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Springville village economic development plan moving along

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Village Board of Trustees held a work session, prior to its Aug. 12 meeting, to review the economic development and improvement plan first presented at its previous meeting.

Springville Mayor Bill Krebs has been working on several parts of the plan, and briefed the trustees on the progress he has made, on those projects.

The village has retained TVGA to act as the project manager on the revision of the existing master plan, which Krebs said should take six months or longer.

“We will work with the board and citizen’s group to update the plan. I would like to see it finished in six months or so, but it’s going to take some time to make sure it’s as detailed and complete as we possibly can,” Krebs explained.

The first step of the process is getting a completed contract from TVGA, after which the revision will begin.

“People have volunteered to work on revising the present plan,” Krebs added. “We will revise or add new initiatives as it applies to the economic development we want to undertake.”

John Lutz from Joy Kuebler Landscape Architects walked the village with Krebs and Village Administrator Tim Horner, to see what needed to be done in the areas of streetscaping. He will propose a master plan for streetscaping, with funding for the planning and implementation coming from the New York State Department of Transportation Transportation Enhance Program.

Deputy Erie County Executive Richard Tobe was scheduled to visit the site of the Pop Warner rail trail, to get more information about the necessary rail banking, to move the process forward.

Krebs reported that the village has asked Erie County to support the rail banking process, which would give the village site control of the railroad right-of-way, within the village.

The New York Main Street grants are underway, with 12 projects’ having been approved by New York’s State Historic Preservation Office.

Three projects are still finalizing their plans and working with Alma Brown to more closely define their scope of work. Three have been submitted to SHPO and nine were expected to come in, this week.

The pocket park, located at the corner of Mechanic and Main streets, has been approved to bid, as well. Krebs said Joy Kuebler Landscape Architects has been approved as the project manager for that site, and that he expected construction to begin at that park in September or October.

Dave Batterson, Concord town historian, also reported that the clock project, which will install a clock in that park, has raised $26,000 of he necessary $40,000 to place the structure. The village will take care of the anchoring and electric aspects of the project. Batterson said that he expects the clock to be installed by Christmas.

Krebs met with representatives from the Springville Center for the Arts, which reported that construction at its 37 North Buffalo St. property is waiting for New York state approval on masonry, roof repairs and asbestos abatement. The SCA is also applying for building permits with the village.

The SCA’s 5 East Main St. property is also waiting for asbestos abatement approval and the next step in that process will be the internal demolition of the building.

“They are moving along as fast as they are able to, with the process,” Krebs reported. “As a SHPO project, they need approval to get that work done, which is a necessary process.”

The village accepted a $20,900 bid from D&H Excavating to repair a sewer line on Waverly Avenue.

The Springville-Griffith Institute Pop Warner parade will take place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27. The next board meeting is Sept. 16.

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