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Distressed property discussed

SPRINGVILLE—Allison Duwe offered help to the village for taking care of a distressed property, at the April 2 Board of Trustees meeting. Duwe, who lives across from the property on South Central Avenue, said she would be happy to write letters or make phone calls if it will help the property get cleaned up quickly.

“There is a full hole in the wall … it’s empty and falling down,” she said. “If there is anything at all I can do … please let me know.”

Duwe said the property has been an eye sore for sometime, and now has boards with nails stuck in them in the yard. She asked the village to make the property a top priority.

“I think it’s come to the time we have to look at the court of end of it,” Trustee Nils Wikman said. “It’s taking a long time.”

Paul Weiss, the village’s attorney, said the case is currently in court, but he would see if it can be expedited.


“It’s problematic. This property … has to be addressed, it’s caused distress among neighbors,” Mayor William Krebs said. “When you have a reluctant neighbor … it make it hard.”

Duwe also asked the board to reconsider the fee for keeping chickens in the village. A $100 fee was set at the last meeting, and Duwe spoke on her feelings on the fee.

“I ask that you consider reducing the fee,” she said. “A homeowner can keep a dog … for I think $7. [The chicken fee] seems exuberant.”

Krebs was sworn in to his fourth term as mayor. He won the position in the March 20 election, running unopposed. Elise Rose took the oath for her inaugural term as trustee. Rose and Kim Pazzuti were both elected to their first terms, beating out incumbent Terry Skelton. Pazzuti was unable to attend the meeting.

Skelton was presented with a plaque commemorating his tenure on the board. He had served as a trustee since 2008.

“I wanted to give a proper farewell to the board,” Skelton said. “It was an honor and privilege. We have two new trustees … who will need to keep an open mind … and strike a balance between [residents’] wants and needs.”

Following the village’s reorganization, Krebs announced the West End Historic District has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. Residents of the area can now benefit from tax credits on their properties. Krebs said the village is now looking to adding the Fiddler’s Green Area to the state and national registries.

Superintendent of Public Works Ken Kostowniak reported there is a moratorium on allowing high-density load customers in the village. The customers, he said, utilize a lot of electricity and drive up the cost for others on Springville electric. The moratorium came from the New York Power Authority, while they figure out how to address the customers.


Ken Heidle was named to the Planning Board, expiring in 2023,Tim O'Neil was named to the Zoning Board of Appeals, expiring in 2023 and Bill Skura was named to the Historic Preservation Board through 2022. Dave Batterson was renamed to the HPB and as the chairman, expiring in 2022.

The next Village Board of Trustees will next meet April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Building, 65 Franklin St.


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