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Village approves retail overlay district

SPRINGVILLE—Portions of Vaughn and North streets in the Village of Springville are now part of a retail overlay district after the Board of Trustees approved the rezoning. At its March 19 meeting, the board approved both the rezoning of parcels and language in Zoning Chapter 200-8.1.

The overlay district allows for agriculture retail or wholesale business with outdoor storage in the area, which runs the distance of a few properties from the corner of North and Vaughn streets. The language changed in the code also applies to the existing retail overlay district at Route 240 and East Main Street.

As defined in the changes, agricultural retail or wholesale business are those which use is “primarily engaged in the sale or rental of farm tool and implements, feed, grain, tack, animal care products, farm supplies, food sales, farm machinery and repair. Animal storage or sales shall not be permitted.”

It also allows for outdoor storage and placing multiple items for sale to be displayed in a front yard.

“The Planning Board did its due diligence,” Trustee Alan Chamberlin said. “Zoning gets tricky. In the Comprehensive Plan … we state we’re going to support agribusiness.”

Vaughn Street resident Kevin Manchester spoke during public comment on his frustration with LandPro Equipment, who he said isn’t being a “good neighbor.”

“I asked for a fence ... it’s like looking at a junkyard,” Manchester said. “They haven’t lived up to their bargain of being good neighbors.”

Manchester said the company planted trees as a buffer, but they are small and inadequate. Tim Black, co-owner of the LandPro building, said a fence comes with maintenance problems, but the business would be willing to plant more trees. He added the parcel recently purchased by LandPro is not adjacent to Manchester’s.

Springville Mayor William Krebs thanked Manchester for sharing his concerns, and said the Planning Board could help with a compromise, but noted most neighbor disputes are usually settled by mutual agreements.

The board approved a resolution supporting additional funding for school safety, spearheaded by Senator Patrick Gallivan. The School Safety Package would create funding opportunities for school districts to provide resource officers, as well as adjust earning limitations and peace officer status for retired police officers.

“I know the value of a [school resource officer],” Krebs said. “They bridge the gap between the community and school. I think they’re very valuable.”

The board also approved the postponing of removing a tree from M&T Park after Krebs voiced his support for the tree. At a prior meeting, Village Administrator Liz Melock and Superintendent of Public Works Ken Kostowniak said the tree was an eyesore and should be removed. Melock proposed planting another tree in its place.

“It’s not sick … it’s being crowded by the hardwoods on either side,” Krebs said. “I don’t think we should take it down. We lose that visual of walking through the space.”

Krebs explained he consulted an arborist who said the tree, a Concolor Fir, will lose its lower branches and needles in search of more sun above surrounding trees. He argued another tree with similar qualities would also look sickly in time, and asked for the board to approve the postponement of the trees removal.

“When the park was developed … we did it around four mature trees,” he said. “The idea was to ... have a walkway through the trees. I think we should hold off … look at it again in the summer.”

Kostowniak updated the board on the village’s sewer flow issue. The engineer has completed the flow monitoring and identified the problem as being in the area of North Buffalo Street, Eaton Street, Colonial Drive and Maple Avenue. Once Kostowniak receives an engineer’s report, the village can move forward with fixing the issue.

In other news, the board:

– Approved the 2018-19 budget of $3,447,872, which includes a 1.6 percent tax rate increase.

– Set a public informational meeting for April 2 at 7:01 p.m. regarding the village’s TAP Grant Project.

– Thanked Trustee Rob Moriarty for his service to the board and wished him well ahead of his departure from the board.

To see the full budget, or to get more information on the TAP Grant Project, visit


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