Hanover asked to contribute to Horrigan transition

HANOVER – A familiar face approached the Han-over Town Board to help County Executive-elect Vince Horrigan’s transition team Monday.

Kelly Borrello, a local business owner, was appointed to Horrigan’s transition team and asked the town board for ways to improve county government in the new administration.

“Vince is not critical of the former administration, but wants to look at the issues with fresh eyes. He also ran on a platform of initiatives and he would like to explore that further,” Borrello explained to the board during its workshop.

Borrello said Horrigan has five initiatives he would like his team to bring to their “circles” for feedback. These include efficiency in county government, employability, economic development priorities, job retention and growth and marketing the county.

Supervisor Todd Johnson focused on the last initiative, saying more marketing should be focused toward what the northern side of the county has to offer. He said at many Supervisor and Mayor meetings where there are guest speakers from the county, the focus is on Chautauqua Lake, however Lake Erie and the north county also has a lot to offer.

Johnson encouraged residents to contact board members with their opinions on the five initiatives so that they can pass that along to Borrello.

Borrello said she is encouraged by Horrigan’s selection of a diverse transition team that all opinions, from north to south county, business to public sector and more “circles,” will be heard.

The board also renewed a licensing agreement with the Department of Environmental Conservation, making Town Clerk Janine Salzman the license issuing agent for the town.

The board entered into executive session for discussion of personnel policies.

The town clerk’s office will begin selling red bows next week for the Hospice of Chautauqua County “Tree of Hope.” Bows can be purchased in memory of a loved one and the donation will go to Hospice. A live tree was donated by Jack Dugan and will be set up in front of the town hall by the highway department. There will be a countywide tree lighting on Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. Bows may be purchased before and after the tree lighting.

The lighting project outside the town hall was completed. This project received NYSERDA funding and will improve efficiency.

Representatives from Congressman Tom Reed’s office will be in the Hanover Town Hall from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today to help answer questions and gather feedback.

The board will next meet on Dec. 9. The board discussed moving its second December meeting, but will act on it at the Dec. 9 meeting.