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Follow Springville’s Lead – Time for South Towns to Support Rail Trail

In Board of Trustees, Dept of Public Works, Planning, Zoning, Historic Preservation, Code Enforcement on December 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

This past week a Buffalo News Editorial supported the development of B&P rail corridor into a multiuse trail.  The Editorial referred to the opening of the Springville section — the 1.8 mile Springville Pop Warner Rail Trail — as the proof that a rail trail is the proper use of the “abandoned” 27 mile rail line that runs from Orchard Park to the Town of Ashford.

Springville opened its trail because it had community financial support, village government support, and a right-of-entry agreement with the B&P.  Currently the B&P is negotiating a “railBanking” agreement with Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail, a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation and reuse of the 27 mile corridor.  Negotiations are moving ahead, with both parties committed to executing a contract.

With these developments, it is time for the Town of Concord, the Town of Colden, the Town of Aurora, the Town of Orchard Park and the Village of Orchard Park to move forward with plans of developing a multiuse trail.

It takes time to plan the design and use regulations of a proposed trail.  It takes time to secure the funding for construction, and to amend local code for maintenance and enforcement.  Public input meetings are crucial.  On site visits to mitigate concerns of safety and invasion of privacy are necessary.  So beginning the process now would be a prudent step in the right direction.

Springville formed committees to investigate the feasibility of a rail trail.  Its trustee acted on a resolution to support the railbanking process.  It formed the Springville Rail Trail Steering Committee to make recommendations to the Board of Trustees and collaborate with ECRT.  Public events were held to gain information on how the public would use the trail and what designs might work the best. All this planning happened years before the right-of-entry contract was finally signed and financing and construction could begin.

Springville began the trail initiative in 2009 and the trail opened in 2016 — that’s 7 years — and we beat the average length of time for trail development which is about 15 years.

Southtowns communities should begin their planning now.  It is the right thing to do.  The preservation and reuse of the corridor for recreational use will enhance their own communities as well as all of Erie County.  Careful and open planning of this worthy 21st century project will mitigate fears of change.

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Fire, Police Facility Expands on Franklin

In Board of Trustees, Public Safety on July 26, 2016 at 2:27 pm

franklin st sub stationsThe Public Safety Building at 65 Franklin will soon get a major overhaul.

Three fire truck bays will be added.  The Police and Sheriff facilities will be remodeled. And there will be additional office space for Court services.

The fire fighting and EMT equipment have already been temporarily moved out of the building.  Police service space will be relocated as the construction begins inside the building.  By late fall, the three bay expansion will be made weather proof as the interior work continues through the winter.

This much needed renovation is needed to provide fire and police services to our Village. The plan was developed in conjunction with the Springville Volunteer Fire Department, the Erie County Sheriff, and the Springville Village Police.

The Springville Court functions, the Police and Sheriff operations, the Control Center dispatching, and the Village public meetings will continue through the construction.  Vehicle and Pedestrian access to the building will be clearly designated by signage.

Springville Rail Trail Opens Next Month

In Board of Trustees, Dept of Public Works, Uncategorized on July 26, 2016 at 12:36 pm

The Springville ‘Pop Warner’ Rail Trail will open this August.  Much of the construction work this summer has been to develop the trail from Waverly to West Main Street.  The Springville Community Foundation grant of $12,000 was use by the Village DPW to purchase benches, picnic tables, trees, and signage  to transform the discontinued rail road right of way into a multiuse trail.

As you walk on the trail, you will find the surface from Waverly to West Main St is rolled asphalt millings.  The rest of the trail in the Village is the compressed rail bed with just some ballast left behind from the demo work of the B&P RR.

Presently, the Village is waiting for NYSDOT approval of the cross walk across West Main which is route 39.  Regulatory signage will be installed soon.

The Pop Warner Steering Committee and the Village is planning a ribbon cutting ceremony in September.  The Springville trail will be the first secton of rail trail on the 27 mile discontinued rail line.  ECRT is close to gaining ownership of the entire section through the Federal rail banking process.20160607_104730.jpg

Welcome Senior Housing

In Board of Trustees on January 5, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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People Inc. is building a 42 unit senior housing complex at 276 Waverly.  The $6 million project is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The complex provides a safe and modern living community for seniors 62 years of age and older who meet the federally mandated income guidelines.  The local senior advocacy group SCENe  advocated for the development, and Village board approvals facilitated the timely development of this project.   Unlike many of the 16 Villages in Erie County,  Springville has much undeveloped space within its Village limits.

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People Inc. is constructing this state-of-the-art senior living complex on Waverly Street.

Ribbon Cutting at S Buffalo St Drop Structure!

In Board of Trustees, Dept of Public Works, S Bflo St Culvert, Uncategorized on November 28, 2010 at 6:40 pm


Federal Grant, Erie County Agreement, Village Contract Gets The Job Done

Just seven months ago, the Village of Springville was facing a nagging problem here at the South Buffalo Street drop structure-culvert.  There was a threat to public safety and to our Village streets with the detour of the north-south traffic. There was a significant threat to the Village water, sewer, and electric infrastructure.  And with budgetary constrains, there seemed to be little hope that for a long term repair by the County.  It was a frustrating problem.  But some creative cooperation and thinking among three levels of government solved the problem no one level of government could solve itself.

Today, we celebrate an intermunicipal agreements and contracts among three level of governments: The Village of  Springville, Erie County, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Through these agreements, Cold Springs Construction Company completed emergency repairs of the South Buffalo Street drop structure-culvert assembly which allowed Erie Country to reopen South Buffalo Street, a main north south thoroughfare in our Village.

Many thanks to everyone involved.  First and foremost is Erie County Legislature John Mills. John interceded for the Village in the County Government during negotiations which resulted in the agreements which secured the county’s share of the matching funds for the NCRS grant, and permitted the Village to contract for repairs of this county road.

Secondly Mr. John Whitney of the NCRS who worked very closely with the Village on the three phase comprehensive stream bank stabilization project along Spring Brook in the Village of Springville.  The total NCRS grant for this work in the Village is $3,000,000.  The drop-structure-culvert assembly phase was $1,300,000, the stream bank stabilization through the SYI grounds was $600,000, and the stream bank stabilization at the Waste Water Treatment Plant was $1,100,000.

Also I must give a tremendous thanks to our management team of Tim Horner, Karl Lux, and Audrey Seeley, whose accounting, engineering, and legal expertise successfully negotiated these much needed infrastructure improvements in our Village.  There is no better example of the efficiency and effectiveness of the administrative form of Village government than how the Village of Springville mobilized itself with this professional team to secure these intermunicipal agreements and contract, and complete these improvements in a period of just six months.

And finally, a special thanks to the Cold Springs Construction Company.  They provided a much need service to our Village as it was completing the 219 extension project at the west end of our Village.  The crew was attentive to our needs, making sure the SYI summer recreation program went ahead as scheduled.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this unique intermunicipal natural resource and infrastructure project.

Why Am I Mayor? A Presentation to Seventh Graders

In Board of Trustees on November 27, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Click the link below to see the power point presentation I used to explain to Seventh Graders at the GI Middle School what I do as Mayor.

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Veteran’s Day Speech 2010

In Board of Trustees on November 11, 2010 at 7:10 pm

On behalf of all the residents of the Village of Springville, I wish to thank all the Veterans here today, all the local Veterans who could not attend today, and all our local sons and daughters presently serving in the military.

As mayor I thank you for this invitation to speak on Veteran’s Day.  I welcome the invitation to this ceremony and the Memorial Day ceremony because on these days I am asked to speak about character and virtue, and not about financial, legal, or political matters facing the Village.

Today I am here to thank you and all Veterans for your noble service and to remind us all that our Village, our Town, our Country is a far better place because of you.

This morning, as we look around at these monuments to Veterans here in Shuttleworth Park, we are reminded of how your service has guaranteed our country’s freedom and well being in our lifetime.  The recent history of our country is told here in Shuttleworth Park. It is a history of service by Springville and Concord men and women.  It is a history of moral courage by Town and Village residents.

You have made a difference in the world because of your moral courage and service to our country, and that is no small matter.  General George Patton, who became famous for expecting his soldiers to have moral courage, knew this when he said “Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.”

And so we celebrate your moral courage precisely because it is not a virtue we witness every day. In our day to day affairs we sometimes forget that the heroism and the sense of duty which motivated you and all Veterans in their military service is absolutely necessary for the sustainability of our Country, of our Town, and of our Village.  And I would even say of our own personal happiness.

Abraham Lincoln, who I believe demonstrated the greatest moral courage and leadership as President, and who by the way was elected 150 years ago this month, said “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” And it is the service to others, the service to our country, that counts the most in our lives, in our years on earth.

And so, I want to thank you all not only for your selfless service in the military, but for inspiring us all to live better lives in service to our community.  I believe that we should celebrate Veterans Day every day is by following your example.

Thank you for your courage, your service, and your example.

Shredd & Ragan Proclamation

In Board of Trustees, Special Events on October 22, 2010 at 8:09 am

WEDG-FM 103.3 Week in Springville NY

Whereas,  WEDG-FM 103.3 entertains Western New York with popular radio programming, and

Whereas, the Shredd and Ragan Show provides information about recent news, sporting, and cultural events in Western New York, and

Whereas, the Shredd and Ragan Show serves as a public forum for expression and opinion for Western New York residents, and

Whereas, the Shredd and Ragan Show has been broadcast since 1994, and

Whereas, The Shredd and Ragan Show provides comic relief to stresses in everyday affairs, and

Whereas, the Shredd and Ragan Ten Town Tour, introduces the Western New York audience to the cultural, commercial, and historical aspects of Western New York towns and villages, and

Whereas, the Shredd and Ragan Ten Town Tour is broadcasting in Springville on Thursday October 21, 2010, and

Whereas, The Village government, Village businesses and Village cultural organizations welcome the larger Western New York audience, now therefore be it

Resolved that the week of October 17, 2010 is WEDG-FM 103.3 week in the Village of Springville, and be it further

Resolved that the Shredd and Ragan Ten Town Tour be welcomed to the Village of Springville with the same sincerity and comedic spirit shown by Ted Shredd, Tom Ragan, Jim Jacka, Josh Potter, and  James

Downsizing, Dissolution, and Rome’s Triumvirates

In Board of Trustees on December 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm

The Buffalo News published my opinion piece about downsizing government and dissolution of Village government.  These proposals are popular at both the State level and in Erie County.  Springville’s elected official’s main concern about these and other proposals at the State, County, and Town level is always about the impact on our Village services and quality of life.

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Down Sizing fan – Wrong Medicine

By Bill Krebs

December 12, 2009, 7:09 AM / 2 comments

The passage of New York State’s Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act this past June, and the recent referendums on downsizing town governments, are signs that some people think that representative democracy does not work. As the Village of Springville mayor, my question is how will downsizing, consolidation and dissolution effect meaningful improvement in the quality of life for me and my neighbors. My guess is that they will not.

There is great irony that the movement in Erie County to downsize town boards to three councilmen is happening at the same time Western New Yorkers fault the Albany decision-making process involving the governor and legislative leaders, dubbed “Three Men in a Room.” History lessons taught me that the Triumvirates of Rome served a political purpose, but I don’t think it included putting money into the togas of ordinary citizens. When political power has been concentrated into the hands of few, the actual result has rarely been immediate improvement of the citizenry.

Kevin Gaughan jumped on this bandwagon a few years ago. I’ve heard him say he wants to stop the “hemorrhage” of money, jobs and population from Western New York. His plan was to downsize town representation. Now, he wants to dissolve 16 villages. His bandwagon appeal is popular. The quick fix is on.

Too bad we’ve lost sight of the problem. Too bad more taxpayer money is spent funding government at the county, state and federal levels than at the local level. Too bad the state has shifted political reform away from itself and onto local governments. Too bad we have forgotten that historical and economic forces caused the loss of money, jobs and people from Erie County. Too bad that downsizing, consolidation and dissolution will not fix the ills caused by economic forces and poor state leadership.

Shifting the blame onto local governments was certainly easy to do. In a similar way, local town residents who have successfully petitioned to shrink their representation can boast that they did something to shrink the cost of government.

Meanwhile, the real problems have not been addressed, and representation at the most efficient level of government is threatened. The goal of village elected officials is simple and altruistic: to ensure services to our village. Our greatest frustrations come from problems we have no control over — not only the economic and historical trends, but the actions of the layers of government far removed from our streets.

Downsizing, consolidation and dissolution have become emotional slogans rather than effective solutions to governance problems. I think my neighbors and I should continue to keep watch over our own public services with the representation our village affords us.

Bill Krebs is mayor of the Village of Springville.

Rails to Trails Resolution

In Board of Trustees, Planning, Zoning, Historic Preservation, Code Enforcement, Public Safety on November 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

The rails have been salvaged by the railroad and there is renewed interest in rail right-of-way through Springville.  Currently the right-of-way is still owned by the railroad, but  NYS is considering landbanking the 27 mile right of way.  Below is the resolution passed by The Village of Springville Board of Trustees earlier this year.  After lengthy discussion and research, Springville Trustees believe that the best course of action is to convert this abandoned transportation right of way to a recreational green space to enhance the quality of life and increase commerce in Springville.  We look forward to participating in the planning process to ensure the transformation benfits  the residents of Springville.

Village of Springville, NY

Resolution in Support of the Conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway

to a Pedestrian Trail

 

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to support existing businesses and encourage positive economic revitalization and expansion, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to encourage beneficial employment opportunities and residential growth, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to provide healthy activities for youth and positive recreational opportunities for all age groups, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to encourage and support cultural opportunities and civic involvement, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to preserve and enhance its historic characteristics, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to expand opportunities for visitors through tourism, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is promote its quality education and health care opportunities to its residents and businesses, and

WHEREAS, a goal of the Village of Springville is to link community assets to regional skiing, fishing, and other recreational opportunities in Erie and Cattaraugus counties, and

WHEREAS, the West End Business District is an Historic Preservation District through which the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way passes, and

WHEREAS, the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way to a pedestrian trail in Springville will promote the growth of regional tourism by making Springville a tourist destination point as a trailhead along the pedestrian trail, and

WHEREAS, the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way to a pedestrian trail in Springville will connect Village tourists to other points of recreation including parks, schools, and historic places within and outside the Village limits, and

WHEREAS, the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way to a pedestrian trail in Springville will transform an abandoned industrial transportation corridor to a landscaped, patrolled recreational green space within the Village, and

WHEREAS, the Village of Springville Erie-Cattaraugus Rails to Trails Investigating Committee, after examination of documents supporting and opposing the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right-of-way to a pedestrian trail in Springville, concluded that the economic benefits of the conversion within the Village surpass the financial burden to the Village, and

WHEREAS, the large number of road crossings and the available access through commercial and residential properties within the Village of Springville allow for easy access to the right-of-way and mitigate public safety risk along the proposed trail, and

WHEREAS, New York State Department of Parks and Recreation is considering a proposal to land bank and take title to the 27 mile Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway right of way from Orchard Park to West Valley, and

WHEREAS, Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. with New York State will provide the planning and financing to construct the trail within the Village of Springville and include a review process with the Village of Springville Board of Trustees, the Village of Springville Planning Board, and the Village of Springville Historic Preservation Commission, and

WHEREAS, Erie Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. will communicate with owners of properties within the Village of Springville contiguous to the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railway right-of-way and mitigate privacy, safety, and nuisance problems, and

WHEREAS, Erie-Cattaraugus Rail Trail Inc. will provide for maintenance and patrol during the operation of the trail within the Village of Springville, and

WHEREAS, Erie County and New York State will cooperatively establish and maintain safe county road and state highway cross walks on the trail within the Village of Springville, and

WHEREAS, recreational motor vehicles and snowmobiles may be prohibited from operation or otherwise restricted on the trail within the Village of Springville as approved by the Village of Springville Board of Trustees, and

NOW BE IT RESOLVED:  The Village of Springville Board of Trustees supports the Village’s participation in the conversion of the Buffalo-Pittsburg Railway to a pedestrian trail.

Adopted this _________day of ___________ 2009 by:

The Village of Springville Board of Trustees.

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William J.  Krebs, Mayor                                              Date