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Springville board approves CDBG project submissions for 2020

By Kellen M. Quigley

The chosen projects to be submitted by the village of Springville for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for 2020 have been approved by the village Board of Trustees.

During its regular meeting Monday, the village board authorized Mayor Bill Krebs to sign, submit and execute a contract with Erie County for the CDBG projects upon approval of the county.

The first project would be to replace the main water line on North Central Avenue, which Village Administrator Liz Melock said is estimated to cost $446,430.

Melock said $100,000 would come from CDBG, $100,000 would come from the village fund balance and the remaining $246,430 would come from short-term borrowing.

The second project to be submitted is for support of Rural Transit Services, Melock said.

Melock noted that the final day village taxes can be paid is Oct. 31. After that, the village can’t take any payments and they will be levied onto the county.

Additionally, the winter parking ban in the village begins Nov. 10 through April 1, 2 to 7 a.m.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the village board approved temporarily closing parking behind the Legacy Restaurant and Arts Cafe while two dumpsters are there for two weeks or less.

DWP Superintendent Ken Kostowniak informed the village board that the Legacy owners requested permission to have the dumpster behind the restaurant, which would take a couple of spots.

“They’re saying it’s going to take a couple of parking spaces, but there’s only seven or eight spots and there’s already a dumpster there now,” Kostowniak said. “The driveway can get through to the parking lot.”

With the congested parking behind the buildings, Melock said it would be better to close off all the parking there in order that the dumpsters could be accessed.

“If you’re going to put a dumpster back there, you have to block the parking off because it’s not safe back there,” Melock added. “You have the Arts Cafe dumpster on their side, this will be on the other side, you can’t walk through there, it’s crazy back there.”

Kostowniak also requested the board approve a developer’s agreement with Bertrand Chaffee Hosptial’s construction project for the new medical arts facility. He said the hospital has completed or is in the process of completing any applications the DPW requires.

Additionally, the village gave Kostowniak the go-ahead to pursue an electric TAP grant combo application with Springville-Griffith Institute for a project improving infrastructure that would benefit both the district and village.

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