Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

SPRING 2010 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


October 10, 2009

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.

OFFICE NEWS

     The Village Office will be closed Tuesday April 20th through Thursday April 22nd for the Clerks to attend a Municipal Accounting Seminar.

ELECTION RESULTS

Results of Village of 2010 Corfu Elections were as follows:
(Winners in Bold & Underlined)                                            Votes Received
Two Positions
Trustee: (2) Years – Democrat   – David A. Bielec                              100
Trustee: (2) Years – Republican – Thomas A Sobczak                         48 
Trustee: (2) Years – Republican – Glenn S. Russ                                  43
Trustee: (2) Years – Write In – Art Ianni                                               25
Trustee: (2) Years - Write In – Linda Ianni                                             1
Trustee: (2) Years - Write InDavid Bielac                                         1    
                    TOTAL NUMBER RESIDENTS VOTING:  112 + 10 Absentee = 122
We would like to thank Glenn Russ for his years of service as a Trustee, welcome back Tom Sobczak and a special welcome to Dave Bielec.  Dave was “born and raised in Corfu and returned to the community I love.”  Welcome aboard Dave!

CENSUS UPDATE – “TAKE 10”

     Just a reminder to please “take 10” minutes and fill out the 2010 Census forms when you receive them. It is a simple 10 question form. Census data will be used to determine everything from how many representatives you get in our political system to how much money our State will receive from the federal government for essential services like education, affordable housing, and health care.  Let’s make sure our community gets its fair share by being counted.  So far as of April 1, 2010 the Village has a 73% return rate, the highest in the County. The Village Office will have a constant update on our local response rate. Let's go for 100% response!!!
     PO Box holders who do not get direct US Mail delivery at their homes will not get the survey until the Census Bureau employees start their neighborhood canvases around May 1st. If you have any questions a Census worker will be at the Town of Pembroke Office daily from 1:00 – 4:00 pm until April 19th.
    It is not recommended that people with P.O. Boxes go to QAC's to fill out forms, as they cannot be scanned and probably would not be processed in time to prevent a census taker from visiting the residence.  They might just as well wait for an enumerator to show up.  Remember if a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door 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. The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers nor will employees solicit donations or contact you via e-mail.

MAYOR & TRUSTEE NEWS

   From Mayor Todd Skeet:
     We are finally through with winter, which fortunately was a mild one. Though it was cold, we lucked out with a perfect day for our Annual Winterfest.  It turned out bigger than ever and a fun time was had by all, especially the kids. We want to thank everyone who came out and supported this fun event and a special thank you to the Boy Scouts who celebrated their 100th year at the Winterfest.
SEWER: Last summer we did a lot of remodeling and cleaning at the Sewer Plant and complex. We will continue that this summer.  We are still working with the Town of Pembroke in developing a Sewer District.
POLICE: The biggest news is that we have received our new License Plate Reader which was fully funded through a grant.  It is already in use and we are gearing up for the Concert Season.  Be sure to check the Concert Schedule in this newsletter so you can use alternate routes on Concert days.  We do our best to try to accommodate local traffic, but delays are unavoidable.
MAINTENANCE:  Our crew has been working on repairing and painting the backhoe and getting Village Equipment ready for the busy summer season.  They have already begun picking up brush. See guidelines for Brush pickup in this newsletter. Please make sure there is NO ANIMAL WASTE in your brush, bag loose leaves and keep branches at 4’ lengths.  For large amounts please call for the trailer. There is no charge for us to leave the trailer. 
     Last year we did not put out the Village Flower pots due to road construction.  We would like your feedback as to whether you would like us to continue with the Flower pots on the corners of the streets.  Let us know what you think.
     Roll-off schedule is also included in this newsletter. Please stick to the schedule.  Last year we had some problems with people using the dumpster at unauthorized times and dumping illegal items or household garbage in it.  If anyone is caught dumping without a Village Employee present charges will be filed.
DRAINAGE PROJECT:  Work has begun on the Drainage Project on Thompson Drive and Longs Lane and will continue in full swing until it is completed as weather cooperates.  To those homeowners affected by the work, please be assured that all property is to be returned to pre-existing condition.  If there are any questions or problems concerning the project you can contact the Office, myself or Trustees Peterson or Graham.  We are still excited about the project and believe that it will help the drainage situation in the Village.
OFFICE:  The office staff is continually working towards updating operations and are currently preparing for a new Property Tax program to streamline and save time on data entry.  As noted at the beginning of this newsletter the office will be closed from Tuesday April 20th through Thursday April 22nd so they can attend a Municipal Accounting class to update them on all the changes that are continually taking place in Government recordkeeping. They have also been keeping busy working on next year’s budget.
COURT: Currently the Court office is working on an Archives grant that was received for preserving court records, and of course continually working on collecting the fines from those who recklessly speed through our Village.
     As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact myself or any of the Trustees.

From Trustee Tom Sobczak;
     Greetings to everyone!  First off, I want to thank everyone who voted for my re-election.   I didn't have a chance to do any campaigning (due to the death of my mom a week and a half before the election) so the fact that I still made the cut really showed me that many of you are happy with the job I've been doing.  That being said, unfortunately I have some bad news to report in regards to my "big" project, namely the proposed park at the old Sid Harper house on East Main.  While this should come as no surprise to anyone who lives in New York State, I have to report that we were turned down for the park grant we applied for.  I must admit that while I was hopeful we would be awarded this grant, I know enough about NY state politics and the current budget situation to know that we likely weren't going to receive it.  The simple fact is that most state grants go to places in the eastern half of the state while here in western NY we usually get the short end of the stick.  This is nothing new to anyone who follows these things and nothing that will likely change any time soon.
      Now, before I write something that will get me in trouble, I'll change gears and say that while getting help from the state is a bust, in my view this park project is far from a dead issue and I will continue to work at trying to find ways to make it a reality.  If anyone has any ideas on how we can get some funding, I would be more than happy to hear them.  The problem with this property and the way it looks is still an issue and I'm certainly not going to leave it up to the state to decide if it's worth doing something about it or not.  Finally, I would like to thank Glenn Russ for all the help he gave me over the last couple of years in regards to this park project.  I will definitely miss having him on the board and I wish him the best of luck in whatever he gets into next.  I'd like to wish everyone a safe and happy spring and again thank everyone who helped in my re-election to the board.

From Trustee Al Graham:
     Hey Folks! Well our Drainage Project is underway. As I write this letter, Thompson Drive has been started and Longs Lane will start in the next few days.  The crews will be hopping around a little at the beginning working at the driest areas, trying not to tear up yards as much as possible.  If a problem comes up give the Village office a call and someone will get hold of me and we will try to work it out.
      We will be working on another grant to upgrade the Sewer Plant and to do that we will be sending out another Income Survey.  It is very important that you return the survey because NO SURVEY – NO GRANT!
     We will also be applying for a NYSERDA Energy Grant at the end of the month to replace all the lighting at the Sewer compound and a possible generator replacement.
     The Board is working hard on the Budget to keep taxes down and maintain services, while doing the much needed upgrades in all Departments.  One way to do that is through grants, but before we can apply Engineering studies and Income Surveys must be completed.  The upgrades have to be done, either through Grants or through Taxes.  It’s up to you to pick how we pay for them. My vote is for grants, what’s yours?  Again I need to stress it is very important to fill out the Survey when you receive it and return it as soon as possible. All the survey information is secret and no one from the Village will ever see them.
     Have a great summer and remember to keep our Service Members in your prayers.

  From Trustee Ralph Peterson:
  The construction portion of the Storm Drain Project (SDP) has begun. It is a very exciting time. It is very rewarding to see the results of all our efforts, however we still have a long ways to go. Please feel free to contact the Village Office with questions or concerns related to the SDP.   A special thanks to Al Graham for addressing the on-site SDP constructions questions and concerns.
   I will be the only Board Member to attend the Governors Conference in Albany.  It would be difficult to quantify but I’m sure that our participation is the last conference played a role in helping the Village to obtain grants to address some of our issues (i.e. Storm Drain Project).
  One of my goals is to obtain some understanding of how the state is going to address the states financial issues. We are fortunate that we do not rely on state funding to pay for the services we provide. If you have any questions that you would like me to ask provide them in writing to the Village Office on or before May 13, 2010. I will try to provide a written response.
  We are in the final stage of or budget. Please plan to attend the public hearing on the 2010 budget on Monday April 26th at 7:00 pm.

From Trustee Dave Bielec;
     Being newly elected I am just getting into the swing of things.  I was born and raised in Corfu and returned to the community I love.  This past winter I served on the Winterfest committee and have become involved in many other community activities. One of my goals is to make sure the Village of Corfu residents have their input on Village Board decisions.  I want to thank all those who supported me and I am looking forward to serving you.  

    From Jim Meier, Police Supervisor;
     As all of you know Darien Lake and the Concert season is just around the corner. Every year we go into the season hoping that this year will be better than last, but year after year the same problems and a few new ones come up. Please understand that we would love to keep the village open to the residents during the heavy traffic times, it is not possible. We get pressure from New York State to make sure traffic never backs up on the thruway. Please understand we do the best we can to keep the traffic moving. If you can’t avoid the Rt 77/Rt 33 intersection during the heavy traffic times then you will need to plan ahead for delays. You can expect heavy traffic starting a couple hours prior to the beginning of each concert and a couple hours after. The current concert schedule is listed at the end of the newsletter. This can and will change. If you find yourself in heavy traffic please be patient and we will get you through as soon as we can.
     On a different note I was able to secure a grant for $18,550 from New York State for a new License Plate Reader for the Police Dept. You will see it in use starting in April.
     Thanks for your patience and lets all have a fun safe summer.

100th YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

     What an exciting time to become involved with the exciting adventure of scouting.  Now is a good time to join and enjoy the activities and attend Summer Camp.  If your son or another youth you know is interested, please call Charlie at 599-3748 for information.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS by AL

Thanks to all who attended Winterfest.  Here are a few new Village history tidbits:

  • 7/12/1878 – The newspaper stated that Corfu was proud to get a new barber pole just like the Metropolitan areas.
  • 1888 – The total Property taxes paid by Village residents was $523.98.
  • 1906 – The practice of electing Village Board members for two years instead of one began.
  • 1908 – Village residents voted 21-8 to purchase the Corfu Opera House for a Village Hall.
  • 1910 – The Village gave the High School permission to play sports at the Village Hall.
  • 1925 – A news article mentioned that the Corfu Senior Prom featured “Fatty’s East Aurora Orchestra” stating that it was the best dance music that ever “staggered” into Corfu.
  • 1941 – Corfu had the first Civil Defense plan in Genesee County.
  • 1951 – Extra Police patrols were started on May 20th & 27th at Scott’s Greenhouse due to the heavy traffic when the tulips were in bloom.

      The next Pembroke Historical program is Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm at the Pembroke Town Hall. It will be a program by Don Read and Greg Kinal about Abraham Lincoln.  It should be very interesting and entertaining.  Remember there is no charge and you do not have to be a member to attend.

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.

BRUSH & BRANCH PICKUP

     Scheduled pickup for brush will be on Mondays and Fridays through the season. Brush and branches should be in manageable lengths not longer than 4 feet. On large amounts of brush or debris, please contact the Village office as we may be able to pick it up on site rather than you having to haul it to roadside or 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. 
    The same holds true with roll-off items.  If you have large items that need to be picked up please contact the Village Office.  A roll-off schedule follows.

TRASH DISPOSAL ROLL-OFF

All Roll-off hours are Friday 3:00pm –6:00pm and Saturday 8:00am – 12:00noon
There is no Roll-Off in July

Fri     May 7th   Fri     June 11th   Fri    August 13th Fri     September 10th Fri    October 8th
Sat     May 8th       Sat     June 12th  Sat    August 14th Sat    September 11th     Sat    October 9th


      We request that you do not bring any recyclable items such as glass, tin cans, or No.1 and 2 plastics. These should be put with your curbside service. These items can also be taken to the Town of Pembroke Recycling Center, free of charge on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.  They also accept newspapers and magazines.
     We cannot accept the following items: tires, oil, garbage, toxic materials, refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners, unless Freon has been removed. Paint cans will only be accepted if empty and lid removed. We will accept car batteries, couches, stoves, dishwashers and mattresses.  If you need help with large items, please call the Village Office at 599-3327.
     The Village reserves the right to reject large amounts of trash and to stop receiving once the container is full. We suggest that residents who are doing major remodeling work to please contract for their own dumpster for trash removal. This service is intended for residential use.
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.
HAPPY SPRING CLEANING!!!

SWIMMING POOLS
                                                 
     Reminder: Pool credits can be given on sewer bills only if water readings are given to the Village Office prior to filling and after filling pool and totals over 5000 gallons.  Also remember when emptying pools DO NOT empty them into a neighbors yard.  By law, you cannot create a water problem for neighboring property.

HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION

     There will be a Free Household Hazardous Waste/Pharmaceutical Collection taking place in Batavia on Saturday, May 15th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, sponsored by GLOW Region Solid Waste.  You MUST CALL FOR RESERVATIONS as soon as possible to reserve a spot.
     Acceptable materials include: Vehicle fluids (except Motor Oil), Lead Acid Batteries, Household Cleaning products, Pesticides and Insecticides, Polishes and wax, Resins and adhesives, Oil base Paint and stain (No Latex), Fluorescent Light bulbs and tubes, Pool chemicals, Driveway Sealer, 1 lb and 20 lb Propane Canisters and tanks, Home computers, Microwaves, TVs, Outdated, unwanted medicines (no needles).
     For information or to make reservations call 585-344-2580 Ext 5463 or you may email at glow@co.genesee.ny.us

2010 ANTI RABIES IMMUNIZATION CLINICS

     Genesee County Health Department is sponsoring Anti-Rabies Immunization Clinics at the following locations, dates and times:
     Leroy Village Highway Garage         May 6, 2010              4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
         (58 North Street, Leroy)
     Centennial Park - Batavia               June 12, 2010         10:00 am- 2:00 pm
        (Ellicott & Park Avenue)
     Genesee County Fairgrounds        August 19, 2010          4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
     Pembroke Highway Dept.             September 16, 2010      4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
     Leroy Village Highway Garage       October 21, 2010          4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dog, Cat and Ferret vaccinations are free for Genesee County residents. A $5.00 voluntary donation per animal is requested to offset clinic expenses.

CONCERT SCHEDULE

Date   Concert Time Gates Open  

6/2/2010

Wed

7:00pm

5:30pm

Dave Matthews Band

The Felice Brothers

6/18/2010

Fri

4:00pm

4:00pm

Brad Paisley

Darius Rucker, Justin Morre,

7/3/2010

Sat

7:00pm

6:00pm

Gods & Guns Tour

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bret Michaels, 38 Special

7/10/2010

Sat

7:30pm

6:30pm

Brooks & Dunn

Gary Allan

7/14/2010

Wed

12:00pm

11:00am

Warped Tour

numerous

7/30/2010

Fri

7:30pm

6:30pm

Kings of Leon

TBA

8/5/2010

Thu

7:00pm

6:00pm

Green Day

AFI

8/6/2010

Fri

7:00pm

6:00pm

Tim McGraw

Lady Antebellum, Love & Theft

8/8/2010

Sun

6:30pm

5:30pm

Paramore

Tegan & Sara

8/11/2010

Wed

7:00pm

6:00pm

John Mayer

Train

8/14/2010

Sat

7:00pm

6:00pm

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Crosby Stills & Nash

8/20/2010

Fri

7:30pm

6:30pm

Toby Keith

TBA

9/3/2010

Fri

7:30pm

6:30pm

Rascal Flatts

Kellie Pickler, Chris Young

KINGDOM BOUND: Sunday 8/1 – Wednesday 8/4