Silver Creek hears Christy Street complaints

SILVER CREEK – The water line replacement project may be moving along in Silver Creek, but for some residents, it feels far from complete.

Many village residents have noticed that restoration of the landscape has yet to be completed in front of their homes.

Christy Street resident Daniel Drozdiel attended the recent meeting to speak on behalf of himself and his neighbors to ask that restoration be done in the time frame promised.

“The Christy Street Homeowners Association asks the village board to hold Visone (Construction Co.) to the terms of their contract,” he said.

He said residents are concerned about the safety of having holes as deep as 12 inches not filled. Another major concern is that grass season is ending and residents do not want restoration pushed back until spring.

Mayor Nick Piccolo apologized to the residents for the delay.

“I want to apologize on behalf of the board. Things haven’t happened how we thought. Christy Street is one of five that Visone needs to start (restoration),” he said. “Waiting until April is out of the question.”

Trustee Warren Kelly said he would walk the street to see what can be done, but he did not want to promise anything.

“Restoration projects depend on the weather. It needs to be dry … so it is hard to promise that it can be done. I will walk Christy and Babcock and if there is something that can be done, I will pressure the contractor to do it. Worst-case scenario is that the work is done next spring, but it will be done,” he said.

Piccolo explained Visone was held up on landscaping this summer because of doing projects at the Silver Creek School.

Progress on the waterline project was halfway up Burgess Street at the time of the meeting. Piccolo said he is hopeful a majority of the project can be completed this year.

Piccolo also reported the village received CSEA approval for work on water meters and a grinder pit at the public works building. He said both of these projects were supposed to begin this month but the meters were ordered late and may delay that project.

The village reviewed a new fee schedule for building permits. This measure was tabled so the board could determine if a local law was necessary to approve the increases.

Kelly reported the board was considering increasing its sidewalk reimbursement from $8 to $12 per linear foot because of the increased cost of concrete and in hopes residents will replace sidewalks in poor condition.

Resident Anna Frederickson asked about a $50,000 transfer from the mayor’s contractual line to the Sheriff’s personnel line. Piccolo explained the village’s bill from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for June was around $30,000 including special events coverage and the board is moving over additional funds.

The board denied a bid for the water department’s pickup truck and approved a transfer of funds from the highway department to the water department for the truck, because of a future savings, according to Piccolo.

The board also congratulated Historian Sue Chiappone for securing a Heritage grant for a projector for historical slides.

Piccolo also reported receiving a real bid on the reservoir property. Piccolo said he will also meet with the fire department and have a report on what it will do about obtaining a new fire truck at the next board meeting on Oct. 21.

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