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Heritage Park, Rails to Trails being improved

SPRINGVILLE—The structure at 110 S. Central Ave. has been demolished, Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta reported at the July 10 Village Board of Trustees meeting. The property has been vacant and was identified as a “zombie property” by the village.

The board approved the advertisement of the Community Development Block Grant and the NY TAP grant. The latter will improve the walkability of the village between the parks and schools. The grant, in excess of $400,000, is funded 80 percent by the state and 20 percent by the local municipality.

“The goal was to improve public safety … including walkability on village roads,” Mayor William Krebs said. “This is part of the master plan … and will connect the schools, SYI and improve pedestrian traffic.”

The funding will be used to improve sidewalks connecting parks, install bike lanes and solar charged filling stations for bicycles. Woodward Avenue, South Buffalo Street, Franklin Street, Maple Avenue and Newman Street will all be beneficiaries of the improvements. The project includes solar bicycle stations to help the village move toward more green energy initiatives. Street lights and curbing will also be included.

Village Administrator Liz Melock asked the board to approve the village-wide garage sale from Aug. 2-5. The board granted the request, and interested parties can pick-up their permits from the Trading Post.

Superintendent of Public Works Ken Kostowniak said the crosswalks on Franklin Street are about 80 percent completed. He reported all the sidewalks have been completed and final crosswalks will be completed this month.


The bathrooms have been installed at Heritage Park, and will be open for use within the next few weeks. The signage for the park is ready and just waiting on the work to be completed. Kostowniak also updated the board on the Rails to Trail, which recently received some paving. The streets division paved the trail to the north of West Main Street. Paving will continue intermittently.

In other news:

– Springville Fire Company Chief David Klenk reported the department has been active with community events and will continue to be through the summer. They are applying for a DEC grant of up to $3,000 to help cover the cost of wildland firefighting equipment.

– The board accepted the resignation of Lester Dunn, a part-time caretaker and approved Miranda Richert as a summer hire.

– Accepted the resignation of Dave Guadagna from the Zoning Board of Appeals. That leaves two vacancies on the ZBA.

The Village Board of Trustees will next meet Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Building, 65 Franklin St.


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