SILVER CREEK – The Hanover Town Board heard about the possibilities of a regional water system coordinated by Chautauqua County.
At the board’s regular meeting Monday in Town Hall, Kathy Tampio, director of the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Association, told board members that County Executive Greg Edwards has made a commitment to help organize a water distribution system in northern Chautauqua County.
Tampio said Edwards has committed the services of the county to coordinate funding, including grant applications and bonding, for the project. The plan would be for Dunkirk to supply water to neighboring communities from the Town of Hanover to Ripley.
Town Supervisor Todd Johnson pointed out Hanover’s unique situation: It already has a good distribution system and has about seven years left in its contract with the Erie County Water Authority to purchase water.
Both Silver Creek and Hanover purchase water from the authority.
Councilman Frederick See-gert expressed doubt that the contract could be broken.
Tampio said a resolution of support for the efforts of a regional water system would not make the town obligated to purchase water due to its current situation.
Board members later approved the resolution and agreed to support the idea of regionalism.
The Chadwick Bay group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Colony Restaurant on Routes 5 and 20 in Hanover.
In other matters: • Johnson announced that there will be an open house at the town’s wastewater treatment plant so that residents of the water and sewer district can tour the facility and ask questions about the project proposed for improvements at the plant. He said that a date for the open house will be decided and that those who pay fees in the district will be notified by mail.
• A sign from Hae Jude Sign Co. of Silver Creek will be erected at the Bicentennial Park on King Road in Smith Mills. The parkland was donated by Harry Van Curen in 1976. The cost of the sign is $1,100.
• Johnson presented a proclamation to Laurel Hotelling in support of the 17th annual Laurel Run in Silver Creek. The event will be held at 9 a.m. July 20.
Wayne Hotelling, Laurel’s father, was on hand to encourage registration of 500 runners and walkers in the event to celebrate Laurel’s 50th birthday this year.
• Johnson read a proclamation in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Anderson-Lee Library in Silver Creek.