Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

FALL 2006 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


October 13, 2006

VILLAGE OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY  ---  9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M (New)
TUESDAY & THURSDAY --- 10:30 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Village Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. Committee Meetings are the Fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. Public is welcome to attend.


PLANNING BOARD & ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
The Corfu Planning Board meetings are the Fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the Village Office. The Board requests one day notice from individuals planning to attend. There are presently two openings on the Planning Board and three openings on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

HALLOWEEN HOURS
The Village Board has set new hours for Halloween Tricks & Treats between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2006.

EMPLOYEE NEWS
As you may have noticed there were a few new faces working for the Village this summer. We would now like to welcome Kevin McCarthy, our new part-time maintenance worker. Erik Lang has left us for a different position. We would also like to welcome Police Officer Dan Wood as our new part time year round officer. Dan was one of our Seasonal Officers this summer. We would also like to thank Rich Retzlaff and Dave Cristofaro for a great job helping to keep the Village safe during our busy summer months. You may have also noticed a new face on the corner crossing the kids for school. Jack Tuchols was filling in temporarily for Charlie Lenhard while he recuperated from heart surgery. Charlie reports he is feeling great and has now gotten the doctor’s okay to return to work real soon. Welcome back Charlie.


NEWS FROM THE MAYOR & TRUSTEES

Mayor Todd Skeet

Hope you all had a nice summer. It ended a little sooner than we all had planned. With winter upon us, please be sure to check on your elderly neighbors. That’s the great thing about living in Corfu, neighbors pitching in to help neighbors. This recent storm was a perfect example of the sense of community we see in our Village. Enclosed is a letter with more detailed information on the storm cleanup efforts, but I would like to stress if you have an elderly neighbor or know of someone who is unable to handle getting storm debris to the front yard for the cleanup crew to pick up, please contact the Village Office. Please be sure to read the enclosed letter on the Storm cleanup for some dates and deadlines on the clean up procedure, and other information.

Grant Update
As was mentioned in the last newsletter, we submitted a grant for STOP DWI. We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $9,840 grant for 2007 for enforcement and equipment for DWI road checks. As many may have noticed we had several DWI checks this year, which were planned and coordinated through the Corfu Police Department, with the cooperation of the Genesee County Sheriff Department. With these grant funds we can do more in 2007 to help keep the streets of Corfu safer.

With regards to the Small Cities grant for our drainage problems, regretfully we were turned down this time around. The Grant writers have put in for a review to find out why, and we have been told it can be upgraded and resubmitted for the next round. It appears that most of the Small Cities grants awarded had to do with drinking water related applicants. We won’t give up.

Just a last note, since we began working on the grant process we have been awarded over $27,500.00 in grants, and still have some in the works.

Police Department Update
We would like to thank all our officers for a job well done this summer. Throughout the summer our Officers provided us with 16 hours a day, 7 days a week coverage, helping to minimize problems in the Village and provide us with a safe summer. Seasonal Officers Dave Cristofaro and Rich Retzlaff are now done for the year, and we are now back to our one full-time and one year round part-time Officer. Seasonal Officer Dan Woods has been hired as our new year round part-time Officer, so if you see him be sure to say hi.

We now have cell phones in each Police car for easier contact with the Officers in case of emergency. If you should require contact with the Officers, please call the Village Office and in an emergency we can provide you with the direct number to the Officer on duty.

We also are in the process of setting up a Police Office on the west side of the Fire Hall building, with the hopes of also sharing the space with the New York State Troopers. They have shown considerable interest in setting up a satellite station in Corfu, and we have met with them regarding the possibility. We will keep you posted on the progress.

Maintenance Update
We would like to welcome Kevin McCarthy as our new part-time Maintenance worker. Kevin comes to us with a lot of needed skills. He, of course, has had his hands full with the cleanup efforts right off the bat. We hope you will all work with him to help orient him and let him know if you see something that needs to be done. As always feel free to contact the Office. Please see the attached letter on the last page regarding leaf pickup dates, and important notice regarding Halloween.

Roll-Off
The Roll-off that was scheduled for October 13th & 14th has now been rescheduled for November 10th & 11th.

Other Projects in Progress
We will be beginning on the Cold Storage building that was budgeted for shortly. This will be located next to the Maintenance Garage in the Sewer complex on Fieldcrest. It will be a great asset to store a lot of equipment that has previously had to sit outside, which causes a lot of damage to the equipment from the elements.

We have been toying with the idea of having a Holiday Festival at the Community Center to celebrate the winter holidays with our friends and neighbors. This could include Christmas caroling, a D.J. for dancing and some snacks. If anyone is interested or thinks it’s a good idea, contact the Office.

Again, I thank all those who have been of assistance during this unexpected storm, and am so proud of this community and how it always pulls together when it’s needed. See the attached letter on last page for some special thanks for some special efforts during the storm and cleanup. I would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday Season.

Trustee Ralph Peterson

Public Safety
This summer our expansion of Corfu’s Public Safety Department, and implementing formal scheduling policies produced positive results. The results can be in the increase of traffic violations recorded. It is not unreasonable to ask vehicles driving through our Village to abide by our speed limits and not drive through our Village drunk. The officers did an outstanding job this summer enforcing all our traffic and parking laws. Enforcing these laws makes our Village safe for all. We owe a great thanks to these officers.

Sewer Plant
VRI (Valley River) has reduced our Sewer plant Operating Cost considerably. An example of these cost savings can be seen in the reduction of Waste Hauling, which in 2004 fiscal year under Village operation was $30,485 reduced to $20,955 in 2006 under VRI. Another objective result of VRI efforts is seen in our 2006 Sewer Plant Budget. This is the first time the Sewer Plant operating expenses are under budget. This will allow us to better prepare for the future maintenance costs we know are required to improve our plant efficiency. I personally thank VRI for their efforts. Special thanks to Al Graham for managing our plant and providing the report that verifies these savings.

This Village has positioned itself to be an impact contributor to overall community development. It is critical that the residents understand what these critical steps mean as we move forward toward improving our sewer plant efficiency, and plan to market our excess capacity to the surrounding community. This month we plan to meet with the surrounding municipalities with the goal of establishing framework to develop our community in commercial and residential areas that would benefit the whole community. Our goal is to establish a spirit of cooperation and teamwork with our neighbors to help this community realize the great potential it has.

Trustee Peg Patterson
Fall greetings to all. Where have the months since our last newsletter gone? I want to personally thank all who made our Corfu Day in August a success.  It was such a great day. To see the children on their bikes having everyone’s attention was a joy. The tribute to our Veterans was a very special time for me having had military presence in my family going back to WWI. Please remember to thank any military person anytime you see them.  You might be the only thank you they have received in a long time. I don’t think anyone who went to see the Mercy Flight landing was disappointed. Please mark your 2007 calendars for the second Saturday in August for the 3rd annual Corfu Day. It’s sure to be a great Community time. 

I just returned from the Governors’ office of Small Cities conference in Ithaca. It was a great learning experience. This conference provided a good deal of information on the availability of funds for municipalities such as ours.  Did you know that the Small Cities Grant we applied for is from this Governor’s Office of Small Cities office, which in turn is tied to HUD funds?  This was a very informing 3 days. I am also happy to let you all know as taxpayers that this conference was attended for no cost to the Village as we received a grant for all the expenditures for the 3 days. 

As the weather begins to get colder, we are continuing to work on daily tasks, but more importantly, we are looking to the future of our community with the updating and improving of our sewer system, the improvement of our organizational structure in our police department and overall quality of life in our wonderful community. Enjoy the fall, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas seasons, as our next newsletter contact will be after the Holidays.

Trustee Tom Sobczak
First off, I would like to take a quick moment to thank our police department for the awesome job they’ve been doing these past few months. It looks like traffic is finally starting to slow down going through the
Village and that’s good news for all of us. This year’s Six Flags season went the smoothest I’ve seen in a long time. Keep up the good work guys!

With Fall now upon us, I realize that I’ve now been on the Board for over a half year now and I’ve been doing what I hoped to do, which is save some taxpayer money. I have had the chance to use my business skills to get the best deal I could find on many Village purchases and will continue to do so whenever I can. As a Board we continue to work hard to make the Village a better and safer place to live. You should notice some of the sidewalks being repaired shortly so those of you with strollers or whatever will be able to enjoy walking through the Village to view the changing of the leaves. Happy Halloween!

Deputy Mayor Glenn Russ
Hope you all enjoyed summer, what little we had of it. At least we all had a good time at the Family Days and the weather was perfect. Next year’s celebration will involve the Fire department’s 125th year being established and they will celebrate that combined with Family Days. I can’t wait. It should be a hot time.

As of October 31st, we will be back to our normal number of officers on duty, and would like to thank all our officers for a job well done this summer, for helping control speeding in our Village and other traffic infractions. I would also like to thank the Sheriff’s department for use of their DWI van, to acknowledge the hazards of driving while drinking and being a presence of awareness.

The Village would like to extend a thank you to retired school janitor Jack Tuchols for filling in for Charlie Lenhard as crossing guard during his absence.

We are continuing efforts with our sewer plant looking for interest from the Town of Pembroke, and a meeting has been set for October 25th at 7:00 to discuss the possibility of working together on a sewer project that will supply north on Route 77 from the Village to the Pembroke exit and possibly more in the area. This would be a great opportunity for all involved.

If you have a little time, please come sit in on our Village meetings, get interested, ask questions, give suggestions, and get involved. It’s all of ours’ Village and community, and to keep it ours we all must do our part to keep it safe and free for our children. Report any suspicious behavior or incidents that don’t seem right.

Halloween is upon us once again and new hours will be set from 6:00 to 8:00 pm so all you ghouls and ghosts will be able to take your little monsters trick or treating. Have a safe Halloween.

CORFU FIRE DEPARTMENT NEWS
Just a Reminder that the Corfu Fire Department is now having their Fund Drive. Remember the Department is all volunteers, and provide a valuable service for our community. They are also always looking for volunteers, whether as an active member or a house person to assist with various events.

In 2007 the Fire Department will be celebrating their 125th year in conjunction with the Corfu Family Days on August 11th. The event will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Longs Corners (aka Corfu).Come out and support your local heroes and enjoy a day with friends and family

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL

CORRECTION: In the last newsletter I said that “Kinne Baseball Park” was located behind Evergreen Hill Cemetery. This statement was wrong. “Kinne Park” was located on the flatlands between the cemetery and what is now the Intermediate School. My thanks to those who caught my mistake. Does anyone know which way it faced and exactly where it was located on the flatlands?
  • In 1864 Daniel Kinne of Corfu was wounded at Cold Harbor, VA during the Civil War. He died from his wounds 7 days later.
  • In 1897 gas streetlights were installed on the streets of Corfu.
  • In 1902 Corfu’s first telephone was installed in Stevens Corner Store (located on the NW corner of Rte 33 & 77)
  • Electricity first came to Corfu in 1920.
  • In 1927 the first water lines were installed in the Village using water from Akron. Corfu opened its own well in 1955.
  • In 1936 Corfu High School added 6-man football to its sports program.
  • Main Street was first paved in 1938
  • In 1955 the Corfu Fire Dept responded to 12 calls in one 24 hr period.
  • In 1987 Neelands Dairy made the last door to door milk delivery in the Village. Remember when Neelands Dairy, Perry’s Dairy, Hall’s Bakery and Hathaway’s Bakery delivered milk, ice cream, bread and baked goods right to our homes?

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Historical table at Corfu Family Day. I hope everyone had a good time. Remember next year we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of Long’s Corners (aka Corfu).

NOTE: The Corfu Fire Department was featured in the August 2006 Hudson Heat, a monthly newsletter of the Hudson, New Hampshire Fire Department.


CORFU FIRE DISTRICT NEWS

We answered 47 alarms during Storm 2006. During the first 36 hours of the storm the firemen were on duty around the clock answering numerous emergencies throughout our district. Our work then continued into Saturday, Sunday and Monday answering numerous calls for numerous cellar pumps, clearing the roads of downed trees and power lines, traffic control and assisting the Village with the cleanup.

The Fire District would like to thank Mayor Todd Skeet for all his help during the storm. He certainly did a great job helping our Village recover quickly from the storm.

We would also like to thank our volunteer firefighters, many who did not sleep for days, for all their support. The surprise storm certainly caught everyone off guard, but in the end we all pulled together and made it through. Just a reminder: Make sure your house number is visible from the road so in case of an emergency the Fire Department can find your house easily. Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween.

ONCE AGAIN, THE VILLAGE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO THE CORFU FIRE DISTRICT AND VOLUNTEERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND GREAT JOB!