Silver Creek board hears update on water project

SILVER CREEK – Residents in Silver Creek were given an update on the water project. Mayor Nick Piccolo gave an update on phase three of the water line replacement at Monday’s board meeting.

The third phase of the project is moving along, according to Piccolo with work continuing on Christy Street, Lafayette Street and Jaekle Avenue with water line replacements. Some residents in that area had concerns about the timely notification of being told when their water would be shut off to work on the lines.

“They didn’t feel they were notified properly. A lot of (residents) up there didn’t have water to take showers … before going to work,” said Piccolo. “It was a miscommunication. We did try to let everyone know. We’ll have to be … a little more upfront when they are shutting off the water.”

Piccolo also said the engineering report for Karen Drive is complete and has been submitted and awaiting approval from Chautauqua County. Trustee Warren Kelly said he met with Herm Griewisch, water and sewer foreman, and phase two of the water project is completed and will be closed out upon inspection.

“We’ll do an inspection with the engineer on September 4 so we should be able to close out that project,” Kelly said.

Phase three, which is including Parkway Street, Rix Place, Oliver Place and Dana Place, is about 20 percent complete while Christy Street is about 95 percent completed. Kelly also said the meter pits along Route 5 and work on Howard Street will start later this week. Also at the meeting, the village board approved a standard work day of seven hours for clerk, treasurer, deputy clerk, fire department secretary and attorney. The fire department secretary only works 13.84 hours per month and the attorney works 2.78 hours per month based on record of activity. Piccolo also announced that Trustee Ben Peters will not be attending meetings in September or October since he will be deploying to Kuwait. All trustees and village employees in attendance wished Peters best of luck during his deployment.

“I’ll be back in early November. Thanks for the community support too. I really appreciate it,” Peters said.

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