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Village Board Sets Hearing on Food Truck Permits

By Rich Place

The Springville Village Board on Monday approved a handful of resolutions during its only board meeting of the month and also set a public hearing that will make changes to village code for food truck vendors.

The board received proposed changes from the village planning board to the licenses and permits section of village code that will add a section specifically for mobile food vendors. A public hearing on the changes was set for 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10.

“We can have the public hearing that night and, between now and then, the trustees should look it over and see what they like,” said Mayor Bill Krebs. “We had requested the planning board look at this matter and they have done their due diligence and there has been a lot of discussion about it.”

Among the language proposed by the planning board, a mobile food vendor — more commonly referred to as a food truck — shall not park within 200 feet of the entrance to any food establishment unless permission is granted and they cannot park within 100 feet of an intersection.

A vendor is also not permitted to park for more than three hours a day in any one location unless, among other exceptions, it is part of a permitted public event or for a private event on private property. The vendors are also not permitted to erect additional signage other than what is already on the vehicles and they shall supply garbage receptacles and take garbage with them.

The planning board also recommended a fee of $50 per day for the vendor.

The village board also offered support to an idea proposed by Trustee Elise Rose to pursue funding for rapid flashing beacon lights that could be placed on signage on a handful of village crosswalks. She said she first saw the lights in Olean.

The small rectangular lights would flash after a pedestrian pushes a button to cross in an effort to draw more attention to the crosswalks.

“For various reasons, they are difficult to see people who are attempting to cross or are crossing,” Rose said. She said the timing works well with Main Street expected to be milled and repaved by the state Department of Transportation next year.

Crosswalks she identified as needing the beacons are near Mechanic Street, Newman Street and the Rail-Trail. Mayor Krebs also said the crosswalk near North Central Avenue should be included as well.

Also at the village board meeting, trustees:

• approved a $110,000 purchase from Koester Associates to install a trickling filter at the wastewater treatment plant. Department of Public Works Superintendent Ken Kostowniak said the current filter is about 35 to 40 years old and it has been noted in annual inspections it should be replaced;

• gave the go-ahead for the mayor to sign a letter of support to the Springville Volunteer Fire Department Inc. to apply for a loan for parking lot resurfacing at the fire hall at 405 West Main St.;

• authorized the SGI Homecoming Parade to take place at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28 with a route beginning at the high school on North Buffalo Street to Franklin Street to North Central Avenue to Church Street to Smith Street back to Ingerson Drive;

• Approved two new firefighters, William Ekenrode and Joshua Stowell; and a new police officer, Robert Braeuner.

The next meeting of the Springville Village Board is set to take place at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 beginning with a public hearing on food truck vendors and CDBG grants. It’s the only meeting scheduled in September before the board returns to its routine two meetings per month in October.

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