Silver Creek addresses residents’ concerns, prepares for summer

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Village Board heard concerns from residents and prepared for summer at its meeting Monday.

Silver Creek resident Wayne Hotelling addressed the board asking it to allow the Laurel Run to be held on July 20 in the village. He also expressed concern with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for police coverage in the village.

“I have one issue after attending the meeting with the sheriff … Security (for the Laurel Run) is provided by the police force. We have a run from Jamestown to Dunkirk the day before, a relay which involves all the school kids from the county and trying to get them to be more aware of people with disabilities. We have had a tough time getting just one sheriff’s car. So, I think that this is something I would like to ask the board to take into consideration … We have had exceptional cooperation with our chief here and I would like to thank (Tim Roche) for what he has done in the past and hope that it is able to continue,” he said.

Resident Anna Frederickson also expressed her concern.

“On April 29 I had two people approach me that were against abolishing the police department, … he said the current county executive reminded the sheriff has an army of people, a navy of ships and an air force of planes and his actual responsibility is to take care of the jail and the court. I hope this board pays attention to the residents who attended the meeting last Tuesday and abide by the wishes of the people,” she added.

Mayor Nick Piccolo thanked residents for their input.

“I thank everyone for attending all the meetings, I thank them for their input because your input is very, very important to the board. We know that there is a lot of concern about public safety as well as other issues and we just want everybody to not get over excited. Basically, what we are going to be doing is reviewing and looking at things that need to be addressed in all departments,” he explained.

The village board also hired Lauryn Griewisch as a seasonal laborer for the streets and water sewer departments at a rate of $7.25 an hour. Piccolo said the departments have been so busy with the consent order project and the water project, that the departments need help mowing the grass.

Mary Beth Eckley was also rehired as recreation coordinator for the summer at a rate of $10.50 an hour.

Trustee Ben Peters said he will be asking the board to pass a resolution soon to ban smoking from child areas in the park like the ball park and the playground.

“I think it is a good thing for the village he said.

Trustee Warren Kelly reported he has been busy meeting with Wendel for an update on the NYSERDA energy project, attending the Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Breakfast and the fire department’s banquet.

Trustee Anthony Pearl said he also attended the fire department banquet as well as the opening ceremony for the Hanover Little League.

The board tabled the resolution committing to the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan. Piccolo said the board will get more information before making a decision.

The village planning board will meet today at 7 p.m. in the village hall. Lisa Schmidtferer-Miller from the County Health Department will speak about a complete streets policy and safe routes to school. The planning board was also asked to consider a request for a resident to raise chickens in the village.

The board will next meet May 20.