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No agreement reached with fire company, village

SPRINGVILLE—Fire equipment may be removed from the West Main Street hall, if the Village of Springville and Springville Fire Department Inc don’t reach a lease agreement.

Mayor William Krebs reported the two entities had been in discussion about the lease, but have not been able to meet an agreement. The current agreement ends May 31, and the village will remove the trucks from the hall if an agreement cannot be reached.

“We’re getting close on time … I hope some … movement can be made to resolve the issue,” Krebs said at the April 16 Village of Trustees meeting.

He noted the Springville Fire Department Inc is the entity that oversees the Fire Company. During negotiations, he said, the village did not receive counter offers for the agreement.

The village will enter into a shared services agreement with Erie County to fix a drainage issue on Mill Street. The road, which is owned by the county, has a flooding problem near 350 Mill St.

“There is a catch basin … but it doesn’t drain anywhere,” Public Works Superintendent Ken Kostowniak said. “It just pools up until it eventually seeps into the ground.”

The agreement would allow the village to install 1,100 feet of water line, which would connect with the existing line on White Street. Kostowniak explained the village would maintain the pipe, but the county would cover the cost of the labor.

During his report, Kostowniak also requested the board declare a negative SEQR for a sanitary sewer extension on Elm Street. The State Environmental Quality Review checks the impact of a project on its surrounding environment, the board found there to be no negative impact. There will be 180 feet of sewer line running parallel with the street.

The village received $104,587 in CHIPS and PaveNY funding, which will be used to repave roads. Kostowniak has not yet identified all the roads that will undergo repaving, but said Franklin and Church streets will both benefit.


New trustee Kim Pazzuti was sworn in during the meeting by Village Administrator Liz Melock. Pazzuti, who was elected to the board in March, was unable to attend the April 2 reorganization meeting when Krebs and new trustee Elise Rose were sworn into their positions. Pazzuti’s swearing in completes the members of the board.

Melock reported the Town of Sardinia voted to switch from the Springville Control Center to the East Aurora Control Center. The decision will remove the Chaffee-Sardinia Fire Company from the center, though it’s unclear when the company will make the switch.

In other news the board:

– Hired Angela Zwirecki Miller to represent village interests in the Tops Friendly Market bankruptcy.

– Approved the appointment of Bobby Schuler as interim Third Assistant Chief for the Springville Volunteer Fire Department.

– Approved the standard work day resolution and a leave of absence as needed.

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


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