STEP RIGHT UP — The village of Springville held general elections for the mayor and two trustee seats on March 18. Registering voters at the village municipal building were, from left: official Erie County elections inspectors Marlene Ziecker of Springville, Jane Neureuther of East Concord and Connie Bochenek of East Concord. Photo by Sandy Dashnaw.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville village elections held March 18 garnered some close calls, with Springville Mayor William Krebs winning a second term, with 396 votes, incumbent trustee Terry Skelton winning another term, with 284 votes and newcomer Robert Moriarty winning the other seat, with 258 votes.
“I want to thank those who supported the Citizen Voice 2014 candidates,” said Krebs, noting that the incumbents from that party retained their seats and a majority on the village board.
“The village will move forward, free from special interest groups and political bosses. The campaign gave us an opportunity to explain how the village is run efficiently and how our recent projects fit into our village development.
“The people of Springville have spoken with their ballots,” the mayor continued. “We will continue to govern with positive, forward-moving projects, which the people have approved in this election.”
Krebs said that, in his experience, races involving more than two people running for two seats are always close, within about five votes.
“Two years ago, we had a tie for the second seat,” he said, referring to the race in which Alan Chamberlain, a current trustee, ousted former trustee Jean Moncreiff, in a hotly contested race.
“This year’s results are very similar. I don’t find this year’s numbers surprising, given the number of candidates,” he concluded.
Skelton said that he “was very pleased with the large turnout, as it shows the care and concern of our villagers for Springville’s future.
“I am very grateful to the citizens for re-electing me to the trustee position and I will continue the forward strides that we have been making, to insure that Springville continues to be a wonderful community to live in,” Skelton concluded.
Voters also approved a proposition to increase the number of years volunteer firefighters can earn credits in the awards program, which went from 20 years-30 years. The vote was 338-116. Currently, firefighters can earn credits over 20 years, for a pension of $400 a month.
Under the increased credit program, which will go into effect next year, a firefighter could earn a pension of up to $600 a month.
The Springville board of trustees held a brief regular meeting the night before the election, on March 17.
During that meeting, Village Administrator Tim Horner amended a Nov. 18 resolution to appropriate $27,776 for a sewer repair.
When workers got into the sewer line, they discovered that more work was required than had been initially estimated, since the lines were not lining up and the soil was “like quicksand,” according to Krebs. ‘They just had to keep digging.”
Horner proposed a resolution to remove $89,328 from the unappropriated fund balance, in order to pay for those repairs.
The board also accepted a resignation from Kenneth Thiel, a dispatcher at the control center.
The next regular meeting will take place on April 7 at 7 p.m. at the village municipal building, located at 65 Franklin Street in Springville.