SILVER CREEK – The final 14 days of work at Petri Baking Products has begun.
There are 23 employees assisting with the shutdown at the company, and they will be through by July 14, Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo told the Village Board at its meeting Monday night in the fire hall.
Petri Baking has been in the process of shutting its doors since January, when it was acquired by ConAgra in a multi-company deal that resulted in the loss of 250 jobs at the Silver Creek plant. Petri Baking has operated since the mid-1940s in Silver Creek.
Piccolo, who said he got a letter from the company detailing the shutdown, said that the news was not a surprise but that he hopes a replacement can be found for the baking company.
In other matters, Piccolo asked board members to consider joining with other communities looking to form a Northern Chautauqua County Water District. He said that at the last meeting of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Committee, held Thursday in Silver Creek, Chautauqua County Executive Gregory Edwards pledged his support for a north county system.
He said Edwards pledged county services to help with legal matters, including bonding to pay for the upgrades needed to support a system, and help with negotiations.
Silver Creek and the Town of Hanover both have contracts with the Erie County Water Authority until 2019 and have been receiving water from the authority for many years. Piccolo said that Edwards pledged the support of county legal advisers to see if the contracts could be ended earlier.
Piccolo also said that the City of Dunkirk is looking to be the supplier to communities in the north county that need water.
The mayor said a less-expensive water supply could be an attraction for businesses looking to locate in the area. He said that board members should think about the offer to participate and that the resolution to join in the project could be put on a future agenda.
Also at the meeting:
• The mayor said the fireworks display will be tonight, the night before the Fourth, as usual. Friday is the rain date. The annual display is at dusk in George Borrello Park.
• Piccolo said Police Chief Timothy Roche has retired. He said Roche had worked out an agreement with Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies for police protection for upcoming events, including the fireworks display and the Laurel Run this month. Board members supported a resolution to allow the mayor to start talks with the Hanover Town Board members and the Village of Forestville for alternative plans for police coverage.
The village has been contracting with the Sheriff’s Office since July 1. An extended contract until Dec. 2014 was proposed but rejected by the Legislature last week.
County officials approved the current contract until this Dec. 31. Piccolo said the shortened contract will accelerate talks with other officials to look at options for police services.
• A special meeting was set for 7 p.m. next Wednesday to discuss the possible purchase of a fire truck.