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All-terrain vehicles are causing a stir in the village of Springville

SPRINGVILLE — A bulldozed track for dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles has appeared behind Franklin Street and Woodhaven Drive, and several Springville residents have complained about the noise from those machines, that they reported are running for up to 12 hours a day. The Springville village board of trustees discussed the issue at its June 3 meeting.

John Reding of Springville reported that there have been trails and tracks, in that area, “for many years” but that the noise level has increased, recently.

“As far as I’m concerned, these types of vehicles should not be allowed in the village,” he said.

Administrator Tim Horner said that he had also been approached, by another resident, about the noise level and other activity going on, in that area.

“I’ve been told that people are coming from outside the village and bringing these vehicles, to run on the tracks,” Horner said. “They could be friends or relatives of residents, but they’re coming in and also having bonfires, parties and other activities that include alcohol, as well.”

Springville Mayor William Krebs said that the village officials would have to determine whether an actual racetrack has been constructed, which would require a special permit, or whether the issue is a noise ordinance violation.

Although Reding hesitated to call the trails a racetrack, he noted that there was a “bulldozed area” where grass and vegetation had been removed, for the vehicles.

“If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a racetrack,” Krebs said. “It’s a matter of whether [the village trustees] call it a racetrack. We can see who owns the property, who built it [and] who’s allowing them on it. They may even be trespassing, for all we know.”

Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta reported that the challenge, in investigating the issue, will be gaining access to the course, which he said is located on private property.

“It’s tough to see anything, from the road,” Kaleta said. “But at least, there’s an ordinance against noise that would disturb a normal person. If it’s bothering residents, I can figure out whose properties they’re on and send letters to all of them.”

Kaleta said he would look into the issue and would notify Police Chief John Fox of any necessary police intervention.

In other board matters:
– Horner proposed a resolution to pay the interest and principal on the waste water treatment plant capital project, in the amount of $363,394. The funds would be transferred from the unreserved sewer fund to the WWTP fund. While Horner said that amount did exceed the original loan amount from the rural development grant received for the project, the village does have reserve funds to remove the deficit.

“We are planning to increase the sewer rate, specifically to cover this capital project, which was a $4.5 million project,” Horner said The resolution was passed.

– Superintendent Karl Lux recommended awarding a garden tractor bid for the streets division to Lamb & Webster Inc. in the amount of $4,870. The total budgeted amount was $6,000. That bid was lower than another bid had been received from Zahm & Matson Inc. The bid was accepted.

Lux also recommended awarding the 1-ton truck bid for the water and sewer divisions to Emerling Chevrolet Inc., for the price of $16,633. The bid, which was the only one submitted, was accepted.

The proposed bid for a stainless steel dump body and plow accessories was accepted from Valley Fab and Equipment Inc. in the amount of $63,745. The bid was the only one submitted.

– The Erie County Sheriff’s Department will install a prescription drug drop-off box at the control center. It will be available for residents to drop off unused or expired prescription medications, for disposal by the sheriff’s department.

– Kaleta relayed that the hazardous material survey at the Springville Hotel required more samples than the examiner expected, and that the bill for the survey may be higher than the village had budgeted.

“They’ve only found one thing with asbestos, so they may not have to do anything,” he said, about hazardous material removal.

Kaleta also reported that a resident has approached the zoning board about installing a pool in his side yard. The code enforcement officer asked why the village does not allow pools to be installed in side yards.

“We’d have to go back to when the code was written in the 1970s and ask them,” Krebs said. “My guess is that it was because most side yards are too small.”

He said that a variance would apply for the “special exception” under which the swimming pool would fall.

The next Springville Board meeting will be held June 17 at 7 p.m.

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