SILVER CREEK – Village board members shared their ideas for cooperative projects and assistance that could be provided by Chautauqua County with a member of the new county executive’s transition team.
Kelly Borrello, representing County Executive-elect Vince Horrigan’s transition team, met with the members Monday at their regular session held in Village Hall.
Silver Creek Mayor Nick Piccolo suggested that periodic meetings with Horrigan would be helpful. He also suggested that the county should help promote new businesses in the Silver Creek area. The village lost more than 230 jobs when the Petri Baking Co. closed in July and is faced with more job losses if Lake Shore Hospital closes.
Borrello said the transition team meets weekly with Horrigan and is sharing ideas from around the county. The new executive takes office in January.
In other matters, Piccolo said he wrote a letter to the Village of Falconer telling them that Silver Creek would not be able to purchase its used fire truck. He said Falconer kept the truck for several months waiting to see if the village could finance the purchase.
The mayor asked that the Planning Board write a local law to bar dogs from being inside the enclosed playground areas in the village. He said there have been complaints about dog waste and dangerous dogs in these areas where children play.
The mayor denied a request from Nancy Clees to provide police reports that are given to the village from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Piccolo told her to submit a request to the county as they have generated the reports.
The board members received the approved contract for enhanced police services with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.
The contract provides for 24-hour coverage until Dec. 2014. Sheriff’s deputies have been patrolling the village since June, when the Silver Creek Police Department did not have enough officers to provide round-the-clock coverage.
The contract was ratified by the County Legislature in November.
Piccolo said the Sheriff’s Office will be considering renting the former Silver Creek Police Station in the municipal building for a satellite office. He said that they may discontinue use of their station at the Hanover Town Hall on Hanover Street in Silver Creek and move to the municipal building location.
Piccolo said negotiations for rent and space use have not started yet. He said he hopes that the negotiations will leave room for the court offices to use office space.
A bid for $5,490 for 30,000 village garbage bags was approved. The bid was with the All American Company of New Jersey. Village residents must use garbage bags with specially printed wording to have their trash picked up by the village’s contractor.
Board members authorized Code Enforcement Officer Linda DeFries-Johnson to begin using the new code fee structure. She is in the village offices on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
Copies of the new prices for permits and applications are available from DeFries-Johnson.