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Village Board Hears Road Repair Update

By Rich Place

Following a public hearing on 37 South Central Ave. that spanned more than an hour and a brief update from The Club president Bill Gugino on his organization’s pending merger with Springville Youth Incorporated (SYI), the Springville Village Board on Monday proceeded to the rest of the items on its agenda during its regular meeting.

The meeting included an update from Ken Kostowniak, Department of Public Works superintendent, on the upcoming street work to be performed in the village. He said milling on Franklin and Church streets was expected to take place this week.

Beginning on Monday, the village is expected to begin chipping several roads, including Commerce Drive, Forest Avenue, Elk Street, Childs Street, Smith Street, Depot Street, East Hill Run and Chapel Street. The work will be paid for by CHIP funding, Kostowniak said.

He also informed the village board that the shared service agreement with Erie County was approved at the county level for the Mill street storm drainage project and it’s expected work will take place there in July.

Kostowniak was granted permission in early April to proceed with the agreement to remedy the drainage problem in the vicinity of 350 Mill St. that causes the flooding of a nearby resident’s yard. Two catch basins and piping installed by the county is not currently connected to a drainage system, he said.

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

Near the end of the meeting, village board member Nils Wikman told Kostowniak he had been getting complaints about leaves and yard waste not being picked up in a reasonable time.

“I think one of the compliments we always got is how fast we are picking it up and this year we seem to be delayed a little bit,” he said.

Wikman admitted he and Kostowniak have a differing philosophy on an adequate schedule for village workers to make rounds, with pick up currently taking place usually the last two days of the month.

“Our policy has always been the last two days of the month,” Kostowniak said, later adding, “people just have to be patient.”

After further discussion — including other duties the village’s DPW performs — it was suggested a Saturday pickup schedule be investigated to determine if it would be more suitable for both DPW employees and village residents.

IN OTHER NEWS at the village board meeting:

• discussion was held to allow Erie County Probation Department to begin using offices on the second floor of the public safety building at 65 Franklin St. on Thursday mornings in addition to its current time there on Wednesdays;

• a reminder was given that the village board only meets on the second Monday of the month in July, August and September.

The next meeting of the Springville Village Board will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 9 in the public safety building at 65 Franklin St.

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