Hanover gets tough on contract

HANOVER – There is no such thing as a free lunch – at least not for long.

The villages of Silver Creek and Forestville have enjoyed a contract with the town of Hanover for code enforcement at no direct cost to village government for more than a decade, according to Hanover Supervisor Todd Johnson.

It was Johnson who announced at the town board meeting Monday, the town has made the first steps toward opting out of the current contract.

“We have been talking about this for over a year,” he explained.

He said the town has a contract with both villages, and if nothing is done, the contract continues. By opting out of the contract, the town board hopes to renegotiate that contract.

“We don’t want to leave them high and dry,” he said.

He added the code officer has been kept very busy in the villages in particular and is falling behind on town business.

The board unanimously approved a resolution to authorize Johnson to give Forestville and Silver Creek its 60 days notice to end the existing contract.

Johnson said the town will explore options like the villages pitching in financially and/or reducing the load on the code officer. For example, having Silver Creek Police enforce zoning violations, as was started last year, then the code officer would be freed to issue building permits and do inspections in the village.

“This has been a cost savings to the villages for 10 or 12 years now and that has come at town expense,” he said.

He said he plans to arrange a meeting with the mayors of Forestville and Silver Creek to work out a new arrangement that will suit all municipalities best.

The next town board meeting will be held Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with a workshop at 6:30 p.m. The planning board will meet Feb. 18.