By Derek M. Otto
The regular meeting for the Village of Springville board of trustees regular meeting was held on April 17, 2017. The meeting opened with public hearing on local law 2017-4. The local law rewrites village code 108-82, which allows for the enforcement of parking and traffic law on private property. There was no public response and the board moved to accept the local law and changes to code.
During public comment, William O’Brien, member of the Concord Post 431 of the American Legion, addressed the board on the missing names of World War II soldiers on the memorial in Shuttleworth Park. O’Brien had been researching the names for several months. Initially, he thought that only three names were missing, but more research revealed that there were six names of Springville men who were killed during the war. According to O’Brien, “In 1987, when Roy Barley and the committee erected the monument they only went by names from families that came forward. The fear was that names would be forgotten.”
With more names available through online resources and someone dedicated like O’Brien to go through Springville newspapers, he found the six names. He read the names and stories of the six men: Cecil Pendelton, Stanley Deitz, Harold Drake, Robert Yaw, Richard Abreu and Carlton Brauch.
O’Brien then asked the board to support the effort to have the names placed on the memorial in the park. He had a quote from Scott Hilts, funeral director at Smith-Weismantel Funeral Home, of $500 to have the names etched in the monument. He also said he was approaching AMVets 219 and the VFW post to seek additional help in the funding. The veteran’s organizations are really enthusiastic about getting the names on the memorial, and the funds for the project should come from these organizations. He wanted the village support because the memorial is in a village park.
The board passed a resolution supporting the effort. O’Brien thanked Roy Barley, Joyce Abbott, Jolene Hawkins and Larry Snyder for helping him.
In her administrator’s report, Liz Melock asked the board to make a motion to make budget transfers and adjustments in preparation for the end of the village’s fiscal year on May 31. Melock reminded the board that water and sewer bills not paid by April 20, 2017 will be added to the July tax bill.
As has been the norm for several months, Superintendent Ken Kostnowiak asked that the board pass a motion to pass the amend the contract for work on 65 Franklin Street. The amount of $500 from Northern Dreams would cover the April rent for the fire trucks, which are still being stored at another location, and another $500 deduction from the retainer for MKS Plumbing for work not completed by them. He says that the completion of the project is within reach.
Kostnowiak asked the board to approve the Hemingway Executive Board proxy resolution with New York Municipal Utility and Electrical Agency. Kostnowiak will not be in attendance and is allowing NYMUEA to vote on his behalf. The NYMUEA is the collective body of 36 municipal electrical companies across New York State.
The board accepted the resignation of Clerk Typist for the Dept. of Public Works, Joni Wilson, to be effective April 28, 2017. Wilson will stay on for a few weeks in a part-time, temporary status until a replacement has been found.
Some good news, Kostnowiak reported that North Buffalo Street up to Chapel Street will be milled and paved beginning April 19.
Springville Police Officer-in-Charge Nick Budney reported that the village police force has changed uniforms. They will no longer be wearing white shirts; the new uniforms are navy blue with name badges stitched into the uniform. He also commended officer Doug Grube in his efforts in helping extinguish a fire on Barnstead Drive last week.
Springville Fire Company chief Dave Klenk gave his March report to the board. He noted that there were 40 alarms, one EMS, 29 medical assists and three weather emergencies totaling 177 man hours. Non-emergency hours totaled 174 man-hours.
He noted that they are working on a standard operating guide in cooperation with Mercy EMS in life support calls. The goal is to avoid paperwork mistakes and confusion during life support calls.
He noted difficulty in the IM alert system. The system, when operating, allows him to know how many and where firefighters are responding to calls. When operational, the system is a great aid in figuring who is responding to calls.
He said that 13 sets of new firefighter gear had been delivered, costing $38,000, and that new traffic vest and wands had been ordered for five volunteers that completed the fire police course. SFD is planning more fall training as well.
Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta reported that the local law relating to parking for bars and restaurants is still being discussed with the planning board.
Trustee Alan Chamberlain reported that the control center handled 161 calls this month so far.
In old business, the board passed a motion that the Clean Energy Community program requires. The motion sets a benchmarking policy of energy use in municipal buildings. The village will now record and make public the consumption of energy in the municipal buildings such as 65 Franklin, Main Street, the sewer plant, the well and the properties on Nason Boulevard.
Mayor Krebs updated the board on the progress of the Community Development Committee that is part of the village master plan. Trustee Alan Chamberlain, as well as Reed Bramen and Matt Mayer, have step forward to serve on the committee. When a fifth person stepped forward, the first meeting will be held. The committee hopes to have subcommittees relating to energy, Rails to Trails, urban forestation and Heritage Park with a focus on public art.
In trustee notes, Nils Wikman remarked that he was approached by former SGI grads about creating some sort of memorial beacon of hope to the victims and survivors of the current drug epidemic.
The next meeting of the Village of Springville Board of trustees will be Monday May 1, 2017, 7 p.m. at 65 Franklin Street.