By Rich Place

The Springville Village Board took action toward remedying a distressed property that has been the subject of much conversation at recent meetings.

The board unanimously approved for Michael Kaleta, building inspector and code enforcement officer, to issue a notice of remedy to the property owner at 37 S. Central Ave., a large green structure near the corner of Woodward Avenue.

The board also set a public hearing for June 18 on the property’s condition.

“If there has been no action prior to the hearing and it remains unsafe and uninhabitable, then there is a course of action the board will take at the hearing,” said village attorney Paul Weiss to the board.

The action by the board on Monday came after Kaleta summarized his report on the building’s condition after he, along with an engineer from Encorus Group, surveyed the structure. They entered the building after receiving an administrative inspection warrant, he said.

Both the report by Kaleta and the engineer, which were accepted by the board, suggested the building is structurally unsafe and should be demolished.

“It’s my professional opinion that this house and garage are unsafe, unhealthy and a nuisance,” it was stated in Kaleta’s report as read by Mayor William Krebs at the meeting. “I do not believe that this house is salvagable and for public safety issues these buildings should be demolished and removed at once and I have posted the property as such, that they are unsafe to enter.”

Kaleta also summarized his report to the board, stating the first floor had “terrible conditions” and there is a “gaping hole” in the second story rear apartment. He said in one spot, water is running straight off the roof and into the building.

There was car parts and car manuals scattered in the structure, he said.

The notice of remedy, which essentially instructs the property owner to make the property safe again, comes after the board resolved that the code enforcement officer has established the reasonable likelihood of an unsafe or dangerous condition.

Also at the meeting, the village board unanimously approved a two-year lease agreement with the Springville Volunteer Fire Company Inc. for the rental of space at 405 W. Main St. for the village’s fire apparatus.

The approval came less than a month before the current 10-year lease agreement was set to expire on May 31.

The two-year agreement, effective June 1, includes a payment of $1,000 per month from the village to the Springville Volunteer Fire Company Inc., Krebs said, and also notes the two entities will meet quarterly to discuss the storage and future arrangements.

The two sides had previously met but could not come to an agreement. At a previous meeting, the village had rejected a proposal of the revised recent 2008 agreement and countered with a proposal of its own. The fire company declined that counter proposal as well as a subsequent one.

This agreement is the third between the village and fire company for the use of fire hall space. The first agreement was for 20 years beginning in 1988, and the second, 10-year lease, began in 2008.

Matt Dygert, president of the Springville Volunteer Fire Company, could not be reached by press time on Wednesday.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the village board:

approved a BAN resolution for $1.57 million for the village’s upcoming sanitary sewer project;

approved two contracts with Watts Engineering pertaining to the Springville Bike Walk Enhancement Project. One was $35,496 for the final design contract and the second was for $78,237 for construction inspection; and approved the new Village Seal, designed by SGI senior MacKenzie Engel.

The next meeting of the Springville Village Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, May 21 on the second floor of the public safety building on Franklin Street.