Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News


October 10, 2009

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.


     This year the terms of two Trustees, Glenn Russ and Thomas Sobczak will expire. Offices to be filled at the Annual Village election on March 16, 2010 will therefore be:

                               Trustee (2): Term 2 years – 4/05/10 – 4/02/12

     The Village election will be held on Tuesday March 16, 2010 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.


     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!

Mayor Todd Skeet:
     Winter is here, but other than our one big storm it has not been too bad so far.  I hope everyone had a nice holiday and Happy New Year. To continue the feeling of holiday festivity be sure to join us at the WINTERFEST on January 30th. (See back page for info).  This event is a Community sponsored event, not a Village Board event, and the Winterfest Committee has worked hard raising funds to support it.  We are pleased to announce that this year’s event is also partially supported by the Town of Pembroke and by a grant from the Genesee-Orleans Arts Council.  We thank those responsible for helping the Committee obtain these funds.
     Regretfully the President has turned down FEMA funding for Tornado damage for the Village and County, and it has also been turned down at the State level.
SEWER: The Village is still working with the Town of Pembroke on Sewer funding to support a Sewer Expansion plan to extend to the Thruway interchange area.  We will continue to update you as things develop.
 POLICE:  Our Village Police Department is doing well with winter traffic control.  We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant for $18,500 for a License Plate Reader which will be of great benefit during our busy season.  We would like to thank Sergeant Jim Meier for his efforts in securing this grant.
     The SUV has been working great for the winter months in helping the officers respond to emergencies and do their job safely.
MAINTENANCE: Obviously leaf pickup is over for the season.  In upcoming months if any brush is placed out for pickup (and not picked up in a reasonable length of time) please call the office as the Maintenance crew will not be specifically looking for brush.  As always, please be courteous and stack bundles in small, neat stacks.
     Mike and Jesse have been working on upkeep and repair of Village equipment during the winter months and have been receiving safety training. 
     During times of heavy snow the Maintenance crew has been removing snow from the business district of the Village for the convenience and safety of the residents.  We have received some complaints from a few residents, but the Board feels for the safety of the residents and traffic in the downtown area, snow removal is a necessity.  While still on the subject of snow, it is everyone’s job to keep the fire hydrants clear of snow.  The Village will be working with the Fire Department to help keep them open, but for your own safety it is imperative we all work together to keep them clear.
     We would also like to remind the residents that it is ILLEGAL to put snow from sidewalks, driveways, etc. into the street or right-of-way.
     There is NO ROLL OFF during the winter months.  Roll-off will begin in April. Schedule will follow in Spring newsletter.
DRAINAGE PROJECT:  I’m sure some residents have seen strange people walking through their backyards lately.  The Engineers and Surveyors as well as Village employees have been busy preparing for commencing with the Drainage Project.  I personally have walked the project with the engineer and we saw first hand the areas of sitting water and Engineers were able to get a better idea of where to locate drains, etc.  One of the first steps in the process is getting all the easements in place. There have been two Easement meetings and we would like to thank those who got their easements signed in a timely fashion.  If you received a letter that an easement is needed on your property and have not gotten the paperwork signed yet, please contact the Village Office.  All easements must be in place for work to commence.  Remember this project is to help the residents, your friends and neighbors.

The project has been put out for bid and Contractor bid will be awarded on January 25th.  Construction could start as early as the first part of February if all easements are in place and weather permitting.  If anyone has any concerns about this project please don’t hesitate to get ahold of myself or the Village Office. We are very excited to have this project move forward. It has been a long time coming and we feel it will be a benefit to all.
      I would like to congratulate Greg Lang who was named Fire Serviceman of the Year and Ben Trapani who was named Fireman of the Year at the recent Installation dinner.  Congratulations also to all those who received special awards for their service to our community.
OFFICE: The clerks have been busy with setting up for grant paperwork and continuing to upgrade systems.  They are still waiting for word on the recently awarded Archive grant for microfilming minutes and court dockets.

Trustee Glenn Russ:
     Welcome to the New Year 2010 and I hope the holidays were safe and happy for everyone.  I trust you are all keeping warm and keeping your pets warm and safe as well.  Progress on the drainage project is moving fast and digging may start as soon as February.  Many letters have been sent out for easements, so if you have not completed yours please come in to the office as soon as possible, we need to keep the ball rolling.
      Due to recent robberies near the Darien Lake area, I'd like to remind everyone to lock doors and remove your keys from your vehicles and lock them.  Living in a small country community can make us feel comfortable and trusting, so be on the safe side; 
We don’t want you to become someone’s victim.
     On a happier note our Winterfest is fast approaching and we are honored to be celebrating 100 years of boy scouting as our theme for the festival.  Hope to see everyone there.  Please, if you have questions or concerns about anything don't hesitate to contact the Village Office for information.
Trustee Ralph Peterson:
     I hope everyone had a great holiday season, was blessed with good health and enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends. I wish all a blessed and happy New Year.
     Sincere thanks to the residents that have completed their easement process. We have had two meetings; however we still have a ways to go before this task is completed. Our goal is to have all easements completed by February 1, 2010. If you have any questions or concerns with your easement please contact the Village Office, we will answers any questions you may have and will meet with you if required. The goal of this project is to address the standing water problem in eastern section of the village that has impacted the quality of life for the affected residents for several years. The most important feature of this project is that the $1,000,000 required is being provided by Federal funding. However, to obtain this funding we must meet very tight timelines for each phase of this project. We will be accepting contractor bids until January 22nd, bid will be awarded January 25th, with construction starting when the weather allows it. Obtaining all the required easements is required before construction can begin.

Trustee Tom Sobczak:

     As I sit down to write this, I can't help but be reminded of the opening lyric to crooner Vaughn Monroe's classic "Let it Snow"...The weather outside IS frightful! Hopefully by the time this sees print we will have had a break in these bone chilling temperatures. While I'm already sick of winter, the good news is that these arctic temperatures are making it quite easy for our guys to get the ice rink ready for this year's Winterfest. This year will be our third annual event and it's shaping up to be another success, with lots of great food, great entertainment and more. My good friend John LaMond of WYRK will again be there to host. Best of all, I can personally vouch for the headlining band...mostly because I'm the bass player in it. For those of you who have attended this event the past two years, this year is looking to be even bigger. For those of you who haven't, well, what are you waiting for?

      In other news, it seems that a lot of folks now identify me with the proposed park project at the old Sid Harper house on East Main. Not a week goes by without me running into at least one village resident who wants to know "what's up with the park"? To answer this for those who haven't bumped into me, right now we are waiting to hear from the state about the grant we applied for. I don't know when this will happen, but as soon as we get an answer, we will proceed accordingly. Finally, as you may know elections for board trustees are in a couple of months and I'm up for reelection. I will be running again because I feel I still have work left to do but ultimately it will be up to the voters as to whether I can stay to do it. Either way I'd like to take this chance to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve you these past four years. Try to stay warm and remember, only 2 more months til Spring!!

Trustee Al Graham:
      I forgot to get my newsletter into Sandy on time and the girls in the office are giving me a hard time about it, so here it is – short and sweet. 
      We are finishing up loose ends to begin the Stormwater project by February 1st, we should know by February 17th if we get a grant for upgrades at the Wastewater plant and we are collecting data for a NYSERDA grant due February 17th that would get us a wind mill to offset energy costs at the Wastewater plant.  This would be a 100% grant and will also cover lighting and maybe some solar panels.
      I have to stop now because Sandy and Denise are putting too much pressure on me to get this done.  I promise I’ll have it done early next quarter.


     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 sidewalk 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.




  • In 1902 rural postal routes were set up for the Corfu Post Office.  In 1972 Ruby Smith was one of the two female rural carriers in the United States.

  • Lisle Wood was Principal of the Corfu School for 33 years (1927-1959).

  • The Corfu Post Office absorbed the Indian Falls Post Office in 1933 and Pembroke in 1935.

  • The 1935 Village Mayoral election was a close one. Incumbent Mayor Ralph Bunting defeated Donald R. Lawrence 81-78.  Mr. Bunting’s votes were all “write-ins” as the Republicans had endorsed Mr. Lawrence instead of their incumbent Mr. Bunting. There was no Democratic candidate.

  • In 1938 Virginia Wood, an eighth grader from Corfu, placed 3rd in the National Spelling Bee in Washington.  She missed the word “holocaust”.

  • In 1964 Mrs. Celestine Reynolds retired as Postmaster of Corfu after 24 years of service.  She was one of the first female Postmasters in the United States.

  • The first traffic light at the four corners in Corfu was installed in 1927.

  • On April 14, 1930 the World Champion Wood Chopper, Peter McLaren, took on challengers at Palmer Hardware in Corfu.  A prize of $50 was paid to any challenger who took less than twice the time to cut a log in half than Mr. McLaren.

     Hope you will come join us at the 2010 Corfu-Pembroke Community Winterfest on January 30th.  The next Pembroke Historical program will be on April 7th. Enjoy the winter.


     The Village would like to remind all pet owners not to let your animals run loose, as we have had many calls on animals in danger in the street when they are loose.  For dogs there is a leash law, and if you care for your cat(s) please keep a close eye on them.  There has also been a continual increase of stray cats reported in the Village, many of which are continually reproducing, multiplying the problem. If anyone has any idea how to curb this problem, please let us know.
     ALSO, Section 8,H of Local Law No. 1 of 1992 states it shall be unlawful for any dog owner to permit or allow a dog to create a nuisance by defecating, urinating or digging on public or private property other than the property of the said owner.  This includes public sidewalks and the Cemetery. It is not a dog park. PLEASE CLEAN IT UP!



     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.