Silver Creek Village Board gets down to business

SILVER CREEK – In an effort to attract business to the village, the Silver Creek Village Board will join forces with the Chautauqua County Industrial Develop-ment Agency.

“We are going to have a meeting here … with the IDA people. They are going to come out just to kind of introduce themselves to me and the rest of the board and we are going to go over some possible solutions for Seegert’s Dairy and our downtown business district,” Trustee Warren Kelly explained.

Mayor Nick Piccolo said the village needs to support local businesses to make sure they remain in the area.

“We need to support our local businesses to keep them in the village,” Piccolo said. “Dunkin’ Donuts is taking shape in the town and hopefully that brings something good to the village also. We are going to meet with (CCIDA Executive Director) Bill Daly to see what we can do to make the village more desirable.”

He said events like the Garden Faire bring positive attention to the village.

“The Garden Faire last weekend was great and it brought in a lot of people from out of town – I saw people from Dunkirk and Fredonia. More people in the village is a plus for all of us,” he added.

Board members were excited to see what can be done to help promote businesses in the village.

“I am anxious to see what will come of the meeting with the IDA,” Trustee Anthony Pearl said.

The village board will meet with the IDA on May 30 at 1 p.m. in the village hall.

Piccolo said he also spoke to County Planning Deputy Director Mark Geise and the Hanover Assessor Darlene Fox about rezoning Seegert’s Dairy as residential as opposed to its current classification as commercial.

He said if the property could be rezoned there may be brownfield money available for the village to demolish the blight property.

Piccolo also reported hearing news from the county that the old Main Street School is not owned by the county. He said this is a problem because the village has been maintaining the property through what it thought was a shared service agreement.

He said Southern Tier Environments for Living has said it will not be able to remodel the structure and will be forced to demolish the building if it is to proceed.

Piccolo said he heard County Executive Greg Edwards is in favor of granting STEL $1.5 million in seed money for the project while it reapplies for state funding.

In the meantime, he said the county was talking about installing a fence around the property to keep residents away from the vacant structure.

Piccolo also received a letter from the human resource department at Petri’s and was promptly emailed to disregard the letter. He said final terminations will occur in August. Kelly asked if he had heard if the plant would be stripped. He said he has only heard rumors but nothing from Petri’s.

The board also approved a resolution for the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan and committing $2,000 in 2014.

The Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corp. will be hosted June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at village hall. County Executive Greg Edwards will attend and pizza will be provided.

Piccolo and Village Attorney Dan Gard will meet with CSEA representatives today. The next village board meeting will be June 3.