HANOVER - Hanover Supervisor Todd Johnson has responded to the OBSERVER editorial about the board not taking action on the LWRP at its meeting.
"We heard the presentation on the LWRP at our last workshop for the first time. The town board didn't make a resolution after a 17-minute presentation. We were adverse to make a decision without counsel present. Here in Hanover we try to dot our 'i's and cross our 't's. The board is willing to be a part of the LWRP and a commitment may be made at our next meeting in May," he explained Monday night. "We had research to do."
County Legislator George Borrello attended the meeting and said he understands the town's decision to wait.
"The Lake Erie Management Commission heard the LWRP presentation last month. We took the month to do research and decided to commit $10,000. I understand, you have to do your due diligence, especially when you are dealing with taxpayer dollars," he said.
Highway Superintendent Steve D'Angelo added he was misquoted in last meeting's article on the topic saying, "I contacted Senator Cathy Young and all I said is we are waiting on the funding."
He said the town is still waiting on Young to come through with funding for the project.
"We can't go buy something without the money. ... She wants to help us but until we can get the ($43,000) for engineering we are stuck," he explained.
It was also brought to the town's attention that the town of Evans recently received $100,000 to dredge Sturgeon Point.
Borrello said he heard Evans had received the money from the Niagara Power Project Settlement Fund from the New York Power Authority. He said after hearing of the project being funded, he immediately notified Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Sen. Young to see if funding could be utilized from this source for Hanover.
D'Angelo also updated the board on the Sunset Bay drainage project. He said the additional easement has been secured, issues with where the pipe will go on the Minor property have been sorted out and underground utilities will be marked this week.
He said weather permitting, the project will begin next week and could take as little as two weeks to complete, pending weather conditions and other emergency work.
The next town board meeting will be held May 13. The board will also have a special meeting for the purpose of a public hearing on amending the town's sign law on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.