Independent candidates Terry Skelton, Kim Pazzuti, and Bill Krebs filed their petition for Village Offices last week combining efforts in the “For Springville” independent party. This year, there are vacancies in the offices of two trustees and the mayor.  Terry Skelton and Kim Pazzuti are running for terms as Village trustees.  Bill Krebs is running for Mayor.

Terry Skelton is an incumbent trustee, serving since 2008.  His duties have included serving as Deputy Mayor and the Liaison to the Village Electric Division.  He looks forward to helping local government enrich Village life by improving infrastructure and managing a fiscally sound budget.  Skelton’s goal is to continue to beautify our Village Center and incentivize Village Center investment. Skelton is the IT manager in the corporate division of Moog.

Skelton was born in Springville. He and his wife Lauri raised three children and have five grandchildren.  He is extremely family- oriented and thinks Springville is a wonderful place to raise a family. He was a past founder and board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Springville. He continues to serve on the Board of Springville Youth Incorporated (SYI). He was awarded the Springville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 2005 for his volunteerism, and he continues to coach SYI youth teams.

Kim Pazzuti is running for Trustee. Pazzuti has been a teacher for 17 years at Springville Elementary School. She is the head coach for the Springville GI girls’ modified basketball team and the Springville GI varsity softball team. She has served the professional educational community as a union representative for five years, and by being a PTA member.  Also, she is a 10-year veteran of the Springville Youth Incorporated board and has served the Springville Presbyterian Church for six years as a ruling elder.

Pazzuti, who has lived in the Village for 23 years with her husband John and two children, says, “I love Springville and the people here and that’s why I’m running for trustee.” Her top priority is to keep Springville a great place to live and raise a family. Her goals include demonstrating financial restraint in Village operations, fostering intergovernmental cooperation,  maintaining the Village’s distinctive character and Village Center, and continuing Village commitment to public safety.

Bill Krebs is seeking another term as mayor.  Under his leadership, the Village has recovered from financial stress, completed capital improvement projects in the Village Center, improved Village public safety, provided incentives for economic development for downtown merchants, expanded the incentives for historic preservation, and developed partnerships with Erie County and New York State agencies. He looks forward to working with the business community to develop the Village Center, continuing to address distressed properties in the Village, investing in infrastructure improvements, and updating community emergency response capacity.

Krebs has been active in local government for many years serving on the Planning Board, then as a Trustee, and now Mayor.  As a teacher, he learned the importance of recruiting and developing inclusive leadership, and as a Mayor, he has led the search for the best administrative team and appointed well qualified officials. Also, he has included citizens in the decision making process with open (often on site) meetings for the capital improvement projects.

Krebs and his wife, Ginny, have lived in Springville since 1983, restoring a historic home on Main Street in which to raise their family.  Three years ago, they downsized and purchased a retirement home in the Village. They have three children and seven grandchildren.