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Town of Hanover targets violators of special-use permits

SILVER CREEK – The Town of Hanover code enforcement officer is starting a crackdown on businesses with special-use permits.

At a workshop session of the Town Board on Monday, Supervisor Todd Johnson said he instructed Code Enforcement Officer Tom Gould to start writing appearance tickets for the Town Court for violators.

Johnson said members of the Zoning Board of Appeals asked for an investigation of compliance issues. Among the businesses in the sights of the code crackdown is the village of Silver Creek Department of Public Works building on Routes 5 & 20. Johnson said that the zoning board asked the village to change the driveway and to connect to the municipal sewer system and neither of those have been done.

Johnson also announced that he expects site plans for the new Dunkin’ Donuts to be in the town offices this week. He said the firm appears to be anxious to start construction at the location on Routes 5 & 20 at the former Hogg Dairy Store.

In another matter, representatives from Duke Energy addressed the board concerning the wind energy farm that is planned for the towns of Villenova and Hanover. Environmental studies for the land are being reviewed.

They said the public will have the chance to hear about any environmental impact that the development may have. There will be 42 towers with 11 of those located in Hanover.

Towers will be between 430 and 495 feet tall.

Johnson and board members also heard a report on updates for the town’s sewer treatment plant. Johnson said the town will install a sludge press, which should make the processing more efficient and give the town more opportunities to handle more sewage.

After a public hearing Monday, board members unanimously approved a wording change to the town’s sewer codes to allow polyethelene pipe instead of copper for installation. The supervisor said the change will reduce costs and make some repairs easier. There were no comments at the hearing.