Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

FALL 2007 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


October 10, 2007

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

PLANNING BOARD

          The Planning Board meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Village Office. The Planning Board is in desperate need of members. The Planning Board reviews site plans, grants special use permits, temporary use permits, reviews current Zoning Laws, among other duties. No prior experience is required to become a member, members will learn on the job.  If interested in helping to keep Corfu the great place it is to live, now is the time to get involved. Contact the Village Office to sign up.

HALLOWEEN HOURS

          The Village Board has set new hours for Halloween Tricks & Treats between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2007.

EMPLOYEE NEWS

          The Village would like to welcome Jesse Stocking as part time maintenance person. He has been assisting Kevin McCarthy with Goose Neck and Murder Creek clean up to address some of the Village drainage issues. We would also like to thank Dave Cristofaro and Rich Retzlaff for their work this summer as seasonal Police Officers.

FROM THE OFFICE

          Just a reminder to please read your meter when you get the request from Monroe County Water. Remember you could very well be overestimated resulting in paying too much for both water and sewer, and a portion of taxes are based on the readings! There are some that have not been read for over a year, which could add greatly to your taxes if overestimated.

LEAF & BRUSH PICKUP

     Scheduled pickup for leaves and brush will be on Mondays and Fridays through the season. Please keep brush and branches separate from leaves, as the branches will plug the leaf vacuum. Brush and branches should be in manageable lengths not longer than 4 feet. If a large amount of branches must be disposed of, you may call for the Village trailer.  You will be required to load the trailer, but there will be no charge for hauling the branches. 
     During the week of Halloween we would appreciate it if you have any brush or leaves, you have it out by the road by Monday October 29th, as we would like to have the sidewalks and streets clear for the Trick or Treaters on Halloween. We want to insure a safe night for the kids to enjoy.
      Just a reminder, there will also be Christmas tree pickup after the holidays.

SNOW REMOVAL

     We would like to remind Village residents that under the law, the removal of snow and ice from the sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The Village will try to assist in the removal of snow from the sidewalks, however this does not and cannot reduce owner’s responsibility. If everyone will abide by the following rules, it would facilitate snow removal in the Village.

  • Please do not pile snow from driveways onto the sidewalks, particularly after the Village plow has gone through.
  • Please remember there is a parking ban on Village streets between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am from November 1st to April 30th. Vehicles in violation will be issued tickets and may be towed away. This is regardless of whether there is snow or not.
  • Please do not park on sidewalks or block sidewalks at any time.

NEWS FROM MAYOR & TRUSTEES

Mayor Todd Skeet:
      It’s hard to believe it has been a year since the October storm. Hope you all had a safe and happy summer.
      Maintenance Department: As you may have noticed our Maintenance Department has been busy this summer. One of the projects they have been working on is shimming and reconfiguring a couple of DI’s on Maple Avenue to take care of some drainage problems at the south end of Maple Avenue. We had the Maintenance crew do the work to save excess contractor fees. Our plans are to put the final cap on Maple Avenue in the beginning of next summer once we see that the water is draining properly.
      We did also have all of the Village Streets crack sealed. This will prevent water from getting under the road and allowing the frost to heave the road.
      Our Maintenance crew also worked this summer at cleaning out a portion of Goose Neck Creek along Depot Street and Water Street, and Murder Creek behind the Sewer Plant. This will be an ongoing process as time and weather permits.
     One other project we hope to start while weather allows is repairing the walkway and railing along the viaduct. We have received some insurance settlement money for some of the work to commence on this project. We are also hoping to get proper lighting installed there as well. We will continue our efforts to get cooperation of the NYSDOT and CSX to clean up the rest of the underpass as well.

     New Store:  As you have noticed the house next to K & K Mart (aka Kwik Serv) has now been demolished and work is beginning on clean up and construction of the new K & K Mart.  It is our community so if you see any safety issues or kids hanging around the construction site, please be sure to inform the Village Office.  We have been working with the company to insure our children walking to and from school will be safe during the construction. We feel the new store will be an attractive addition to our Village.
     Skateboarders: The Village Board and myself are struggling to find ways to handle the ongoing skateboarding and roller blade problems with some area young people.  There have been numerous complaints and reports of property damage.  Due to the adolescent status the Village has had limited recourse as to a course of action to curtail the problem.  We do realize they have a very limited number of places they can skateboard, and we have researched the possibility of a skate park.  We found it would be a very costly project and the liability insurance cost is quite high. We have to be fair and accountable to all taxpayers.  If anyone has any suggested solutions to this problem, please contact the Board via the Village Office.  We know something needs to be done as soon as possible.
      We wish you a safe Halloween and upcoming Holiday season.

 Deputy Mayor Ralph Peterson:
     My efforts this quarter were focused on the completion of the municipality requirements for the new K & K Store to be located at the intersection of Routes 77 and 33. A special thanks to our new ZBA members Al Graham, Chairman, Allan Starkweather, Patricia Newton, Secretary, Charles Lenhard and Greg Lang. Without these residents stepping up to assist the Village this project would not have been possible.
     Our Corfu Public Safety Department did not perform quite as effectively this year when compared to last year’s results.  We are in the process of reevaluating our procedures for improvements for next year. The processing efficiency of the Court has improved however. One of the challenges is improving the communications between our police department and the courts. Judge Alexander and the Board are working together on some ideas, including training, that warrant serious consideration as improvement opportunities. The Court and Village’s goal is to develop a teamwork environment between these two organizations.
     Finally we have started planning of an upcoming winter event (replacing this year’s Corfu Day which would normally be held in August). It is exciting to be able to do something different for the community.  We will be assembling committees to plan events soon. Any residents that would like to participate in this event are encouraged to contact Sandy at the Village Office or call 585-599-3327.

Trustee Thomas Sobczak:
     Greetings to all, hope you had a great summer. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t get to enjoy it as much as you’d have liked, and as usual, it was WAY too short. In the last newsletter I mentioned some things I had in the works and I can finally spill the beans on some of them. First off, it looks like after a VERY long time we should finally be able to clean up a certain vacant/abandoned house on East Main Street. I have been tangled up in red tape over this since I began looking into it last spring, but I attended a seminar on what to do about these types of properties and finally got some of the answers I had been looking for.

      If everything goes as planned, we should have the outside of this place cleaned up very soon, which I am sure will make the neighbors and anyone else who has seen it very happy. (except of course any wildlife that might have taken up residence there.)
     Along that same subject, I also learned what we may be able to do about another vacant property (also on East Main) which I will be attempting to resolve once the clean up is done.
     On another note, one of my other projects has been the condition of the viaduct on the south end of town.  As most of you know, this bridge is pretty scary looking but I’m working with several government officials to get the funding to fix that. While it would take several pages to update you on this entire situation, let me just say that plans are in the works to replace the sidewalks and railings, both of which are in poor condition. I don’t know how much of this will get done before winter, but it will definitely be taken care of when the snow is gone.
     I’ve got other irons in the fire, but these are some of the highlights. I don’t want this report to go on forever as I’m already past my deadline. I’d like to thank all the folks who’ve helped me get some of this stuff done, and I’d like to wish everyone a happy fall season. 
      Finally, please remember with the construction at Kwik Serv that kids walking to/from school may be in places you wouldn’t expect them to be.  Take care and be safe. Happy Halloween!

Trustees Patterson & Russ: No report submitted.

SEWER NEWS FROM AL GRAHAM
SENIOR AREA COORDINATOR, VRI

     First off I would like to thank all Village residents for their cooperation during the Smoke testing through the Village. It has been completed and several spots of infiltration have been eliminated, which in turn has created capacity in the plant, which leads to reduced costs.  I would also like to thank Village Maintenance man Kevin McCarthy and Bob and Robbie Lucia from the Village of Akron for their assistance.  Not only on this project, but on many others we have been able to take advantage of shared services with different municipalities, both in manpower and equipment which again leads to reduced costs.
     We are continually looking for cost cutting avenues to reduce sewer costs. This past year we have made some investments that are already showing cost savings and will show more dividends in the future, such as installing variable speed drives to reduce electricity costs and the drying bed renovation.
     Because of the upgrades to the drying bed, basically turning it into a greenhouse effect and installing a dewatering system, we have been able to reduce sludge hauling costs from approx. $15,000/year to $3500/yr in the last 14 months.
     We are currently looking into alternative energy systems to reduce the cost of electricity, which is the sewer plant’s largest cost at present. We have a couple of promising options, which are being thoroughly researched. With the potential savings, the Village will be able to invest that money back into the plant for upgrades. We are striving to make the Village Sewer system as cost efficient as possible.

GRANT ACTIVITY UPDATE

     As you know the Village has retained the services of J. O’Connell and Associates Grant writers for the past two years. We thought you would appreciate a report on the status of some of the Grants they have been working on for the Village. Below is a breakdown of grants applied for, received and denied. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Village Office.

Summary Report of Grant Activity
By J. O’Connell and Associates

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL

     Since this is the 200th year since the Village we now call Corfu was settled, I will continue the historical highlights of the Village I started in the last newsletter.

  • 1882 – The Corfu Fire Department was incorporated.
  • 1886 – The original Union Hotel burned to the ground.
  • 1893 – New York Central Railroad’s Engine 999 set the world’s land speed record (112.5 mph) between Corfu and Crittenden.
  • 1898 – St. Francis R.C. Church was started.
  • 1899 – A major fire destroyed the NE corner of downtown Corfu, 6 buildings were damaged or destroyed.
  • 1902 – Corfu got its first telephone and rural postal routes were established.
  • 1912 – Major fire destroyed much of the south side of the downtown business district.
  • 1920 – Electricity first came to the Village.
  • 1927 – Water lines were put into the Village.
  • 1936 - The “Southshore Limited” passenger train derailed near Snipery Road.
  • 1937 – A brick school building was opened (now the Intermediate school)
  • 1960 – The Corner Store was destroyed by fire.
  • 1965 – The “Cleveland Limited” passenger train derailed just west of the underpass.
  • 1980 – Sewer lines were opened in the Village.

 Census Figures: 1880 – 353, 1900 – 401, 1940 – 462, 1980 – 689, 2000 – 795

HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION NEWS

     The Pembroke Historical Association has some very interesting programs throughout the year. All programs are free and you do not need to be a member to attend. If you would like to join, membership is only $2.00 per person or $3.00 for a family membership for one year. Here are the remaining programs for 2007-2008:
     Wednesday, November 7th – “The 1940’s” by Greg Kinal, Pembroke history teacher
     December – Association Christmas party
     January – March – No meetings
     Wednesday, April 2nd – “History of Evergreen Hill Cemetery” by Chuck Herman
     Wednesday, May 7th – “History of the Genesee County Fair” by Patrick Weissend of
           the Holland Land Office.
     Wednesday, June 4th – “The Underground Railway Quilt”
     Saturday, September 6th – “Brick House Fair”
All programs are at the Town of Pembroke Hall at Route 5 & 77 at 7:30 pm.

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      HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON!