Silver Creek gets code officer, grants to assist projects

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward Ed Newman, president of the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club presents the Silver Creek Village Board with a check for $200 to aid in the Fountain Repair Project.

SILVER CREEK– The village of Silver Creek received a lot of good news at their Nov. 19 regular board meeting.

Firstly, the board appointed John Good as the new Village Code Enforcement Officer, he actively took office on Monday.

Ed Newman, president of the Silver Creek Hanover Garden Club, gave a gift of $200 to the village board from his organization to help with the Fountain Repair Project.

“Our main purpose is to help keep and provide the beauty and plants for the parks and the entrance signs in the village of Silver Creek,” Newman said. “We also feel that it’s very important to try to restore our historic fountain.”

Grants continued to pour in for the village that night as Mayor Jeff Hornburg announced the award of nearly a million dollars from the Environmental Facilities Corporation of the state of New York.

“On behalf of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, I am pleased to inform you that your community has been awarded a New York State Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Grant,” Hornburg read from the letter. “The grant has been awarded in an amount not to exceed $871,750.”

“This was a grant that GHD Engineering Firm helped us submit to help cover phase three of the I&I (Infiltration and Inflow) project which we are currently in the middle of,” he added. “We’ve applied for several grants with this water project that’s been ongoing. We did receive a portion of our project so far.”

The village recently signed a contract for phase three that amounts to $994,000, these monies will cover approximately 92 percent of those costs. According to Hornburg the water improvement project has so far cost around $6 million so this was a very welcomed bit of help.

The next Silver Creek Village Board meeting will take place on Dec. 3.