Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News


October 10, 2009

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.


       The Village Board has set hours for Halloween Tricks & Treats between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Saturday, October 31, 2009.


For more information, contact the Village Office. Notices will be posted closer to the date.


       With the 2010 U.S. Census beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft. How do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? BBB offers the following advice:

  • If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag and a confidentiality notice. Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don’t know into your home.
  • Census workers are currently knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the Census. While the Census Bureau may ask for basic financial information, such as salary range, the Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations.
  • Eventually Census workers may contact you by phone, mail or in person at home. However the Census Bureau will not contact by E-Mail.  Be on the lookout for e-mail scams impersonating the Census. Never click on a link or open any attachments in an e-mail that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.


     Thank you to those of you that took the time to visit the Public Works/Sewer Complex during our Open House this past month and your compliments on how great things look. We do have a quantity of wood chips available for the Village residents. If interested contact the Village Office. For information on leaf pickup, read on.


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 Thursday 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.


Mayor Todd Skeet:
     Our wet summer has come to an end, fall has arrived and winter is just around the corner. The Village is starting to look “back to normal”, minus a few trees and buildings, in the aftermath of our Tornado.  FEMA has turned us down for funding the first time, but the State, County and the Village have appealed the decision and it is on the Presidents desk at this time. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for FEMA funding, but if FEMA falls through we will go to the State level for some reimbursement.
SEWER: We have been busy working with the Town of Pembroke on studies and the development of the Waste Water Plant expansion plan to extend up to the Thruway interchange and pick up additional flow.  The plant is currently running at 1/3 capacity. Running the plant at full capacity does not create more expenses. Therefore, adding more flow (or users) would actually reduce the cost to Village users.
      We would like to thank everyone that came out for our Open House at the Waste Water Treatment Plant facility. We had a good turn out.
POLICE: The busy traffic season is over. Our Police Department did well with the heavy concert traffic, for which there were 7 or 8 sellouts. We apologize for the traffic delays and thank you for your patience. Seemed like between concerts and road work there were delays all summer. Hopefully that is over. Speaking of road work, if you have any concerns over the work that was done on the roads, please contact Keeler Construction Project Coordinator at 585-589-4481.  The Village had no involvement in the roadwork.
MAINTENANCE: Our Maintenance crew worked hard this summer on blacktop at the Waste Water Treatment Plant complex and giving the whole complex a facelift. We are proud to say that by doing the paving work in-house we saved over $100,000.  We had received a bid for the entire project of $144,000, and with in-house labor and materials the entire project was done for about $30,000. We would like to thank Steve Stocking and his crew for all the help they gave us and for hauling the asphalt.

      Mike and Jesse have built a new leaf box for the new truck, which they designed to be adaptable to any truck in the future. This box is made of about $350 worth of steel and was fabricated entirely in-house.  For Leaf pick-up please adhere to the guidelines listed above. Make sure to keep piles low to avoid creating a safety hazard, and put leaves and separate small branches between the sidewalk and curb – not in the street itself. If you have large amounts of branches please call for the trailer to be left. It is a free service.
ROLLOFF:          We have been having people dump items in the Roll-off that are illegal such as tires and paint, which becomes very costly to the Village. We would like to continue to offer this important service to the Village, so we must stress the importance of following the guidelines and not dumping illegal items.  There will be NO DUMPING WITHOUT A VILLAGE EMPLOYEE PRESENT and illegal dumping will be prosecuted. The Village is currently looking into Security cameras to detect those that are misusing this service.
OPEN BURNING: Just a reminder that there is NO OPEN BURNING of sticks or leaves (as well as garbage) in the Village. Please be considerate of your neighbors.
OFFICE: The clerks are working hard to update files and keep things running as smoothly as possible, while continuing to bring operations into the computer era.
     As always if you have any concerns feel free to contact me or any of our Trustees. Stay warm and see you at the Winterfest on January 30th!
Trustee Tom Sobczak:
     The big news in this edition of my trustee report is the project I've spent the better part of two years pursuing, that being the park in the center of the Village. While it's been several weeks since the survey was sent to you all and since this was the "talk of the town", I still thought I should use this forum as a chance to let everyone know the status of this project along with some other info that I feel everyone should have.
     First off, the surveys: For those of you who participated in the survey by sending them back with your votes, I thank you for taking the time to do so. One of my main goals with this project from the very beginning has been for us to have a place that we could all enjoy and the fact that the votes were pro-park by more than a 3 to 1 margin (56-17) shows me that most of you folks agree with me that it's a good idea. From all of the conversations I've had with residents throughout the last several months, I knew that most people were for it but the survey proved to me (and everyone else) that this was the case. At this time all the information has been submitted for the grant so now we play the waiting game. Hopefully we'll know something in the spring and if we do get the grant, our days of looking at the eyesore of East Main Street will be numbered. I will continue to update you when I have any news or updates.
     Second, I'd like to take a quick moment to thank Glenn Russ for all of his help in getting this project to the stage we are at now. This started out as "my" project but when it came time to really get busy with the details, Glenn was always there to help me get things done and I wanted to give him a big "thank you" for all of his help.
     Finally a word to the few folks who were against this project. I learned a very long time ago that no matter what the situation in life, there will always be some who would have their reasons for not wanting something to happen. While in this case I don't understand why anyone would be against this, I respect your opinions and I appreciate the input I received from the few of you I spoke with who were of this mind set. Even though we didn't agree, I did get a lot out of our conversations. I do understand your concerns and will do my best to address them if/when the time comes. Hopefully if this project does happen, you'll enjoy the park as well or at least enjoy its appearance instead of what we have to look at now.

     One last thing. My favorite holiday (Halloween) is right around the corner and I want to remind everyone to keep an eye out for our little ghosts and goblins as they do their trick or treating. I wish everyone a happy autumn season and since the next newsletter won't be until after the holidays, I want to also wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Go Bills!

Trustee Ralph Peterson:
Village Employee Efficiency/ Effectiveness Project (VEP) Results
     This project produced a process that will be used during the administration of our Storm Drainage Grant.
     I thank all the residents who attended our Open House. For those of you that did not make it, you missed an opportunity to see the results of the hard work performed by the Village of Corfu Maintenance Department and VRI employees and missed the opportunity to see all our equipment. We are considering making this an annual event. Hope to see you next year.
     A sincere thanks to all the resident involvement (i.e. attending public hearings, completing surveys) required to obtain this grant. Without this participation we would not have received this funding. The mayor has given me the responsibility of managing this project. I have learned a lot and have a lot more to learn. My goal is to meet the Mayors and resident expectations and enjoy this learning experience.
What we have learned

  • The requirement to obtain grants to address issues that impact our quality of life. This could not be done without resident participation.

What we need to learn

  • Understand the Federal and State requirements for administrating grants.
  • Acquire administration and technical contractors to help us meet the goals of this project.

Have a great winter and see you at Winterfest on January 30th!

Trustee Al Graham:
     Hey Folks! Here we are knee deep into fall and knee deep into leaves. There isn’t anything we can do to stop winter from coming, but Mike and Jesse will be around to pick up your leaves. We had a great Open House at the Treatment Plant. Thanks to everyone who came down to see what we’re up to. We are very proud of the improvements we have been able to make at the Plant, Maintenance and Police Department. If you weren’t able to make it down for Open House, give me a call and I’ll be happy to show you around.
     My wife Debbie likes to tease me by telling people that if it were up to me I would never leave Corfu. I hate shopping. If I need a can of oil, I go in, get a can of oil and leave. I don’t care what’s on sale or anything like that. I can’t tell you the last time I was in a mall or a Big Boy store. I don’t travel well either. I like sleeping in my own bed, under my own roof, so maybe there is some truth in my wife’s teasing.
     I started thinking, I get my morning coffee at K & K and pick on Betsy and Dawn for a minute or two. If I have to send a package out I go to the Post Office and chat with Ruth or Tina, wave to Charlie while he’s crossing the kids at the corner, drop my dog off to get groomed while I get a haircut next door, wave at Charlie again. 

      If it’s Tuesday it’s Pork day at Linda’s Diner (the best ribs ever). Leftover ribs on Wednesday are even better (if Kim doesn’t take them home with her!). My wife called. I have to get some milk and bread at the IGA. I shoot the bull with Nancy Baby and Bill for awhile. On my way home with it I need to stop at Potter’s to get some lumber for a cabinet I’m making. I can never get in and out of that place. Those guys like to gab! I get home and realize I forgot my paper. Debbie asks me why I don’t get it delivered to the house. I tell her I would but Mary and the crew at the Drug Store yell at me when I miss a day. I think they like gabbing too.
     While I’m out I head down to the Treatment Plant to check out what the guys are up to, wave to Charlie getting the kids home safe after school. I get down to the plant and Mike and Jesse ask me to do something about the Mayor. He comes down there and all he wants to do is talk, talk, talk, and they can’t get anything done. I said “I know, I hate people like that. All they want to do is yak, yak, yak.” I stopped to see the mayor and couldn’t get a word in edgewise. I’ll try again tomorrow.
     Well, I get home in time for dinner and Debbie asked me why nothing on the Honeydew list got done? “You’ve had the whole day off!” I say “I know. I don’t know where the day went.” But I love it and I never left the Village once. I’ll get to that list next week.
Trustee Glenn Russ:
     Hi everyone! I know it wasn’t a summer to remember weather-wise. I hope you did make the most of it. Unfortunately the weather coming is nothing to write home about either. I hate to say it but snow is on its way. As a reminder, I hope you are all preparing your homes and yards for the upcoming season; plugging up drafts, adding insulation along top of basement walls and attics, new filters in your furnaces. Keep your burners clean on your boiler systems. (If you are not sure how, call a professional to be safe.) Outdoors pick up things so you won’t trip over them or run over them when covered with snow. Mark obstructions with stakes so you can see them. Put snow brushes in your vehicles and shovels and rock salt where you can find them. Okay, you get the idea. Winter’s coming.
     I would like to thank all of the residents who took time on one of the few beautiful Saturdays to come out to the Village Open House at the Sewer Plant. You were able to see your tax dollars at work, plus all the updates to the plant, buildings and grounds. Thank you for your questions and concerns when you took time to talk with us. It was as informational to us as I hope it was to you.  It is your plant and equipment and you have a right to see it and know how it is being kept up.
     Work continues on the drainage grant, getting all our ducks in a row, working with engineers and grant writers, and deadlines to be met. When it is finished it will be a great achievement for the whole village.
     Soon we will be starting meetings for the Winterfest and putting it all together for a great time.  Anyone who would like to be a part of the committee, please contact the Village office. I would also like to personally thank all of you who sent in your surveys for a park in the Village.  As always if you have any concerns or ideas, please contact us through the Village office. Be happy and safe!

     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.


     After the tornado hit the Village on July 25, 2009, I decided to research some of the past “storms” to hit Corfu. There have been several weather related events in Corfu since the early 1800’s. There has been flooding due to storms and remnants of hurricanes, wind storms, ice storms, and of course snow storms. Here are a few of the ones that stand out:

  • October 12, 1898 – A severe windstorm uprooted trees, damaged many roofs and tore the top off a boxcar on the rail siding in Corfu.
  • April 19, 1923 – A fierce windstorm with winds over 76 mph hit the Village. The belfry of the Episcopal Church (on S. Allegheny) was blown over and blocked the street. It also tore the roof off a meat market (now Burling Drugs) and blew out many windows at Scott’s Greenhouse (Petals & Plants).
  • January 1977 – There have been many snowstorms and blizzards through the years, but one that really stands out is the “Blizzard of ‘77”. It paralyzed the Village and Genesee County for almost a week with snow and winds over 70 mph. People were stranded all over WNY. The Corfu Fire Hall was used to house many stranded motorists. The Federal Government declared WNY a “Federal Disaster Area”.
  • October 13, 2006 – Most of us remember the “October Storm”. An October record 12” of very wet snow fell, downing trees, branches and power lines throughout much of WNY. Power was out for days in some areas. Corfu was one of the hardest hit areas in Genesee County. Much of WNY was declared a Federal Disaster Area. It would take weeks to clean up after the storm.
  • July 25, 2009 – We all remember our most recent hit from Mother Nature when an EF-1 tornado hit part of the Village with winds over 100 mph. It is the only “confirmed” tornado to ever hit the Village. On July 29th NY Governor Patterson toured the damage. (This may be the only time a NY Governor ever visited Corfu.) Some estimates have the damage over 3 million dollars.

Just a note on the tornado: Once again our community came together to help one another and get the job done. Congrats to all involved, another job “Well Done”!
    Thank you to all of you who attended the Brick House Fair on September 12th. Hope everyone enjoyed the Fair. Here is the schedule of Historical Programs for 2009-10. You do not need to be a member to attend. All programs are free and are at 7:00 pm at the Town of Pembroke Hall (Route 5) unless noted. Membership is only $2 or $3 for family membership.

  • Wed. Nov. 4thFamous Women, a program by Greg Kinal, teacher in Pembroke School District. Mr. Kinal’s programs are always very interesting and entertaining.
  • Wed. Dec. 9th – 6:00 pm – Christmas Party at Holiday Hollow, our annual Holiday get-together. RSVP to Barb Wolf by Dec. 6th (585-599-3248).
  • No programs in January, February or March.
  • Wed. April 7th – Larry & Kate Reigel present a program on their Trip to Germany.
  • Wed. May 5th – A must see! Don Read and Greg Kinal will do a program on Abraham Lincoln. Should be very interesting!