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Springville Village Board Discusses Cell Tower Law

By Kellen M. Quigley

At its regular March 4 meeting, the village of Springville Board of Trustees approved several items concerning the updated floodplain management law for the village.

A public hearing was held concerning the floodplain management local law. No one from the community attended.

The village first had to rescind the village code floodplain overlay district from 2006. The village board then accepted the negative declaration SEQR for the floodplain law. Finally, Local Law 3 for 2019, which is the floodplain model law, was approved.

“This is a revision to our code that’s mandated by FEMA and the DEC,” said Springville Mayor William Krebs.

The village board also discussed the need for a new local law concerning installation of small cell towers in the village.

Krebs said the local law would maintain some of the current cell tower laws in place while updated portions concerning the aesthetics of the small cell towers that could be installed in the village.

“We’re going to repeal the cell tower law we passed in 1996 or ‘97 when cell towers became important following the Telecommunications Act 1996 and replace it with a law that still regulates those tall cell towers,” he said.

Krebs said the small cell atentas are necessary for 5G, which cell phone companies are planning to begin installing. He said they’re similar to a utility, which is why communities can’t ban them, nor would they.

“However, they can put regulations on it that are aesthetic regulations, and that’s what we intended to do,” Krebs said.

He said that the regulations concern where they can be located, how big they can be, the cubic feet they can occupy and even the color, as well as stealth technology to make them blend in.

“The reason this is important is they could go right down Main Street and in the historic preservation district and be very visible,” Krebs said. “That’s why we need something in the books so we as a village can tell the cell companies where and how they can put them in our community.”

The local law public hearing is scheduled for March 18 at 7 p.m. during the next regular village board meeting.

 

IN OTHER BUSINESS, although he was absent from the meeting, DWP Superintendent Ken Kostowniak submitted his superintendent’s report.

He reported that the high wind event from last week occurred with little issue for Springville. One electric service was knocked down by a tree, he reported, but that service was restored in under half an hour.

A tree fell into the North Street substation, damaging one section of the fence. Kostowniak reported the tree was cut out of the way and temporary fencing was installed.

Additionally, Springville Electric was called by MEUA to assist NYSEG with mutual aid on Feb. 25 to help restore power in Hamburg, Boston, Gowanda and Concord.

Kostowniak reported that the village has reached its minimum required tonnage for road salt for the year at 980 tons and has expended $66,296.37 of the budget. He reported that the village should be within budget for any additional salt orders for the remainder of winter.

The village has requested 1,400 tons purchased for ECDPW contract with a minimum purchase amount of 70 percent, he reported.

 

ALSO OF NOTE, Fire Chief Marc Gentner reported that the fire department dispatched 40 calls in February, bringing up a total of 88 for the year.

He said the original batteries replaced in Engine 4 and Rescue 7 was inspected and passed.

Gentner said the department is continuing to go through old gear and excess equipment in order to better organize and utilize the space.

He said the department is looking to purchase a new base radio for the East Main Street firehall, something that’s never been there before.

Gentner said they are looking at specifications on a new engine to replace Engine 1 when the time comes.

The department also has a number of surplus items that Gentner said they will put up for auction or dispose of, depending on the item.

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