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Springville snowplow drivers question blade restrictions

SPRINGVILLE — During the Springville Board of Trustees meeting held March 4, area snowplow drivers questioned New York state regulations on snowplow widths.

Peter Gabel, owner of Nature’s Pride Landscaping, asked the Springville Board to help clarify the NYS regulations about acceptable blade widths. According to Gabel, passing through the village on State Highway 39 with a blade that exceeds 96 inches is against the law, even with a NYS permit that allows a truck to be 144 inches wide.

The NYS Department of Transportation allows snowplow blades to be 102 inches wide, on certain qualifying NYS highways. Gabel requested that the village accept the NYS special hauling permit, or establish another permitting procedure to allow plows with blades of more than 96 inches to service parking lots in the village.

Gabel reported that snowplow drivers have been stopped in Springville, by members of the Springville Police and Erie County Sheriff, for having snowplow blades that exceed 96 inches. He explained that this enforcement is not happening in other municipalities and seems to be intermittent in Springville. He requested that the board investigate the different regulations, so that snowplow drivers can continue to work, in the village.

Board Member Nils Wikman thanked Gabel for informing the village board of this issue and applauded all snowplow drivers for the job they do.

Mayor William Krebs instructed Village Attorney Johanna Healey to investigate the NYS DOT law and the possibility of a local village permit.

Krebs said that he will meet with Village Police Sergeant Administrator John Fox and Dan Centinello, special assistant to the Erie County Sheriff, to discuss truck regulations in Springville.

In other matters:
– The board scheduled a public hearing about the village’s 2013-14 budget for March 18 at 7 p.m.

– Krebs announced that a Main Street Grant meeting will be held March 19 at 7 p.m. at 65 Franklin St. The meeting will be repeated on March 27 at 7 p.m. The village will notify the businesses in the grant’s target area by mail.

– Administrator Tim Horner reported that the village has begun to establish the accounting methods to receive payments by auto bank draft, credit card and online payments. The board authorized Horner to negotiate a contract with Xpress-pay. These payment services will become available, during the next several months.

– The board authorized Superintendent Karl Lux to attend the Municipal Electric Utility Association semi-annual meeting with Lead Lineman Thomas Mattern. Leadman Richard Zifra, Leadman David Sullivan and Lux were also approved to attend the New York Rural Water Association’s annual conference.

– Board Member Alan Chamberlin reported that the village will interview six candidates for two positions at the control center.

– Wikman expressed his concern that the village board passed resolutions about state-wide issues, which he said are more appropriately addressed by elected state officials. He also thanked the water division for delivering clean and safe water to the village residents.

– Krebs reported the village has responded to the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposal to build a fish ladder at the Springville Dam on Cattaraugus Creek.

The next Springville Village Board meeting will be held on March 18 at 7 p.m.

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2013-03-15 | 19:10:06
Fish Ladder on Catt Creek
I, for one, would like to see some recent info regarding the possibility of building a fish ladder around the dam on Catt Creek. Sounds like a winner for a lot of people and quite a few communities upstream. Harold L Spencer