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Springville acquires properties for streetscape project

The Village of Springville has acquired properties near the Municipal Building for picnics and festivals as part of its streetscape project.

Village Board members authorized transferring $185,000 from its savings to the general fund to purchase four properties from Dr. Timothy Siepel last week.

Mayor William Krebs expressed relief that the transaction has been finalized.

“The village has been negotiating with him for a long time,” he said.

Officials plan to use the properties at Factory and Franklin streets for the village streetscape project’s second phase.

Streetscape plans also include moving the Skateplex skateboarding facility closer to the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord and reducing its size.

In another matter, the board ended its development agreement with the Springville Center for the Arts for a building the organization has been renovating at 5 E. Main St.

The arts center received $444,810 in grants to refurbish the structure in 2012 and formed a temporary development agreement with the village government. Now that the center has made progress on the building, village officials no longer need the partnership.

Concluding the agreement declares the arts center as the property’s sole owner. If the board had not terminated the agreement, the village would own the property.

Board members also approved providing workers’ compensation to emergency responders who become injured while helping at incidents outside the village.

When other fire departments or rescue squads request mutual aid, emergency responders who sustain injuries are covered.

Until now, if volunteer firefighters or emergency medical technicians encountered an emergency outside the village and suffered an injury, they would not be covered.

The board also named Kenneth Kostowniak, public works superintendent, as a delegate to the Springville Municipal Electric Utility Association for a year.

Instead of meeting twice a month as usual, the Village Board meets only once in July and August. Next month, the board will meet Aug. 10.