Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

WINTER 2007 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


January 19, 2007

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

Village Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. Committee Meetings are the Fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. Public is welcome to attend.

PLANNING BOARD
The Corfu Planning Board desperately needs members. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Village Office. Now is the time to get involved to help keep the Village the great place it is to live. If interested please contact the Village office.

VILLAGE REGISTRATION AND ELECTION
This year the terms of two Trustees, Peg Patterson and Ralph Peterson, will expire. Also the term of Mayor Todd Skeet will expire. Offices to be filled at the Annual Village election on March 20, 2007 will therefore be:

Trustee (2) Term 2 years – 4/02/07 – 4/06/09
Mayor (1) Term 2 years – 4/02/07 – 4/06/09

The Village election will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at the Pembroke Community Center in the Corfu Fire Hall from 12:00 noon until 9:00 pm. Since the Village no longer holds a registration day for Village elections, any resident not registered to vote must do so with the Genesee County Board of Elections at least ten (10) days before such Village election. The Village office has registration forms available.
Please note: Democratic caucus will be held on Monday, January 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm at Village Hall at 116 East Main Street and the Republican caucus will be held on January 30, 2007 at 7:00 pm at 56 East Main Street, the Vogler residence.

SNOW REMOVAL
We would like to remind Village residents that under the law, the removal of snow and ice from the sidewalks is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. The Village will try to assist in the removal of snow from the sidewalks, however this does not and cannot reduce owner’s responsibility. If everyone will abide by the following rules, it would facilitate snow removal in the Village.

Please do not pile snow from driveways onto the sidewalks, particularly after the Village plow has gone through.
Please remember there is a parking ban on Village streets between the hours of 2:00 am and 6:00 am from November 1st to April 30th. Vehicles in violation will be issued tickets and may be towed away. This is regardless of whether there is snow or not.

Please do not park on sidewalks or block sidewalks at any time.

NEWS FROM THE MAYOR & TRUSTEES

Mayor Todd Skeet

I hope your Holidays were enjoyable. Now that winter seems to be really upon us, I want to remind you to make sure fire hydrants are clear of snow. This is for your own safety as well as other Village residents. Also there is no snowmobiling allowed on any Village sidewalks. Please pass on the word. Violators will be prosecuted.

I would like to mention our two “new” businesses, Pizza Pantry and Landmark House and offer congratulations on all the hard work of making your buildings attractive and for adding an opportunity for new festivities and dining pleasure for Village residents.

With many good things in the works for the Village, we need a good solid Planning Board to make these good things happen. The Planning Board is in need of several new members. Please take this opportunity to get involved in the future of your Village. This community is all of ours. Lets work together to make things happen.
We are in the early stages of putting a committee together for the upcoming 2007 Corfu Family Days Celebration. This one should be bigger and better, as it is not only the 200th year of the settling of “Longs Corners” (Corfu) but also the 125th year of the official incorporation of the Corfu Hook & Ladder Company. We will be working in conjunction with a committee from the Corfu Fire Department to make this a celebration to remember. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please contact Sandy at the Village Office.

The office has reported several phone calls regarding the increase in fire district taxes. Please note, the Village Board has no control over fire district taxes. If anyone has any questions or problems regarding this, you must contact the Corfu Fire District, not the Village Office, Mayor or Board members.

I truly believe our community is moving forward in a positive direction. The last part of this newsletter outlines many of the things that have been accomplished in the past year, and rather than ramble on here, please read the attached “State of the Village” Report put together by Clerk Sandy Thomas and myself. After reading it, I hope that you will agree that we are headed in the right direction with many good things in the works.

Trustee Ralph Peterson

I would like to recognize the work that our Mayor Todd Skeet and the Village Clerk Sandy Thomas did to return our Village to normal after our October storm. Todd single-handedly organized the clean up of the Village and used his networking skills to obtain the equipment and personnel needed to complete these tasks. Sandy was a main contributor by completing the piles of paperwork required for FEMA to obtain the funds to pay for the cleanup. Because of the efforts of these two people the Village did not have to pay for any of the cleanup costs.

Goals for 2007 are to continue to improve overall efficiency and be an impact contributor to this community’s development. We have been meeting with the Town of Pembroke exploring ideas to utilize our excess sewer plant capability. We are in the beginning stages of this effort. Our goal is to continue to create a spirit of cooperation and teamwork with our neighbors to help this community realize the great potential it has.

Trustee Peg Patterson
I want to wish a Happy New Year to all our Corfu friends and neighbors. Where have the last three months gone? It’s hard to believe that the big October storm is three months behind us. It truly was one we hope to not live through again. I want to personally thank each and every resident who helped their neighbor, cleared your sidewalks and just did what the wonderful people of Corfu do. This is what makes our Village very special. I also want to thank Mayor Skeet, Officers Dennis and Dan along with Kevin, our maintenance man, and all the workers of VRI for making our lives less traumatic during this storm. There also needs to be a special Thank You to Potter Lumber, Kohl Excavating and Dave Barzuk for their incredible job as contractors for the Village. They worked very hard and did it with utmost concern for the financial well-being of our Village. For that I am grateful. Without Sandy Thomas we wouldn’t be in the organizational shape with our FEMA documents as we are. Thanks so much for your tireless efforts in getting all the forms filled out and submitted in a timely manner. As of now we are still in the process of working with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to see about getting some of Murder Creek damage cleaned up that resulted from the storm.

We continue to strive to do the best job we can to keep our costs down while we keep up with the routine maintenance and upkeep of our buildings, equipment and overall Village. We are still in desperate need of members on our Planning Board. It’s a monthly commitment that is of great importance to the overall well-being of present and future development. Please contact Sandy at the Village Office if you would like more information or are interested in serving.

Trustee Tom Sobczak
Happy 2007! I’d like to take a moment to apologize to anyone inconvenienced by the recent sidewalk repairs. The deal was finalized on 10/12/06, the day before the big storm. While it took a lot longer than planned, it was finally finished, and thanks to a grant it didn’t cost taxpayers a dime. Be safe out there and remember only three more months until spring!

Deputy Mayor Glenn Russ
Hope all your Holidays were great and you all have started your plans and resolutions for 2007. The Village Board has a full plate for 2007 with continued work with the Town regarding possible sewer expansion, working with Grant writers to help pay for this and other large projects, working with VRI and Chatfield Engineers to continue efforts for any future expansion and upgrades for our needs.

You may have noticed some work going on at the sewer plant. A much needed Cold Storage building is going up to house our equipment that is usually left outside or forced to have been stored in high humidity area. The best part is that much of the money is from a grant saving taxpayer dollars.

Finally, if you have any concerns about anything you see or have knowledge about, like a clogged street drain or something in the road, please call the Village Office. If you see strangers hanging around or just see something strange that does not seem right, please don’t be afraid to call. We must all do our part to keep our Village on top of situations or problems and safe for all our families. Thank you.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL
I hope everyone has recovered from the October storm. I want to offer my congratulations on the great response to the disaster by our Mayor Todd Skeet, the Village employees, the Fire department, Police and the residents of the Village. Sadly one result of the storm was the loss of some more of our beautiful trees. One thing I really missed while living in Las Vegas were the tree-lined streets. We have now lost many of these trees through disease, street widening and storms.

Many of the trees of Corfu were planted by public spirited citizens during the 1800’s. About 1850 Daniel Carter planted trees along Railroad Avenue (now Maple Avenue). Around the same time Jonathan Lincoln planted trees on the East end of Main Street and Smith Harroun planted trees on the West end of Main Street. In 1884 James Hume planted willows south of the bridge on Allegheny.

A FEW HISTORICAL TIDBITS
These are some news excerpts from the Corfu column in the Progressive Batavian newspaper in the 1880’s.
2/20/1885 – “Recent temperatures in Corfu were –20 on February 11th and –18 on February 15th.”

6/10/1887 – Corfu correspondent wrote: “We are frequently reminded that profanity exists in the country as well as the city. Some of the foulest oaths ever were heard in the Village one evening last week.”

9/07/1888 – “A herd of mustangs was driven through the Village this week.”

2/17/1888 – “Some one or more persons were very considerate of the Edwards family and did not force him to refuse to furnish them with tobacco from his store. They removed a portion of the back window of his Drug store in Corfu, unlocked the door and went into the store and helped themselves. They then locked the door on the way out. It was presumably the work of young boys. If the tobacco makes them sick, it will be well for them.”

IMPORTANT WARNING FROM CORFU FIRE DEPARTMENT
There has apparently been someone calling residents saying they are doing a fundraiser for the “local” fire department through the County. This is FALSE! The Corfu Fire Department DOES NOT call residents homes to solicit donations. If you would like to donate to the Corfu Fire Dept, you may send to PO Box 418, Corfu

HELP ! HELP ! HELP ! HELP !
This is a PLEA from your “sewer biller” for residents to PLEASE read your meters when you get your next reading card from Monroe County Water. This next reading is the final reading for the fiscal year that will determine your Benefit Assessment figure on your Village Taxes for the year, which is based on your usage. As you may know, Monroe County does not read the meters, but depends on you. We, in turn, base your sewer bill on the readings from Monroe County Water. If you have been overestimated, this is the amount that will be reflected on your tax bill. So, PLEASE READ your Meter! And to those that regularly do, THANKS!