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Springville’s trash program is Waste Management’s treasure

SPRINGVILLE — The village of Springville has been generating less trash lately, according to the Village of Springville Board of Trustees, which accepted a new garbage collection contract at its May 6 meeting.

In keeping with national trends, Springville residents have been dumping less trash and more recycling, which Village Trustee Gerald Lohrey said he credits to the sticker program.

“They entice people to recycle and we don’t have to pay people, to haul as much away,” he said, of the stickers.

Springville Mayor William Krebs said that, nationwide, people are throwing away less garbage, which translates into less dumping into landfills. In turn, that could mean the trucks have to make fewer runs, to get rid of their loads.

“It seems that the recycling program is working,” he said. “The numbers are way down.”

Village Administrator Tim Horner collected bids for the new contract, to replace the current one, that expires on May 31.

“We really didn’t know what to expect,” he said, of the bids that came in. “All three [bids] came in at less than the current price, which was nice to see.” Horner noted that the current contract was adjusted for rising fuel costs, which meant the price had to adjust for the loss in fuel prices.

Horner also noted that he subtracted the two scheduled collections of large or hazardous material, that had taken place behind the muncipal building, twice a year.

“The turnout was very low [at those events],” Horner added. “We removed it from the bid and can explore [other options] at a later date, once we have more information.”

Krebs agreed that the participation in those two collections was low, but added that he thought the village officials should look into other ways to dispose of items such as tires, paint cans and other trash, that cannot be put into the regular rotation.

“There are a number of ways to do it,” he said.

Trustee Nils Wikman agreed, adding that some local businesses, such as tire stores and places that sell paint, may accept used items. “We should explore where to take those things. We don’t want tires just tossed into the crick.”

The village board accepted the bid from Waste Management that will cost $178,125 for the first year, $181,687 for the second year and $185,312 for the third year. The current contract, which will expire at the end of this month, costs $187,500.

The insurance consulting contract was awarded to Holfoth Risk Management; a division of Aldrich & Cox, Inc., the same firm the village as been using since 1987. Jim Hood Jr. is the village’s consultant.

“We are hiring an insurance contractor to advise us on liability insurance,” Krebs said. “It covers everything from the actions of village employees to the DPW, under an umbrella. Most villages do hire consultants, for the complex liability exposure they have.”

Horner added that this firm has worked closely with the village, to meet its insurance needs.

“They negotiate on our behalf and have been very important in keeping our costs down and making sure we are insured properly.”

The firm submitted two contracts: one for a single year and one for three years, a new option. The three-year contract increases in price by 4.4 percent, each year, which Horner called “a reasonable increase.”

“There is a savings [over the one-year contract] and requires only a 90-day written notice, to get out of it. It doesn’t tie us into anything,” he noted.

The trustees accepted the contract from Holfoth, for three years.

In other board matters:
– Horner reported that the village will recycle surplus phone and computer equipment that has been found to have no monetary value, at no cost to the village.

– Superintendent Karl Lux submitted Thomas Mattern, an employee of the Department of Public Works Electric Division, for appointment as leadman, effective May 6. The board approved the appointment.

– The DPW Streets Division requested approval to utilize the New York state piggyback procedure to purchase a new, unused 2014 Freightliner 108SD Single Axle cab and chassis. The piggyback procedure allows the village to utilize another community’s low bid for the item, without going to public bid. The cost for the vehicle is $83,578, which is less than the $85,000 that had been budgeted. The board approved the motion.

– Lux and Mattern were approved to attend the Western Regional Meeting of the Municipal Electric Utilities. That conference takes place in Fairport, N.Y. on June 11.

– Police Chief John Fox reported that the village fleet will provide road patrols for the Springville Stampede, the Pageant of Bands, Memorial Day parade and the Dairy Fest.

– A committee was formed to investigate the possibility of establishing a local law to regulate transient sales, in the village.

“These are temporary sales, that set up in local parking lots, to sell used cars, for example,” Krebs explained. “There are numerous examples of laws, in other municipalities.”

Terry Skelton and Wikman, along with Village Attorney Johanna Healy, were appointed to that committee.

Trustee Alan Chamberlin reported that the Spring Art Crawl, held on May 4, was “a huge, huge success.” More than 1,000 people, from Western New York and surrounding areas, came to the Main Street business district to look at art, from approximately 72 artists, that was displayed in 24 businesses.

He also invited local families, youth groups and other organizations to participate in the first Clean-Up Day, to be held in the village on May 8. Groups will meet in the municipal building at 10 a.m. and be split up, to cover all areas of the village. An ice cream social will follow, back at the parking lot.

“The Christian Youth Corps is organizing this event, which is the first event to kick off the Springville Property Rehabilitation Project,” Krebs added. “Waste Management will be here, for their special pick-up, in the parking lot. We’ve got a good number of groups, including one coming down from St. Bonaventure [University]. It should be a great event.”

Wikman commended the Springville Area Chamber of Commerce for hosting its annual gala on April 27.

“It was a great event. There’s a lot of great things going on, in Springville,” he said, of the gala. “Lots of good things.”

Wikman also requested that Springville Youth Incorporated be allowed to donate gravel to the village, that will be removed, during its playground renovation.

“If we could donate it and the village could use it, it’d be a great way to help each other,” he explained. “We’d rather not just make a big pile of it for kids to throw around.”

The board agreed to enter into that agreement.

The next Village of Springville Board of Trustees meeting will take place at the municipal building on May 20 at 7 p.m.

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