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Village board eases concerns of proposed East Hill District

SPRINGVILLE—The conceptual development of an ice skating rink behind 65 Franklin St. is progressing, Mayor William Krebs said at the Aug. 11 Springville village board meeting.

The ice rink, was proposed by the Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC firm during a walk-through of the Erie County Smart Growth Grant program. The proposed site is behind the Municipal Building, next to the current skate park.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the use of the space,” Krebs said at the board meeting. “It will serve the village and the greater community.”

Krebs explained that the outdoor rink has the potential to serve in other capacities during the “off-season,” including crafts shows and other festivals. The design includes a regulation-sized outdoor rink, locker rooms and picnic shelters, according to board members, it’s also only in the planning stages.

“We want the public to know that what we’re working on is conceptual,” Krebs said. “There will be more details as we move closer to this.”

The board also discussed the proposed expansion of the historic district, which will include the residencies in the East Hill district, at the request of Al Wolki.

Wolki is a resident of the East Hill district, which runs from the stretch of Main Street from Pearl Street to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, expressed his concern with the restrictions of the National Register of Historic Places. Wolki addressed the board during the public comment period and asked if the grant goes through, would it place restrictions on the renovations he has planned for his property.

“How will that affect the specific homeowners in that district, will it put restrictions on what I can do to my house, will I have to go through extra things to make changes to my house?” Wolki asked.

Krebs explained that the East Hill district, which encompasses 65 properties, would not be subject to conforming restrictions like other places on the National Register of Historic Places.

“It will not put restrictions on what you can do, but it will allow you to apply for tax credits, if you so desire,” Krebs said. The tax credits would be available for residents who do choose to renovate their houses according to the guidelines for historic preservation of the National Register.

“You would qualify [for the tax credits] if the improvements qualify for the National Register of Historic Places,” Krebs said. “If you decide that wasn’t for you, you just wouldn’t apply for it and your property would be subject to New York state codes like anyone else.”

Krebs further explained that reason behind the board pursuing the historic district is so that residents of that area have the opportunity to take advantage of the tax credits.

Concerns with the congregation of youths in Shuttleworth Park were discussed after a resident filed a complaint with village administrator Tim Horner. The resident, according to Horner, addressed the youths one evening and later found his car to have been vandalized.

“They have a right to assemble in the park,” Krebs said. “But they don’t have the right to vandalize and bully.”

Although this is nothing new, according to Krebs, he asked police chief John Fox to remind the patrol of the village loitering codes.

Krebs explained that the village has loitering codes, but the language may not be specific enough and agreed to look into it.

In other board matters:

–The board scheduled two public hearing for Aug. 25. The first hearing will be for the purchase of a new ambulance for the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, at 7 p.m. and the second will be for the village Transient Merchant Law, at 7:10 p.m.

–The resignation of village attorney Johanna Healy was accepted “with regret” at the meeting. Krebs said Healy had the opportunity to move on and the board is “sad to see her go.”

The next Springville village board meeting will be Aug. 25 at the Municipal Building, located at 65 Franklin St. It will follow the public hearings set for 7 and 7:10 p.m.


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