SILVER CREEK – Mayor Nick Piccolo hinted that there may be some progress in the village both at the former Petri Baking Co. factory and the former Main Street school building.
At the regular meeting of the Village Board on Monday, Piccolo said that he was told there is interest in the former cookie bakery that closed in July. He said he was told that an offer to ConAgra, the owner of the factory, is under consideration. The building closed in July, and about 256 employees lost their jobs at the local company.
Piccolo also said that Southern Tier Environments for Living, (STEL Inc.) told him it applied for grant funding to remodel the former Main Street school building.
Piccolo said that if funding is awarded, construction could start next spring. The building has been vacant since 1979.
Apartments would reportedly be part of the design by STEL, a Dunkirk human services company that has other low-income and disability housing projects throughout New York State.
Also at the meeting:
• Piccolo said he has received an offer from a buyer on the land and reservoir owned by the village near Hopper Road. Piccolo said he has to review the buyer’s requests with the state Department of Conservation. He refused to provide details of the offer or potential buyer.
“I will say it is a bona fide offer,” said Piccolo.
•Trustee Warren Kelly said he will be on a walking tour of the Christy Street neighborhood this week.
Board members received complaints from residents of the neighborhood that there has not been any restoration work since the new water lines were installed.
Water line replacement is continuing in the village on Burgess Street this week. Kelly, who said he has met with Visone construction representatives, said that there may not be any restoration work done until spring.
Kelly said sidewalks will be removed during the line replacement project on Burgess Street.
Kelly said he is currently working on a proposal to increase the residential reimbursement rate from $8 to $12 per linear foot for sidewalk replacement.
• Board members reviewed a proposal from Zoning Code Enforcement Officer Linda DeFries to increase rates charged for permits.
The proposal was tabled pending a formal resolution for the board to consider.
• Monday’s meeting also included a presentation on “Complete Streets” from Lisa Schmidtferick-Miller.
She took pictures around the village and had several suggestions for projects that would make some streets safer for pedestrians and motorists.