Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

SUMMER 2008 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


July 10, 2008

VILLAGE OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY  ---  9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M
TUESDAY & THURSDAY --- 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

NOTICE: Saturday, July 19th, 9:30 AM at Community Center, 116 E. Main, there will be a Village “Town Meeting” with a representative from Assemblyman Steve Hawley’s office. Come one, Come all!

SEWER BILLING – NEW FORMAT!

No more little postcards to get lost on your desk! You will notice your new sewer bill is regular 8 ½” x 11” paper with top portion to be returned with your payment. I’m sure there will be a few kinks to work out with this new billing system, but we hope it will be easier for everyone.

SEWER READINGS – AN EXPLANATION
     As we’re sure most are aware, Monroe County has been doing some major water main work throughout the Village. Remember the work being done has nothing to do with the Village. It is strictly a Monroe County Water Project, however, during this time many residents will have been placed on a temporary by-pass system for several weeks at a time. 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 is 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 Public Grievance time on Monday July 28th from 7:30 to 8:00 pm during Committee meeting of the Board of Trustees. This time is not to lodge complaints about the construction project by Monroe County Water. It is for billing questions only. It would be helpful if you plan to attend, to let the office know in advance so individual household records may be available if needed.

NEWS FROM OUR MAYOR & TRUSTEES

Mayor Todd Skeet:
     Hope you are all having a nice summer, trying to ignore steel plates and traffic delays. We have been informed that the Water line project is about halfway through. Please remember that this is not a Village project and the Village has no control over this project. We have no say in how, when or where the work progresses, so calls to the Village Office or Board members will only be referred to Monroe County Water. 
Police & Court: I’m sure most of you would appreciate an update on long-time Officer Dennis Yueckstock. He has just undergone quadruple heart by-pass surgery on July 1st and last report is that he is doing fine and is well on the way to recovery from this new development. I’m sure he would appreciate hearing from you.
     I’m sure you have noticed some new faces in our Police force. We would like to welcome seasonal officers Jim Delacy, Brian Marsceill and Bob Bramer for our busy summer months. The seasonal force is working well with our regular officers and has already gotten several drunk drivers off the streets of Corfu, not to mention slowing down the speeders. During the Lake concert season we know the delays can be annoying. When our Village Officers are running the red light, they do try to keep the flow on Route 33 going while other police agencies are not as concerned about Route 33 traffic. We ask that you please bear with the traffic delays. The worst concerts are over.
     Just a reminder that if you have any police related problems, in an emergency you can call 9-1-1, or you may call the Village Office and your call will be handled as quickly and efficiently as possible.
     The Village Board is pleased to relate to you, our taxpayers, that our Public Safety (Police) and Court System have not been costing you a red cent for the past two years. In the past two years we have been able to increase our summer coverage, increase Court Clerk hours to full-time to handle the additional work, as well as update our police equipment, with ticket revenues completely covering the expenses. Our new Court Clerk, Brandi Alexander, has also been instrumental in the increased revenues with her dogged determination to collect on old past-due fines, some dating back to the 1990’s. Great job Brandi!
Office: We would like to welcome our new Deputy Clerk, Denise Beal to the Village staff. She comes to us with a working knowledge of computers and the software programs we now have up and running, and will be a great help in freeing up some time for our Clerk, Sandy Thomas, to work on grant follow-up, update more of the office systems and filing, prepare for the upcoming audit and provide the checks and balances required for municipalities.
Maintenance: Our maintenance crew has got the cleanout completed on the ditch along the tracks from Maple Avenue to Thompson Drive and the water is flowing better than ever. Clean out will continue as time allows between other projects.

     Maple Avenue repaving is scheduled to begin mid to end of July or early August. Some site-work is being done in preparation. We are endeavoring to keep as much as possible “in-house” to avoid the increased cost of outside contractors.
     Mike Smith has also been busy with striping at Village street crossings, lawn maintenance, doing some of the maintenance on Village vehicles, handling Roll-off and brush pickup. For brush pickup please help by keeping branches at small lengths and bagging grass and leaves. You can also help by keeping an eye on the Village flowerpots. We have had two of them stolen!
     Upcoming projects include Maple Avenue, continued creek cleanout and working on viaduct sidewalk and railing.
Sewer: The Sewer department is running smoothly. Valley River has caught a few illegal hookups, which has reduced excess water going through the plant by at least 10,000 gallons/day, helping to reduce operation costs. We are still looking at ways to help the water problems on Lawrence Avenue. For future extensive work addressing Village drainage issues, we won’t hear about the Small Cities grant until mid-September. Any monies spent prior to the grant would not be reimbursable according to our Grant writers.
     As some may have noticed there is a new building at the Sewer complex. It is a 24’ x 24’ storage building for sludge. Along with the progressive new design on our drying beds, this will help reduce hauling costs even more. The building should pay for itself in savings in a little over a year.
     As always if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact any of the Board members or myself through the Village Office. Have a safe and Happy summer!
           
Trustee Glenn Russ:
     HI EVERYONE! Though it does not feel like summer, the calendar tells us it’s July. Hope you all enjoyed a safe Fourth of July. Have you been starting those summer projects yet? Well, weather permitting, I wish you all good luck. Again the good weather brings out many people, walking, riding bikes, running, children playing and motorcycles, so please take the extra moment while backing out or pulling into driveways.
      The Board has been busy interviewing and hiring 3 new seasonal police officers, Brian Marsceill, Jim Delacy and Bob Bramer.  Please welcome them to our village.
     We have also hired a new deputy clerk to assist our clerk, Sandy Thomas with the many duties it takes to run the office.  We welcome Denise Beal, from the town of Darien, who comes to our village with an impressive resume and background. She will be a great asset.
     We have also completed a new sludge drying building down at the Sewer plant. We now can handle more dry waste and reduce roll-off on site storage, which costs just to have it on property until it’s full. Now we can build up the dry waste to fill up the roll-off with all dry waste and have only a hauling charge, saving the village a lot of money.

Trustee Tom Sobczak:
     This morning I was reminded of an old joke I heard about Western New York, which is that there are two seasons here....winter and construction seasons. This point was literally “in my face” today as I was greeted by a bunch of construction vehicles on my front lawn when I went to pick up my mail. Yes, the Monroe County sewer project has arrived at my front door and from the looks of it, they will be here waking me up at 8AM for at least the next week or two. I mention this to point out that even as a trustee, there is nothing I can do about the inconvenience of this project. It is not a Village project, it’s a Monroe County Water project and they are the folks you need to talk to if you have any issues about it. None of us enjoy the traffic delays, chewed up streets (and lawns) and all the other stuff associated with it but it’s a project that is long overdue (some of our water pipes date back to the 1930s!) so we need to grin and bear it, knowing that the end result will be worth it.
     In other news, in our ongoing efforts to bring our front office into the 21st century, I’d like to welcome Denise Beal, who has been hired as our new Deputy Office Clerk, to the village team. Denise has been hired to help lighten some of Sandy’s huge work load and so far she’s been doing a great job and has fit right in.
     Finally, in my continued efforts to rid the village of the abandoned/neglected properties, plans are underway to do something about the empty house on East Main Street (between the Mercantile & the Liquor store). It’s still in the very early stages so I can’t really tell you much, but for those of you who agree with me that something needs to be done about this eyesore, be advised I’m doing what I can to take care of it.
      Well, it sounds like the construction vehicles have left for the day so I’ll wrap this up by wishing everyone a safe and happy rest of your summer. Stay Cool!

Trustee Ralph Peterson:
     The opening of K&K has brought a modern look to our Village. These changes could not have occurred without clear communications and cooperation between residents, business and municipalities. I want to thank everyone.
     Attending Steve Hawley’s Government Conference was very informative. I learned a lot about how our state budget process works and the goals of our state government. As citizens must become more knowledgeable in the goals of our state government and what our state representatives and county representatives are doing to help our communities. We are fortunate Mr. Hawley represents us.
     The state’s goal is to increase shared services in small communities. It’s a good plan.  Sharing services reduces operating cost and capital expenditures. However, the state does not make this easy. As I complete my term my goal is to improve communications between adjacent municipalities.

     We are all feeling the economic pinch caused by increasing energy cost and it’s affect on all aspects of our daily lives. Municipalities are no different. Working with neighboring municipalities with the goal of operating more efficiently is critical to our community success.
     All residents have a safe, healthy and blessed summer.

Trustee Al Graham:
     As all the other Trustees have updated you on most everything, just want to reiterate that with higher fuel, utilities and general costs of doing business, we are doing our best to lower expenses wherever we can, such as the sludge hauling and using “in-house” labor whenever we can on various projects. We are pursuing grants in every department to also help to defray costs, and will continue to look for more grants to utilize to lower expenses.

TRASH DISPOSAL ROLL OFF

  Note: All Roll-off hours are Friday 3-6 PM and Saturday 9AM – 1 PM

            Fri    August 8th           Sat    August 9th
         Fri    September 12th       Sat    September 13th
         Fri    October 10th          Sat    October 11th

      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. 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.

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

     Since the weather has been nice and warm, thought I’d give you a little history to cool you off. This winter was quite cold and snowy (Over 100” in Buffalo), but it was nothing compared to the winter of 1944-45. On December 12, 1944 the area got hit with 18” of snow. Another significant storm hit on the 28th. January 4, 1945 the area got 19.5” of snow. Two more storms hit on the 24th and 31st. Many area roads were still plugged on February 2nd. On February 12th another storm with very high winds struck the area, making a total snowfall of 92” already. On February 16th the area was hit with severe thunderstorms, but it returned to winter by the end of the month. From February 24-27th another major snowstorm hit the area with snow and high winds. By early March some secondary roads were still snow packed as the temperature reached the 60’s and 70’s, causing some flooding. On March 12th the area got another 12” of snow. On March 22nd the temperature hit 80. It would be early April before all the secondary roads would be opened.

A Little Postal News: About 1900 the Corfu Post Office was located in a building about where Burling Drugs is now. A secret alarm for the Post Office was located in the Egloff House across the street (Sid Harper’s old house that is now vacant). One morning the alarm was tripped and Mr. Egloff went out on his front porch and shot and wounded one of the burglars from his front porch as the burglar left the Post Office.

Just a Side Note: Benjamin Franklin started the first Volunteer Fire Department in the U.S. and was the first Chief of a Volunteer Fire Department in the U.S.

REMINDER: BRICKHOUSE CORNERS FAIR IS SEPTEMBER 6TH, WITH LOTS OF FOOD, CRAFTS, DEMOS AND FREE ENTERTAINMENT. COME JOIN THE FUN!

THE “ICE” CAMPAIGN – A HELPFUL TIP

     Most people now carry cell phones, and have names and numbers stored in their memory, but no one other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends. This is the reason behind the “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) campaign. All you need to do is store the number of a person or persons who should be contacted during an emergency under the name “ICE” in the directory of your cell phone. For more than one contact name, simply enter “ICE1”, “ICE2”, “ICE3”, etc, and emergency personnel and/or hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number stored in the patients cell phone under “ICE”.
“Ice” will speak for you when you are not able to speak for yourself.