By Kellen M. Quigley

The Village of Springville Board of Trustees at its Feb. 3 meeting approved modifying the 2019-20 village budget to include the recently acquired Community Development Block Grant funds.

“The final check was received from Erie County for the Well #1 project,” Village Administrator Liz Melock said. Part of the modification of the budget included increasing the revenues account and the expense account in the water fund.

“That will complete the $100,000 we got for community development funds for that project,” she said.

The board also approved setting two public hearings for its March 2 meeting.

The first was for Local Law No. 1 for 2020 to exceed the tax cap if needed for the 2020-21 budget.
“This is something we do every year, we anticipate we might go over the New York state tax cap,” Krebs said. “By state law we have to introduce this law and pass it early in our budget process.”
The mayor said the village has done this local law the past couple of years, and if the village budget does not exceed the tax cap, then the board can rescind the law.
Next, a public hearing was set for the cable franchise agreement renewal. Krebs said negotiations for the agreement are still ongoing, but the village has to set the public hearing regardless.

Trustee Nils Wikman wondered if the village would have an opportunity to see an outline of the agreement before it’s approved.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, DPW Superintendent Duane Boberg had three resolutions for the board to approve.

First was awarding the low bid for Load Tap Changer Repair services to SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc. for $176,750, which was approved.

Next was awarding the low bid for a new and unused 1-ton cab and Chassis 4×4 with a dump body to Jim Murphy Chevrolet Buick of Springville for $26,539, which was approved. The truck was budgeted for the water division for $30,000, so the village saved $3,500, Krebs said.

Finally was approval for the NYPA agreement extension with the village board approving the execution of the agreement for the sale of Niagara Project Wholesale Power Energy through the year 2040.

“I cannot imagine the village of Springville wanting to refuse this,” Krebs said. “That is 80 percent of our power and it’s green power, so that’s the backbone of our electric service to our residents.”

On a final note, Boberg said all parts for repairing the digester dome were on site at the beginning of the month with clean-up of the digester underway so the new cover can go on soon.

ALSO OF NOTE, in his report, Fire Chief Mark Gentner said the department was dispatched to 57 calls in January. The department also held trainings during the month, including two different SCBA packs to see which would work best and a repression training for various monitors on Jan. 20.

On Feb. 8, the department did an 8-hour OSHA training session. On Feb. 15, the department is planning a drill at the Franklin Street hall for all interiors and possibly one mutual aid company, Gentner said.

“We’re currently working on a mutual aid drill at 109 Buffalo St.,” he said. “That will be in June and there will be several mutual aid companies and a full-blown drill.”

The department is working on its 2020-21 budget and has submitted its proposals to the village. Gentner said they are looking to excess about two dozen sets of turnout gear because so many are past their usefulness date.
“We’re in the process of organizing replacement plans for the SCBAs and the turnout gear in the trucks to avoid having to avoid them all at one time,” he explained.