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Group proposes Springville rink

A group that includes a Buffalo Sabres forward has approached Village of Springville officials about installing an ice rink on village property.

The Helping Individuals To Smile Foundation, led by Patrick Kaleta of the Sabres, proposes a rink near 65 Franklin St. – the site of Village Board meetings and Village Court. Known as HITS, the foundation offered to help find funds for the $200,000 to $250,000 price tag of the rink.

Mayor William Krebs announced the proposal during the Village Board meeting Monday night.

“The village is negotiating with the HITS Foundation,” the mayor said.

Parking spaces could be relocated to make room for the rink, behind the building, which also houses the Springville Police Department, Volunteer Fire Company trucks and an Erie County Sheriff’s Office substation.

Village officials plan to redesign the site and have discussed constructing a new fire garage. Unanswered questions include the rink’s size and additional funding sources.

The rink could be regulation National Hockey League size or smaller, said Timothy Horner, village administrator. Architectural and landscaping designs have yet to be resented.

“The rink is a couple of years away,” he said.

Kaleta, an Angola native who spent most of last season sidelined with a torn knee ligament, did not attend the meeting.

• The board established a committee to examine the village’s fencing laws. Bill and Melissa Huber, of Main Street, have raised concerns that their children may be injured by a neighbors’ electric fence.

• Board members also scheduled a special meeting for 7 p.m. Aug. 25 to vote on a transient merchant law requiring anyone running a temporary business, including roadside stands and garage sales, to buy a permit.

• Officials also will vote on transferring up to $120,000 from a reserve account to purchase an ambulance.

• Krebs also announced that Johanna Healy, village attorney, has resigned. She accepted a full-time position with The Hartford, an insurance company that forbids her from serving other clients.