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SILVER CREEK – The Town of Hanover has been preparing to dredge Cattaraugus Creek even though the Town Board doesn’t know how to pay for it.

Town Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo reported to the board Monday that he has applied for the environmental permits to do the dredging work and that he still hopes the town can secure the initial $40,000 for the engineering.

Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello said he has been looking for some funds and urged D’Angelo to apply for grant money from the county bed tax. He said the maximum allowed would be $40,000 and would help with the startup of the project.

Town residents involved with local fishing tournaments are concerned about low water levels in Lake Erie and in the creek where the town’s boat launch is located.

D’Angelo also gave board members a report on the drainage project recently completed on Michigan and Cayuga streets in the Sunset Bay area. He said that while the work is done, there has not been a heavy rain to test the new system. He said restoration work is needed in yards and driveways to complete the project.

Supervisor Todd Johnson said work has started on the new bridge to cross Cattaraugus Creek at Routes 5 & 20. He said site work, including some clearing on the Seneca Nation side of the bridge, was started last week.

Johnson said he was told by state Department of Transportation workers that the project would take about three years.

The old bridge will be left in place, with a new bridge built nearby. Johnson said once the new bridge is able to accommodate traffic, the old bridge will be torn down.

The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be at 7:30 p.m. May 28 because the Memorial Day holiday falls on the regular meeting date.