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By Derek M. Otto

The regular meeting of the village of Springville Board met on Monday, June 19.

During public comment, Bill O’Brien, Third Vice Commander of  the American Legion Post 431, told the board that a Korean War veteran had not been listed on the Korean War Memorial in Shuttleworth Park.  Ensign Baker David G. Baker was killed when his fighter jet crashed near Jacksonville, FL. Baker grew up in Concord and attended the lower grades at Griffith Institute.  He was the first Western New Yorker accepted as a cadet at the Navy Air Base in Niagara Falls.  O’Brien , Larry Balog and Roy Barley will pay for the cost of adding the name to the current memorial in the park.  This is the seventh veteran to be added to the memorial in the town.  Earlier this spring, O’Brien discovered six World War II Era veterans that had been killed and not recognized for their ultimate sacrifice.  The mayor complimented O’Brien for his work and getting the names added to the memorials.

During the Administrator reports, Liz Melock  asked the board to accept $45,000 in budget adjustments so she could close the 2016-17 fiscal year.  She then asked the board to Approve SEQR,  which allows the village to begin replacing water mains on Church and Franklin Streets areas. To do this, Mayor Krebs asked the board that they approve the Village of Springville as the lead agency. She asked that the advertising be tabled until July 10, 2017.  She also asked that the board approve Watts as the consultant for the TAPS grant.  The $600,000 grant will pay for improvements in the village, making it more bike friendly.

Superintendent of Public Works Ken Kostnowiak reported that work continues on the Heritage Park site; the restroom will be installed some time in the next week. The crosswalk construction has started.  Oiling and chipping of villages streets will be happening in the upcoming weeks. He also made an addition to the Heritage Park.  A canine hydrator is to be installed at the park.  The $1,600 drinking fountain will allow dogs to get a drink when out with their owners.

Officer in Charge Nick Budney issued a code red for the Springville village.  There were several car break-ins in the Maple Avenue and Spring Street areas the previous evening, including four at community village apartments.  He also asked the board to approve an additional officer.  He currently had budgeted for 10 officers; however, due to the officers’ schedules, money and shifts are available for the additional officer.

Fire Chief David Klenk reported that the advanced life support protocols for the Fire Department and Mercy EMS have been approved.  Mercy EMS responds to all emergency calls in the village.  He told the board that the department will be using $28,000 of their funds to purchase new Hurst equipment, such as jaws of life. He mentioned that the equipment that is currently used is over 20years old and needs to be replaced.

Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta reported that the asbestos certification for 110 S. Central was completed and demolition should happen soon. He also reported that he had a special event permit request from the New Life Fellowship Church on Central Avenue for a request to put up a large 20X40 ft. tent in the Eaton Park  for vacation Bible school.  The concern was over size and length of time

the tent would be up.  There has to be an inspection of the wires and plumbing, etc.  There would also have to be insurance with the tent being up for an extended period of time.

The control center had 150 calls for the month of May.

In new business, the board accepted the resignation of Christie Greene, a member of the zoning board of appeals.

In trustee notes, Alan Chamberlain mentioned that on June 28, 2017, the Town of Concord will have an input session for their master plan at 86 Franklin Street. Nils Wikman addressed concerns that residents had about unruly youth on North Buffalo Street. He asked Nick Budney to address the situation. Mayor

Krebs displayed a certificate that the village received from the federal government celebrating 50 years of the historic preservation districts.  Springville received the certificate for its participation in the project.

The next meeting will July 10, 2017 at 65 Franklin Street, Springville, at 7 p.m.

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