Drainage project problem unclogged

HANOVER – Things are finally coming together for the Sunset Bay drainage project.

At a recent Hanover Town Board meeting, Cou-ncilman Kevin O’Connell gave the board the good news that the signature the town was waiting for was received.

O’Connell said once the easement was written to property owner Brian Minor’s and Town Attorney Jeffery Passafaro’s liking, Minor signed the easement allowing the town to run a drainage pipe through his property.

The document just needed Supervisor Todd John-son’s signature.

“We are in good shape. Hopefully we will get an early, warm spring and we will start the project at the first opportunity,” O’Con-nell said.

This project began last year as a solution to the ongoing problems of stormwater flooding, especially on Michigan and Pleasant avenues in Sunset Bay.

Minor’s easement made possible the project, which will mitigate drainage from Route 5/20 and the railroad tracks flooding the streets. Town board members have said this project is a top priority as soon as the weather allows.

The board also held a public hearing to amend local law No. 1 of 1985 on water rules and regulations to include polyethylene piping. Johnson said the town was prompted to make the change by residents attempting to hook into the town’s water system who pointed out polyethylene piping is just as durable and cheaper than copper piping and easier to repair. There were no comments and the amendment was passed unanimously.

The sewer department reported to the board on a trip several members made to another town’s sewer facility. Harold Anger, clerk of the works, said this town had its RBCs located inside a structure, which the town has asked for but has been told in the past cannot be done. He said the trip was very educational in going forward with the town’s sewer project.

It was also announced Anger received a government employees municipal award.

The next town board meeting will be held today.