By Jennifer Weber

The Village of Springville held their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and started with a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting.

Administrator Liz Melock announced the following candidates for the upcoming Village election on March 20: William Krebs for Mayor (one term, four years) and Kim Pazzuti, Elise Rose and Terry Skelton for two Trustee positions (two terms, four years each.) The election will take place at 65 Franklin Street from 12 – 9 p.m. The last day to register to vote in the election is March 9. Residents who would like to vote by absentee ballot can contact the village office by March 13 to receive an application.

Superintendent Ken Kostowniak reported that the Village is working on investigating issues with the sewer system after a report cited the rates during off-peak times have been running above acceptable levels and over twice the acceptable levels during peak times. The Village is drafting a plan to correct these issues and hired MDA Engineering to conduct a Village wide flow study, placing four different meters in different parts of the village to determine where problems are occurring and come up with corrective actions.

“We will probably be looking at an increase in our sewer rates in the future to cover these costs,” stated Kostowniak. “We’ve been lucky all these years and now find ourselves up against a wall and have to correct these issues.”

In other news, the board:

Voted to approve the Length of Service Awards Program (LOSAP) from the Fire Department

Accepted a “Think Differently” resolution that encourages supportive environments for residents with special needs

Hired Core Environmental Consultants to research the scope of work needed to submit a grant proposal to the NYDOT for culvert repairs on Maple, North Buffalo and Church Streets.

Approved RFP for sealed bids for the Village of Springville Streets Division for a 1-ton Cab and Chassis with Dump Body and 9’ Plow. All bids are due on March 9, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Future meeting dates set by the board include the Village Budget Hearing on March 5 and a Public Hearing on March 19 about creating a Special Exception for Agriculture Use in a Retail Overlay District and changing the zoning map regarding the area of land owned by Land Pro LLC and the surrounding properties. The Village will be sending letters to the property owners adjacent to the property to be discussed, informing them of the upcoming public hearing.

The next meeting of the Village Board will be held on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at 65 Franklin Street.