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FALL 2010 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


Fall 2010

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

     PLEASE NOTE: THE OFFICE WILL NOW BE CLOSED 12 NOON – 1:00 PM EVERY DAY.

Village Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Committee meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Public is welcome to attend.

    

HALLOWEEN HOURS

       The Village Board has set hours for Halloween Tricks & Treats between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 31, 2010.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR
WINTERFEST IS COMING ON JANUARY 29, 2011!

     This year the theme will be “Theater in the Village of Corfu”. If anyone has any old photos, posters or programs from various theater productions or movies in the Village, please contact the Village Office.  There has been talk of including a Talent show so brush up on your singing, dancing, juggling or whatever your “gift” may be. The first Winterfest meeting is scheduled for Monday October 18th at 7:00 pm. If you would like to be a part of planning this fun event, be sure to come join the committee.  For more information or if you have any ideas for our celebration, contact the Village Office. Notices with more detail will be posted closer to the date.

SEWER REMINDER

     Village of Corfu Sewer Law Section 1118 reads; “If there shall be any payments which are due to the Village of Corfu, or any Department thereof, pursuant to any Article or Section of this Law, which shall remain due and unpaid, in whole or in part, for a period of thirty (30) calendar days from the date of billing by the Village of Corfu, the same shall constitute a default, and there shall be added to the entire amount of the original bill a penalty equal to ten percent (10%) of the original bill, and interest shall accrue on the unpaid balance at a rate of two percent (2%) per month, retroactive to the date of the original billing.”  If you pay your bill late and do not include all interest due, it will be added to your next bill, NO EXCEPTIONS. 

MAYOR & TRUSTEE NEWS

Mayor Todd Skeet:
     First I would like to mention that if you haven’t seen me around too much lately, I have had some health problems and have been out of circulation. I assure you that none of my duties were let go while I was out. Al Graham, Ralph Peterson and our other Trustees stepped forward to oversee some of my duties and kept me up to date on what was going on. A special thanks to them for covering for me.
     I hope you all had a good summer. Darien Lake traffic is over and I think we got through the summer pretty well. Our officers did a great job and the Court should be slowing down some with the winter months here.
     The Maintenance guys have been extra busy this summer with their usual chores plus doing a portion of the Drainage Project to keep costs down and use the money to its best advantage.  Leaf pickup will be starting and I want to remind you to be considerate of our Maintenance guys as they are here to help you.  Please make sure to follow the guidelines for leaf pickup indicated later in the newsletter, and please do not leave piles of leaves out the day before Halloween as we want everyone to have a safe holiday.
     The Drainage Project is just about completed. As much as I don’t want a lot of rain, I can’t wait to see it really tested out. Big thanks to everybody who helped see this project through. Special big thanks to Al Graham who stayed on top of everything throughout the project. I really believe this will make our community a better place to live for a lot of our residents.
     In the Office, our Deputy Clerk Denise Beal and Court Clerk Brandi Watts have been working on our current Archives grant getting Court tickets microfilmed. We will be applying for another Archives grant to hopefully continue the procedure and eventually get most of our records in electronic format.  With our new Grant writers we hope to continue to save the Village money while improving things in the Village.
     As for me the worst is over and I am back at it, so will continue to keep on top of things. Make sure you set aside January 29th for the Winterfest!    

Trustee Dave Bielec:
      The drainage project in the Village is about complete. A little re-seeding still needs to be done. The work looks fine and the water in the creeks is moving nicely, just as planned. Thank you to Al Graham for his many hours of time to help keep the work moving on schedule.
     I have turned in a work request to National Grid to get the burned out street lights replaced. I toured the Village and saw one on Meadowbrook and one on Lawrence that were out. Let me know if you know of any more that need to be replaced.
     The "Winter Fest" will be on Saturday, January 29, 2011, from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM. If your group is interested in having a booth at the Winter Fest, please see Sandy at the Village Hall and fill out the required form. There will be a planning meeting on Monday, October 18th at 7:00 PM in the Village Hall. If you have any Theme ideas or are interested in helping with the Winter Fest, please attend. 
     The Village Board is starting to work with the Town of Pembroke to install a "Server" and network all the computers. This will improve access, speed and provide a data back-up. This will be an on-going project and we will keep you up-dated.

Trustee Al Graham:
     Hey Folks! As I write this the Storm Drainage Project is coming to an end. The pipe has been installed and Murder Creek and Gooseneck have been cleaned. Our guys will now be able to keep both waterways maintained more easily.  If you haven’t already, take a look at the creeks. A 20 foot path has been cleared and seeded with grass. Mike and Jesse can now mow it a couple times each summer and our hope is to keep a nice place to take walks and enjoy for years to come. 
     With the rainy season upon us, we have held back 5% of the contract for finishing maintenance (picking rocks, grass seeding, top soil, etc.). That may not get done until spring so if you have any issues call the Office and we will start a punch list of these items to be completed before final payment is made.
     I want to note that many extras beyond the starting scope of this project were added but we were still able to come in under budget. Some of these things are;
          1) The swales on Longs Lane were piped.
          2) Several hundred feet of extra pipe were laid.
            3) Several storm drains were added.
          4) Many residents had dead or dying trees and stumps removed.
And the list goes on.
     Now I want to thank a few people!  First off, the girls in the office Sandy and Denise. A project like this generates a mountain of paperwork! Thank you for keeping the river of paperwork flowing. Mike, Jesse and Greg Lang; By installing the piping and storm drains on Longs Lane they saved the Village about $40,000 of grant money that we were able to put to use elsewhere.  Chatfield Engineers, Paul and Jon for their hard work designing the project and being able to make changes on the run and keeping it moving forward. Chatfield inspectors, Chris and Jim for taking residents concerns seriously and helping them come to a positive conclusion and making sure the project came in on time and under budget.  And of course Zoladz our Contractors; the two Toms from the office who said on a number of occasions “Do it, make Al happy!”  And I think the crew, Jerry and his men went above and beyond for our Village and residents, and the quality of their work speaks for itself. I think Jerry has spent his life forging his hard guy image, but I’ve seen the little bunny in him – making sure one of our senior residents in a confused state of mind got home safely – and on two occasions moving his whole crew when we had a resident pass away and he wanted to make sure they stayed out of the way for the family’s sake. Jerry is a good man!
     For myself, it has been a great learning experience. I have been able to have a lot of personal contact with many of you and overall it has been a lot of fun! I will miss it and all the new friends I have made. And the best thing of all is IT WORKS! 
     Now we have to look forward to other projects, such as overhauling the sewer plant, storm drainage on the west side of the Village, and who knows!  If you’ve got any ideas let me know!

Trustee Tom Sobczak:
     Greetings to everybody!  I think it's safe to say summer is over since I officially turned on the heat at my house yesterday.  Our drainage project for this year is pretty much finished and hopefully those of you that had issues with water in your yards, basements, etc have found some relief.  I'd like to give a big thank you to Mike & Jessie from our maintenance department for their help on the project.
Be sure to check out Murder Creek.  The flow is WAY better now than it was before the clean out and if you go back to look at it, you can see the flow is really moving well now.  When I was back there checking it out recently, I noticed a lot of great walking area back there and because of this, I'm going to a seminar later this month about getting funding for walking trails and the like so we can possibly get funds to develop this area.  As usual, this will probably take some time to develop but I'm looking into it to see if it's something that we can make happen.  I'll keep you posted. 
     We're beginning to discuss this years Winterfest so anyone who has any ideas or would like to get involved, please contact Sandy at the village office for more details.  Please remember school is back in session so keep an eye out for the kids and have a safe and happy fall season!

Trustee Ralph Peterson:
STORM DRAINAGE PROJECT: The Storm Drain Project is 98% completed. There are some minor items that will be addressed in the spring of 2011. I again want to thank Al Graham. He was a major contributor to the success of this project.  Recently Mother Nature has provided the weather to test the system and it appears to be working as designed. If there are any questions or unresolved issues please contact the Village Office.
Grant Consultant: We have selected a new grant consultant to assist us in acquiring grants. Our initial goals are to acquire a grant to address drainage issues in other areas in the Village, and obtain funding to improve our record keeping in our Village Office and Court. This will require upgrading our electronic storage capabilities. We have the same goals as the Town of Pembroke and are working with the Town to find the most cost effective method to accomplish these goals. 
Employee Handbook: The completion of an Employee Standard Operation (SOP) Manual has been completed. Special thanks to Denise Beal. Without her dedication, attention to detail and organization skills this task could not have been completed.  Her efforts are responsible for creating a major milestone towards maintaining and improving Village employee work performance.
     Establishing uniform work standards for all Village employees is required to insure high quality-working standards and establish a baseline for developing continuous employee improvement programs.  This has been one of my personal goals since I joined the Board.  Improving organization performance is a requirement for organizations that want to improve. This can only occur with quality work performance. That is how we get better! Our goal as a board is to provide our residents services at the lowest possible cost.
Have a blessed, safe and healthy Holiday Season.

 Police Administrator Jim Meier:
     Another summer has passed and the concert season is over. During the season we had 20 plus concerts many of which that had 10,000 or more in attendance.  We did have some delays but for the most part it went very well thanks to your Police Officers and the Sheriff’s Office.
     We have had our license plate reader for just about six months now and it has become an invaluable tool. We have read over 30,000 plates many of which have been suspended for various reasons. This tool is keeping your streets much safer.
      After we take a brief deep breath we will get ready for winter fest and next summer. Happy Holidays to all.

LEAF & BRUSH PICKUP

     Scheduled pickup for leaves and brush will be on Mondays and Fridays through the season. Please make sure there is no animal waste in the leaves. 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 28th, 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.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL

With the recent closing of the IGA I thought I would do a brief history of the Grocery stores of Corfu.  With the IGA closing, it will be the first time since 1833 that there is not a Grocery store in the Village. (This does not include the convenience stores and meat markets.)

  • The first grocery store (or General Store) was the Freeman and Stoddard Store which was built in 1833 on the NW corner of Main St and Allegheny.  It operated there under various owners until the building burned down on December 23, 1960.
  • In 1845 another General Store was built on the NE corner of Main and Allegheny by Mr. Kinne. It had several owners and operated there until it burned in 1899.
  • Safford & Reed’s General Store was built in 1865 about where the drug store is now. By 1876 they had turned it into a hardware store. This building burned in the fire of 1912.
  • In 1897 Porter’s Department Store was built (building where CB Beach is now) and carried some groceries. In 1928 C.B. Beach Mortuary took it over.
  • About 1884 H. Van DeBogart built a tobacco store where “Yesterday’s…” is now. He soon added groceries. This store burned in the fire of 1912. He rebuilt a new store there that same year. In 1923 A. Abendschein bought the business and turned it into a Red & White Grocery Store. It would have several owners during the following years. In 1945 Howard Doll took it over and his brother Frank took over “Doll’s Red & White” in 1957.
  • In 1963 Frank Doll moved the store across the street where the Tattoo Parlor is now.
  • In 1973 he moved it into the Corfu Plaza and it became Doll’s Super Duper. By 1992 Drew and Linda Doll took it over and it became Doll’s Jubilee.  Bill and Nancy Larsen purchased the business in 1998 and it became the Corfu IGA.

PEMBROKE HISTORICAL SOCIETY 2010-2011 PROGRAMS

November 3 –  7 PM -  “War of 1812 and it’s Affect on our Area” by Greg Kinal
December 15- 6 PM – “Christmas Party” at Holiday Hollow
NO PROGRAMS JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH
April 6 – 7 PM – “Photography as a Hobby” by Sander Abramson
May 4 – 7 PM -  Business meeting and plans for the Museum
June 1 – 7 PM – Local Histories and Stories – Town of Pembroke Historians
July – TBA – Picnic
August – NO PROGRAM
September 10 – “Brick House Fair”

Remember there is no charge for these programs and you do not need to be a member to attend. Membership is just $2.00 Individual and $3.00 for a family membership.

 

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases. On the second day, she had the movers come out and collect her things. On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candlelight, put on some soft background music and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar and a bottle of wine.  When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left. When the husband returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days. Then slowly the house began to smell. They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steam cleaned.  Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end, they even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting. Nothing worked!!! People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house. The maid quit. Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move. A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house.  Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls. Finally they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.  The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back.  Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a price that was about one tenth of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day. She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork. A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home … And to spite the ex-wife, they even took the curtain rods!!!!  I LOVE A HAPPY ENDING, DON’T YOU?