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Springville to consider projects for CDBG grants

By Kellen M. Quigley

The village of Springville is planning to submit up its proposed projects for funding in 2020 through the Community Development Block Grant process.

At the Village of Springville Board of Trustees’ latest meeting, Village Administrator Liz Melock explained that the village is allowed to submit three projects for 2020, with one continuing to support Rural Transit Services.

The second project is a water main replacement project on North Central Avenue. Melock said the village submitted it for 2019 but it was not funded, so it will be their first project for next year.

“Last year’s cost was about $388,000, so it will probably be about $400,000 next year,” she said. “We’re looking for $100,000 max in the grant.”

The final project is for toward the new concrete skatepark complex. Melock said the county usually looks at projects for water, sewer and infrastructure projects score higher, so the village might put in a different project come submission time. An alternate could be another waterline project.

“The grant application is due Oct. 28,” she said. “The first meeting if not the second meeting we’ll have them approved with the dollar amounts.”

Melock also said the recycling carts have been working out well and the village is nearly out of the grant-funded ones. An additional 54 recycling carts have been ordered, which can be purchased for $46 each.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, Fire Chief Mark Gentner gave an update from the fire department. He said they were dispatched for 47 calls in August, a total of 376 calls for the year.

On Aug. 12, the department did water rescue training at Scoby Dam, and Aug. 19 they did more water rescue training at the West Main Street hall. Five members are taking fire police training, Gentner said.

All the department’s engines have been tested and inspected. Gentner said they’re working on specs for a new engine and are scheduling to have all the trucks undercoated for the winter.

In the police department, Officer in Charge Nick Budney said the department handled 203 calls in August and patrolled 2,495 miles. The sheriff’s department also handled an additional 447 calls, he said.

The next meeting of the Village Board of Trustees will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Public Safety Building.

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