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SILVER CREEK – A contractor was chosen to start work on phase three of the waterline replacement project in Silver Creek.

Visone Construction of Depew, the lowest of 10 bidders, was awarded the contract Wednesday at a special meeting of the Village Board in the municipal meeting room.

The $1.22 million contract includes replacing water lines throughout the village with new, larger ones for better distribution.

Mayor Nick Piccolo said work may start as early as next week on the construction phases.

The special meeting Wednesday included a presentation from Wendel Engineers primarily concerning work needed at the wastewater treatment plant. The firm was hired to oversee the $5.4 million project, which includes many issues that were cited by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Wendel representatives pledged to open lines of communication, including assistance with financial planning for the village. They said that a loan without interest has been secured for about $5.1 million of the project and that the remainder will require financing.

In addition to state Health Department and DEC mandates, the Village Board added several other smaller items to the proposal as outlined by Wendel. A design, bidding and construction calendar was shared with board members.

“We primarily wanted to do this to bring the new board members up to speed,” said Piccolo.

Also on the agenda Wednesday was a presentation from Jay Warren on the benefits of joining a Lakefront Water Revitalization Plan with other communities in the northern Chautauqua County area. Warren gave board members the background on a lakefront study that the village was involved in back in 1998, when Piccolo served as a trustee.

He said a new plan would encourage regional and local projects for communities in the waterfront area. He was asking for a resolution for participation and a $2,000 contribution payment scheduled for sometime in 2014.

Piccolo said he supports a regional plan and commented that while he thought the communities all had unique qualities to offer, their progress could be beneficial to others along the Lake Erie shore area.