SILVER CREEK – The Hanover Town Board will hold a public hearing on a project to repair and update the wastewater treatment plant.
At the regular meeting Tuesday, board members agreed to set 7 p.m. June 19, in the town hall, for a public hearing for residents of the town’s sewer district.
Town Supervisor Todd Johnson said employees of the water and sewer department, engineers and the town’s business manager will be on hand to discuss the implications of the $5.2 million project. The town will also discuss the cost of financing the project for district residents.
The town will look to improve the drying beds and other issues at the wastewater plant.
In other matters:
• Town Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo said his crews removed 20 tons of debris from the beach at Sunset Bay. He said the beach has been cleaned and raked and is ready for summer visitors. Supervisor Johnson said the target date for opening is June 24. However, he said, the town has not yet received the permit to open the beach from the health department.
• Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, said the state Department of Environmental Conservation has received a permit request for permission to dredge Cattaraugus Creek at Sunset Bay. Borrello and local leaders are still looking for funds to go forward with the dredging project. Borrello encouraged D’Angelo to apply for funding from the Chautauqua County Bed Tax program.
• Water Treatment Plant Operator Mark Ellis urged the board to consider reducing the permit fee for people who replace their own traps in their sanitary sewer systems. Ellis said the current fee of $150 discourages people from applying for a permit and having an inspection. Ellis said poorly installed traps can cause clogs and further damage.
• Councilman Kevin O’Connell asked the board to consider installing a station with bags and a place to dispose of pet waste in the Sunset Harbor area, where, he said, there have been complaints of pet waste.
• D’Angelo said his crews found a used syringe in a public trash can and wanted to remind the public that medical waste such as syringes should be properly disposed of. He said his crews will take new precautions to prevent accidents involving syringes in trash.