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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.


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.

___________________________________              ____________

William J.  Krebs, Mayor                                              Date

Springville Storm Damage

In Dept of Public Works, Public Safety on August 11, 2009 at 4:41 pm



Springville residents have  reacted quickly and cooperatively to clean up after the recent storms.  The Springville DPW, Fire Department, Police Department, and Control Center worked around the clock provide for public safety and get the Village open.  After the intial damage to the electric services, the Electric Division restored power to all Village services within 24 hours.

Residents will remember this storm for years for its damaging winds that toppled tall old maples and torrential rains that flooded our streets and cellars.  A special thanks for the cooperation residents showed in providing for public safety during the crisis.

Below is a brief  description of Village infrastructure and services during and after the storms.

The Storm

A severe thunderstorm with high winds hit Springville at approximately 1400 Aug 9, 2009 damaging and blowing down many trees (especially mature hardwoods) and causing property damage to dwellings, automobiles, accessory use structures.  At approximately 0100 Aug 10, more thunder storms produced torrential rains which caused flooding and many emergency calls to the Control Center.  A State of Emergency was declared at 0215 on Aug 10.  The travel ban was lifted at 1130 Aug 10 after the flooding subsided and the DPW Streets Division cleared the streets of debris.  The Village State of Emergency continues.  Erie County Executive declared Erie County in the State of Emergency at approximately 1700 Aug 10.  Gov Patterson declared Erie, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties disaster areas on Aug 10.


At 0200 on Aug 10, the following streets were flooded: Glenn Street,Chestnut St,Eaton from Winsmith to N Buffalo,Smith St,N Buffalo from the High School to Main St,Maple St,W Main at RiteAid.

Fire Dept : Assisted in numerous calls for flooded basements, downed wires, and fallen trees on Aug 9 & 10.  On Aug 12, the SVFD sent a detail to assist in Gowanda.

Electric Division: Several hundred customers were without electric service after the first storm at 1400 Aug 9.  Electric crews worked around the clock to restore power to Village residents by 1430 Aug 10.. Crews were called out at 2030 on Aug 10 for hanging wires on East Ave.

Waste Water Treatment Plant: The blow downs knocked out power to the plant from 1400 Aug 9 to 1430 Aug 10.  There was major erosion along Spring Brook.  Trees fell on parts of the plant facility.  Excessive flows contributed to plant overflow.

Water and Sewer Division:  Back-up generators were used at pump stations on East Ave and East Main St to keep sanitary sewer levels safe during to power outage on Aug 9 afternoon.  .  Pump and filtration building lost power temporarily during the early morning hours of Aug 10, but back-up generator kept the water flowing to the Village residents.  Crews helped at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Streets Division:  All Village Streets were partially or fully blocked by downed branches, trees, or wires from 1400 Aug 9.  Streets Division crews made streets passable for Electric crews by 1800 Aug 9.  The subsequent heavy rains and downed wires resulted in a Travel Ban from 0215 to 1130 Aug 10.  Clean up of debris from the streets and debris from private property placed curbside will continue through August.  Some streets may temporarily or partially be closed to facilitate removal of trees.

Damage to Private Property:  Tree trimmers and contractors continue work on private residences.  Residents urged to report damage to private property to Village Hall.  Streets Division will continue daily brush pickup as needed through August.  BCH sustained damage to a retaining wall and a lightening strike which continues to hamper telephone communications.

Personal Injury:  The Fire Department reported no EMS calls related to storm injuries.

State of Emergency:  The Village State of Emergency will continue through Thursday Aug 13, at which time the Village will reassess the need for a State of Emergency.  The Driving Ban was lifted at 1130 Aug 10.  Mike Willibey, Springville and Town of Concord Disaster Coordinator, has been in contact with the Fire Department, Police Department, Control Center, DPW, Village Administration.  Residents urged to report private damage to homes at the Village Office.

TV Coverage of S Bflo St Highlights Village Frustration

In Dept of Public Works, Public Safety, S Bflo St Culvert on July 8, 2009 at 8:40 am

TV coverage from Channel 4 highlights our frustration with Erie County in taking the lead to fix South Buffalo St which is an Erie County Road.  The collapse of the culvert and the closing of the road poses safety concerns to the Village, inconvenience to Village and Town residents, and major threats to our Village infrastructure.  It has taken six months for the county to sit down at a meeting and discuss procedures that will eventuall lead to repair.  Meanwhile, the summer rains keep eroding the road and culvert.  Our fears are that eventual erosion will weaken the sewer line on the east side of culvert.


Springville Sinkhole Problem Gets Worse

No one investigates like News 4

Updated: Tuesday, 07 Jul 2009, 8:57 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 06 Jul 2009, 10:54 PM EDT

SPRINGVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – A huge sinkhole in Springville has gotten even worse, and neighbors want to know why.

It’s been a month since News 4 last visited South Buffalo Street.

Springville Mayor Bill Krebs said, “It’s still moving. It’s moving this way. And the hole is increasing in length north and south.”

Mayor Krebs is frustrated with the slow progress of getting it fixed, “Six months to get half way across this road for this erosion; we can’t wait. We can’t wait another winter. Something has to be done.”

Krebs tells News 4 the village is looking for Erie County to step up and make something happen, since it’s a county-owned road.

Mayor Krebs said, “We were hoping that the county would take an immediate lead in this, and see the problem for what it is.”

Erie County Department of Public Works Commissioner Gerry Sentz said, “We’re all working very closely together. No one entity is taking the lead.”

Sentz says he recently met with village and town officials and state and federal agencies to see what needs to be done, “What we think is happened is there some hollowing out from underneath the culvert. We don’t know why. And that the end of the culvert is dropping. So basically what you’re seeing is, it’s dropping off and it’s opening up, and all the dirt is falling in. And the more dirt that falls in the bigger the hole gets.”

The next step, according to Sentz, is getting in and inspecting the culvert to see why water is getting underneath. That will require a temporary dam to halt the flow of water just above the spillway of the stream.

Commissioner Sentz said, “We need to do more investigative work.”

But village officials like Mayor Krebs, and some nearby residents are tired of waiting.

Springville resident Donna Czora said, “They’re saying at least maybe two years.”

The problem goes beyond the road itself. The creek bank near a youth park is showing signs of earth movement. Despite signs and some fencing around the impact zone, lots of kids are walking and riding bikes in the area.

Springville resident Shirley McCarthy said, “I can’t believe that they can leave it like that, and then open it up so that the kids can go to community pool.”

Aside from the traffic disruption and obvious safety concerns, the road collapse poses a very real environmental threat.

Village officials are worried that a sewer line several feet away could break just as the water line did.

Krebs said, “If that cracks, we will be dumping raw sewage into Spring Brook which runs down to Cattaraugus Creek.”

Any way you look at, it’s going to be a big job, and a big expense.

Sentz said, “Right now we don’t have any idea what we’re looking at.”

Krebs said, “We can’t wait five years, like Tonawanda Creek Road up north, to be fixed. This can’t wait that long.”


More News on S Bflo St – Finally

In Dept of Public Works, Public Safety, S Bflo St Culvert on July 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

On June 30, Erie County Public Works Commissioner and other Erie County, Town of Concord, Army Corp of Engineers and NYSDEC officials met with Village DPW Superintendent Karl Lux to discuss and inspect the damaged culvert on South Buffalo St.  This is the first meeting of all these stakeholders since the culvert collapsed in January, and although it took six months to happen I am confident that the meeting will move the repair of this Village street forward.  The representatives agreed that all would have to cooperate to fix this problem.  Initial inspection indicates that the fall in the creek bed caused the collapse of the earth on the west side of the culvert.  The team did not determine a time schedule  for inspections, planning and repair, but I have communicated the need for timely action to fix this problem.  Springville residents deserve a prompt repair to this damage that threatens  public safety and village infrastructure, and impedes vehicular traffic.

In a related manner, Erie County highway department is working on signage for a legal detour that would direct traffic to Elk Street.  Also, traffic engineers are consulting Springville DPW on how to mitigate the safety concerns of the traffic using our municipal parking lot.  These plans should be finalized and in place in the near future.

Springville cannot wait the five years it took for Erie County to fix Tonawanda Creek Road.  Six months is way too long by our standards, but some progress is being made.

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.

South Buffalo Culvert

In Dept of Public Works, Public Safety, S Bflo St Culvert on April 15, 2009 at 2:44 am

The damaged culvert and the closed road on South Buffalo Street continues to be a main concern of the Village.  At the present time, Erie County has no plans to repair the culvert.  The damaged culvert remains a threat to public safety, a threat to Village infrastructure.  The present detours installed by the county create vehicular and pedestrian safety concerns, and block access to SYI recreational facilities.  At a meeting on Monday, representatives of the Town of Concord and Springville Youth Incorporated met with Village Officials to discuss the impact of the damaged culvert and closed road on the Village, the Town, and SYI.  There is a clear consensus in our community that the culvert needs to be repaired and the road needs to be  reopened.  Also, there the community leaders agree that the County must take action in the next two weeks to allow access to the SYI Recreational facilities.  On Thursday, the Village Attorney will meet with County attorneys and present the need for immediate action.  Erie County Legislator John Mills has toured the site and supports our efforts to get immediate action by the County.damage-to-road-and-walk