By NICOLE GUGINO
OBSERVER Assistant News Editor
FORESTVILLE - Forestville Deputy Mayor Kevin Johnson wanted Creek Road residents to know that the village is not abandoning them at a recent meeting of the village board.
Johnson said the letter that was sent out to residents was misinterpreted.
"The letter that went out was worded badly and the intent was misconstrued," he said. "What we wanted to say was that the (Chautauqua County) Health Department has put limits on the time we can keep the springs open and that is six months."
He said the area needs water mains, but first there needs to be a water district.
Johnson, along with village Attorney Michael Sullivan, a water project engineer and a representative from the health department will be in attendance at a meeting to explain this to residents of both Creek and Bennett State roads tonight at 7 p.m. in the village hall.
"We can supply Creek Road with water but residents need to understand that the district will bear the cost," Johnson explained.
Johnson added that the cost of water lines is costly but the village may be able to use left over funds from the water project for a pump in the chlorine house and once a water district is formed there is an opportunity for grants.
"Even if the policy is the village rate plus the debt payment plus the cost of maintenance, it is 'a lot of money.' How much? I don't know. There are a lot of questions to answer. When we know we will get that information out there," Johnson said.
Tonight is the next regular meeting at 7 p.m. of the village board which will be held in the village hall.
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