Hanover discusses projects

HANOVER – With spring nearly here, the Hanover Town Board discussed upcoming projects at its recent meeting.

Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo was not present at the last meeting where the board reported obtaining the easement allowing the Sunset Bay drainage project to move forward.

He said he would like to replace the drainage pipe from the railroad tracks and down Michigan Street and Cayuga Drive. He said the cost of the pipe will be roughly $10,000; however he has $5,000 in pipe in stock. He said 24-inch pipe on state contract is $360 for 20 feet, although an Amish distributor in the area is selling the pipe for slightly less at $300 for 20 feet.

He said the project may be less work than previously thought.

“It may be easier that we thought because we are going to dig in (Brian Minor’s) driveway which is a lot easier to rehab then the lawn,” he explained.

He said they are waiting for good weather to get the project started.

D’Angelo said he has also been working with state Senator Catharine Young to try to get funding to dredge Cattaraugus Creek near the town’s boat launch. He said she had questions about the cost and how much the town could pitch in for the project.

He explained the last time the creek was dredged was 11 years ago and at that time it cost $260,000 which the town got a $60,000 grant for. He said he expects that cost to have doubled, estimating the cost to be between $500,000 and $700,000.

D’Angelo said he would like to use the same engineer as last time. He said the quote for engineering was $43,000, which is $13,000 more than 11 years ago.

He said he wasn’t sure if the board would like to bid for engineering, but Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro said the town does not have to bid for professional services like engineering but can put out a request for proposals if it wishes.

Councilman Kevin O’Connell asked where the dredging would take place. D’Angelo said only by the board launch because Department of Environ-mental Conservation regulations will not allow dredging the mouth of the creek.

He said last time the town was able to dredge 11,000 yards of gravel out of the creek, which it used for a helicopter pad.

George Borrello also attended the meeting and said he has been in contact with Young and Congressman Reed to try to get some money for funding the project.

“A lot of people are working on this,” he said.

Supervisor Todd Johnson thanked D’Angelo and Borrello for their efforts and also thanked the three residents who brought the issue to the board’s attention.

Borrello also reported about the public hearing to remove the Springville Dam. He said it is in the very early stages and the Army Corps of Engineers is looking to gather information and will take several years before taking action. There is concern that if the dam is removed, sediment and chemicals will migrate down stream in Cattarau-gus Creek to Hanover.

The next board meeting will be held today at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall with a workshop at 6:30 p.m.