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Board approves South Central demolition

SPRINGVILLE—The structure at 110 S. Central Ave will be demolished, after a public hearing resulted in no public comment. The property was deemed a “public safety hazard” in 2016, but action by the Village of Springville has been delayed by legal requirements.

“We did our due diligence,” Village Administrator Liz Melick said at the May 15 Board of Trustees meeting. “Let [company] know to move ahead with the demolition.”
The public hearing was set up for those with a lien on the property to voice their objections to demolishing the structure, and formulate a plan on how to save it. With no comment from the public, the board authorized moving forward with the demolition.

Occhino Paving will fix the cracked concrete at the Franklin Street crosswalks, after the board authorized Deputy Mayor Nils Wikman -- in Mayor William Kreb’s absence -- to sign an agreement between the municipality and company. The paving company completed the streetscape project on Franklin Street last year, but the red concrete at the crosswalks began to crack shortly after. The village withheld funds from the company, which will not be paid until the rework is completed, after learning of the imperfections.

According to the agreement, the work will be started before Memorial Day and completed in time for Fiddle Fest, at the end of July. Superintendent of Public Works Ken Kostowniak said the village will provide a list of road closures, when necessary. The affected areas include the North Buffalo, Franklin and Mechanic streets’ crosswalks.

Removing the “no left turn” signs on North Buffalo was approved by the board, after that public hearing also garnered no response. The left turn signs are posted on North Buffalo Street leaving the M&T Bank and Community Bank parking lots, and on East Main Street leaving the Gentner's Auction House. The removals are part of Local Law 2017-5, which amends village code 180-31; the law also adds the “no left turn” sign from Waverly to Main streets to the code. The Waverly Street sign, which has been enforced for a while, was not in the code book.

Kostowniak reported the village will install an electric car charging station after receiving a grant from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The grant is in the amount of $10,335, of which the village has to pay $2,865. The station will likely be installed on Factory Street, near the recently renovated Heritage Park.

Once installed, the station will be added to a phone app, which will help users find the station. The village will have control over the cost to users, if any.

The board heard from Springville Fire Chief David Klenk, who reported the department has been working on a standard operating procedure with Mercy EMS. The department also ordered 13 sets of interior gear for its volunteers and will be looking into the purchase of jaws of life and cutters.

Springville Police Officer George Avery will be honored at a May 31 ceremony for his work in stopping drivers who are intoxicated. Officer in Charge Nick Budney reported seven of the 11 police officers attended a training on Stop DWI. The department also launched Smart Seniors, to help seniors is the area navigate phone and email scams.

Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta reported the Springville Planning Board will be looking into solar energy in the village and codes for allowing food trucks. Kaleta said the planning board has similar laws from other municipalities to look over.

The Springville Board of Trustees will next meet June 5 at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Building, 64 Franklin St.

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