The Village of Springville will begin posting and publishing violations to village property codes, Village Administrator Tim Horner said this week.
Of 128 distressed properties, 56 percent were identified as maintenance violators and will be the village’s first targets in the new wave of increased pressure on residents to keep properties up to code. Three other types of violations to be tackled are: unpaid taxes, vacant properties and visual clutter or hoarding. Code Enforcement Officer Michael Kaleta and Horner will tackle the list 10 properties at a time, he said. Offenders will receive a warning letter and limited time for remediation before their properties are posted with violations and their names are sent to local newspapers.
The administrator also noted that the amount of unpaid taxes is increasing each year, reducing village revenue. The owners of 74 parcels failed to pay a total of $81,000 in property taxes this year, representing 5 percent of total village property tax revenue. That compares with 62 parcels and $61,000 in unpaid taxes for 2006.
In other matters, the Village Board officially named the parcel at the corner of Main and Mechanic streets, M&T Bank Park. Other names recently bandied about for the green space in front of the bank were Pocket Park or the Community Clock Park. Mayor William Krebs said he did some research into that parcel’s history before a name was chosen.
“In 2002, when this idea began, the local M&T branch manager was the Chamber (of Commerce) president and made the donation of land from M&T to create a public park,” Krebs said.
He noted that the bank donated more land recently to extend the green space north along Mechanic Street and also helped support the Boys and Girls Club and the new Center for the Arts being developed in the Village.
M&T’s history in Springville dates back to 1946 when it bought the Farmers National Bank on Main Street. A clock once stood in front of that bank but was sold years ago. A new clock has been purchased by the Historical Society through donations and will be unveiled 11 a.m., Dec. 7.