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Springville village board adjusts garbage contract

SPRINGVILLE — The Village of Springville Board of Trustees decided to uphold its historic policy regarding swimming pools, at its Oct. 21 meeting. A resident had asked for a sewer payment forgiveness of $66.41, after 29,000 gallons of water leaked out of her swimming pool from a crack she discovered when draining the pool this past spring.

The village has a policy of adjusting sewer and water bills, if a leak results from a broken pipe or other issue, but that policy has not applied to swimming pools, in the past. In addition, there is a statute of limitations on the bill adjustment, since the village expects residents to find, repair and report leaks and other damages in a timely fashion.

“Leaks in plumbing are not the same as leaks in a pipe,” said Springville Mayor William Krebs. “We’ve never done it.”

After some discussion, the board decided not to refund the bill, since swimming pool leaks are not covered in the same way as water pipe leaks.

“We don’t want to set a precedent,” said Gerald Lohrey, village trustee.

The board also responded to a resident’s question about the Crosby Mart construction on Main Street. The corner store is installing new, larger windows, a new roof and new siding, as well as making its doorway handicap-accessible.

“They’re going to make it look more like a hometown store than an old gas station, which is what it was,” Krebs explained.

Krebs reported that he had spoken to Concord Town Supervisor Gary Eppolito about the town’s support of the village’s endorsement and support of railbanking the former Buffalo & Pittsburgh right-of-way that runs through both municipalities. The village board passed a resolution at its last meeting supporting the railbanking and conversion of that former railroad track into a multi-use recreational trail, to promote tourism and outdoor recreation in the area.

Eppolito said that he and the board have been busy preparing their budget and have not had time to consider the resolution yet.

“I couldn’t have been more explicit about how important this is to the village,” Krebs said.

Village Administrator Tim Horner said that he received correspondence from Waste Management about their contract, requesting that the village allow the company to pick up waste one day later, after a holiday, when the holiday falls on Monday. Waste Management reported that they have had changes in personnel, and have had scheduling problems when holidays fall on Monday, which requires them to reschedule pick-ups for both Monday and Tuesday.

The company requested that, in order to accommodate their holidays, when the holiday falls on a Monday or a Tuesday, refuse would be picked up on Wednesday.

Trustee Nils Wikman said that he had no problem with the change, but that Waste Management should be responsible for notifying residents.

“I just don’t want my neighbors to yell at me when their garbage is sitting out a day later,” he added.

Wikman thanked the Springville-Griffith Institute school district for sending students out into the village for a clean-up day.

“It made an impact for a lot of places in town, including [Springville Youth Inc], the Trading Post and others,” he said. “It was great to see the kids out there, and I received positive comments from both sides.”

As per legislation passed last year, there will be a curfew on Halloween, Oct. 31. In the downtown business district, the curfew will be enforced beginning at 7 p.m., with a 9 p.m. curfew in the rest of the village. The curfew applies to everyone, regardless of age.

The Springville village board’s next meeting will take place on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Village of Springville Municipal Building, located at 65 Franklin St.

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