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2009 Memorial Day Speech

In Special Events on May 27, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Thank you Larry.  And a sincere thanks to the VFW, The American Legion, The Auxiliary for organizing this parade and ceremony.

As I watched the audience assemble this morning, what is most impressive is the large number of children who came here on a day off from school to remember the American soldiers who died in service to their country.  One reason we have National Holidays is assure that future generations will never forget what past generations have accomplished.  And it seems that our Springville and Concord community knows this.  For every year, our children are standing five and six deep around this flag, listening and praying about in a memorial to our fallen soldiers.

And so today we memorialize the soldiers who served and sacrificed.

I think Abraham Lincoln was profound at Gettysburg PA in 1863 when he said, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” These words have become famous because they remind us that actions speak louder that words, and this is especially true of patriotism.

And I think we should not just remember famous battles as Gettysburg, and the wars our country has fought in the name of freedom.  General Norman Schwartzkopf, who led the American troops in Operation Desert Storm knew this when he said “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.”

And so what do we remember about those we memorialize today?  We remember the individual heroism of soldiers.  The heroism that motivated our soldiers to answer a call to service.  The heroism that motivated our soldiers to leave their homes and families to serve us by defending us.  The heroism that is a sense of duty.  We remember the heroism of these men and women, specifically the 56 soldiers who left their homes in Springville area, and did not return.  We remember that they gave their lives that we should continue to live happy, and productive lives,  right here in our town and village.

That sense of duty, that sense of honor, that sense of love for present and future generations is what we need to remember.  And the parade, with the waves and the applause along the way and the music from the marching bands, and the flowers, memorialize soldiers who gave their lives, and taught us how to serve and how to live.

Springville thanks all our Veterans, but today we remember those who gave their lives in service to us all.

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Electric Power Shut Down May 2

In Dept of Public Works on May 3, 2009 at 9:50 pm

The Electric Division shut down the power on Saturday morning at 6:00 AM to repair a cross section on a utility pole at the Nason Blvd Substation that carrried a 500 volt transmission line.  The only way to repair the damaged pole was to cut the power to the entire service area.  Everything went well and and the power was back on in about one hour.

When emergency shut downs must be made, the Electric Division sends a notice to the WSPQ, the police, the fire department, the hospital, and the Control Center.  Also, they notify the large retails stores and restaurants.  The Fire Department assist by directing traffic at the lighted intersections and manning the portable generators.

S Bflo Culvert Update

In Dept of Public Works, Public Safety, S Bflo St Culvert on May 2, 2009 at 10:00 pm
Relocated barricades & access to SYI

Relocated barricades & access to SYI

This week, the Erie County Highway Department  installed temporary construction site fencing around the damaged culvert on South Buffalo St.  The new fencing improves the public safety at the erosion site by replacing the orange snow fence which never was properly installed.  Also additional signage warns the public of the danger of the cave-in.    Furthermore, the County Highway Department moved the barricades on S. Buffalo St closer to the damaged culvert so that vehicles can access SYI.  After months of closing access to the hub of youth recreation in Concord and Springville, Erie County finally reopened the facility.  S. Buffalo is still open to pedestrian traffic along the east side.

This recent work by the County is welcomed, but this action addresses only some of our concerns about the damaged culvert.  We still need the culvert repaired and the street opened.  There is no question about the inconvenience the closure is causing.  We can only guess at the effects of the road failure at this culvert will have as the it continues.  Also, the lack of an effective detour causes a Village problem on our side streets and in our municipal parking lot.  Furthermore, the erosion is a threat to our water, sewer, and electric utilities.  Our DPW is currently addressing these issues, but not without a cost to the Village.  And while the County agrees to participate in future meetings about the culvert, the County has made it clear that it currently has no plan to repair it.  A meeting is scheduled next week.

Grass walk way on east side of culvert.

Grass walk way on east side of culvert.

Warning on fence at erosion.

Warning on fence at erosion.