SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Fire Department just cannot catch a break.
Six structure fires required a response from the Silver Creek Fire Department during the month of October, after only 13 structure fires were reported in the previous nine months combined. The previous high for a month in 2023 was four during the month of April. In the month of September, the department only had one structure fire call.
Overall, the Silver Creek Fire Department responded to 56 total calls in the month of October, up seven from the month of September, and up 20 from the month of August. However, the number of Emergency Medical Services calls decreased from 37 to 27 for the month of October.
“As always, I thank them for all they do,” said Silver Creek Mayor Jeff Hornburg.
Also of note in the village, the final mobile food pantry event of the year, sponsored by the Silver Creek Food Pantry, FeedMore of WNY, and the Village of Silver Creek, will be on Tuesday, Nov. 28, beginning at 11 a.m. at the Village Municipal Parking Lot. The village is seeking volunteers to assist with distribution. The program will resume in 2024 after a brief hiatus.
Hornburg has also been in contact with various companies that provide electric vehicle charging stations. The village is weighing the options of purchasing a charger itself and setting its own rates; an agreement with a company that owns the charger but gives the village a percentage of the profits; or leasing a charger for a fee and keeping the profits for the village. The village currently has two chargers attached to the outside wall of the Fire Hall.
“It’s something that we definitely need to look into,” Hornburg said.
The village is also selling its 2010 Ford F350 truck from the Water/Sewer Department by auction as excess equipment.
Brush pickup in the village has concluded for the season. Brush can be disposed of at the Old Main Road dump site until the final Saturday of November, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., exclusively on Saturdays.
The village also received a $600 grant from the Silver Creek Irving Heritage Fund to support the 2024 Music in the Park concert series. Six bands performed last summer, and six are expected for 2024, as well.