SILVER CREEK – Four major water-line breaks in the last few days kept crews in the Village of Silver Creek very busy.
The most severe of the breaks was on Route 20 at the intersection of Central Avenue. The leak was discovered at about 5 a.m. Wednesday when water was flooding onto the highway and into the village square. Crews worked until about 4 p.m. and had to reduce Route 20 to one lane in each direction during the repairs.
The major loss in water and reduction in the water distribution system led to two other breaks, one on Silver Lane and the other on Lake Road, both of which were repaired. The other leak happened early Saturday morning on Stewart Avenue.
Silver Creek Public Works Superintendent Ralph Crawford blamed cold temperatures, shifting in the ground and older pipes for the problems.
There were no preliminary costs listed for the water loss, but the water supply was left about 10 feet lower in the village water storage tank, Crawford said.
In other matters discussed at Wednesday’s Village Board meeting, Nick Piccolo is preparing to transition to his new role as mayor. With endorsement by the two major parties and no opposition, Piccolo already has been working closely with outgoing Mayor Kurt Lindstrom.
Piccolo thanked Lindstrom for his efforts on behalf of the village.
He said he has sent letters to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and several government representatives asking when the village would be reimbursed for losses during the 2009 flood. Piccolo said the Buffalo FEMA office agreed to look into the lack of reimbursement.
He said the village paid for many losses that occurred in August 2009 when even its own Department of Public Works building was lost.
Village elections are March 19 with the new officials taking office in April.
Former Trustee Anna Frederickson addressed the board about the possibility of losing the village police department. She said she favors keeping the department and believes cuts could be made in other departments.
Court Clerk Carol Waugh announced that an $1,800 grant was received from the Justice Court Assistance Program to help with the costs of new computers.
Lindstrom reported that he has been negotiating with the Town of Hanover concerning code enforcement duties. Hanover sent an official notice to the village announcing that it would no longer be providing code enforcement services under the same agreement.