Baby steps made in Hanover drainage project

HANOVER – Hanover Council-man Kevin O’Connell has been hard at work to make the Sunset Bay Drainage Project a reality.

At a recent town board meeting, O’Connell reported making some progress on the critical easement needed to go forward with the project in the spring.

“I met with Mr. Minor and went over the easement with him. He wants a few changes but he is still supportive of the project. I just need to review the changes with Jeff (Passafaro),” he said.

He explained Minor would like the area where the town is going to dig to be noted in the easement so that later the town will not return and decide to move the line “wherever” in his lawn.

“He knows we want to get this moving,” O’Connell said, noting Dunkirk Dave’s prediction of an early spring.

Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo said the first phase of the project will eliminate 80 percent of the problems experienced by residents on Michigan and Pleasant avenues and the second phase will deal with the rest.

The board also heard a report from County Legislator George Borrello. He asked the board and residents to keep their eyes open for news of taking down the Springville Dam.

He said he is concerned if the Department of Environmental Conservation agrees to remove the dam, all the built up silt and sediment will filter down Cattaraugus Creek, where Hanover is already experiencing a problem with buildup of sediment.

He said the DEC will hold public hearings on the matter and suggested the board write a letter with concerns on the project.

Supervisor Todd Johnson said there was a delay in publication for the notice of public hearing for the amendment to a local law to include polyethylene piping. The public hearing will be held at the board’s next meeting on Feb. 25.

The planning board will meet Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. despite the holiday. The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Feb. 19.