By Jennifer Weber
The Village of Springville Board met on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. with Erie County Legislator John Mills in attendance reporting on the good news that work on Boston-Springville road has been completed and there will be a meeting at the East Concord Fire Hall on Dec. 4 to discuss the plans to build a roundabout at Route 240 and Sibley Road.
Mills also reported that Erie County Executive Mark Polancarz presented the budget for the upcoming year and there is no proposed tax increase for residents. Information is available at Village Hall regarding the Scenic Byway, Legislative Director, Yellow Dot Program and the Hot Spot Fishing Map.
The board approved a spending request of $37,500 for a contract with Valient Market Research to complete a market analysis for businesses in Springville. The board worked in cooperation with the Economic Development committee of the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and received an Empire State Development to partially fund this project.
The study will involve online surveys of the community, man on the street interviews and hold stakeholder meetings with area officials and businesses. “Results of the study will help attract new business and retain existing businesses,” said Springville Mayor Bill Krebs. “Individuals seeking bank loans and grants for their businesses will be able to use this data for support.”
The study is scheduled to be completed by March 31, 2019 and will be available online and in print.
The Village of Springville general election is scheduled for March 20, 2018 from 12-9 p.m. at 65 Franklin Street. The positions that are to be elected are Mayor, one term for four years, and two Trustees, one term of four years. The first date to file a nominating petition is Jan. 2, 2018.
The Board discussed the opportunity to apply for a permanent Certificate of Need (CON) for ambulance service in the Village.
Mayor Krebs explained, “The fee to apply for a CON is $9,000 and there’s a 50/50 chance the application would be denied. If not approved, it could cost up to $50,000-$100,000 in legal fees to appeal.”
“Our current provider, Mercy EMS, has their own CON,” stated Trustee Terry Skelton. “It’s a lot of money with a high probability of being denied and we no longer have the need.”
“Maybe we don’t have the need now, but getting the permanent certificate of need is an in investment for our future,” said Trustee Robert Moriarity. “We should follow through with the process we started two years ago.”
Mayor Krebs stated, “While the original point for the Village was to own a CON to retain independence, the administration of this program is cumbersome.”
Nils Wikman said, “It’s almost absurd that we would reward a process where our citizens aren’t served.”
The Board voted down applying for a permanent CON by a vote of 4-1.
In other news, the Village approved the process for the WNY Dairy and Agricultural Festival to move forward with planning for the 30th annual festival to be held on June 1-3, 2018 in the municipal parking lot behind Main Street stores.
“This will be a great opportunity for Springville to reintroduce Western New York to its improvements, growth, year long Village activities and the many unique Main Street area businesses,” said Joni Taylor, Festival Chair.
The board expressed concerns over accessibility for area residents and businesses that will be directly affected by the festival; the committee will move ahead working with this in mind.
A meeting was held to discuss the proposal to create a National Register Historic District along West Main Street in the Village of Springville on Nov. 1, 2017. This will be the third historic district the Village of Springville has submitted. The history of the properties submitted, which include 90-171 West Main Street, 24-110 North Central Avenue, 17 Park Street and 186-244 Franklin Street, can be found on the Village website.
There will be a Community Development meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 15 to discuss projects from the Village master plan.
Mayor Krebs reminded everyone that this Saturday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and there will be the annual celebration held at Shuttleworth Park at 11 a.m.
The next board meeting for the Village of Springville will be held on Monday, Nov. 20 at 65 Franklin Street, Springville at 7 p.m.