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By Rich Place

The Village of Springville and Springville Volunteer Fire Company Inc. have yet to reach an agreement on rental payments for space at the fire hall, located at 405 W. Main St., for the village’s fire apparatus.

After updating the village board on Monday about a recent meeting in which the two sides failed to come to an agreement, Springville Mayor Bill Krebs said no date had been set for a second meeting. The following day, the two sides discussed tentatively meeting on an undetermined date in late April, officials from both the village and the fire company confirmed.

The lease agreement ends on May 31.

Mayor Krebs told the board that the village was presented with a proposal that revised the recent 2008 agreement and countered with a proposal of its own. The fire company declined that counter proposal as well as a subsequent one, the mayor said, and the meeting ended without an agreement.

Matt Dygert, president of the Springville Volunteer Fire Company, confirmed those details with the Times on Tuesday.

On Monday, when no future meeting had yet been set, the mayor told the board no payments will be made to the fire company after the May payment and “the village will remove its fire trucks from 405 West Main St. by June 1.”

The village has previously signed two lease agreements with the Springville Volunteer Fire Company Inc. for use of the fire hall space, which Dygert clarified is not the whole building but just the truck bays and a training room. The first agreement was for 20 years beginning in 1988 and was based on the cost of the building; a second 10-year lease beginning in 2008 was based on the building’s maintenance and repair costs, Krebs said.

The lease payment covers the cost of maintenance for the space the village uses to house its fire apparatus, Dygert said.

“The Springville Volunteer Fire Company is trying to work out a fair deal with the village on behalf of the people they serve,” he said.

“We are getting real close on time and we hope there is some kind of movement to resolve that issue,” Krebs noted at the village board meeting.

ALSO AT THE village board meeting on Monday, trustees learned the village will be receiving approximately $104,000 in road repair funding from three different sources: CHIP funding, PAVE-NY and Extreme Winter Recovery.

DPW Superintendent Ken Kostowniak said Franklin Street and Church Street — both from North Buffalo Street to North Central Avenue — are expected to be repaved this year. Additional streets will be oiled and chipped, but Kostowniak told the board which streets will see such attention are still being determined due to the ongoing winter weather.

Kostowniak also requested — and was granted — permission from the village board to proceed with a shared services agreement with the county to remedy a drainage problem on Mill Street.

The road in the vicinity of 350 Mill St. has had an “ongoing drainage problem,” Kostowniak said, which causes the flooding of a nearby resident’s yard. Two catch basins and piping installed by the county is not connected to a drainage system and does not fix the problem, he said.

Kostowniak advised connecting the isolated system to the village’s drainage network on nearby White Street.

“I’m proposing that we do a Shared Service project together,” he said. “We connect that drainage, run it 1,100 feet, tie it into (the village’s system) and take care of the problem.”

ALSO AT THE village board meeting on Monday:

• Krebs notified the board the Fiddlers Green Historic District, the final historic district for the village, has been submitted to the state. Its application will be heard at the state level on June 7 and public comment can be mailed to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) by June 6.

• Trustee Kim Pazzuti was officially sworn into office after being absent from the board’s reorganizational meeting at the beginning of the month.

The next meeting of the Springville Village Board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, May 7 on the second floor of the public safety building on Franklin Street.

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