Village of Corfu Village of Corfu News

WINTER 2011 VILLAGE NEWSLETTER


Winter 2011

VILLAGE OFFICE HOURS
MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY  ---  9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M
TUESDAY & THURSDAY --- 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

     PLEASE NOTE: THE OFFICE WILL NOW BE CLOSED 12 NOON – 1:00 PM EVERY DAY.

Village Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Committee meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 PM. Public is welcome to attend.REMINDER: Meeting Minutes are on Website: corfuny.com

VILLAGE REGISTRATION AND ELECTION

     This year the terms of the Mayor Todd Skeet, and two Trustees, Ralph Peterson and Al Graham will expire. Offices to be filled at the Annual Village election on March 15, 2011 will therefore be:
                               Mayor (1):   Term 2 years – 4/04/11 – 4/01/13
                               Trustee (2): Term 2 years – 4/04/11 – 4/01/13

     The Village election will be held on Tuesday March 15, 2011 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.

ADDITIONAL ELECTION INFO

      There has been some question as to why Business or Apartment Building owners cannot vote in the Village election as they are taxpayers in the Village.  We contacted Genesee County Election Board and were informed it is a State Law that says that you can only vote in the district in which you reside and voters are not allowed to vote in two districts.  Should you have any further questions regarding the issue the number for Genesee County Election Board is 585-344-2550 Ext. 2209.

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 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.

Mayor Todd Skeet:
     I hope everyone had a nice Holiday. We are starting out the New Year with great news. The Village has been awarded a grant from NYS DEC in the amount of $1,168,710 for Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades and the Town of Pembroke has also been awarded $2,520,000 to run a sewer line to the Village in conjunction with the Village grant.
     Since I became Mayor one of my goals has been to upgrade our Wastewater Treatment Plant facility to be able to handle additional flow in order to work with the Town of Pembroke to bring sewer from the Thruway down Route 77 to the Corfu Plant.  Up until now our Plant has been operating at 1/3 capacity and with the addition of more users it would reduce rates for people who have paid for our plant for 30 years.
     Two weeks ago, Trustee Graham and I participated in a meeting with the Town of Pembroke, Engineers and Genesee County Economic Development Corp (GCEDC) and talked about steps coming up this year to put the system in place. Our plant is 30 years old and we are very excited we are going to be able to put in much needed updated equipment to make our plant more efficient and create savings to users.
Other Grant News: Our Drainage Grant is pretty much done except final touchups to be done in the spring. For the east part of Corfu water is flowing nicely and you can now see water flowing in the streams instead of just sitting there.  Many residents have told me how pleased they are with the project.
     We are also looking into avenues for getting grants to improve the beauty of Corfu such as street lighting and downtown upgrades to attract more businesses to the Village.  Our grant writers are also working on several other grants including a Green Innovations grant to address energy consumption at the Wastewater Treatment plant and another Small Cities Grant.
     We have been actively looking at ways to get a grocery store back in the Village.  With the grocery store gone, other businesses are showing a 25% decrease in business. The Genesee Co. Economic Dev. Corp. has been notified and they are looking at assisting in any way they possibly can.  We have been assisting the new owner of the plaza in any way we can with contacts, etc.
Maintenance: With winter here, I want to remind you that keeping fire hydrants and sidewalks clear are the residents’ responsibility.  Also, please do not push snow onto sidewalks or into the street.  Jesse and Mike have been instructed to remove excess snow from the heart of the Village to keep parking lanes clear and enable residents to depart their vehicles safely.

     Besides snow removal, Mike and Jesse have been busy restoring our Sewer Jetter machine.  When finished, the Jetter will be as good as new for a cost of around $3000.  A new Jetter would cost between $65,000-$80,000.  Good job guys!
     We have also begun upgrading lights in both Maintenance and Wastewater Treatment buildings to save on energy costs.  In the near future, we are going to be replacing the railing , and possibly lighting and sidewalk in the Viaduct.
Police:  We are installing a locker/evidence room in the Police garage. All work is being done in-house.
     Our Corfu Police department is working hand-in-hand with the other law enforcement agencies regarding the recent bank robbery to catch the perpetrator.  We are thankful no one was hurt.
Office:  Within the past few months the Village offices have had both an independent audit and an audit by the State Comptroller, keeping our office staff very busy.  I want to convey thanks and kudos to Sandy and Denise as they appear to have passed with flying colors.  We should be receiving the “official” report results by the end of the month.
Finally…  We would like to welcome our newest business, Heaven’s Gate Flowers & Gifts, to the Village!  I hope to see everyone at this year’s Community Winterfest on January 29th. The Winterfest Committee is working very hard to make it an exceptional day. Come join the fun! 

Trustee Dave Bielec:
      Hope everyone had a great start for the New Year. Winter is officially here, but one good thing is the days will start getting longer again. The snow removal has been good and the water drainage from the summer project seems to be working fine. The Winter Fest planning is going great and we are looking forward to a very enjoyable day on Jan. 29th. The tent will be put up in the same place as last year. There will be some fine Country music for everyone to enjoy. The Village and the Town have received some grant monies to provide sewers from the Thruway down 77 to Corfu. More info will be available shortly. Stay warm and enjoy the winter season.

Trustee Al Graham:
     Just a reminder that the Contractors will be back in the spring to put finishing touches on the storm drain project. If you have a problem, give the office a call and Sandy will put it on a list for them to look into your concern. 
     We have some GREAT NEWS!! The Village has been awarded 1.1 million dollars in a grant to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, along with the Town of Pembroke being awarded 2.5 million to install a pipeline from the Truck stops to our plant. We are hoping to get going on the project in early spring. We will be having many meetings between now and then to work out the details so we will try to keep you informed along the way.
     So what does this project mean to you? A good example is this; the blowers at the plant run 24/7 and the Village residents pay the electric bill and maintenance for them to run.  When the new pipe is installed the outside customers will be helping us share in that cost. Our hope is to be able to reduce our sewer rates.
     On top of that great news, this spring we will be making our last payment on the Sewer Plant and the Benefit Assessment will be done.
     We want to continue seeking grants so be sure to fill out the income survey that will be coming in the mail soon. Without that we can’t even apply, so please fill them out and send them back as soon as you get them. Again, no one from the Village sees them- they are totally private!

     Looks like the Board has a lot of work ahead of us this year! Oh wait!! That’s right- Mayor Skeet, Trustee Peterson and myself are up for re-election! I think I can speak for them when I say we love working for you.  When we get one of these grants we are excited for you!  We are excited for the positive impact it will have on our residents. The many hours that go into seeing a grant through from beginning to end is worth it.  It is a very rewarding feeling we get so I hope we can have your support at this year’s election so we can continue working for you.
     But you know what’s not a good feeling - Knocking on all of your doors, being a pain in your butt campaigning.  Let’s face it; it’s never a good time to see the three of us standing on your porch asking you to go and vote for us. I always feel I’m bothering you and am taking time out of your life that you will never get back.  We are not politicians, we are just people asked to help take care of business for you the best we can.  So when your doorbell rings and you look out and there I am, know this; it hurts me more than it hurts you!

Trustee Tom Sobczak:
     It looks like winter is in full swing.  Our office staff is winding down on their 2010 Archives grant, which involved having “pre-computerized” traffic tickets scanned and microfilmed for more ease in locating if needed, not to mention space saving once we are able to discard and shred the hard copies.  They are meeting with the grant writers to get the ball rolling for the next Archives grant cycle to hopefully be able to get funding to continue the archiving process.  In the meantime the office is looking into a little more sophisticated copier system with scanner to catch up with technology a little more.  They’ll catch up with the 21st century yet!  Have a safe winter.

Trustee Ralph Peterson:
      I hope everyone had a safe, and healthy holiday season. I wish all a blessed and healthy 2011.
      We have received a grant to upgrade our Sewer System to extend service from the Village line into the Town of Pembroke to the junction of Route 5 and 77.  It has taken a lot of discussion and hard work from both municipalities to reach this goal. This is a major milestone for the growth and development of this area. We are looking forward to working with the Town of Pembroke on this project.
      You will be receiving a community survey soon.  Please complete the survey and return it in the envelope provided with the survey. These surveys are a major requirement for us to obtain funding for community projects. Funding for the recently completed Strom Water Drain project is an example of how important they are.  I thank you for your participation. One of the many goals of this board is to continue to find ways to improve the quality of life in our Village and community. However, we cannot do that without your participation.

HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM AL

Odds & Ends in Village History:

  • In 1905 the Village bought a steel plow and began plowing Village streets and sidewalks (probably by horse).
  • In August 1909 the employees of Scott’s Greenhouses in Corfu and Buffalo had a picnic in Corfu. The men ate at the Central Hotel and women and children ate at William Scott’s house.  Then they had a baseball game between the Buffalo group and the Corfu group. Buffalo won.
  • In January 1920 the Corfu Girl Scouts collected a mile of pennies to help purchase the old Gas Company office on Maple Avenue (now the Library).
  • On May 28, 1930 it was reported that several Corfu homes had been burglarized. The thieves took clothing, jewelry and a piece of pie.
  • In 1933 David Scott of Corfu was one of the judges at the National Flower Show in St. Louis.
  • On June 15, 1935 about 2:00 am, the Corfu operator reported hearing noises at Palmer Hardware (Price Building). A Village Constable responded to find that two men had broken into the hardware. The Constable got there just in time to fire one shot at the robbers as they fled. He got their license plate number and they were later caught in Batavia.
  • In 1944 the Village rented the Village Hall to the Comstock Canning Company for 20 cents a day to grow and can tomatoes for the War Effort.
  • On December 13, 1948 the Corfu Firemen built an ice rink behind the Village Hall, which the Village lighted.

Remember the Winterfest January 29th and stop by and see my display on “Entertainment in Corfu”.

Upcoming Pembroke Historical Programs:

  • April 6, 2011 – Photography by Sander Abramson
  • May 4, 2011 – Business Meeting and Museum plans
  • June 1, 2011 – Local History talks by the Pembroke Historians

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.”  If you pay your bill late and do not include all interest due, it will be added to your next bill, NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

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!