By Jennifer Weber
Area residents concerned about local youth causing damage and vandalism around the village addressed the Village of Springville Board of Trustees meeting held on Monday, Oct. 17.
Residents from Pearl Street are concerned that youth are vandalizing property, setting bonfires and creating a disruptive atmosphere in the early hours of the morning and asked if a Village curfew could be considered.
Deputy Mayor Terry Skelton explained that the Village has been looking into ways to remedy this problem, and there is a high standard to issue a curfew law in the State of New York in order to be considered constitutional.
“Area residents should call the Springville Police Department non-emergency line at (716) 592-3959 to report any suspicious activity,” said Officer in Charge Nick Budney.
The youth involved in the recent Springville Youth Inc. vandalism case were identified and are being charged and are not the same youth disrupting the Pearl Street area.
Halloween will be celebrated on Monday, Oct. 31. Residents are reminded that there is a 7 p.m. curfew in the downtown business district and parks, and a 9 p.m. curfew for the rest of the Village.
The Village announced the seasonal parking ban, which takes place from Nov. 10, 2016 to April 1, 2017. Violation of the law may result in a ticket or a tow at the owner’s expense by order of the Village of Springville Police department.
“It is illegal to park on any village street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from Nov. 10 to April 1, the parking of vehicles is hereby prohibited on any street, and/or in any location adjacent to a street where the vehicle restricts and/or prohibits the Village of Springville from removing, plowing, and/or otherwise treating snow and ice within the street.
“The parking of vehicles in the municipal parking lot is prohibited between the hours of 2 and 7 a.m. from Nov. 10 to April 1, except in designated areas within the municipal parking lot.
“No vehicle may be parked in excess of 24 hours in any one spot on any street, alley, or municipal parking lot, except in designated areas within a municipal parking lot.”
Village residents are asked to be aware that during the week of Oct. 24, the Electric Division will be conducting a stray voltage survey from the hours of 5 to 7 a.m. and 8 to 10 p.m., testing for any stray voltage that might be on light poles and guy wires.
In other news, a public hearing regarding proposed increases for National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation’s gas delivery rates is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo. There will be an afternoon session at 3 p.m. and evening session at 6 p.m.
The Village of Springville Board of Trustees next meeting is Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at 65 Franklin Street, Springville.