Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

SUMMER 2006 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER

PLANNING BOARD & ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
The Corfu Planning Board meetings are the Fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M. at the Village Office. The Board requests one day notice from individuals planning to attend. There is presently one opening on the Planning Board and three openings on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

BRUSH PICKUP REMINDER
Scheduled pick-up for brush will be on Mondays and Thursdays through the season. Leaves will be picked up if placed in garbage bags or containers and left at the curb.  Brush must be bundled (no longer than 4 ft. lengths).  No stones, weeds or dirt.  Please do not make the bags or containers so heavy that they rip or fall apart when picked-up.  If a large amount of brush or leaves must be disposed of, you may call for the Village truck.  You will be required to load the truck, but there will be no charge for hauling the brush.

CORFU FAMILY DAYS UPDATE
August 12th is nearing quickly. Enclosed you will find a schedule of some of the events and participants that have confirmed thus far. We have some great entertainment planned for the day. Some seating will be available but we do encourage you to bring a lawn chair for your comfort through the day. On the back of the Family Day schedule is a page for the kids (or grandkids) to draw and color their HERO. It can be anyone, from a family member to a movie superhero. Bring them on August 12th to our History/Information booth and they will be put on display. Also don’t let the kids forget to decorate their bike, trike or bigwheels in red, white & blue to honor our veterans for the Kiddie Parade at 4:00 on Maple Avenue. There will be one or two surprise Looney Toon characters to march with them.

NEW FACES ABOUND
As you may have noticed there are a few new faces working for the Village this summer. We would like to welcome Erik Lang, our new part-time maintenance worker. Erik has resided in the area his whole life and is quickly learning the ropes. We also have two new Seasonal Police Officers, Dan Wood and David Cristofaro to help us through that high traffic season of Six Flags. Rich Retzlaff is still filling in for Andy Houghton, who is on the mend and we hope to see him back with us soon.

 

TRASH DISPOSAL ROLL OFF
The Village once again has trash disposal in the village during 2006.  You may take your trash to the Sewer Plant on Fieldcrest Drive on the days and times as follows:
Day Date Time
Friday August 11 3:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday August 12 9:00am-1:00pm
Friday September 8 3:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday September 9 9:00am-1:00pm
Friday October 13 3:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday October 14 9:00am-1:00pm

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, refrigerator, freezers or air conditioners, unless the freon has been removed. We will accept car batteries, couches, stoves, dishwashers and mattresses.  If you need help with large items, please call the Village Office.

The Village reserves the right to reject large amounts of trash and to stop receiving once the container is full.  We suggest that residents doing major remodeling work, please contract for their own dumpster for trash removal. This service is intended for residential use and not for contractors to dispose of their work trash.

SIX FLAGS CONCERT SCHEDULE
Below are remaining concerts per the most recent schedule we received.

DATE START TIME DOORS OPEN APPX # SHOW SUPPORT GROUP
Sa 7/22 7:30 pm 6:00 pm 18,000 Goo Goo Dolls Counting Crows, Working Title
Th 7/27 12:30 pm 9:00 am 13,000 OZZFEST  
Su 7/30 7:00 pm 5:30 pm 9,500 Brooks & Dunn Sugarland
Tu 8/01 NOON 11:00 am 18,000 Vans Warped Tour  
We 8/02 7:00 pm 5:30 pm 5,500 Poison Cinderella
Su 8/13 7:30 pm 6:00 pm 5,000 John Fogerty Willie Nelson & Family
Tu 8/15 7:00 pm 5:30 pm 20,000 Tom Petty Allman Brothers
Fr 8/18 7:30 pm 6:00 pm 15,000 Toby Keith Joe Nichols & Show Dogs
Tu 8/29 2:00 pm TBD   Edgefest Outie Korn & Deftones
Mo 9/04 7:00 pm 5:30 pm   Godsmack Rob Zombie & Shinedown
We 9/20 7:30 pm 6:00 pm 12,000 Def Leppard Journey

Please be patient with the officers on the corner. They only follow orders from the higher ups of the Sheriff’s Department and NYS Troopers. During Concert nights please allow extra “signal” time when you have to travel.

NEWS FROM THE MAYOR & TRUSTEES

Mayor Todd Skeet

I hope you are all staying cool this summer. Please remember to check with your elderly neighbors during these heat spells.

I wish Louis Reeb Jr. and his Organ Donor a speedy recovery and the best of health in the future.

Completed Projects

Trustee Ralph Peterson and myself have completed many changes in the infrastructure and scheduling of our Police Department and Justice System. It’s currently working very well and continues to be a work in progress.

We have also received a Grant for $3,342.00 for our Police Department with which we purchased 2 new lap top computers and ticket equipment that are compatible with the County’s Tracs System.

Speaking of grants, we also received a Grant for $2,339.00 for Records Management Improvement. Improvements to our records management will begin after Clerk Thomas attends a grant recipient meeting next week.

We just received word from Senator Mary Lou Rath’s office that we are the recipients of a grant for $12,000.00 to fund a capital improvement plan. More details on this grant will be forthcoming.

Projects in Progress
We are working hand in hand with Six Flags on traffic updates regarding heavy traffic flow.

Officer Dennis Yueckstock, Clerk Sandy Thomas and myself are working on a grant from Stop DWI, which will allow us to purchase police equipment and fund overtime hours spent on Stop DWI. Further information will be provided as the process progresses.

We haven’t heard anything on the Small Cities Grant as of yet. Please keep your fingers crossed.

The entire Board is working diligently on a Sewer Plan for the future. There is much research involved and we will keep you posted on all new information.

Beautifying the Village:
I hope you are enjoying the flowerpots in the Village. Our Maintenance department waters these pots daily, however on these hot weekends, they could really use a drink. If you have one near your residence and you could take a minute to water them we would greatly appreciate it.

We are all looking forward to seeing you at the Corfu Family Days on August 12th. Come enjoy the fun with your friends, neighbors and entire community.

Trustee Ralph T.(Rosey) Peterson, Jr.

I was sincerely touched by the response I received from Village residents regarding Magnolia. Maggie’s family sincerely thanks all of you for your support during this time. We thank you and wish you all God’s blessings.

Our Corfu Public Safety department has expanded and is providing the public safety presence we wanted for our Village residents. Our formal scheduling process is producing an average of 16-hours per day coverage.

My immediate task is to establish a two-year schedule for our Sewer Project. The initial engineering study is completed. The results indicate that we have some excess capacity to market. We have the potential to be an impact contributor to the development of this community in Commercial and Residential applications. The Board is excited about the potential impact the Village of Corfu can provide this community. The plan for this quarter is to complete the Sewer Project Plan.

Trustee Peg Patterson
Warm summer greetings to all village residents. It is good to see the sunshine and warm weather.  As you take this time to stroll through the village or ride your bicycle, make sure you wave to your fellow “Corfucians” as they garden or stroll along too. I hope you are all enjoying the beautiful flowerpots throughout the village. They are a nice color enhancer.

Over the last few months since our last newsletter, I have been involved in the multijurisdictional predisaster mitigation planning committee. I know it’s a mouthful. Basically towns, villages, fire, police, health, and many more organizations are working together to establish plans of action for various types of possible disasters that could affect anyone of the various entities involved. This is a new team that needs to work together in order for local municipalities to be eligible for Federal Emergency Management funding in the future. The goal is to have a countywide plan so everyone knows points of contact and plans of action in the event of a natural, accidental and terrorist derived disaster.

We are continuing to work with the grant writers for various types of funding for the village.  There are other grants in process along with the small cities grant for the drainage issues that was submitted in April. We have received money for our police department already through a grant.  This will allow us to purchase new laptops for the police cars and further enhance their abilities to do their job better.  The police department is doing a wonderful job in working to slow down all the tourists that pass through our village this summer. Please be sure to thank our officers if you see them out on your walks or bike rides. They will be a big part of our Corfu Day coming in only a few short weeks. Please, if you haven’t marked your calendars for August 12 starting at 4pm, do so now.  There is a full afternoon of entertainment, activities and food lined up.   I look forward to meeting many more of you there. 

Trustee Tom Sobczak
Well, I made it through my first few months of being a Trustee and so far it’s been quite an experience. It’s a lot more work than I expected but it’s been worth every minute of it. I’ve had the chance to meet a great many of my neighbors, both while running the roll off in May and during the parade on Memorial Day. Remember I am here to represent you and always ready to listen to your concerns and comments, so feel free to let me know what’s on your mind. I looks forward to seeing more of you throughout the summer and especially at Corfu Days on August 12. We have a ton of great stuff planned and it should be a great time for all. WYRK’s John Lamond’s band will be there playing some great music along with great food, games and lots more. Have a great summer and watch out for that sunburn!

Deputy Mayor Glenn Russ
Hi from the Village Board. I hope all are enjoying the summer, unlike the people who have found speeding and other infractions in our little village not so enjoyable. By now I hope everyone has seen the impact and presence of our Police force doing what they need to do to keep our streets and Village safe.

As continuing work goes on with our sewer plant with upgrades and repair, we have reached a point in our system where we have a capacity we can market outside the Village. Some interest has been shown and meetings will be set up at a later date with interested parties.

As everyone knows it is hot and humid. Please don’t forget the comfort of your pets. They need clean water and food every day. Ice in their water helps keep them cool.

An amazing thing happened in our community as it came together for a great cause in helping a family move forward in a life saving operation for one of its own, Louis Reeb Jr, son of Louis and Rusty Reeb. A donor, who would like to remain out of the spotlight, stepped forward to give Louis a kidney, which is to be respected and admired for their selflessness. All are reportedly doing well with recovery. A Great Thanks goes out to all who were involved in this effort. This is what living together is all about in Corfu and gives pride to our community. As always, if you have a concern, an idea or would like to help in our community, please contact the Village Office. Don’t forget Saturday August 12,  “Corfu Family Days”, and have a continued great summer.


REMINDER FROM YOUR VILLAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT
OPEN CONTAINER LAW

Local Law #2 of 1984, Section 2 states: A) “No person shall drink or otherwise consume liquor, wine, beer or alcoholic beverages nor carry, transport or have in his or her possession any open bottle or open container, containing liquor, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages while such person, whether or not in a vehicle, is in or upon any public sidewalk, street, highway or other such public place as defined herein except for areas designated by Resolution of the Board of Trustees during special events and further excepting premises duly licensed for sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises. The presence of an open bottle or open container in any vehicle while in or on any area set forth in this section shall be presumptive evidence that the same is in the possession of each and every occupant of said vehicle in violation of this section. B) For purposes of this section the term public place shall include in addition to the areas listed in sub-paragraph A above, those places to which a substantial group of persons has access, and shall include, but not be limited to, highways, transportation facilities, achools, places of amusement, parks, parking lots and playgrounds…” Section 3, B – Penalties: Each violation of any provision of Section 2 of this Local Law shall be deemed an offense and shall be punishable by a fine in an amount not to exceed One Hundred Dollars ($100.00).

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL
     Don’t forget this year’s Family Day is August 12th and it’s theme is Historical! If you have any historical artifacts, photos, postcards, letters, anything you would like to share with fellow residents, we will be setting up some displays that show what it was like to live in “days gone by”. Just contact Al at 599-4195 or Sandy at the Village Office at 599-3327. We would also welcome anyone who would like to volunteer their time to relate to the younger generation what Corfu was like in the past. Let’s make the Family days a community event to remember! Also just a reminder September 9th is the annual Brick House Fair. And now ...

A FEW HISTORICAL TIDBITS
  • When John Long (considered the founder of Corfu) first came here in 1807 he actually settled about two miles west of the Village. It would be 8-10 years before he would move to a site on the SW corner of what is now Main and Allegheny. His father David Long came with him and settled just north of the four corners. The settlement was known as Longs Corners until it was changed to Corfu in 1839.
  • When the first Post Office opened in Corfu (1839) mail was delivered by horseback from Darien on Tuesday and Friday.
  • In 1838 the street now called Depot Street was called Cob Alley.
  • The fist heat stove was installed in the Village in 1840. Until then houses were heated by fireplaces.
  • In 1838 whiskey was sold at grocery stores for 15 cents a gallon.
  • In 1820 the first public school was built on South Allegheny.
  • The railroad first came to Corfu in 1852.
  • During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s there was a baseball park known as “Kinne Park” in Corfu. It was located behind Evergreen Hill Cemetery, probably in the clearing by the Water Plant.
  • Evergreen Hill Cemetery opened in 1878.
  • During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s Maple Ave was called Railroad St.
  • In April 1893 Clinton Mallison entered the store of a Mrs. Flanders and shot her three times in the head. She survived and Mallison went to prison until 1898.
  • Natural gas was discovered in Corfu in 1895.
Be sure to visit the Corfu Family Days Historical Booth on August 12th. Come and “sit a spell” and reminisce about days gone by in our great little Village.

WHAT’S 175 YEARS OLD & STILL GOING STRONG?

CONGRATULATIONS DADIO’S CENTRAL! For a historical background and photos on the “Central Hotel” visit the History booth at Corfu Family Days. Also Celebrate with Don and the gang with outdoor Entertainment on the 12th.

SEWER BILL REMINDER

Sewer bills are to be paid directly to the Village of Corfu within thirty (30) days from billing date. A penalty equal to ten percent (10%) of the original bill will be assessed to all accounts unpaid thirty (30) days from the date of billing 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.

OPEN BURNING
The New York State DEC states that there can be no burning of rubbish, including paper, rags, trees, leaves. branches, needles, or lawn and garden debris within the Village limits. The Village of Corfu has no law to restrict burning, however, Part 215.2(d)- Title 6 of the Environmental Conservation Law prohibits all fires and open burning in incorporated Villages, or in Towns with population greater than 20,000. This law can be enforced by any Conservation or police officer. Anyone needing further information may call the DEC in Avon at (716)226-5313, James Norsen.