FEMA seeks comments on Silver Creek DPW

By NICOLE GUGINO

OBSERVER Assistant News Editor

SILVER CREEK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is accepting comments on the relocation of the Silver Creek department of public works building to the Bentges Distribution building.

A legal Notice was published in Friday’s OBSERVER which described the situation where the village experienced a flood in 2009, had several meetings thereafter to determine where to relocate the DPW outside the floodplain and relocation to 1318 Main Road, Irving, was selected.

The notice states that comments will be accepted on the “project, potential alternatives and floodplain impacts” within 15 days starting on the publication date, making the deadline April 5. To comment send a letter to FEMA Environmental Planning and Historical Preservation, Leo O’Brien Federal Building, 11A Clinton Ave., Suite 742, Albany, NY 12207 or email FEMA2COMMENT@fema.dhs.gov.

Mayor Elect Nick Piccolo said he believes the notice is a formality and signals that FEMA is moving toward a decision whether to fund the project.

“What’s happening is they are getting close to making a decision. They have to make a public notice so people can comment. It is a formality but it means things are moving forward,” he said.

He said he believes letters from elected officials he has been in contact with have spurred this movement from FEMA.

He added he hopes this has a positive outcome and that the village is waiting to hear from FEMA.

The next village board meeting, where Piccolo along with Thomas Harmon and Warren Kelly will be sworn in and another trustee appointed, will be held April 1 at 7 p.m. in the village hall.