Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

SUMMER 2009 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


July 15, 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.

FROM OUR MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT
Please Note: During the Road Construction there will not be brush pickup until better access is allowed.   

IMPORTANT, EXCITING NEWS!!!

      The Village Board is pleased to announce that according to a press release from the Office of Senator Paterson, the Village of Corfu is the recipient of stimulus funds through the Office of Community Renewal (AKA Small Cities) for the amount of $1,035,405 to address the drainage/storm sewer problems.  It is still in the early stages of planning but things will be happening quickly once it gets underway. Please see the back page of Newsletter for announcement of an informational meeting to take place on August 5th regarding the grant and what we know so far.

NEWS FROM THE MAYOR & TRUSTEES

Mayor Todd Skeet;
      Yes! You read that right. Our voice has finally been heard regarding our drainage problems. I won’t dwell on it here but I know you’re all as pleased as we were to get the news. We should know a lot more by the date of the informational meeting.
      I imagine you are all as tired of the rain this summer as I am. Hopefully the weather will start feeling like summer on a regular basis.
Traffic: I may as well start with traffic, as I am sure that between construction delays and concert delays everyone is already tired of it.  Please remember that the Village has no control whatsoever over what they are doing on the State highways.  If you have any concerns with the State road construction project, the local construction office is located in the old Liquor Store on the north side of Main Street and their local phone number is 599-4116.
The remaining Concert schedule is included in this newsletter.  There will be several Friday concerts, which seem to cause some of the worst congestion.  Our officers are doing the best they can so please be patient.  Please try to preplan your traveling accordingly as delays are inevitable.
Police:  As long as we’re on the topic of the Police department, we would like to welcome some new faces to our force.  Gene Nati, Ed Caton and Michael Okal have joined our ranks as part time officers.  All of our officers are working limited hours on a part-time basis and we try to schedule them for the most effective coverage, especially during concerts and high traffic times.
      We do have a couple of other new additions to our Police department. We have purchased a new SUV from last year’s budget, which will be used especially during the winter and for special details.  We have also just received a new Impala to replace the unmarked car from this year’s budget.  The old 2003 Impala and 2002 Dodge Intrepid will be going out to bid. The new vehicles were purchased entirely from revenues created by the Police Department at no additional cost to taxpayers.
      Another Police related project has been an addition to our Police Garage to accommodate the three Police vehicles.
Maintenance:  Our Maintenance department has been very busy laying new blacktop at the wastewater treatment plant utilizing monies from both last year and this year’s budgets.  They are doing about $80,000 worth of work for about $26,000 by doing in-house work.  We are fortunate to have a crew that is very multitalented and has enabled the Village to take on more projects due to the savings created by the in-house work they perform.
      As a result of those savings the Village has also been able to purchase a new dump truck for our Maintenance department.  The old 2002 truck will be put out for bid. The goal is to try to get all Village vehicles and equipment up-to-date and on a regular trade-in cycle of every two years.
      You may have noticed we did not put out the flower pots this season.  This is due to the road construction.  They will go out next year as we feel they are a pleasant, welcoming addition to the Village.  Our Maintenance crew will also do the sidewalk and road striping after the highway construction has been completed.
Office:  We have received a few complaints about the new phone system in the Village Office.  Obviously there are still a few kinks in the system to be worked out.  If you are anything like me, I hate having to listen to a long message explaining how to eventually talk to the human being of your choosing, just to have the message then tell you that human being is currently not available and for you to please leave a message.  What is originally meant to streamline and be more efficient sometimes seems to create more headaches. Please bear with us while we work out the kinks.

       Trustee Glenn Russ;
      Hi Everyone! Hope your 4th was safe and enjoyable, as was mine, even with all the slow moving road construction. It is much needed (and we’ll all be glad when it’s finished, I’m sure). Please remember the Village has no control over traffic control.
      I would like to thank all of you for your concerns/comments on our drainage problems in the Village.  Your attendance and involvement in the meetings was invaluable.  Most important were the pictures and letters on your personal mold and standing water problems that you submitted for the grant.  We’ve learned that if at first you don’t succeed, reapply, reapply again.  You see, we can move mountains when we all work together.
     There has been a lot going on in all departments in the Village.  Down at the Sewer plant they have been running a water line to the Maintenance building, put in a concrete pad for the Roll-offs, added onto the Police Garage to protect and accommodate the Police vehicles, and paving around the Sewer Plant will soon be completed.
     Also I’m sure you have noticed that Sid Harper’s old home property has been boarded up for safety, thanks to Tom Sobczak’s persistence. A job well done.

Trustee Al Graham;
     Flush and Forget!
     Spring and summer are the busiest seasons for me in the Wastewater business. I’m in charge of eight plants and collection systems in WNY, and spring and summer season is project time at all the plants. We are always uninstalling old or broken equipment and reinstalling new or rebuilt equipment, painting, cleaning… You get the picture.
     In all the Villages we work with, we work closely with the DPW departments. It’s funny because they all seem to have the same comments when they are helping us on a project, for example;

  • I’m not touching that!
  • How can you stand that smell?
  • I’m glad that’s not my job!
  • Let me know the day before we have to do this again so I can call in sick!

A lot of you have probably seen that  TV Show  “Dirty Jobs”  with  Mike  Rowe.
I’m sitting home one night watching the show and Lo and Behold it’s Mike at the bottom of a sewer lift station helping the crew clean it out. He is scraping big hunks of (insert colorful metaphor) off the lift station walls, while a vacuum truck sucks it up. So anyway, there’s Mike in his waders and raingear, sewage pouring in all around him and he does this kind of slight dry heave, looks at the camera and says, “This is it! This is the worst, the WORST thing I have ever done!”
     Anyone that has worked in this line of work has been soaked from head to toe with sewage and/or sludge.  The clothes they wore to work had to be tossed out. By the way, you learn real fast to bring a spare change of clothes with you. Just ask Greg Lang.  We have to be licensed by the DEC and go through constant training because of the safety and health dangers that come with the job. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is it’s a nasty job but somebody has to do it!
     Most people don’t think about what happens after they flush, (nor do they want to) or what it takes to keep things running and operating so they don’t have to worry about it.  A funny thing about the people that do this work is that for the most part they love their jobs. They know that not everyone could do it, or I should say would want to do it. And of course it’s never sunny and 75 degrees when something breaks down … it’s 2:00 in the morning, in January and it’s sleeting rain with high winds. We have a saying; “The Few, The Proud, The Sewer Department”.
      So the next time you see a guy hooked up to a harness and tripod about to be lowered into a manhole, stop and tell him “thanks for doing that so I don’t have to think about it”.  Don’t worry; we’re on the job, so just Flush and Forget About It!

Trustee Ralph Peterson;
The Village Employee Efficiency/ Effectiveness Project (VEP) is moving along well. We have assigned specific labor codes for the Maintenance Department and Office. I want to thank our office and maintenance employees for their input and assistance. Without their participation these accomplishments could not have been obtained. Our next step is to create the same results in the Police Department and Court System. When completed this information will help us better allocate our employees.
     The differences in job duties offer some challenges that will be overcome using teamwork concepts, clear communication and focus on the goals of this project. For these projects to be effective and long lasting Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all employees must be developed. This has been something we have struggled with since I have been on the board. The Mayor has tasked me with including SOP into the VEP. Our employees are doing outstanding work, however without an objective method to evaluate performance it is difficult to reward our outstanding performers.  I will be working with all Village Departments to develop a method/process to evaluate employee efficiency, effectiveness and SOP for all Departments.

Trustee Tom Sobczak;
      Happy summer to everybody!!  As I write this its early/mid July and it doesn't exactly feel like it (temps in the 60s) but I'm sure it will be hot like we expect very soon.  Also, I hope everybody has survived the road construction that has overtaken our village in recent weeks.  At this point it appears that it's almost finished and the end result will be worth any inconvenience we've had to put up with. Then once that’s all over, we can dig up the Village all over again with the Drainage grant project! But again it will be worth it in the end.
      Finally, I just wanted to give you a brief update on my current project.  The filing system in the village office is in dire need of a revamp and very soon I will be joining Sandy & Denise in an effort to update it and bring it into the 21st century.  From the looks of it, it will be a long and complicated project but the end result will be a sleeker and more efficient system that will make anything we need a lot easier to locate.  Please pardon any mess we may make if you drop by the office in the next few weeks because, like the road construction, the end result will be worth it.  Here's wishing everybody a continued safe and happy summer.

Sergeant James Meier;
       We are approximately half way through the summer, where does the time go? August will bring more Darien Lake Concerts and heavy traffic, please be patient with our officers and expect delays. We hired four officers and are just finishing the on the job training of the third Police Officer. I expect to start the fourth Officer’s training early in August. We purchased two new Police vehicles, one from last year’s budget and one from this year. We are having a record year with traffic enforcement, which helps keep the streets safe. I want to thank all of you for your continued support of the Police Department. Without your support we would have a much harder time completing the goals that we have set. Thank you.  

NO OPEN BURNING!!!

     We have had reports that some Village residents have been burning brush or leaves within the Village limits. 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.

DARIEN LAKE CONCERT SCHEDULE

Those in Bold print expect heaviest traffic.

DATE

DAY

TIME

DOORS

SHOW

SUPPORT

8/8/09

Sat

7:30

6:30

Creed

TBA

8/13/09

Thu

7:00

5:30

Phish

 

8/14/09

Fri

7:30

6:30

Brad Paisley

Dierks Bentley, Jimmy Wayne

8./21/09

Fri

7:00

6:00

Blink 182

Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco,
Chester French

8/28/09

Fri

7:30

6:30

Journey

TBA

9/04/09

Fri

7:30

6:30

Toby Keith

Trace Adkins

9/05/09

Sat

5:00

4:00

Cruefest-Motley Crue

Godsmack

KINGDOM BOUND: Sun. August 2 – Wed. August 5

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL

     Now that the remodeling of the Corfu Library is almost complete, I thought I would give a very brief history of the Library.

  • On June 5, 1920 the Corfu Shakespeare Club (now the Corfu Study Club) opened a Library on the upper floor of the Lawrence Building at 10 E. Main St. (former Pizza Pantry building)
  • Around 1900 the Corfu Gas Company built new offices on Railroad Street (now 7 Maple Ave). In 1919 the building was sold to the Corfu Girl Scouts.  On June 29, 1927 the Girl Scouts deeded the building to the Corfu Library for $1.00.  This is still the current location of the Library.
  • In 1967 a new wing was added to the north side of the Library.
  • Another room was added to the rear of the Library in 1976.
  • In 1988 a Handicap Ramp was installed on the south side of the building.
  • Several other renovations have been done through the years.
  • In December 2005 the Corfu Free Library was ranked ninth in the country out of 970 Libraries its size.
  • For 2009 the entire Library has been remodeled. This includes an addition to the NE side, entire new roof, new siding and the interior has been completely remodeled.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to the Library Board and everyone involved in the remodeling. The end result looks great!

Library Hours: Monday and Wednesday               10:00 am – 2:00 pm
                        Tuesday, Thursday and Friday       2:00 pm – 8:00 pm                                                                                                                                          Library Hours 

 

PRESS CONFERENCE/ INFORMATIONAL MEETING
REGARDING THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY RENEWAL GRANT
(aka SMALL CITIES GRANT) WILL BE HELD
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5th AT 6:00 PM
AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER AT
116 EAST MAIN ST, CORFU

REPRESENTATIVES FROM J. O’CONNELL GRANT WRITERS AND CHATFIELD ENGINEERING FIRM WILL BE AVAILABLE
TO REPORT ON WHAT TO EXPECT
AND ANSWER QUESTIONS!

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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    August 7th                     Fri     September 11th                    Fri    October 9th
        Sat    August 8th                    Sat    September 12th                    Sat    October 10th
                                
     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.

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NOTE: REMEMBER THE BRICK HOUSE FAIR IS SEPTEMBER 12th!
FOLLOWING BRICK HOUSE FAIR
HIGH POINT CHURCH (NEXT DOOR TO FAIR)
 WILL BE HAVING FIREWORKS AT DUSK!
  COME JOIN THE FUN!!!