SILVER CREEK – Nick Piccolo, who is running unopposed for mayor of Silver Creek, had an open discussion Monday with members of the Hanover Town Board.
Piccolo covered several topics including most notably the village’s lack of funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with flooding damages.
He said he has been in contact with several local officials and expects that a FEMA representative will be in the village on Friday for a face-to-face meeting.
The village is seeking $2.3 million in FEMA funds for losses from the August 2009 flood. The village suffered losses to fire, emergency and Department of Public Works equipment, and its public works building had to be demolished.
Piccolo said another of his big concerns is the loss of the Petri Baking Co.
He said that current Mayor Kurt Lindstrom received a letter stating that the closing is imminent, but there has been no verbal communication from anyone at Petri.
In addition to the loss of jobs, he is concerned that the company owns two buildings in town that were supposed to be demolished to make room for more expansion at the factory.
Piccolo said the village does not want to be left with two unsafe structures, but he has been unable to get answers from company officials.
Piccolo said he also learned that the storm sewers and sanitary sewer lines at the Petri location are crossed and that issue should be addressed soon.
“We have too many absentee landlords now,” he said.
He was not optimistic that a cookie-baking factory would return to the village since he believes that ConAgra, the new owner, will try and prevent competition from coming into the factory.
On the positive side, Piccolo said that S. Howes Co. is moving ahead with an expansion at its Silver Creek location.
Piccolo recently returned to the Village Board as a trustee after having served several years ago.
He has received the endorsement of both the Democratic and Republican parties in next month’s election.