HANOVER: Village lax on town codes

It may be time to revoke a special-use permit for a highly maligned facility.

At the town of Hanover board meeting this week, Silver Creek officials were put on notice that its Department of Public Works building – located outside of the village – is not holding up its end of the bargain. As many who have followed the situation already know, this is not the first time this facility has been in the news for the wrong reasons.

After a report last year by the state comptroller’s office on overpaying for the property and the faulty process used in selecting the former Bentges facility on Routes 5 and 20, issues regarding repayment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have not been answered. Without those funds, the village could be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“We are planning to look into doing some of the (requirements) … We are hoping to get some relief from FEMA because basically without that money we have no contingency fund. The big thing in our plan is to tie in and do what is required by the town,” village Trustee Nick Piccolo said.

Since the village is a governmental entity, it will likely be treated better than a taxpaying resident or business that has violations. That’s just one more double standard that seems to happen on a regular basis in Chautauqua County.

Let’s hope Hanover sticks to its guns and ends the courtesy for this dysfunctional entity.