Fish grinder grinds Hanover Town Board’s gears

HANOVER – Since installing a new fish grinder in April, Hanover has had many problems this summer at its fish cleaning station.

A new “heavy duty” fish grinder was installed this spring at the fish cleaning station in Sunset Bay with the promise of no more problems grinding up fish carcasses.

However, Highway Superintendent Steve D’Angelo reported at the town board meeting Monday that the grinder goes through “sporadic” bouts of functioning and not.

“It’s sporadic. Some times it’s working fine and then it’s like it wants to take a break,” he said.

Councilman Wayne Ashley said he would like a representative to look at it and explain why it is not working like promised.

“We paid for the heavy duty grinder. I want heavy duty service,” he said.

D’Angelo said he recently had an electrician check out the wiring to the grinder. He said the electrician put in a voltage converter and another breaker.

He said he hopes the problems are electrical and not the result of a faulty grinder, and will be fixed soon.

Boat Launch Director Cindy Sheedy aid since the electrician was in there have not been any walleye caught to test it out.

“We have only had perch, not the big walleye we have had trouble with,” she said.

D’Angelo said he would ask the grinder company representative to look at the electrical also, but there is also a one-year guarantee on the grinder if it comes to that.

The board also heard complaints from residents about rental cottages exceeding occupancy and an inquiry about ownership of a ‘paper’ street.

The board re-appointed Assessor Darlene Fox to a 6-year term and approved a salary step increase to $39,000.

Jill Valvo was hired as a clerk in the assessors office at a rate of $10 per hour. This position fills a vacant position.

The board declared a Ford F350 truck surplus and put it out for bid. The board also allowed Code Enforcement Office Thomas Gould to attend a conference, which was tabled at the last meeting.

The next regular board meeting is set for Sept. 23. There will be a planning board meeting Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the code office and will include a public hearing on a subdivision. There will be no zoning board of appeals meeting this month and the next meeting will be held Oct. 22. All residents are invited to tour the wastewater plant today from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a public comment meeting Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. with no other action to be taken at the meeting.