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Upgrade approved for electricity system in Springville

Springville’s electricity system will receive an upgrade in the next year.

Village Board members approved a $225,000 contract with CRA Infrastructure & Engineering, a division of Conestoga-Rovers & Associates, to engineer Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, a computerized system that activates a generator during heavy use.

The firm plans to complete the engineering in 10 months.

Upgrading the “antiquated” system will help during extremely cold weather, said Mayor William J. Krebs.

Officials also provided an update about the streetscape project on Franklin and Mechanic streets. They expect the sidewalks to be finished in about three weeks. After they are completed, the sidewalks will display signs directing pedestrians.

The board also appointed Ronald L. Kenyon as a police officer and Russell J. Judson as a part-time dispatcher in the control center.

Kenyon plans to retire from his post as a captain in the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Board members also tabled a proposal to provide workers’ compensation to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians who respond to incidents outside the village.

If a volunteer drives past an emergency situation, responds and becomes injured, there is no coverage. “If they’re on vacation or traveling somewhere and they respond, they can be covered,” Krebs said.

In another matter, the board authorized an application for a state grant that would help the village purchase the land next to the Municipal Building at 65 Franklin St. for the streetscape’s next phase, which will include an area for picnics and festivals.

The approximately $100,000 grant would come from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Village officials expect to learn the outcome of the grant application in late autumn.

Officials also announced a change to the board’s meeting schedule for July and August. The board will meet once in each month, July 13 and Aug. 10. Board members normally meet on the first and third Mondays of each month.