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Village not moving forward with CON renewal

SPRINGVILLE—The Village of Springville will not renew its certificate of need, the Board of Trustees decided at the Nov. 6 meeting. Following a discussion on the positives and negatives of renewing the CON, the board ultimately voted against the renewal.

The village was awarded a certificate of need in 2015 which allowed them to choose the ambulance service provider for the village. The process took close to six months, after the village initially got denied. The village began the process after expressing its disapproval of Rural Metro, who was the ambulance service provider in 2015. Currently, both the village and Mercy EMS have CONs for Springville.

The awarded certificate of need was awarded for two years, with the option to renew after those two years. It would cost the village $9,000 to renew the CON, with no guarantee it would be approved. If denied, it could cost the village additional money appealing the decision.

To be approved, the village would need to show a need of a provider with data collected, but even then, there is no guarantee it would be approved.

“I’m a little frustrated by the process,” Mayor William Krebs said. “It’s redundant to have two CONs operating in the village.”

Trustees Terry Skelton, Nils Wikman and Alan Chamberlin agreed with Krebs, noting that it was a lengthy process requiring a lot of data collection that doesn’t necessarily benefit the taxpayers.

“It’s almost obscene that we’d reward a process that doesn’t serve the residents,” Wikman said. “If anything we should work to change the legislation.”

Chamberlin said he had been in favor of renewing until he heard there was a 50/50 chance of being denied. He called it an “undue burden” on the taxpayers. Skelton said with the high probability of being denied, coupled with the fact that the village no longer has the same need for an ambulance provider, he didn’t see it as necessary.

Trustee Rob Moriarty was the only member of the board who was in favor of moving forward with the renewal. He said the process was started two years ago with the safety of the residents in mind, and it should be completed.

“A permanent CON can protect the community from never having to go through that process again,” Moriarty said. “We should look at it as an investment and should finish what we started.”

The village has a contract with Mercy EMS, and Mercy EMS has operating authority in the village. It is unclear if the village is allowed to get another CON in the future, if they allow this one to expire.

Ultimately, the board decided they would not renew the CON.

Legislator John Mills reported there were “good things” happening in Springville and the surrounding areas. He pointed to the completion of Boston Springville Road and West Genesee Road. Mills also noted the county, state and Town of Concord were close to an agreement on how to handle the intersection at Genesee and Sibley Road and Route 240. It’s likely a roundabout will be installed, pending input from residents.

Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta reported LandPro Equipment is looking to purchase more land to expand its Route 240 business. They would need a special use variance or a change in zoning to expand, Kaleta said. The company will need to meet with the Planning Board, Krebs said.

“They invested money into what would have been a distressed property,” Krebs said. “But we need Planning Board input for this.”

In other news:

– Officer in Charge Nick Budney said the Springville Police Department responded to 199 calls during the month of October. They have 27 students signed up for the Shop with a Cop program.

The Village Board of Trustees will meet again Monday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Public Safety Building.

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