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Property owners on 4 Springville streets eligible for tax credits

A state grant will allow property owners on four streets Springville to receive tax credits.

The Village Board accepted a $5,000 grant from the state Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation on Monday night.

Property owners on East Main Street, Childs Street, Prospect Avenue and Elk Street may use the grant to improve their properties.

“The advantage to homeowners is that if they are in this district, they qualify for tax credits,” said Mayor William Krebs.

Dollar amounts depend on the type of projects.

Board members also nominated the house at 26 W. Main St. for the Buffalo Erie Niagara Land Improvement Corp. to purchase.

Also known as the “land bank,” the nonprofit organization buys properties that have at least two years of unpaid taxes and sells them to a developer or municipality.

“That’s a way to address blight,” Krebs said.

The board also approved applications for projects funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant.

Officials plan to use the CDBG for the $250,588 water main reconstruction on Church and Franklin streets.

They also expect to spend CDBG money on the Rural Transit Service, a van that provides transportation for senior citizens.

Board members also authorized the Springville Volunteer Fire Department to buy an ambulance for $122,800 from North Eastern Rescue Vehicles in Syracuse.

The board also appointed Richard Smith as a part-time dispatcher in the emergency control center. He will begin training immediately.