Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

SUMMER 2010 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


Summer 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.

ANNOUNCING !!!  COMING SOON !!!     

     Shortly you will be receiving a Survey in the mail.  It is important that all residents fill out and return the survey as soon as possible after receiving, as it will be used to assess our eligibility for a Community Development Block Grant. This grant would be used for upgrades and expansion of the Sewer Treatment Plant.  The survey will be conducted by an independent company and none of the responses will be viewed by or accessible to anyone from the Village. Remember the more Sewer Users we can bring in, the lower individual costs will be.

SWIMMING POOLS

     There have been a lot of questions and confusion regarding permits and requirements on swimming pools.  According to NYS Property Maintenance Code 303.3; “an outdoor swimming pool, including an in-ground, aboveground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa, shall be provided with a barrier which shall comply with the following: Barrier must be at least 48 inches above grade. Chain link fences must have openings less than 2.25 inches. There cannot be any portion of the fence which would allow climbing of the fence. A four inch sphere must not pass through any section of the fence.  Gates to the pool must be securable when the pool is not in use.” Although the soft sided pool may have a 48” wall, it does not obstruct access because it is not rigid, so must have a barrier.  All pools are required to have a building and zoning permit, which includes the soft sided pools, and they are required to be alarmed. If you have any questions regarding this feel free to contact either Code Enforcement Officer John Good at 716-609-1473 or Zoning Officer Darrell Ward at 585-813-7060.             
     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 neighbor’s yard.  By law, you cannot create a water problem for neighboring property.

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.”

CONDOLENCES

      The Village of Corfu Board extends it’s condolences to the family of Paul and Beatrice Seamans, both of whom passed away in the past few months. Paul served as a Trustee for the Village of Corfu from 1958-1961. They were both long time residents and active in many Village activities and organizations.

                                                     MAYOR & TRUSTEE NEWS

From Mayor Todd Skeet:
     Summer is definitely here and all our departments are busy as ever.
SEWER: We are again doing a lot of painting and cleaning at the Sewer Plant and complex. They even put in a flower bed to brighten the area.  The crew has been working hard on upgrading equipment for future energy savings.  We are still working with the Town of Pembroke in developing a Sewer District.

POLICE: The Village would like to welcome Simon Biegasewicz and Tim Caughel to its staff of part-time Police Officers. Our new License Plate Reader is in use and we are geared up for the Concert Season.  Be sure to check the Concert Schedule in this newsletter so you can use alternate routes or allow extra time on Concert days.  When Village Officers are manning the traffic signal, we have no control over the timing of the light.  We are under the direction of the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department so delays will be unavoidable. Please be patient and don’t take it out on our officers.

MAINTENANCE:  Our crew has been busy with usual summer chores such as mowing and watering the flowerpots. We have received a positive response on having our flowerpots back. The crew tries to water them daily, but if you’re out for a walk and find they are too dry or need dead blossoms nipped off, any help you can give is greatly appreciated.
     Of course the crew continues to pick up brush. See guidelines for Brush pickup in this newsletter. Please note if piles of debris, such as loose grass, leaves or dirt, are piled by the side of the road, they will not be picked up unless they are bagged or in a container.  Please make sure there is NO ANIMAL WASTE in your brush and keep branches at 4’ lengths.  For large amounts please call for the trailer. There is no charge for us to leave the trailer.
     They have also fabricated some racks for equipment in the cold storage barn and assisted in the Sewer department when extra hands were needed.  They will be striping the crosswalks and other areas in the near future and will also be putting up a new rail at the underpass. We also have a tree service coming in to clean up and remove some damaged or rotted trees.
     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.  We would hate to have to discontinue this service.
DRAINAGE PROJECT:  Work on the Drainage Project is continuing in full swing until it is completed as weather cooperates. I would like to extend a special thank you to Trustee Al Graham for putting in many hours overseeing the project and attending all those daytime meetings I am not able to attend. He has become the “go-to” guy on all things Drainage (whether he likes it or not).  
     To those homeowners affected by the work, please be assured that all property is to be returned to pre-existing condition. Just a heads-up to Longs Lane residents, the Village Crew will be coming back on Longs Lane to do some additional work to reduce costs, so don’t panic if the clean up isn’t done immediately.   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 new Property Tax program is up and running and other upgrades are in the works. Staff is attending seminars and classes to update them on all the changes that are continually taking place in Government recordkeeping. They have also been keeping busy working on current and upcoming grants. I would like to especially thank them for the many hours devoted to the Drainage grant.

     While I’m thanking them, I would also like to thank them for the many hours of hard work on this year’s budget.  We were able to reduce the tax rate from 3.27/$1000 to 2.97/$1000 without having to reduce any services or cut anything major. We are pleased that with the State crisis, we did not rely on the State to balance our budget.
     Court is in full swing with the extra busy summer traffic and larger ticket count, keeping both our Court Clerk Brandi and Judge Alexander busy with heavy court nights and arraignments at all hours. Thanks to both for your diligence.
MUNICIPAL COOPERATION: Part of the ongoing effort to cut costs has been the cooperation and sharing between the municipalities.  We are fortunate to have some great relationships with the surrounding communities. We would especially like to thank the Village of Akron and Town of Pembroke for all their cooperation in sharing tools, manpower and assistance on various projects.  We do work and live within the Town of Pembroke and it is not uncommon to see Village Employees working with the Town or Town employees assisting the Village. This is all part of the in-house program I am trying to develop.
     I would like to thank Charlie Lenhard for another great season of guarding the safety of our children through rain, sleet, snow and scary drivers. Now that school is out and summer is here, please be aware children are out and about. We have not been getting any major complaints lately about skateboarders on roads (or elsewhere), but please drive carefully and watch out for bicyclists and skateboarders. If you see any children engaging in dangerous activities or small children out wandering by themselves, it’s up to all of us to work together to keep our children safe. Also keep in mind your elderly or infirm neighbors and help keep an eye on their welfare as well.  
     As always, if you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact myself or any of the Trustees. Have a happy and safe summer.

Trustee Al Graham:
     As I write this the Storm Water Drainage Project is well under way.  We’ve had a few bumps along the way but for the most part things have gone well. We are a little behind schedule because of so much rain but are hoping to complete the project sometime in September. The crew working on the project is a great bunch of guys, Jerry (the crew boss) looks like a mean old man but he’s really just a soft little kitten. Just remember that if you go out there yelling at them you just might get yelled back at. If you want respect, then give respect! I have personally seen or heard of several times that they went out of their way to help people with problems and I thank them for that.
     I would also like to thank the residents for your patience during this project. I know it’s a pain in the butt for some of you, but we’re all working hard and doing the best we can. I would like to hear from you! If the guys went out of their way for you or helped you out in some way, or if they got in your way and ticked you off, I would like to ask if you would write a short note to me and send it to my home at 25 Maple Ave or to the Village Office, or as always you can call anytime.
     Down at the plant the boys are in the process of installing pumps to replace the sludge return air lifts. This is an effort to reduce electrical costs and reduce the wear and tear on the blowers.
     I talked to the DEC a couple of weeks ago and they indicated that Corfu was high on the list for a grant to make improvements at the Treatment Plant, so cross your fingers. Also you will be getting another income survey to fill out. Please don’t throw it away or set it aside and tell yourself you’ll fill it out later.  Without these surveys we cannot file for the grants.  It is a requirement and without them the powers that be will just toss our application in the trash. The surveys are only good for two years – that’s why we need new ones. Remember it’s all done by an independent company and no one from the Village ever sees them. Sometimes we need your help in order to help you. This is one of those times.
     Well, have a safe and happy summer!

Trustee Ralph Peterson:
Storm Drainage Project: This project is going well.  A special thanks to Al Graham for assisting me by being on-site to address all residents concerns and providing information that has assisted us in maintaining schedule and addressing contractor budget issues. We are trying to address all project questions and issues. Contact the Village Office if you have questions or concerns on this project.
Grant Consultant:  We are in the process of acquiring a new grant-writing consultant. Our goal is to acquire a contractor that better meets the Village goals and will assist us in obtaining funding that will help us better serve our residents.
Enjoy the summer weather with your friends and family and be safe.

   Trustee Dave Bielec:
     I now have a few months under my belt since the election.  It will take some time to learn the processes that take place to manage the Village of Corfu.  My biggest interest is in the financial end of running the Village.  How monies are generated and how they are spent has got my main attention.  The procedure for procuring and managing grants is also on my list to understand.  The Village Drainage Project is proceeding on schedule.
     Again I would like to thank everyone who voted for me.

Trustee Tom Sobczak:
     My report for this issue will be a short one (for me at least) because it's WAY past deadline and my office is FAR too hot to spend too much time in.  I don't have much to report other than to let everyone know that the park project at the old Sid Harper house is officially a dead issue.  The house has been sold and thankfully the new owner will be fixing it up so while we won’t be getting a park, at least the problem of that eyesore is now being addressed. I want to thank everybody who helped me try to make that project happen with a special thanks to Glenn Russ for all his help.  Try to stay cool during these next few months and have a safe and happy summer! 

    From Jim Meier, Police Supervisor;
     Concert season is in full swing! The current concert schedule is listed at the end of the newsletter. As you can see July and August will be real busy. The heavy traffic times for most concerts are between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm – 12:00 midnight. Please understand we do the best we can to keep the traffic moving. If you can’t avoid the Route 77/Rt 33 intersection during the heavy traffic times then you will need to plan ahead for delays. Please understand that though 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. If you find yourself in heavy traffic please be patient and we will get you through as soon as we can.
       Our Police Department is now up to staff. The new License Plate Reader we were able to secure on a grant for $18,550 from New York State has been in use and netting results. We will be utilizing grant money from the 2010 DWI grant to enhance our DWI patrols throughout the summer and we are now in the process of applying for the 2011 Stop-DWI grant.
     Thanks for your patience and lets all have a fun safe summer.

BRUSH & BRANCH PICKUP

     Scheduled pickup for brush will be on Mondays and Fridays through the season. Grass clippings and leaves must be bagged or in a container. 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    August 13th                   Fri     September 10th                    Fri    October 8th
        Sat    August 14th                   Sat    September 11th                    Sat    October 9th
         
         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. 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 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.
     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.    
     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.

     HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS by AL 

     With the reopening of Petals & Plants and Preisach’s Greenhouses this spring after last year’s tornado, I thought I would share some tidbits on Corfu Greenhouse history.

  • In 1897 Giddings Greenhouses (30 Allegheny) was the third largest grower of carnations in the United States and first in New York.
  • In 1926 Corfu was shipping out over 100 rail cars of flowers per week.
  • Flowers shipped from Corfu to New York City at 3:00 pm would be on display by 9:00 am the next day.
  • William Scott (founder of Scott’s Florists (now Petals & Plants) was a gardener for the Queen of England before he moved to the United States in 1874. He founded Scott’s in 1893.
  • In 1901 William Scott was the Assistant Supervisor of Horticulture at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo.
  • During the 1900’s William Scott was President of the National Greenhouse Association.
  • In the 1920’s Scott’s Greenhouse was the largest importer of Holland Tulip bulbs in the US.
  • In 1930 David Scott had 300 varieties of Tulips on display at the Corfu Flower Show
  • In 1933 the Annual Flower Show in Corfu drew 2100 people.
  • In the 1950’s and 1960’s Scott’s Greenhouse had 500 varieties of African Violets and shipped millions of them all over the US, from Florida to California and Alaska. Their slogan became “African Violets by the Millions”.
  • In the 1950’s people would come from all over the US to see Scott’s gardens. During peak times extra Police would be called to direct traffic and Scotts would dress school children in Dutch costumes to greet customers.
  • In 1963 Scotts built the first portable greenhouse in the US.

 

 

 

 

DARIEN LAKE THEME PARK
CONCERT SCHEDULE
                                                                


DATE

 

Concert

Gates

 

 

7/23/2010

Fri

7:00 pm

6:00 pm

GooGoo Dolls

 

7/30/2010

Fri

7:30pm

6:30pm

Kings of Leon

TBA

7/31/2010

Sat

7:00 pm

6:00 pm

Creed

 

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

8/13/2010

Fri

7:00 pm

6:00 pm

KISS

 

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

8/22/2010

Sun

?

?

Uproar Tour

 

8/27/2010

Fri

7:30pm

6:30pm

Brooks & Dunn

Gary Allan & Tyler Dickerson

8/28/2010

Sat

7:00pm

6:00pm

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

Crosby Stills & Nash

9/3/2010

Fri

7:30pm

6:30pm

Rascal Flatts

Kellie Pickler, Chris Young

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

DARIEN LAKE STATE PARK CONCERT SCHEDULE

All Concerts are from 7pm – 9pm and are located in Park (10289 Harlow Road) in Shelter #2 unless otherwise listed.

July 20      Ron & Nancy Onesong (Country Legends Concert)
July 27      Alexander Fireman’s Band (Marching Band)
August 3   Kelly’s Old Timers (Round & Square Dance)
August 7   Kid’s Day Events –1pm- 5pm (Including Bike Rally, Buffalo Zoomobile, Zuperbounce
                  Inflatables, In Jest-Juggling & Workshop, Mr. Scribbles (Gen Co Sheriff Dept Car)
                 7:30pm-9:30pm Ghost Riders Band – Beach Party
August 10 Barbershop Night – Including Warsaw Barbershoppers, Leftover Parts, Mystique
                 Quartet, The Vocal Agenda

For more information please call the park at 585-547-9242.  Please bring your recycled paper to the park!! Proceeds from recycled paper go to support NYS Parks concerts and events.

DON’T MISS THE 25th ANNUAL BRICK HOUSE FAIR!
Pembroke Town Hall, 1445 Main Road (Brick House Corners)
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2010 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
CRAFTS, DEMOS, FOOD, DISPLAYS, FREE ENTERTAINMENT & MORE

 

COMING SOON!!!

     We will soon be starting to plan for the annual Winterfest in January 2011.  We welcome any and all volunteers to help make this year’s even bigger and better.  If you are interested in joining the fun of planning this year’s event, please call the Village Office.