SPRINGVILLE — At the Dec. 2 meeting of the Village of Springville Board of Trustees, longtime member Gerald Lohrey presented the members and Springville Mayor William Krebs with a memo announcing that he would not run for another term. Three seats will be up for grabs, at the March 18 village election: the mayor’s seat and trustees Terry Skelton’s and Lohrey’s. The other two candidates have not voiced any intent not to run for re-election.
“I will preface this memo with the statement that I have not taken this decision lightly nor have I made it hastily.” Lohrey wrote. “In our society, ‘politics’ and ‘politician’ have taken on negative connotations. I have always advocated and often said that, in local government, office-holders are not ‘politicians’ but are public servants. This is the case with government in Springville. Much more is accomplished through cooperation than politically motivated confrontation.”
He said that all that has been accomplished, during his time as a trustee, has taken place through cooperation between the entities within and including village government. He thanked the residents for allowing him to serve and said that it has been “an honor” to do so with Krebs, the board and former deputy mayor and trustee Jean Moncreiff and former trustee Jim Bentley.
Election candidates must submit their intent to run by the end of December, and may pick up a petition to circulate, starting Jan. 1. Packets explaining the process are available in the village office.
The board also heard an update on the master plan, which is a joint effort with the town of Concord. Springville has been working on adjusting several areas of that plan that apply to the village specifically, including land use, historic preservation, parks, community services and infrastructure.
The village has entered into a contract with civil engineering firm KHEOPS, formerly TVGA, and consultants Angela Keppel and Jill Sawyer will be working with a committee to develop a timeline to complete the master plan by May. That committee consists of Krebs, Village Administrator Tim Horner, Village Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta, trustee Alan Chamberlin, Town of Concord Historian Dave Batterson, representatives from the zoning and planning boards and Greg Kayser, a resident who is also a planner. The committee will meet with Keppel and Sawyer on Dec. 9, to discuss how to proceed. A public meeting will follow, in January.
“We’re taking the existing plan and adding to the sections that deal with the village,” explained Krebs. “We’ve broken down the update into several sections, and [the consultants] will be presenting a rough timeline on how to proceed.”
Krebs said that the community development plan the village has created, which is “more of a conceptual plan,” will also be taken into account, as the master plan is examined.
“Some of those ideas will be incorporated into the master plan,” he explained. “One of those is the Rails to Trails [initiative], which is always popping up in my mind. We want to put the use of that corridor into more specific terms, to move that project forward.”
He said that the public meeting will be similar to forums that have previously been held in the village, notably by the Springville-Griffith Institute School District, the economic development group and others, to discuss the community’s stake in the plan.
“It’s really a plan for the future build-out of the community,” the mayor said. “If we’re going to be working on getting funding, like the New York Main grants, it’s important to get community support and input on our plan for the village.”
The next board of trustees meeting will take place on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building on Franklin Street.