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SILVER CREEK – The founder of the “Laurel Run,” a long-standing race in Silver Creek, has concerns about public safety at the event if Silver Creek abolishes its Police Department.

Wayne Hotelling, at the Village Board meeting Monday, said he was asking permission to hold the event July 20 and wondered if the board had considered public safety issues if the Police Department were dissolved.

Hotelling said he has had a long-standing good relationship with the local Police Department and was concerned for the safety of runners and others who attend the Laurel Run.

Mayor Nick Piccolo said no decision has been made on what to do about police services, and he urged residents to be calm while the board considers options.

The Police Department has one full-time officer, several part-time officers and the chief.

Chief Timothy Roche did not comment Monday on the status of the department.

In other business, the board said that smoke tests for sanitary sewers in the village began Monday and will continue this week.

Piccolo also said he received a letter from Petri Baking Products stating that it plans to proceed with layoffs at the Silver Creek factory. The mayor said he also received a phone call from a Petri employee stating that the plant would be in operation through the end of the summer.

The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. today to consider a proposal to make the village ballparks and village square smoke-free areas. Trustee Ben Peters said he would like to make all areas where children play smoke-free zones.

The Planning Board will also consider a request from a resident to raise chickens for eggs and meat. Raising farm animals within the village is not permitted, according to the village code.