By Kellen M. Quigley
A new look will be coming to the Springville Spray Park on Franklin Street thanks to support from the Springville Center for the Arts (SCA).
At its regular meeting Monday, the Springville Village Board of Trustees approved a new design to be painted on the splash pad and will work with SCA to have it painted before the park opens.
Tracy Maybray, director of operations at SCA, said she, Mayor William Krebs and Liz Melock, village administrator, had talked earlier in the spring about painting the Spray Park’s cement pad with an adjustment to the color.
“We could easily design something to create more interest and have it be more colorful for the children who use it,” Maybray said.
The design chosen is of a large fish bowl that features several sea creatures, including a whale, as well as some ocean plants inside.
Krebs said approving a new design is a timely matter since the Splash Park is scheduled to open June 15 and it would need to be painted and have a period to dry before then.
“The Splash Park pad would be the perfect place to have some sort of art that draws people into the action,” he said. The mayor said they looked at other artwork from other municipalities.
He said it’s an opportunity to stand right on a piece of community artwork and be a part of it.
Maybray said they wanted to stick with a simpler design because it’d be easier to repaint each year. She said it would take about 15 gallons of paint to cover the whole pad.
It was noted the village has blue paint to use as the base and background of the design.
“A large amount of one color and then some adding in some primary colors and white can really do a lot with it,” Maybray added.
Maybray also mentioned the success of some other the art projects from last year and said SCA hopes to do more projects this summer, includes sidewalk stencils for kids to draw in chalk.
IN OTHER BUSINESS, the village board approved the village being the lead agency and approved the SEQR and negative declarations concerning two proposed changes in the village.
Two local laws concerning the changes, which are revisions of trees in the subways and the rezoning of Waverly, will be held at the June 17 meeting.
The mayor was also authorized to sign the DWI contract with Erie County and the Time Warner tax bill correcting petition.
Melock updated the board on the new recycling carts, which should be delivered to all residents taking part in the recycling program. On June 18, all recycling items must be in the carts. Melock said notices were sent to residents in the utility bills.
Additionally, Melock said the 2019-20 tax bills were mailed out May 31 and are due July 1.
In his report, DPW Superintendent Ken Kostowniak said he attended the NYPA (New York Power Authority) meeting. He said one of the biggest discussions included the effects of the power changes due to the closure of various plants and the increase in rates.
Additionally, William Bogner Construction Company will relocate the fire hydrant in Shuttleworth Park and H&K Services were approved to install the digester cover replacement at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
From the police department, it was reported that in May they handled 263 calls and patrolled 2,546 miles. There were 139 summons and 23 parking tickets. Additionally, the sheriff’s department handled another 452 calls during the month.
From the fire department, it was reported that in May they dispatched for 46 calls, bringing the total for the year up to 223. The new power stretcher that the village received a grant for has arrived and has been put into service.