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Springville streetscape project gets $325,000 block grant

Springville has received a $325,000 grant for the second phase of a streetscape project on Factory and Franklin streets.

Village Board members announced during a meeting Monday night that Erie County officials had informed them that the village has been approved for a Community Development Block Grant for which it applied earlier in the year.

“We’ll use it for the development of the village center,” said Mayor William J. Krebs.

The project includes constructing a new parking lot behind the Municipal Building at 65 Franklin St. and creating picnic areas near the building.

As part of the project, the Springville SkatePlex, a skateboarding facility, will be moved closer to the Hulbert Library of the Town of Concord. A donated 30-foot-wide gazebo has been placed behind the building and may be used for weddings, theatrical performances and other functions.

The funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the county Department of Environment and Planning.

In another matter, officials agreed to mail surveys to residents with the utility bills asking whether the village should allow small outdoor animals such as chickens, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits and goats.

Board members discussed the possible law change because one resident complained about another’s chickens. The village forbids outdoor animals but allows each home to have up to six indoor animals.

“Before we look at the possibilities of amending the law, we should see if there is interest,” Krebs said.

Three farms in the village are exempt from the law because they were grandfathered in.

Officials expect to mail the surveys in October and receive responses from residents in November.

The board will meet only once in September. Board members usually meet on the first and third Monday nights of each month, but the schedule was changed because of Labor Day.

The normal schedule will resume in October.