SILVER CREEK - The Silver Creek Village Board took a step into another large project at its meeting Tuesday.
Mayor Nick Piccolo explained the project includes black topping and a grinder pit at the department of public works building to be compliant with Hanover zoning requirements. It also includes generators, door replacement and new lighting for the wastewater plant and the DPW, as well as new roof and energy efficient heating for the DPW.
The village board passed a bond resolution for a project not to exceed the cost of $550,000.
OBSERVER Photo by Nicole Gugino
Silver Creek started another project Tuesday. Pictured from left are Mayor Nick Piccolo, Attorney Dan Gard, Trustee Tom Harmon and Trustee Warren Kelly.
Piccolo explained the project may only cost $300,000 to complete but $550,000 is the maximum it can bond for and gives the village leeway if the project costs more than expected.
Resident Anna Frederickson asked how the project would be funded and if it would raise the debt in the village.
Village Attorney Dan Gard explained the energy-saving parts of the project will allow the village to pay the debt through the savings it realizes.
Treasurer Janet St. George said some of the projects are FEMA projects which will be reimbursed at 87.5 percent and the energy projects are eligible for NYSERDA rebates.
"So this $550,000 will be paid in its entirety?" Frederickson asked.
The village could not promise that the rebates and savings would leave no impact for the village taxpayers.
It was also explained that the amount bonded for would add to the village's debt until it is paid down.
"When Wendel ... had some projected savings and they were just incredible. ... It really was a decent payback and a good savings. It was really worth it," Trustee Tom Harmon said about the project.
The village is currently undertaking a water line replacement project, while DEC ordered upgrading of the wastewater treatment plant and an inflow and infiltration project.
The board also received updates on several items.
Piccolo said he has been in touch with the broker selling the Petri plant and has heard from another business interested in relocating to the plant.
Piccolo has also heard from parties interested in purchasing the lower reservoir from the village. Trustee Anthony Pearl asked if the Hopper Road property has become a liability for the village. Piccolo said because the property is not in the village and there has been a history of trespassing on the posted property, it is somewhat of a liability for the village. The board voted to list the upper reservoir for sale through a registered realtor once the property is in DEC compliance.
Piccolo also asked the board to think about stipulations for an application for usage of the pavilion. He said this would address the village's liability, enforce a deposit and make sure all are treated the same in respect to using the village pavilion.
Piccolo announced the County Health Department approved the water project extension to Karen Drive and that final inspections of phase II work will be done Thursday.
Piccolo and a member of the board will meet with the fire department today to discuss updates with obtaining a fire truck.
The clerk's office will be open for limited hours Sept. 9, 10, 12, 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be closed on Sept. 11 for NYCOM training.
The next village board meeting will be held Sept. 16.