Hanover to host walleye weigh-ins

HANOVER – The Hanover Town Board was recently asked if it would consider hosting the weigh-ins for the Southtowns Walleye Association Tournament held June 8-16.

The Councilman Kenneth Cross and Supervisor Todd Johnson said they were contacted by the association and asked if the town would host the weigh-ins at the town boat launch. The association said it would provide the town with proof of insurance for the event.

Johnson asked Boat Launch Manager Cindy Sheedy if the boat launch could accommodate the weigh-in trailer and provide electricity for the scale. She said there are 76 parking spots in the lot and it can also provide electricity.

The board approved the request.

“I think this is a great idea,” Johnson said. “It’s a great way to promote our boat launch, the fish cleaning station and our local restaurants and businesses.”

The board also left the boat launch fees unchanged from last year at $7 per launch or $80 for a season pass ($45 after July 31).

The board also approved the purchase of a commercial grade grinder pump for the fish cleaning station. Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo said the grinder now has served the town since 1991 when the boat launch was opened and has been rebuilt twice. He said a replacement grinder would cost $3,900 or a commercial grade grinder, which may last longer, would cost $4,900. On his recommendation, the town approved the purchase of the commercial grade grinder from Dunkirk Electric Motor.

D’Angelo said he hopes that by ordering the grinder now, there will be time to install it before the summer fishing season starts.

The board also approved equipment to be declared surplus and to advertise for bids for road material, diesel, gasoline and motor oil to be received April 15.

The board also approved the appointment of Brenda Vaughn as part-time clerk II in the assessor’s office at a rate of $10 per hour. The board also decided to extend the dog control officer agreement with Wallace Baker until June 30.

The next board meeting will be held April 8.

Johnson also noted there is a donation box in the town clerk’s office for the Forestville Food Pantry, which will receive $1 for every monetary and food donation in March and April as past of Alan Shawn Feinstein has given away $1 million each year to anti-hunger agencies throughout the country.