SILVER CREEK – Mayor Nick Piccolo encouraged residents and guests to attend the 46th annual Festival of Grapes, which gets started Thursday.

The mayor said at Monday’s Village Board meeting that this year’s planners have added some new activities, rides and vendors to the four-day festival scheduled for the ballpark and village square areas.

A grape stomping event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. Live entertainment is planned throughout the weekend.

Piccolo said that permits have been granted to close off Route 20 for the parade at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Festival planners met with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and local volunteers to plan for security and safety measures, the mayor said.

Also at the meeting:

• Local businesses will be inspected in the next few weeks to look for connections in the sanitary and storm sewers. Trustee Warren Kelly said business owners will receive letters about the inspections.

He said storm sewers that empty into the sanitary sewer are the target of the inspections.

• The new code enforcement officer, Linda DeFries, has taken over all the duties for code inspection in the village.

• Piccolo said DeFries has issued a permit for a new owner of the former Uncle Sam’s Army and Navy Store on Central Avenue. Piccolo said the new owner is planning a restaurant in the location.

• Piccolo said there are negotiations going on with ConAgra, the owner of the former Petri Baking Products Company. ConAgra closed the Petri plant in July. Piccolo said a buyer is interested in the building for production and storage.