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Village of Springville opens Heritage Park and Public Safety Building

Village of Springville Mayor Bill Krebs presided at the ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the newly completed Heritage Park and the Public Safety Building on Franklin Street at Factory Street in the Village of Springville Sept. 6.

Erie County representatives cut the ribbon with State Sen. Patrick Gallivan and Mayor Krebs.

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Village of Springville opens Heritage Park and Public Safety Building

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Sheriff Tim Howard also attended the ceremony as the Erie County Sheriff Department continues to provide enhanced service to Springville in the new shared service facility.

Other dignitaries in attendance included Erie County Legislative Chairman John Mills; Erie County Commissioner of Environment and Planning Tom Hersey; Erie County Environment and Planning Principal Contract Monitor Paul D’Orlando; Erie County Sheriff Chief Scott Joslyn; and Erie County Sheriff Capt. Joe Belden.

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning awarded Springville a $325,000 Smart Growth Grant to fund the construction of Factory Street and Heritage Park, which is a multiuse park featuring a performance-ready gazebo donated by the Waterman family. The park also includes a quarter mile pedestrian trail, a SkatePlex, a picnic shelter, electric car charging stations, and lavatories. A Lake Erie Watershed Protection Alliance grant of $29,000 and a New York Main Street Grant of $15,000 funded construction of Heritage Park as well.

The Springville Public Safety Building, which was made possible through a $75,000 grant from the State Municipal Facility Program, houses Springville Volunteer Fire Department apparatus, the Springville Control Center, a shared service facility for the Erie County Sheriff Sub Station and the Village of Springville Police Department, and the Springville Village Court. The renovated building will also serve as a village emergency service center in the event of a multi-day state of emergency, and has the capacity of being a regional state of emergency center for emergency managers and staff.

“The village thanks Erie County for the assistance we received to improve this part of our village center,” said Krebs.

“The Smart Growth Grants have transformed a section of our village into a well-designed and beautiful streetscape that facilitates access to our public and cultural buildings. The street and park design will encourage public recreational use and festivals in our village center. It truly improves the quality of life in Concord.”

“We are also grateful to New York for its assistance in our renovations to our Public Safety Building,” he continued.“ The improvements facilitate public safety and emergency management in our village. Daily public safety service such as dispatch, EMS and fire calls, and police response are made more efficient.

In the case of multi-day state of emergency, we now have a facility to handle the communications and management of resources so necessary for a community in dire distress.”

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