By Colleen Mahoney
The Village of Springville Board of Trustees rejected the only bid received for the Heritage Park project at its Monday, Aug. 8 meeting. The bid came from Nova Site in the amount of $770,000.
Keith Marquis, of Marquis Engineering, recommended the board reject the bid, said Village Administrator Liz Melock, who said the bid was more than the village appropriated for the project. The board voted to re-advertise for bids, and will open them on Sept. 2.
The board discussed the work being done at the municipal building at 65 Franklin St., which began in July. Superintendent of Public Works Kenneth Kostowniak said the Erie County Sheriff’s substation has been relocated to a temporary space in the building and most of the interior demolition has been started. The back stairs will be demolished and Kostowniak said residents will start to see “real change” in the coming weeks.
Springville Mayor William Krebs reported that the Erie County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) has discussed moving more deputies to the Springville substation and operating the Southern Tier duties from there. Krebs said the village would again reach out to the ECSO and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz for funding.
“They’re talking about using [Springville] for services outside the village,” Krebs said. “Village residents cannot pay for services outside the village.”
Krebs asked Melock to again reach out to Poloncarz and the ECSO to negotiate funding opportunities for the capital improvement projects.
Updates to the village’s fee schedule were also approved. Utility fees in the village were last updated in 2009, Krebs said.
The board was updated on vacant properties in the village, known as “zombie properties,” by Code Enforcement Officer Mike Kaleta. The village will move forward with pursuing Supreme Court action regarding the property at 134 Waverly St., which had a demolition deadline of June 20. Kaleta reported he was told an asbestos inspection was completed, but he has yet to see a report.
Village Attorney Paul Weiss said the next step in the process would be to bring the issue to the Supreme Court. The board gave Weiss authorization to send a letter declaring the property a public nuisance.
Kaleta reported that the property at 110 S. Central Ave. has been inspected and he should have that report soon. Kaleta said he didn’t think the structure would withstand another harsh winter, but believes it could be renovated if the “right person” came along.
The board voted to move forward with a Supreme Court proceeding with that property as well, but Krebs said he would like to reach out to the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corporation (BENLIC).
“We have a bank that’s walked away, an owner that walked away … who still has the deed,” Krebs said of the S. Central property. “I think we should start the process for Supreme Court action … I also think we should start a conversation with BENLIC … see if they have a contractor willing to fix it.”
In other business, the board designated the Springville Times as the Village’s official paper until April 2017. With the designation, all official public notices from the village of Springville will be found exclusively in the Springville Times.
Representatives from the Times and the Springville Herald, which have both published in Springville since the closure of the Springville Journal, spoke on behalf of their publications. Representatives from the Buffalo News and Salamanca Press also addressed the board, each saying they are considering publishing in the Springville area.
The board will next meet Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at 65 Franklin St.