By Kellen M. Quigley

The Village of Springville Board of Trustees held its first meeting of 2020 Monday, hearing end-of-year reports from some of the village departments.

Under Administrator Liz Melock’s report, the board authorized going out to bid for two upcoming electric projects in the village: installation of a new SCADA system and the North Street relay upgrade project.

“The SCADA system is a computer system that controls a lot of our relays and gadgets at the substations,” Melock explained.

For the North Street relay project, Melock said the funding comes from money the village borrowed in July 2019.

“The North Street relay is about $300,000, SCADA is about $130,000,” she added. “We’re looking for approval now so we can get them out as soon as they’re ready.”

Mayor Bill Krebs wondered whether the SCADA project was to complete the overall project the village had been working on for the past few years. Melock said the project is only for a portion of the substations.

Next, the board authorized the mayor to sign a fire protection agreement with the town of Concord for 2020 through 2022, Melock explained. The village will receive $91,417.20 the first year with 3 percent increases each year thereafter.

“It’s a three-year agreement that has been offered to us by the town of Concord,” Krebs added.

Melock mentioned again that nomination petitions for running for office for the village are available through the county website and can be filed between Feb. 4 and 11.

“There are three trustee spots — two with a four-year and one with a two-year — and one village justice spot open,” she said.

Under the Superintendent of Public Works report, the board approved sending out bids for the load tap changer repairs at the North Street substation.

In the police department, Lieutenant in Charge Nick Budney gave the board the final numbers from the department for 2019.

Budney said the department handled 3,105 calls, patrolled 27,616 miles, 604 patrol shifts, issued 1,491 summons, 159 parking tickets and five penal law arrests and one village law arrest during the past year.

Next, the board approved a resolution to remove the arrest procedure pertaining to bail from the village department’s manual procedure, in accordance with the new Bail Reform Act in the state.

“Effective Jan. 1, 2020, it is now illegal for police departments to collect bail monies,” Budney said.

Mayor Krebs asked Budney if there was any chance that the reform act will be reversed.

“I think some portions of it are going to be revised, but I don’t see cash bail returning to police departments,” he said.

Fire Chief Mark Gentner said the department was dispatched for 60 calls for the month of December with a total of 580 calls for 2019.

The department received two new MSA air packs to demo and will be trying out Scott air packs as well. Gentner said they will use them for interior drills.

Two department members recently finished up an interior firefighter training program, Gentner said, and they were expected to graduate at the end of the week. He said a few more trainings are also planned for January.

“We’re working on the 2020 budget right now,” he said. “We’re holding another truck committee meeting this week and putting together another list of gear and equipment to be excessed.”

Some new equipment from National Fuel was also donated to the department, including a confined-space ventilation fan and two new gas monitors, Gentner added.

Finally, Krebs noted that the Erie County CDBG draft report is available online on the county website. He said it will also be on display at several public sites throughout Erie County for any residents interested in viewing it.