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Springville Village Board clarifies funding policies

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Village Board clarified the village policy for the use of funds at its Oct. 1 meeting. Organizers for the Autumn Art Crawl had requested funds to offset the costs of advertising and using village electricity, during its Oct. 6 event. In light of that request, the board discussed the historic policy for the use of the village publicity and celebrations funds.

The committee for the art crawl, which includes representatives from VanOver Fine Arts, the Springville Center for the Arts and the Downtown Economic Development Group, submitted an event permit proposal to rent the pocket park at the corner of Main and Mechanic streets, as well as an application for those funds. Building Inspector Michael Kaleta said that an event permit was not necessary and asked the board if it would approve the use of the requested monies.

Village Attorney Audrey Seely explained that, historically, the village has never contributed money to an individual entity, only those groups with which the village has an established partnership, such as Rails to Trails.

Board Member Terry Skelton noted that the village does not contribute to other events held within its borders, such as the Dairy Festival and Oktoberfest.

“In [contributing to the art crawl], we would be setting a precedent,” Skelton said. “The SCA is not part of the chamber, so, in order to stay in keeping with New York state constitutional law, we would have to be a partner [in order to help pay those bills].”

The art crawl will be allowed to use the park and set up amenities there, but the request for funding was denied.

Superintendent Karl Lux submitted a project to be approved as the Community Development Block Grant proposal for this year. The CDBG is a program sponsored by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development that “provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique, community development needs,” according to the HUD website.

Beginning in 1974, the CDBG program is one of the longest, continuously-run programs the department sponsors. It provides annual grants on a formula basis to 1,209 units of local government and states. According to its website, the HUD determines the amount of each grant by using a formula comprised of several measures of community need, including the extent of poverty, population, housing overcrowding, age of housing and population growth lag, in relationship to other metropolitan areas of comparable size and population.

The entity Lux presented is the Smith Street water project, which he said consists of an old water line that goes under a bridge. He explained that line has a tendency to break. The project would improve the water quality in that area, as well as the fire flow, according to Lux.

“We would connect it to Eaton street, take it south to Franklin and back in Buffalo [Street], creating a new main. That area covers low-income homes, the school and gets rid of cruddy water lines,” he said.

The Smith Street water project would cost $293,000 to complete, $100,000 of which the CDBG grant would cover, if awarded. Lux said that project would not go forward if the grant money did not come through.

A public hearing on the proposals will be held Oct. 15.

In other board news:
– The Eaton Street water project has been completed.

– The village moratorium on windmills expires on Oct. 19. Seely explained that the board would need to see a proposal to either adopt another moratorium or create a new policy. Kaleta said that, even though “99.9 percent” of lots in the village would not be eligible for windmill construction, anyway, he would put together a proposal for the next meeting.

– Board Member Alan Chamberlin told the board that the new hire for the control center is actually Tammy Laurito, not Brenda Singleton, as had been reported at the last meeting. He said that Laurito will be hired on a per diem basis and that he is tentatively scheduled to interview two additional candidates, as well.

The next Springville Village Board meeting will be held on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the village municipal building.
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