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Village Board Approves Budget, Retail Overlay District Changes

By Rich Place

The Springville Village Board on Monday unanimously approved the $3.4 million budget for its upcoming fiscal year with a 1.6 percent tax increase.

The public was presented the budget earlier in the month by Mayor Bill Krebs, and the board on Monday held little discussion following its approval. The tax levy is set at $1.76 million, or $17.26 per $1,000. The village’s fiscal year runs June 1 to May 31.

Adoption of the budget came following a public hearing on the adoption of changes to the retail overlay district at LandPRO Equipment’s property at the corner of Vaughn and North streets following recommendation from the Village Planning Board. Three members of the public spoke at the hearing, including Kevin Manchester, who lives next to LandPRO, and Tim Black, who represented LandPRO.

Manchester voiced concern about the buffer between his property and LandPRO, stating the owners “haven’t really lived up to their end of the bargain to be good neighbors.”

Black said he was “sorry to hear about the buffer issue” and noted the company did plant trees to help create a buffer between the two properties.

“We can plant more, we don’t have a problem with that,” he said. “We are willing to do whatever.”

The changes, which include exceptions of “agricultural retail or wholesale business” to some specifics of the retail overlay code including allowing outdoor storage, was approved by the village board.

The meeting on Monday was the final one — at least for this current term — for trustee Robert Moriarty. All village board members and the mayor thanked him for his service at the conclusion of the meeting.

“I want to thank the residents for giving me the opportunity to represent them,” Moriarty said. “I also want to thank everybody here in attendance — in some way, different ways, through the last four years you have all been very supportive and offered guidance and I appreciate that very much.”

He also thanked his wife and children for their support and said his decision not to seek re-election “doesn’t mean he won’t ever return” to the village board.

The board also held a discussion about a tree at M&T Park on East Main Street that had previously been regarded as “diseased” at the Feb. 20 meeting. At that meeting, village administrator Liz Melock noted in her report the tree needed to be removed.

Mayor Krebs, however, said after doing some research he discovered the tree is not diseased but is instead being crowded by the other trees on either side.

“I think we should hold off from taking that tree down right away,” he told the board. “I think we should maybe look at it in the summer. It’s not in danger of falling down, it’s not sick.”

The board voted to not cut the tree down.

“As we go down the line if there is a consensus on the board or something that tree is so ugly that it should come down, alright I guess that’s the decision,” Krebs said.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the board:

announced its reorganization meeting on April 2 will also include a informational presentation on the TAP Grant Project on a bike walk project for the village. The public is invited to come and learn more about the project, which is in the preliminary design phase.

approved a $300 donation from the Springville Kiwanis Club in the form of 100 $3 coupons for Springville Dairy. The coupons will be handed out by Springville Village Police Department officers to children doing good deeds.

announced its support for a resolution supporting additional state funding for school safety from State Senator Patrick Gallivan’s office. The four laws in the legislation call for the creation of funding opportunities for school districts to provide school resource officers, as well as adjust earning limitations and peace officer status for retired officers.

The next meeting of the Springville Village Board will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2 on the second floor at 65 Franklin St. It will be the board’s reorganizational meeting and will begin with the presentation on the Springville Bike Walk Enhancement Project by Watts Engineering.

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