Freeze causes expensive water leak in Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK – The freezing weather may be to blame for a water leak in the village of Silver Creek.

Mayor Nick Piccolo said the village needs to address the leak on Tew Street and Route 5 before it becomes a huge issue.

“It started leaking a little over a week ago. It started out small but keeps getting bigger. We need to do something before it becomes a major problem,” he said. “We think the expansion and contraction with the cold weather caused the leak.”

At the village board meeting Monday, the board decided to table a resolution to pay to fix the leak until a cost could be determined.

Piccolo explained the village cannot repair the leak in-house because there is concrete under the road and it does not have the necessary equipment.

“We may need to burrow under the road but we do not have the equipment for that. So, we may have to hire a company to bore. It will be up to the (state Department of Transportation) if we are able to cut the road or we may be able to line the pipe. That’s why we need to hire a contractor who has done this before,” he said.

The village will have to go out to bid for the work because it is expected to cost over $10,000. Piccolo said the board received a quote from waterline replacement project contractor Visone Construction that was “a lot higher than anticipated.”

The board also approved a contract with GHD for engineering services for the waterline replacement project on Lafayette Street. This is an add-on to phase three of the project, which will begin in the spring. There is still restoration work in phase two to be completed. The village previously requested Visone Construction finish landscaping in the Karen Drive area as its first project after complaints from residents.

The board accepted the resignation of Paul Fisher, part-time wastewater treatment operator effective Jan. 2. Fisher was recently hired for his water license until the two village operators could take the licensing test. Piccolo said at the Jan. 6 meeting that one of the operators will soon take his test and he can sign lab test results in the meantime.

A Simons chlorination system was declared excess equipment. Piccolo explained the village has converted to a sodium hypo chloride system and that the town of Hanover has shown interest in the equipment.

The board also accepted reports from the court, the historian and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office for December.

The board will meet again on Feb. 3 in the village hall. There will be a public hearing on overriding the tax cap at 6 p.m. then the planning board will have a public hearing on complete streets beginning at 6:30 p.m. The village board workshop and meeting will begin at 7 p.m.