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Laws change for solicitors

SPRINGVILLE – The process of obtaining a solicitor's permit in the Village of Springville has changed slightly, after approval from the Board of Trustees. Updates to the language in Chapter 110 of the village code were approved at the Oct. 2 meeting.

The changes allow Village Administrator Liz Melock to grant the permit, after a background check is performed on the applicant. A background check will be completed outside of the village offices and reviewed by the Springville Police Department, before the permit can be issued.

“This will help make sure … solicitor’s are more scrutinized,” Melock said. “It’ll make our residents a tad bit safer.”

Solicitor’s permits will still have to be renewed each year, and the person applying will be responsible for the background check fee.

Well improvements, water line replacements and the Rural Transit services were named the village’s three projects for the Community Development Block Grant. The well project would include drilling a new well 15 feet from the old one. It would still utilize the same pump building, Superintendent of Public Works Ken Kostowniak said. The current well, on North Central Avenue, is about 100 years old. Due to its age, there well is slow to refill with water.

“The screen is corroding and [the water level] doesn’t recover as fast,” Kostowniak said. “It’s at the end of it’s life. The best option … in the interest of longevity …  is redrilling the well.”

Kostowniak anticipates the total cost would be between $250,000 and $300,000; the grant would cover about $100,000.

The second project outlined is the replacement of water main lines on Franklin Street, between Smith Street and North Central Avenue, and all of Church Street. The lines are old and small, Kostowniak said. The village has been replacing water lines to improve water flow.

In other news, the board:

– Approved a taxi license for City Line Taxi.

– Approved a $75 reservation fee for Heritage Park, Fiddler’s Green Park and the Public Safety Building.

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

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