By Jennifer Weber

The Village of Springville Board of Trustees opened its Monday, Oct. 3 meeting with a series of public hearings amending on local laws.

Local law 2016-5, Chapter 200- Zoning Section 200-84 (G)(2) was amended to state that zoning laws posting signs on lawns “shall not be set back more than 10 feet from the property or street line and shall be displayed for a period not less than 10 days immediately preceding the public hearing date or adjourning date.”

Local law 2016-6, Chapter 77 regarding unsafe buildings, modified the chapter to state that legal proceedings on whether a structure should be demolished in the interest that public safety would first come before the Village court instead of the NY State Supreme Court.

“Other villages do it this way and it expedites the process dealing with distressed projects,” said Mayor Krebs. “This way streamlines the process and saves money.”

A property owner who doesn’t agree with the decision of the Village Board can then take the issue to New York State Supreme Court.

The last public hearing approved the following Community Development projects to be submitted to Erie County for their annual CDBG Application: Franklin and Church Street Water Main Replacement Project (estimated cost $282,100); Central Avenue Water Main Replacement Project (estimated cost $375,964) and a request for funding for Rural Transit Support.

James Bialasik, principal of Springville High School, spoke at the meeting, requesting that the village take a look at parking restrictions on side streets around the school, specifically Smith Street and Eaton Street, due to the increase in student drivers.

“We have 85 spots and 75 have been taken by seniors” stated Principal Bialasik. “I think it really comes down to our school district and the vast size of it stretching obviously out to Collins, into Colden, into West Falls almost to the East Aurora border.”

Mayor Krebs suggested a committee look into this issue. Any change to the parking law will go to a future public hearing.

On Friday, Sept. 30, representatives from Invest Buffalo Niagara (formally known as the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise) visited the Village of Springville for a tour with local representatives and the Chamber of Commerce.

“Invest Buffalo Niagara covers eight counties and is an organization that promotes businesses that come into our area from out of state,” said Mayor Krebs.“We are now connected with this organization with the goal to attract business to the Village of Springville.”

Focus areas for Invest Buffalo Niagara include agribusiness, clean technologies and advanced manufacturing,

In other news, the Village of Springville received a grant of $7,000 from Preserve NY, one of the five received in Erie County, to prepare an inventory study of properties located on West Main Street to include for nominations into the historical national registry.

The Village of Springville Board of Trustee’s next meeting is Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at 65 Franklin Street.