By Rich Place
The Springville Village Board welcomed its new trustees and incumbent mayor Bill Krebs during its reorganizational meeting on Monday.
New trustee Elise Rose was sworn into office, along with Krebs, prior to an hour-long presentation on the Springville Bike-Walk Enhancement Project by officials from Watts Architecture and Engineering.
The village’s other newly elected trustee, Kim Pazzuti, was not in attendance due to a family vacation, Mayor Krebs said.
Rose and Pazzuti defeated incumbent trustee Terry Skelton in village elections last month. Robert Moriarty vacated the other seat by not seeking re-election and gave a farewell address last month.
Skelton returned on Monday to “give a proper farewell to the board,” as he phrased it, during the public comment session of the meeting.
“It’s been my great honor and privilege to work with all of you to serve the citizens of our village,” Skelton said. “I want to especially thank Mayor Krebs for putting his trust in me 10 years ago and teaching me how good village government works.”
He also said he prays the new trustees work with Mayor Krebs, the other trustees and village administrators to lead the village.
“I ask the new trustees to keep an open mind and to remember that although over 200 citizens voted them, they are now the voice of over 4,000 and need to strike a balance between the wants of the few over the needs of the many,” he said.
Also of note during the village’s reorganization meeting on Monday, the village board named Nils Wikman to serve as deputy mayor and named the Springville Times as the official newspaper of the village. Both appointments were unanimously approved.
SIGNIFICANT CONVERSATION at the meeting also centered around the process of remedying distressed properties after the condition of 37 South Central Ave., a large green dilapidated building at the corner with Woodward Avenue, was brought to the attention of the board by neighbor Allison Duwe.
“It’s empty, it’s now falling down,” she told the board. “If it’s not on the distressed properties list already, I would just encourage it to be on there.”
Village attorney Paul Weiss noted the matter is now in court. However, village trustees and the mayor informally discussed the process for remedying distressed properties near the end of the meeting.
“The speed at which we address distressed properties has always been a concern,” said Mayor Krebs after the topic was brought up again by Wikman. “The house on South Central is one of the most recent examples.”
Mayor Krebs called the process “problematic” and “almost inherent” but added municipalities can’t simply take over private properties when they fall into disarray.
Mayor Krebs also noted the West End Historic District has officially been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The announcement came from the National Park Service the week of March 16 and includes 90 to 171 W. Main St., 17 Park St., 186 to 244 Franklin St. and 24 to 110 North Central Avenue in the village.
The next meeting of the Springville Village Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 16 on the second floor of the public safety building at 65 Franklin St.