SILVER CREEK - Trustee Nick Piccolo brought good news to the Silver Creek Village Board on the proposed Route 5 waterline project.
At Monday's meeting he reported the distance between the Silver Creek water lines and Dunkirk's is less than previously expected.
"We had anticipated 5 miles between where the village lines end and Dunkirk's lines begin, It's only 2 (miles). There will still be a need for a pump station and filtration," Piccolo said.
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Silver Creek Trustee Nick Piccolo (right) gave an update on the proposed Route 5 waterline project from Dunkirk at the village board meeting Monday. Also pictured is Deputy Mayor Amy Romanik.
He explained this will cut down on the cost for the four municipalities involved: Silver Creek, Sheridan and the town and city of Dunkirk.
He said all entities seem interested in the project and hopefully all will get on board in order to make more funding for the project available.
"We are anxious because it could cut the cost for water by up to $1.70/1,000 gallons compared to Erie County, which is a state entity. It would be an immense savings for the village," Piccolo said. "Another positive thing, the way things are going this could be a reality by 2014."
Trustee Thomas Harmon asked how Erie County will react to the change. Village Attorney Dan Gard said the village has 12 months to give Erie County notice of its intent to leave the agreement, but he does not anticipate any deals on water rates being put forth.
"Its a wonderful thing. We have to be proactive to save the village money," Harmon said about the project.
Piccolo added the town of Hanover still has a three-year contract with Erie County before it can leave and possibly connect with Dunkirk's water supply through Silver Creek.
He also said this is a great time for Silver Creek as it has just one more phase to complete before the village's waterlines are completely updated.
The board approved a transfer of $975 from the water unappropriated fund balance to equipment for the engineering study by Nussbaumer & Clarke Inc, which was authorized at the last regular meeting.
The village board will next meet on Jan. 7. The clerk's office will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 as well as Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
In other business:
The board authorized Justice Richard Saletta and the mayor to sign an application for the 2012-13 JCAP grant for the Office of Court Administration.
The board heard further concerns about Petri's closing from resident Nancy Clees because with ConAgra's purchase of Ralcorp, the company acquired more than just Petri's for making cookies.
Resident Ed Newman asked the village to consider removing the parking ban from Park Place, which would free up a needed parking spot for church-goers on Sundays.