Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

FALL 2008 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


October 10, 2008

VILLAGE OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY  ---  9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M
TUESDAY & THURSDAY --- 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Village Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Committee meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Public is welcome to attend. *Please note: On meeting weeks, office hours may be adjusted so please call first.

HALLOWEEN HOURS

          The Village Board has set hours for Halloween Tricks & Treats between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Friday, October 31, 2008.

SEWER NEWS 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 your property 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.  Also there is a 10% late fee added to any bill not paid by the due date. If you pay your bill late and do not include the late fee, it will be included on your next billing.
       To residents on West end of the Village, since Village sewer billing has always been based on metered water usage during each quarter, due to the by-pass system accurate water usage readings will not be available as the by-pass system water was unmetered. The Village has records dating back many years and during the Monroe County Cleaning and Lining Project, the Village will utilize those past records to establish an “average usage” estimated reading for affected households on which to base the current quarter usage. If you have a problem with the “average usage” figured on your bill due to the unmetered water, there will be a grievance time allotted at the October 27th Committee meeting of the Board from 7:30 – 8:00 pm. It would be helpful if you plan to attend, to let the office know in advance so individual household records may be available.

SPECIAL THANKS

     The Village Board would like to convey special thanks to Assemblyman Steve Hawley and Legislator Annie Lawrence for working with and for the Village on many of our issues. Both have stepped up to the plate on our behalf in working with Civil Service, working for future cleanup of the Viaduct and letters of support to Small Cities for our drainage issues.  Steve also procured a Legislative Initiative Grant for the Village. Thank you both for all your present and future support.

EMPLOYEE NEWS

          The Village would like to welcome Emily Nelson and Daniel Zlotek as part time Police Officers. Officer Jim Delacy is continuing with us until Civil Service issues are resolved. We would also like to thank Brian Marsceill and Bob Bramer for their work this summer as seasonal Police Officers.

WINTERFEST NEWS!

      Due to the tremendous success and response to last year’s Winterfest, the Village Board has decided to sponsor it again this year. The date has been set for Saturday, January 24, 2009 to be held at the Community Center. This year the theme will be the History of the Railroad in Corfu, with displays and photos from railroad years gone by. There will also be presentations on railroad safety presented by Operation Lifesaver. And of course there will be Food, Fun, Games and Music throughout the day. Our first organizational meeting is set for Monday, October 20th at 7:00 pm at the Village Office. If you are interested in participating with an organization or would just like to be on the committee, please join us or call the Village Office.

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 Wednesday 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.

MESSAGE FROM DAWN DOLL & FAMILY

     Have you noticed the “Village of Corfu” green and gold banners on the flagpole in front of the Mercantile Dollar Store? Those and the flowerbeds are placed there and maintained in memory of Frank Doll by his wife Audrey, daughter Dawn, son Scott and grandchildren Angela and Katie Doll.
     My father was a businessman who cared deeply about his community, always trying to present a welcoming image for residents and tourists alike by putting a fresh coat of paint on things, planting flowers and decorating for the holidays. His favorite role was playing “Santa” for area schools, hospitals and nursing homes, which was the inspiration for the Christmas banners that will go up in late November.
     We have our fair share of “out-of-towners” with the state park and Darien Lake in our midst. It would be wonderful to have seasonal banners all along Main Street to brighten up our Village, like you see in nearby towns such as Elba, Alden and Batavia.
     If anyone has any ideas how that could become a reality or if you know of any grants or beautification funds please let me know.
                                                                               Respectfully submitted … Dawn Doll

NEWS FROM OUR MAYOR & TRUSTEES

Mayor Todd Skeet:
     Hope you had a nice summer and are enjoying the brisk, colorful beginning of the fall season. Don’t forget there is no burning of leaves or brush allowed in the Village. Put them curbside and Mike will pick them up.  Leaf and brush pickup info is above.
     It looks like the work on the water lines is finally done (thank goodness). Let’s hope it works.  If you have any problems or damage to lawns, please call Monroe County Water Authority (Cust. Svc. 866-426-6292), not the Village Office. We are not responsible for cleaning up after them.
Police: Darien Lake traffic is now over for the season. Through the summer our Police Department did a fantastic job of handling the heavy traffic flow with very few problems. We are going into the winter months with five part-time officers with reduced hours. By hiring year round people, we as the Village can invest in our officers and protect our investment, such as with uniforms and training. We really want to start training the officers to fit the needs of our Village such as Youth, working with local businesses, a neighborhood watch program. The crime rate in the Village is very low due to the impact of officers being here at different times each day.  The Police Department and the Court system are entirely self-supporting from the revenue the officers generate. We will keep everyone posted on any new developments in our Police department.
Office & Grants: Along with their regular duties, Sandy and Denise have been compiling comparison data in various departments to give the Board and public an opportunity to compare revenues, expenditures and other data, past and present, in the different departments. Residents are welcome to come in to the Office and view these reports.
      The Village is pleased to announce that it has received a grant for $9,544 from NYS Archives for new municipal bookkeeping software. Sandy and Denise are comparison-shopping to get the most bang for our buck. We were also just awarded a $2500 grant from Assemblyman Steve Hawley for some needed Maintenance equipment and tools.
      We are sad to report that we were again turned down for the Small Cities grant. This just makes us work harder to find other avenues to address our drainage problems. We are going to be putting a line in on Lawrence Avenue to help some of their drainage. All work will be done in-house to reduce costs. 
Maintenance:  Besides working on drainage issues in the Village, Mike has been working on preparing equipment for the winter months. Hard to believe it was two years ago on October 10th we were hit with the “October Storm”.  Let’s hope we don’t see a repeat performance any time soon.  Also remember we have a small Maintenance crew so please be patient and considerate. Help us to help you.
Sewer:  We are in the early stages of looking into buying a small piece of land at the west end of the Village for the Sewer plant to help reduce future operation costs. We have several cost saving ideas in the works. See Trustee Graham’s report for more on Sewer.
      I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. If you see any vandalism or other destruction, please report it.  “This is our Community. Nobody is going to take care of it but us!”
      On a more personal note, due to my family’s move to the west end of the Village, I have had several residents inquire about the Skeet Halloween tradition.  The Skeet annual Halloween Doughnut and Cider Stopover will still take place on Maple Avenue in front of Kowalski’s at 10 Maple Ave on Halloween night. Please stop by.
                                                                                               Mayor Todd Skeet

Trustee Al Graham:
     Hey Folks, I hope everything is good with all of you. Just a reminder that it’s leaf pickup season. Please make sure there is no garbage, animal waste or branches in your piles that Mike has to slow down to take care of.
     We have made upgrades to the blower system at the Waste Water Treatment Plant that’s saving energy. Our Sludge Storage building is working great making it possible to save a few thousand dollars on sludge hauling fees.  We will be conducting grease trap inspections in the next few weeks and continue to look for infiltration in our system.
     We are continuing to work with our friends in other Villages and Towns. The Village of Akron has been helpful in not only equipment but also manpower on a few projects. In turn, Mike used his knowledge of roofing to help them with a roof project they had. Cost to the taxpayers to complete these projects, zero dollars.
     We are also continuing to build our relationship with other Villages like Elba and Oakfield, and as always Steve Stocking is ready to help when asked. I cannot express enough the need to continue to build these relationships in these financial times.
     The Village is also working on getting grants for our Village drainage problems, upgrades at the Treatment plant, the Police department, the Office … If it’s out there we’ll try to get it.
     Hope everyone has a great fall season!                                  Trustee Al Graham 
    
   Trustee Tom Sobczak:
      I was in my backyard the other day and noticed that my grape plants are loaded with grapes which means only one thing. OCTOBER IS HERE!! This means many things to all of us, but to me it means football is back, Darien Lake season is just about over (only a couple of Frightfests to go) and it’s too cold go outside barefoot anymore. It also means that planning for our second annual Winterfest begins. While it’s still VERY early to report on anything officially, we have begun to throw some ideas around and so far it looks like it’s going to be another good one. I’ll fill you in next newsletter with more details when we have more things finalized, but in the meantime if anyone has any ideas or would like to be involved with Winterfest II, feel free to contact me or one of the other trustees (or the office of course) as we’d love to get your input. In the meantime, we still have Halloween and the rest of 2008 to get through and I’d like to remind everybody that Halloween falls on a Friday this year, so please remind your little ghosts and goblins to be extra careful out there.
      In other news, in the next week or so I’m expecting to meet with the current owner of the old Sid Harper house on East Main St. In my quest for trying to rid this eyesore from the center of our village I’ve been speaking with our grant writers and others in an attempt to obtain this property in the hopes of doing something constructive with this spot. It’s still very early in the process, but for those of you who cringe every time you drive by it like I do, I just wanted to let you know something is being done about it. Hopefully by this time next year, the only scary “haunted” houses you’ll see are the ones that people have decorated to look that way. This village is too special to have this place detracting from our overall beauty.
      Finally, there have been some changes in our police department recently that some of you might have noticed. I’m sure one of the other trustees have already reported most of the details in their reports so I won’t bother to repeat them but I just want to say Thanks to all of our officers for a job well done this summer season and welcome aboard to all our new officers. GO BILLS!
                                                                                                 Trustee Tom Sobczak

Trustee Ralph Peterson:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10/9/06

Public Safety: This summer our expansion of Corfu’s Public Safety Department and implementing formal scheduling policies produced positive results. The results can are seen in the increase of traffic violations recorded. It is not unreasonable to ask vehicles driving though our Village to abide by our speed limits and not drive through our Village drunk. The officers did and outstanding job this summer enforcing all our traffic and parking laws. Enforcing these laws makes our Village safety for all.  We own a great thanks to these officers.
 Sewer Plant:  VRI has reduced our Sewer Plant Operating Cost considerably. An example of these cost savings are seen in the reduction of Waste Hauling in 2004, under Village Operation from $30,485 to $20,955 in 2006 under VRI. This will be dramatically lower with the Sludge Storage building with the additional drying time. 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 cost 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 the overall community development.  It is critical the residents understand what these steps mean as we move forward 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 Ralph Peterson

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.

NO OPEN BURNING!!!

     Once again we remind all residents that there is no open burning allowed within the Village limits. This is a STATE LAW and is enforceable by any conservation or police officer. You may be fined if found in violation of this law. Please observe the law. It will be enforced.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL

    • With the current work on Village water lines I thought I’d mention the following: The Village water lines were first installed in 1927.  The Village used water supplied by Village of Akron until 1955,  when Corfu opened its own well.
    • During the 1870’s Curtis Whittlesey worked with his father in the hardware business in Corfu (probably Palmers Hardware). Curtis moved to New York City and founded the Whittlesey Book Store, which became a well-known bookstore. Later it was sold to McGraw-Hill Books, which was founded by James McGraw who was once the principal of Corfu School.
    • On February 2, 1900 Lovina Egloff of Corfu was arrested for poisoning her husband. The trial began February 20. Some traces of arsenic were found in his body, but it was never proven who administered the poison. On March 26, 1900 Mrs. Egloff was acquitted due to lack of evidence.
  • *At one time the Village of Corfu had “theatre”. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s plays, musical revues and minstrel shows were put on at Barden Hall/Corfu Opera House (which was just east of Central Hotel). In the 1900’s movies were occasionally shown there. In 1924 the Opera House was torn down and replaced with a new Village Hall (now the Mercantile Dollar Store). Through the 1920’s and 30’s plays, movies, etc. were shown there.

     Hope all those who attended the Brick House Fair in September enjoyed it. Thank you for your support. Remember the Village is planning another “Winterfest” on January 24th.
     The Pembroke Historical Association has released its fall/winter schedule. Remember you do not have to be a member to attend these programs.

         Pembroke Historical Association  2008-2009 Programs

Wed. November 5: THE 1950’s – by Greg Kinal, Pembroke Teacher
         His programs are always informative and entertaining.
Wed. April 1, 2009: HISTORY AND ART OF THE CAROUSEL – by the Hershell
         Carousel Museum in N. Tonawanda. (Remember Boulder Park Carousel?)
Wed. May 6, 2009: PEMBROKE HISTORY – by the Pembroke Historians

         Lois Brockway, Joann Cummings and Al Starkweather