By Kellen M. Quigley
The village of Springville Board of Trustees held their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 4 with a relatively quiet agenda.

Village Administrator Liz Melock reported that the village’s unpaid taxes to Erie County is $79,404.39 and does not include any penalties from the village, but penalties will be applied by the county. Those who owe village taxes will have to pay them through the county.

Next, the board approved a contract for the 2019-22 Erie County Intermunicipal Snow Removal and Ice Control Agreement.
The rate increase is 3.5% first two years and 3% for the third year, Melock said. For this year, the rate is $4,193.37 per lane mile, for the second year it would be $4,340.14 and $4,470.34 for the third year.
“We have 0.23 lane miles, so it’s like $900 each time we do it for the county,” she said.

Melock also mentioned that the parking ban in the village begins Nov. 10 and lasts through April 1 and goes from 1-7 a.m.

In Superintendent Ken Kostowniak’s absence, Melock updated the board on what the Department of Public Works has been up to on Kostowniak’s behalf. She said the casing for Well #1 has been installed, the building addition construction has begun and some of the walls are up.

Melock said the North Street substation CCTVs have been tested. New fusing and protection parts have been ordered and the consultant is testing some control boards for integrities.

Additionally, 37 trees have been delivered to village residents as part of the NYPA tree replacement program.

The board then approved a resolution to accept a proposal from L2 Engineering DPC to prepare the annual sanitary sewer report in the amount of $4,250.
Melock reported that Kostowniak attended the NYMPA semi-annual meeting recently and voted to increase the budget by $2.2 million, including $1.6 million for the congestion mitigation plan for municipalities in the western region, which includes Springville.

Mayor Bill Krebs noted that the plan to reduce congestion would include an increase in the electric bill.

In village trustee notes, Councilman Nils Wikman said he attended the Community Foundation fundraiser and saw the plans for the trout pond. He said it’s going to be a multipurpose facility for education and fishing.

Councilman Alan thanked the crew that worked on a culvert on the Rails to Trails.

Mayor Krebs thanked the DPW for picking up all the leaves around the village before the recent wind storm could blow them all away.

In the fire department report, Fire Chief Marc Gentner said the department was dispatched to 57 calls in the month of October. On Oct. 21, the department held a training at the Franklin Street station and on Oct. 28 hosted a BCH in-service. Gentner said three line officers did a walk-through at the West Valley Demonstration Project to keep up-to-date with what’s happening there. He said a truck committee meeting was held Tuesday to go over more schematics.

In the police department report, Lieutenant in Charge Nick Budney said the department responded to 262 calls in the month of October. He said there were 130 summons and 7 parking tickets during the month. The county sheriff’s department handled another 465 calls.