A meeting in Silver Creek on Tuesday could set in motion a major change for the village.
At 7 p.m. in Hanover Town Hall, residents are invited to hear a presentation by the Sheriff's Department on an alternative proposal for police coverage that could potentially replace the existing Silver Creek Police Department and reduce the cost to the village taxpayers.
Currently, according to Mayor Nick Piccolo, the village department is made up of the chief, a full-time officer and part-timers. This is an opportune time to consider ending village police protection. It also should be noted that Silver Creek, with a population of 2,700, is the smallest community with its own police department in the county.
"I like the security of having our own police department. But, now I am retired and living on a limited income like many others in the village. ... I think a lot of people realize luxuries have to come to an end some time," Piccolo said.
Silver Creek is the highest taxed entity in the county. A big reason is because the village has operated under the assumption for too many years that it can continue to do things the way it has always been done.
Silver Creek, however, is not the only municipality that needs to change its traditional, spending ways.