SILVER CREEK – Village officials are looking at a regional water plan with the city of Dunkirk that may save residents money in water rates.

At a workshop session Monday, Mayor Kurt Lindstrom unveiled a map that showed the proposed water main along Route 5. Town of Sheridan residents already have been connected to the city of Dunkirk’s system and the water main is now just a few miles from the Silver Creek village line.

Lindstrom said he was “thrilled to be working on the proposal.” He said the result could be up to a 50 percent savings over what village customers are currently paying.

Village Board members will meet with a representative of the engineering firm Nussbaumer and Clarke in the future to review the engineering and other needs for the program. A motion to authorize $975 in engineering fees to the company was approved.

The village has been purchasing water from the Erie County Water Authority for several years and officials have said the village pays one of the highest rates in the area.

“I am pleased that Dunkirk Mayor A.J. Dolce had introduced this proposal and we have the cooperation of the town of Dunkirk and town of Sheridan,” said the mayor.

In other matters:

• Lindstrom thanked to the Hanover Garden Club and the village Streets Department for the decorations and preparations in the village square. The annual holiday gathering was held Saturday.

• Permission was granted for the annual Polar Bear Swim to be held at the beach near the Jackson Street Firemen’s Club on Jan. 13. Police and emergency responders will prepare for more than 100 people to take part.