Hanover Town Board receives project updates

HANOVER – Slow progress is being made on the town of Hanover’s summer projects.

According the Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo, the most progress in the past two weeks has been made on the Sunset Bay Drainage Project. He said they were able to put in a new drainage line from the railroad tracks to Michigan Avenue, despite a change of direction due to unmapped gas and sewer lines.

He said the old lines were very rotted and as they went along they found multiple kinds of piping.

“We started out from the drop on Michigan and Cayuga. I remember putting that pipe in and when we uncovered it it was just so rotted and so thin it looked like an old tin can … it was all junk. The areas where we thought we had a problem we could see went from steel corrugated pipe into concrete … it went from 24-inch pipe to 30-inch concrete pipe to 36-inch concrete pipe, back to 24-inch steel pipe. So there was a real array of pipe in there,” he explained.

He said he is not sure if the work already done will solve the stormwater flooding experienced around the Pleasant Drive area and they will only know once it rains heavily.

“In theory it should work but water does as it wants to do,” he said.

Sunset Bay Resident Karen Russell thanked D’Angelo and said during the rain storm over the weekend there were no problems.

“I am very excited,” she said.

D’Angelo said progress on the Cattaraugus Creek Dredging Project has been slower going. He said he filed for the permits to do the dredging on the recommendation of the permit office, in spite of finding funding for the project.

Legislator George Borrello said another municipality received funding for dredging from Hurricane Sandy funds. He reported Senator Catharine Young has yet to find funding options besides competitive grants and Assemblyman Andy Goodell is still looking into New York State Power Authority Reparation funding.

He suggested the town apply for the 2 percent bed tax funding from the county. He said this competitive grant has a limit of $40,000 and would be awarded next year, but this amount could cover the engineering of the project while the town searches for approximately $750,000 in funding to dredge the creek.

D’Angelo said he would like to apply for the bed tax funding on behalf of the town.

D’Angelo also reported he is concerned the railroad will attempt to begin work on the Sunset Bay tracks around Memorial Day. This happened last year and a call to Congressman Brian Higgins was able to stall the work until after the holiday rush.

The town board awarded the bid for the sewer plant roof replacement to the lowest bidder, Sahlem’s Roofing of West Seneca, for $17,245.

The board also passed local law 2 of 2013 revising the 1998 law to allow commercial electronic variable message signs in the Route 5/20 commercial district.

Councilman Fritz Seegert said he spoke with Sheriff Joseph Gerace and will be presenting options for coverage to the town board soon.

The town board will meet May 28 at 7:30 p.m. with a workshop at 6:30 p.m. in observance of Memorial Day. The planning board will meet May 20 at 7 p.m. and the zoning board of appeals will meet May 21 at 7:30 p.m.