Sunset Bay hot topic at Hanover meeting

HANOVER – The weather is warmer and the area of Sunset Bay was the hot topic at the Hanover Town Board meeting Monday.

Boat Launch Director Cindy Sheedy said the Southtowns Walleye Tournament weigh-ins went well last weekend and drew many people into the Bay.

She thanked Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo and his crews for preparing for the event.

D’Angelo said he will also fix the new fish grinder this week which broke down after trying to grind some large walleye heads.

D’Angelo also reported receiving free dog waste bags and a brochure from a company in California after complaints of dog waste at the breakwall at the last meeting.

“It is bad down there sometimes, you really have to look where you’re walking,” he said.

Supervisor Todd Johnson said Dog Control Officer Wally Baker has committed to be more of a presence in Sunset Bay to try to enforce more of the dog related laws in the area. The board approved an extension of his contract until Sept. 30.

Councilman Kevin O’Connell also reported meeting with the hydrologist doing a study in Sunset Bay as well as Sunset Bay resident Karen Russell and Legislator George Borrello. O’Connell said the study will be completed in August and that zoning in the Route 5/20 area is a concern.

He said the hydrologist wanted to make sure the drainage from future development does not add to the existing problem.

O’Connell also contacted Norfolk Southern to ask about a drainage project which would ensure the drainage ditch along the railroad tracks runs into Cattaraugus Creek and not into residents’ yards.

He said representatives were cordial but wasn’t sure where the town fell in its list of projects.

The board also approved the appointment of life guards Noelle Harford, Emily Harford, Christopher Gowan, Connor Vara, Brooke Birner, Savannah Granata, Cari Hartinger, Brandon Dix and Mary Pearl at a rate of $9.50 per hour and Head Life Guard Abigail Rocque at a rate of $10 per hour.

The board also authorized Johnson to renew the bathing beach permit.

The board also approved a pay increase for Brenda Vaughn, clerk in the assessor’s office, to $10.40 for completing her probationary period and assuming an additional role in the code office. Her hours will be increased to 34 hours per week. The board amended the fringe benefits policy to accommodate the increased hourly change.

The board also passed a resolution amending the notice of claim to the secretary of state pursuant to changes in state legislation.

The board entered executive session with Attorney Jeffrey Passafaro and D’Angelo to discuss pending litigation.

A public hearing on the sewer project will be held June 19 at 7 p.m. in the town hall. The next board meeting will be held June 24. The zoning board of appeals will meet June 19 in the code office at 7:30 p.m. The planning board will meet June 17 at 7 p.m. in the code office.