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Transient sales law drafted at Springville board meeting

SPRINGVILLE — The discussion on transient sales continued at the Jan. 6 Springville village board of trustees meeting. Currently, the board has a moratorium on transient sales, to prevent those types of merchants from operating within the village, until a new law is in place.

According to the text of the moratorium, a transient merchant is defined as “any business that is engaged temporarily in the sale of goods, wares, services and/or merchandise from a temporary location. A business is defined as a person, corporation, partnership, limited liability corporation, limited liability partnership, retail operation and/or any business licensed and/or permitted to conduct business, within New York state. A temporary location is defined as “a vehicle, trailer, boxcar, tent, other portable shelter, empty store front, parking lot or vacant lot.”

For purposes of the moratorium, the village considers a business transient if it offers services for a period of fewer than 30 days.

At the board’s Dec. 27 meeting, Trustee Nils Wikman had presented the board with a proposed law, for the trustees’ review.

Wikman had told the board that the village office heard numerous complaints from residents who have been “taken advantage of” by merchants utilizing unethical business practices. Some of those have been “ghost” companies, or companies that work in conjunction with local entities, in order to conduct their business.

At the most recent meeting, trustees provided Wikman with comments about the draft version of the Transient Sales Law. The board approved the substance of the proposal, including the definition of a transient business, the process by which businesses would apply for an operating permit and penalties for conducting business without obtaining that permit.

The last step of the process requires the new law to be implemented into the village’s current code. Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta will work up a draft that revises the current License and Permit Chapter 110, to include the Transient Sales Law.

In another matter, Administrator Tim Horner asked to form a committee to amend the on-street parking regulations. According to Horner, police and Department of Public Works employees encounter problems with cars parking in the area between the street and the sidewalk. These parked cars can hinder snow removal on the street and the sidewalk, causing hazards.

The committee will look at revising the village code, to extend parking regulations. Terry Skelton, Karl Lux, Kaleta, John Fox and Horner are on the committee.

A survey for the village’s Master Plan is being drafted. That survey will be available for the public, online and at the village office and will ask residents about future land use and development. A draft of the survey was prepared by Angela Keppel of Kheops Engineering, the firm the village has retained to help develop the Master Plan.

The next Springville board meeting will take place on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. This is a Tuesday meeting, due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. It will be held at the Municipal Building on Franklin Street.


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