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Improvements to Springville Municipal Building to require borrowing up to $1.7 million

Improvements to the Springville Municipal Building will be funded by borrowing up to $1.7 million.

The Village Board approved the borrowing Tuesday to pay for enhancements to the Springville Volunteer Fire Department’s garage, the Police Department’s office and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office substation at 65 Franklin St.

Officials hope to obtain financial assistance to repay the amount borrowed.

“We are seeking financial assistance from Erie County and New York State,” Mayor William J. Krebs said.

Board members also finalized a contract with Computel Consultants to let the company examine bills for cable television, telephone service and natural gas. If the village has been overcharged, it will pay the company 40 percent of the amount it receives in reimbursement.

The board also contracted with Clinton Brown Company Architecture to apply for state grants to help property owners on Main Street from Carolina to South Buffalo streets pay for enhancements.

Buildings at least 50 years old are eligible for state grants that fund projects such as roof replacement.

“We’re seeking grants to get more properties on the national registry to let more homeowners take advantage of grants,” Krebs said.

Properties on the State and National Registers of Historic Places have been deemed historically or architecturally significant. The board also applied to the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council for technical assistance to convince business owners to develop commercially zoned properties.

Unlike other villages, Springville has undeveloped properties on 24 percent of its land, Krebs said. If the village receives the assistance, an expert will help village officials develop a plan to advertise vacant properties.