Silver Creek appoints zoning officer, changes election date

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Village Board acted on several projects at its meeting Monday.

Earlier in the year the town of Hanover notified the villages of Silver Creek and Forestville that the code enforcement agreement, where the town provided the service to the villages, would have to be reconsidered. Since then the town has given the villages an extension to find zoning officers.

At Monday’s meeting, the village board unanimously approved the appointment of James DeJoe to the post at an annual salary of $3,000 with $0.45 per mile reimbursement. DeJoe also serves several other municipalities as a zoning officer.

Resident and village Court Clerk Carol Waugh said she supported the appointment but asked about the responsibilities of the position and how residents would contact DeJoe.

Trustee Warren Kelly, who has previously worked with DeJoe, commended DeJoe’s work and explained he would be assisting Code Enforcement Officer Thomas Gould with zoning law inspections.

“He will take care of the small things, which will free up Mr. Gould to deal with the bigger things,” Trustee Thomas Harmon elaborated.

Sandy Lindstrom asked if the village will have to pay for Gould’s services. Mayor Nick Piccolo said village residents pay for the code officer in their taxes but he will be meeting with the town to “iron out” those details.

The board also tackled another project which had previously been on the board’s agenda. The board unanimously passed a resolution to change the village’s election date from April to November.

Piccolo explained this measure was taken in order to save the village money and increase voter turnout.

He said because the village does not have a charter, it can pass this by resolution without a vote. He said the only way it will go to a vote is if a petition objecting to the measure is presented before Sept. 1.

Piccolo added this will make the next village election November 2014, extending the current board’s terms by seven months.

The board also received a presentation from Sensus USA and EJ Prescott on installing new water meters. Representatives explained the new water meters are very accurate, maintenance free, have a 20-year warranty and have features to detect tampering. These meters also meet the new, stricter laws on lead content. The meters will also be remotely read by a vehicle radio unit winch that also has a 20-year warranty and a full, 10-year battery warranty.

They said the units have an approximate life of 23 years and would replace water meters not replaced in the last few years. Piccolo said some of the meters in the village are 35 years old and inhibit accurate readings.

This project is part of the energy-saving projects planned by Wendel. The total cost of the project, including contracting for installation, is conservatively estimated at $528,000 which will be paid through an Environmental Facilities Corporation low-interest loan.

Piccolo said the village opted to use an installation company instead of doing the work in-house to avoid liability if something goes wrong and to get the installations done faster.

Construction on Route 20 will continue today between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. This will delay brush pickup until Wednesday.

The board will next meet on Aug. 19.