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ICE CREAM TRUCK DRAWS BOARD ACTION

The Springville Village Board on Monday night put the brakes on an ice cream truck that triggered complaints that it impeded traffic.

The board targeted Aunt Bee's Famous Ice Cream, operators of a musical ice cream truck that has been operating without a permit since the beginning of April, officials said.

Officials said complaints stem from slow-moving traffic behind the ice cream truck and its frequent stops.

Mayor Gary Eppolito said Aunt Bee's is owned by Anthony Schiraldi of Clarence, who applied for a six-month permit on April 29.

In response, the board granted a probationary license with stipulations that the truck does not interfere with village traffic.

"This is a nice, hometown-type business, but he should have waited for a permit before he began operating," Eppolito said.

Aunt Bee's has held permits in Buffalo, Cheektowaga and Wheatfield, officials said.

On another issue, Springville officials agreed to support efforts to hire a full-time recreation director for Springville Youth Incorporated (SYI).

Eppolito, who has held a position on the group's board for the past 12 years, said the position is necessary for several reasons.

"We continue to see an increase in recreational programs used by not just Springville and Concord residents. It is becoming a regional program, and the part-time employees are just not enough anymore," he said.

Officials agreed to send a formal letter of support to the Concord Town Board.

The board also:

Announced that the wading pool on Central Avenue will open on June 21. The pool closes on Labor Day.

Awarded ABP Concrete Construction contracts for sidewalk projects on West Main Street, South Central Avenue, Colonial Drive and Church Street.

Approved a $4.24 increase in the water rate for owners of vacant lots.

Held a discussion on the pool house, which is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Eppolito said restrooms are the main concern, and a shortage of funding makes improvements unlikely anytime soon.

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