Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

WINTER 2009 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


January 5, 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.

Village Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Committee meetings are the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Public is welcome to attend. *Please note: On meeting weeks, office hours may be adjusted so please call first.

VILLAGE REGISTRATION AND ELECTION

     This year the terms of Mayor, Todd Skeet and two Trustees, Ralph Peterson and Albert Graham, and Village Justice, Robert Alexander, will expire. Offices to be filled at the Annual Village election on March 18, 2009 will therefore be:
                               Mayor (1):   Term 2 years - 4/06/09 – 4/04/11
                               Trustee (2): Term 2 years – 4/06/09 – 4/04/11
                               Village Justice (1): Term 4 years – 4/06/09 – 4/01/13
     The Village election will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 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. Please contact the Village Office for caucus information.

PLANNING AND ZONING DEPARTMENTS

     The Village would like to welcome Darrell Ward as our Zoning Enforcement Officer and John Good as the new Village Fire and Building Code Enforcement Officer. On November 24, 2008 the Village held a Public Hearing and adopted Local Law No. 1 of 2008 entitled “A Local Law Regulating Unsafe Buildings in the Village of Corfu New York” and Local Law No.2 of 2008 entitled “A Local Law Providing for the Administration and Enforcement of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code.”  Copies of these Local Laws are on file at the Village Office and open for inspection during regular office hours, as well as the newly adopted Building Codes Fee Schedule. See new fee schedule on last page.

WARNING RE: PHONE SOLICITORS

     We have been notified people have been getting phone solicitations for free inspections of foundations for waterproofing etc. John, our new Building Code Officer, says beware of phone solicitors, especially of giving any personal information to them, not just in this case, but to phone solicitors in general.

WINTERFEST NEWS

     Winterfest is Saturday, January 24, 2009. Be sure to check out the enclosed flyer for more detailed information. Come join the fun!!!

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. Also just a reminder that there is a 10% late fee added to any bill not paid by the due date. If you pay your bill late and do not include the late fee, it will be included on your next billing.
  PLEASE READ your Meter! And to those that regularly do, THANKS!

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.

MAYOR & TRUSTEES NEWS

Mayor Todd Skeet:
     Winter is definitely here. We do need to stress very strongly the need for your cooperation with the above rules for Snow Removal, especially not piling snow onto the sidewalks.  The Village assists residents with keeping the sidewalks clear as much as possible, but if driveway plows pile snow onto the sidewalks, it not only makes it much more time consuming and difficult for the Village sidewalk plow, it can also create extra wear and tear and possibly damage the equipment.  Please also be mindful of your neighbor’s drive and sidewalks when removing snow from your own. 
     The Village Office and elected officials have also received calls regarding the street plows blocking the ends of their driveways with snow.  The Village does not plow the streets so has no control over that. We have worked hard at trying to keep the downtown area free of large accumulation of snow banks for traffic and pedestrian safety. When we have heavy downfall of snow as we did recently, please be patient. The Village and Town public works departments have their hands full and try to accommodate everyone as quickly as possible.

     I’m sure most of you were also aware of the Village-wide flooding just recently. Most of Western New York also experienced flooding problems.  The Village is still working with State Department of Transportation (DOT) and CSX Railroad about the underpass problem, and we are once again putting in another application for the Small Cities Grant to address Village flooding issues.
      There do not seem to be any quick or inexpensive fixes but we will continue trying every avenue to come up with some flooding relief. If anyone took photos of the recent flooding, please share copies with us to help support the grant requests. We have been told we need PICTURES…PICTURES…PICTURES and RESIDENT LETTERS.
     Speaking of grants, the Village Office is having the new software and accounting system installed this week that was funded through New York State Archives grant, and the Village Court has been awarded a grant for a new phone system which is in the works as well.
     The Village Police department is now being headed by Jim Meier, who is a Sergeant with the Genesee County Sheriffs department. He is working with the Village on a part-time basis as administrator over the Police department dealing with timely and accurate handling of paperwork as well as training of our officers. He is also handling all scheduling and personnel issues in the Police department.  If you have any questions about the Police, you can contact Sergeant Meier through the Village Office.
      The Board has begun work on the 2009-2010 Budget.
      Happy New Year to all!!!

   Deputy Mayor Ralph Peterson:                    
     As I finish my term I want to thank the community for your support. I have not made a final decision on running. During my service to the Village my goal has been to be an impact contributor to the overall community development. (I.E improving our Public Safety Department.)  It is critical that residents understand what this means to improving the quality of life to our surrounding community. 
     Our future growth depends on our ability to work with the surrounding municipalities with the goal of establishing a framework to develop our community in commercial and residential areas that will benefit the total community.  My goal is to establish a spirit of cooperation and teamwork with our neighbors to help this community realize the great potential.
     I wish all residents and the community a safe, healthy and blessed New Year.

Trustee Tom Sobczak:
     Greetings to all and Happy New Year! I hope everybody had a happy holiday season, even though many of us (myself included) got nailed with a power outage in the middle of it all. Only in Corfu can you have the Fire Department come out to pump water out of your basement at the end of DECEMBER (by the way...Thanks to Brian & the guys for pumping me out!).
      Now that the holidays are over, it means only one thing...Winterfest is right around the corner. With less than a few weeks left to go, it’s shaping up nicely and should be another fun time for all. Weather permitting, we’re planning on a skating rink and some other fun outside stuff as well as some great entertainment inside to chase that January cabin fever away. I’ll be doing the antiques appraisals with Todd Jantzi of Bontrager’s Auctions so don’t forget to bring your treasures for us to see. Also, I can personally vouch for one of the bands playing and they are awesome so whether you spend an hour or spend the whole day, it’s going to be a blast. I hope to see everybody there!

Trustee Al Graham:
     Hope everyone had a good Holiday Season. It’s a great time to remember our military as they are out there working so we can stay home and spend time with friends and family. 
     How about that snow storm last month! You know people talk about small town life, but I can’t help but be proud of our little Village and how people step up to help each other. As I made my way through the Village I saw several times where neighbor was helping neighbor dig out.  Then when we got hit with the thaw and flooding, our fire department seemed to be everywhere pumping out basements and the school and standing guard at the underpass. KUDO’s to you guys for the long hours you put in and the great job you do!
     I would also like to thank our own crew for the job they did clearing up the snow. Mike and Jesse put in some very long days clearing the sidewalks and removing snowbanks to make it safe for all of us.
     I would be remiss not to thank the families of the abovementioned people, because many times while they’re our helping others, the families have to wait to get dug out or taken care of until they get home.  So to all you people that pull on your boots, throw on a coat and jump in your car when it really counts, THANK YOU!!

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL

      Just a reminder that the 2009 Winterfest will be January 24, 2009. The Historical theme for the Winterfest will be “The Railroad in Corfu”. I will have a display of some pictures on this topic. Here are a couple of related historical tidbits:

  • The railroad came to Corfu in 1852.
  • The first depot was on the north side of the tracks at the end of Maple Avenue (then called Railroad Street). It later moved to the south side of the tracks.
  • On May 10, 1893 the world’s land speed record was set by steam engine 999 from Corfu to Crittenden when it traveled 112.5 mph.
  • In 1902 there was talk of a trolley line traveling from Depew to Batavia through Corfu. A petition was circulated through the Village against the trolley using Main Street to pass through the Village. Later in the year the Village Board gave its approval to the Trolley line to come through the Village. The line never got any further than Depew.
  • Come to the Winterfest to find out more.
  • Just a note: The next Pembroke historical program will be April 1st with “The History of the Carousel” by the Herschell Carousel Museum from N. Tonawanda. All programs are free and you don’t need to be a member.

Another note: The Town of Pembroke Bi-Centennial will be in 2012. The Bi-Centennial Committee is looking for recipes for a Bi-Centennial Cookbook which they hope to publish in 2010. Recipes can be turned in to the Pembroke Co-Historians Lois Brockway, Joann Cummings or Al Starkweather. They can also be turned in at the Town of Pembroke offices