Town Board meeting held Thursday, Supervisor Louis S. Delmonte and Councilman Glenn R. Reed aired their complaints about the town not having an equal say in some decisions and even being left out altogether when meetings have been held. “We have not been invited to attend some meetings and I find it very disturbing,” Reed said.

Reed has been attending sessions of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Association for several years. The idea of a regional water system was born at those meetings. “We elected Glenn to serve as our representative and I feel he has been disrespected,” Delmonte said.

“It is pretty clear that the county executive wants us to move forward with this program based on trust,” Delmonte said. “But sometimes he does not even allow us to speak,” Delmonte said. Reed said he made a suggestion months ago that the district move ahead with plans to buy water through the Erie County Water Authority, but his idea was not acknowledged.

Delmonte said he considers the Town of Sheridan one of the most strategic places in the water district. He said that while the area may have fewer residents than some other townships, it sits between the City of Dunkirk and the Town of Hanover and Village of Silver Creek. A major waterline from the city would have to pass through Sheridan to reach that area. Including Hanover and Silver Creek’s population has been a target of the district in its future plans. Both areas have water service from ECWA

News confirmed by County Executive Vincent W. Horrigan this week said that the water district’s request for funding through the state’s Consolidated Funding Application was turned down because of stagnant action on the proposed district. Delmonte and Reed both said future meetings should include a district representative with decision-making power.

In other matters before the Town Board, new signs welcoming people to the township are being considered by the members. A design was presented for review. Action is expected in October.

Highway Superintendent Jeffrey Feinen reported that repairs on West Sheridan, Newell, Kuhrt and Walnut roads were completed. The roads were all damaged during the July 14 storm.

Feinen also reported that a culvert on CSX railroad property on East Middle Road has not been repaired. He said that the railroad representative was notified after the storm but that no action has been taken.

Budget talks for Town Board members are scheduled to begin at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 5.