By Rich Place
Residents of the village of Springville will have the opportunity next week to cast ballots for village mayor and trustees as part of general village elections throughout New York state.
Elections will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Village Municipal Building at 65 Franklin St.
Incumbent mayor Bill Krebs is running unopposed for this fourth term. However, a contested race for two village trustee seats will feature incumbent Terry Skelton and political newcomers Kim Pazzuti and Elise Rose on the ballot.
Krebs, Skelton and Pazzuti have been running together as members of the For Springville independent party.
The incumbent mayor is expected to continue his service as village leader for a fourth consecutive term, adding to a political resume that dates back to the early ‘90s and includes time as a village trustee and on the village planning board.
“I look forward to my service to my community as mayor; it’s an honor to serve the community as a mayor and I’ll continue,” said Krebs in a recent interview. “I think we’ll move Springville forward.”
In his announcement announcing re-election, Krebs said he looks to continue addressing distressed properties in the village, investing in infrastructure improvements and updating community emergency response capacity.
Krebs and his wife, Ginny, have lived in Springville since 1983, restoring a historic home on Main Street where they raised their family. They downsized three years ago and purchased a retirement home in the village.
Pazzuti, a teacher for 17 years at Springville Elementary School, is seeking her first political office as a candidate for village trustee.
“There are alot of wonderful things going on now, but just to continue that you’ve got to keep that growth happening in our community,” she said.
Pazzuti is head coach for the Springville GI girls’ modified basketball team and the Springville GI varsity softball team. She has served as a union representative for five years and is also a PTA member. She’s also a 10-year veteran of the Springville Youth Incorporated (SYI) board and has served the Springville Presbyterian Church for six years as a ruling elder.
During a recent interview, Pazzuti highlighted her experience with budgets, which she said is an important aspect of serving on village board. Her experience includes financial work at both SYI and the Presbyterian Church. Other goals she outlined include demonstrating financial restraint in village operations, fostering intergovernmental cooperation, maintaining the village’s distinctive character and continuing village commitment to public safety.
Pazzuti has lived in Springville for 23 years with her husband, John, and has raised her family here.
Rose is also a newcomer to village politics — she’s a 2004 graduate of Springville-Griffith Institute and owns Sheret Jewelers on Main Street.
Her business ownership has lead her to serve in roles on the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce board and the Downtown Merchant Committee, which was recently responsible for the Very Merry Main Street event. She’s also active with the First Presbyterian Church of Springville and the local chapter of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).
“I might not have the political experience but I might have a different perspective,” she said. “I’m not coming in trying to reinvent the wheel, but I want to hear why we are doing things. I want to give a second perspective as well.”
Rose mentioned promoting Springville more to other area communities as one of her top ideas, stating “we need to let people know how great Springville is.” She said she is also committed to ensuring those in the community area able to utilize grants the village has been acquiring.
Rose and her husband, Mike, have three small children. She invites the community to stop by Sheret Jewelers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday for a meet-and-greet with refreshments.
A veteran member of the Springville Village Board, Skelton is seeking re-election to his seat in this year’s election.
Skelton has worked at Moog in East Aurora for 37 years, currently serving as an IT manager in its corporate division. He was appointed to fill a vacancy on the village board in 2008.
“What I’m very proud of — and a lot of it is attributed to Mayor Krebs for his vision and everything — is just the improvement to our downtown,” Skelton said. “The parks, more green space, the walkability, just the stuff we’ve been doing to make the village life better for everybody.”
Skelton was a past founder and board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Springville and continues to serve on the board for SYI. He was awarded the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 2005 and continues to coach SYI youth teams.
He said filling the remaining empty storefronts on Main Street are a top priority should he be elected to another term. Creating that opportunity for potential business owners could lead to more people living and working in the community, he said.
Skelton was born in Springville; he and his wife, Lauri, raised three children and have five grandchildren.