January 2019 updates

February 3rd, 2019

New Developments – Core Life Eatery has now committed to taking 4,000 sq. ft. in Fairmount Fair. Core is a healthy eating establishment offering all organic salads and such. No opening date has been announced. At Township 5 there is a new restaurant called the Indian Grill offering lunch buffets and a full dinner menu in the evening. It has take out service (315-991-4344) for its fine Indian cuisine and is located next to The Brasserie. Soon to be built next to the Movie Tavern will be a satellite office of Upstate Hospital in which there will be 25 offices offering various medical specialties. Also next to Metro mattress The Deep Stop Scuba Store has moved from its former location in the village. Witty Wicks, a candle & gift shop, has recently opened next to the frozen yogurt store The Second Chance Diner has recently opened in the former Moe’s Pit Barbeque place on Bennett Rd. They serve outstanding breakfasts and lunches from 6am to 3 pm Tuesdays thru Sundays. Stop in- you won’t be disappointed. The Village of Camillus is looking quite good with all of the new store fronts. New to the village is Freedom of Expresso is a new coffee shop that is doing extremely well. It is located in the former Camillus Cutlery- now upscale apartments. There is a sign in the window at the former pizza shop at the corner of North St. and Genesee St. advertising the soon to open Kiki’s Greek Restaurant. A Vietnamese Noodle House is soon to open at Elm Hill Plaza, taking a little under 3,000 sq. ft.

4th Quarter 2018 updates

January 7th, 2019

 

 

 

 

Here is the latest update for the 1st Ward-Town of Camillus.  This information is also available on a more frequent basis on my website at www.camillusfirstward.com.   You can be added to the list by simply emailing me at ehammerle315@gmail.com.  As always I am more than happy to answer any questions, concerns or take your suggestions.  Call  any time 672-5155 or email me at ehammerle315@gmail.com.

 

2019 Taxes – As the tax bills arrive in the mail for 2019 you will notice a slight increase in our taxes, roughly $.155/ which equates to an estimated $25 on a $100,000 property; we were able to once again stay under the NYS mandated tax cap.  Residents have come to expect a high level of services in the Town of Camillus and that is what I hear from many of you on why you and your families call Camillus home.  The following is where we had challenges in our 2019 budget:  Contractual wage increases/mandatory minimum wage increases (and related supplemental costs) up $420,000, staffing for Camillus Splash Pad, health insurance increase ($125,000), replacement of 3 vehicles, Computer software licenses, Highway Department replaced 1 vehicle, equipment purchases and 1 new staff, Sewer – Onondaga County increase fee of $50,000.  In order to help mitigate these increases we did utilize $100,000 from our reserve account.  As your representative my goal is always to ensure we are still able to provide great services while being cost conscious.  As a resident, I pay the same amount as you, my neighbors, so I am very aware of this.

 

Camillus Senior Center – One of the hidden gems of our community is our magnificent Parks & Recreation Department.  Under their guidance we have one of the best Senior Center ’s in the region, along with a plethora of programming.  You can take a peek at their offerings but looking at their newsletter.  It is available at http://www.camillusrecreation.com/.  Just simply click on the tab for the Senior Newsletter on the webpage.

LED Lighting – Some of you may have noticed that the Town has recently starting converting its street lights to LED lights.  The Town received a grant of $79,055 to help with this process.  The remaining costs is approximately $56,000.00 which we should recoup in savings in a 12-14 month time span.  This accounts for nearly 1,500 street lights throughout the Town of Camillus.  After the payoff period is extinguished we will reap significant savings every year.

Aviation Historical Society – As many of you may know, Camillus once served as a hub for Central New York aviation at the old Amboy Airport. This airport served from 1927 until 1951, before there was a Hancock Airport. It had visits from Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Doolittle, Wiley Post and Kate Smith.  A group of local residents would like to re-establish the Amboy reputation by building a museum dedicated to both the refurbishment and preservation of an important part of the aviation history of Camillus. It would be located at Reed Webster Park in the 2nd Ward.  The group does have a Facebook Page that details much of the importance. Also, to raise money for this project they have set up a gofundme page that can be found at:

https://www.gofundme.com/aviation-historical-society?member=1289226

 

AARP Tax Preparation – AARP will be preparing tax forms on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 5. To schedule an appointment, please call (315) 672-3163). No walk-ins please.

 

Camillus Ski Hill – is getting ready to open very soon.  As soon as there is enough snow the Ski Hill and Tubing Park will be open.  In addition to offering Skiing and Snowboarding, they offer learn to ski lesson packages at very affordable rates.  A relatively new addition to the Ski Hill complex is a Tubing Park.  For just $14 you can enjoy 3 hours of Tubing.  The tube, and a lift to the top of the hill, is provided.  There are also coupon books available at the Ski Hill that include  “buy 1 get 1 free” tubing and ski passes.  They also have a Ski Shop where you can purchase previously enjoyed ski and snowboard equipment at very reasonable prices.  For more information about our activities, please visit our website: www.CamillusSkiHill.com.

 

Camillus Parks and Recreation Update

1) A reminder that West Genesee High School is open to walkers on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-9:00 until March 7. We ask that you enter through the west doors (Applebee’s side) and wear clean, dry sneakers.

2) There will be field trips throughout the February and April school breaks. I will send those out on my eblast as soon as I know what the field trips are.

3) Please visit camillusrecreation.com “Programs and Events” and then “Fall/Winter Brochure”. There are many activities ongoing or beginning soon such as Learn to Swim 2nd Session, Camillus Softball and Baseball signups, Track and Field Camp beginning in April and Toddler Time.”

 

Christopher Community Development – The property will be located just west of the Village off of Route 174. New York State has granted access to the developers onto Route 174. Camillus Heights Apartments will include new construction of 17 buildings providing 60 housing units and one community building. They will offer housing for low to moderate income families. The developers did approach the Town for a Pilot agreement which was denied. The funding will now come from New York State. The zoning for the property allows this type of development. The developers did not need approval from the Town Board for the project, so there was no approval needed or given by myself or the rest of the Town Board. They will have to go through the Town Planning Board for all site approvals.

 

General Reminders

1) The Winter Parking Ordinance is currently in effect. Please make it easier on our highway department to clear your roads by adhering to this ordinance.

2) Our Sewer Maintenance Department has asked all residents to be careful on what gets flushed down the toilet. The very popular wipes are a tremendous pain to the sewer maintenance people and are often the cause of sewer backups.

3) Please email me a note asking to be placed on my eblast list. It makes it easier for me to keep you informed. I’ve been asked a few times lately “Why didn’t I know about that?” I try my best to keep you as informed as possible. My eblasts contain everything on the Town Board, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals agendas relating to the 1st Ward.

4) For those heading south this winter, don’t forget to call Camillus Police at (315) 487-0102 to heave your home checked while you are away. This is a service offered free to homeowners.

5) Bring your prescription drugs no longer needed to Town Hall for a safe disposal. There are two disposal boxes in the building.

May 2018 Updates

May 30th, 2018

 

Farmers Market 2018 – The Farmers Market will start June 5 and take place every Tuesday at Town Hall from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Along with the farm fresh local produce and unique, handmade baked goods; you will also find specialty food, wine, jewelry, soap, art wood crafts and more.

Parks & Recreation – Work has begun on a new outdoor fitness area in Camillus Park.  This area will consist of 12 fitness stations on a concrete pad that allow opportunities for strength training and cardiovascular workouts.  The area will be located directly in front of the splash pad and is expected to be completed by the middle of June.

On Saturday, June 30th the Town of Camillus Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their annual 4th of July celebration at Veterans Memorial Park at Gillie Lake.  The Town of Camillus is once again very pleased to be partnering with the Summit Federal Credit Union as the event’s primary sponsor.  At 7:30 pm the popular local band Tough Luck will take the stage and at the conclusion of their performance will be one of the best fireworks shows in all of CNY.  Please bring lawn chairs and/or a blanket.

New for this summer, we will be offering our Summer Concert Series on Tuesday nights instead of Wednesday nights.  We have also changed the time to 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm to partially coincide with our Farmer Market. The concerts are free and popcorn and lemonade are provided free of charge.  Please bring a lawn chair and/or blanket. The lineup and dates are as follows:

July 10        Flyin’ Column (Irish)

July 17th    In Too Deep (Funk/Blues/Rock)

July 24th    Mood Swing (Rock/Jazz/Country/Blues)

July 31st     Maria DeSantis (Classic)

The Emerald Ash Borer – is a small green beetle whose larva feed on the living tissue of ash trees between the bark and the wood. Unfortunately, this species has been found in Camillus. The Town has started to work with Cornell Cooperative Extension to create a plan to prevent this from doing great damage to our trees. I will send more information out to my email recipients and report more about this problem in my August newsletter.

Development – At the April 9th Planning Board Meeting, Harbor Freight Tools presented its signage application as they are planning on opening a store adjacent to Aldi’s on Milton Avenue across from the Home Depot Plaza.  Freedom of Espresso is now open in the village of Camillus. The new coffee shop in the former Camillus Cutlery headquarters on West Genesee Street is the fifth Freedom of Espresso in the Syracuse area. Anna Dobbs, the owner of the local coffee chain, threw a customer appreciation party on Sunday. She said the new store will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Franklin Properties and Thomas Blair redeveloped the former knife factory into apartments. The $9.2 million project will include 7,500 square feet of commercial space. The history of Camillus Cutlery stretches back to 1876. It moved to Camillus in 1902 to make knives in a factory on the banks of Nine Mile Creek. The company employing generations of Camillus residents, at one time supplied knives to the U.S. military.

Snowplow Lawn Damage – Due to the massive amounts of snow that we had during the winter, there has been some damage to yards and lawns. Please contact the Highway Department (M-F 7:30 – 3:30 at 315- 672-5556) and give your name and address, they will repair and seed any property the plows inadvertently damaged. The highway did a great job this winter removing all the snow; let’s hope the plowing is done for the season. The trucks are starting to pick up yard waste, please remember to leave it on the side of your yard and not into the street. That creates a hazard for drivers and increase costs.

Road Improvement Grants $265,988.86 – The Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) is an important form of state aid for municipalities, helping localities to maintain local roads and bridges.  In addition to maintaining the same amount of CHIPS aid Camillus received last year, the NYS Senate developed a Local PAVE-NY program and an Extreme Winter Recovery Apportionment. The total Camillus will be receiving in CHIPS, the Local PAVE-NY grant and the Extreme Winter Recovery Apportionment will be $265,988.86.

Fairmount Community Church Property – Many have expressed questions into what is being proposed for development at the former site of the Fairmount Community Church.  From the Planning Board Minutes of April 9, 2018 (Please note these are conceptual in nature): Mr. Stephen Calocerinos, of Calocerinos Engineering, representing Rocklyn West and Mr. Arthur Kanerviko, of Rocklyn West asked to have an informal discussion regarding the former site of the Fairmount Community Church located at the corner of West Genesee Street and Whedon Road. The property involved is contains three parcels. There are two larger parcels totaling approximately 6 acres which will be developed as part of the proposal. There is a third parcel in the lower quadrant of the property which contains a single family house which will not be part of the project and will be maintained and owned by another entity. The proposal is for two multi-family buildings. The buildings will be three story buildings, with basement level garages. There will be a total of 84 units. A community center is planned along with a 9000 square foot commercial building. The commercial building will house professional businesses such as real estate, an accounting office and a medical office.

Verizon FIOS – The Town has been working to get Verizon to extend coverage to the western portion of the Town. It appears that according to Verizon this may be done in the 4th quarter of this year. As details emerge, I will let everyone know.

Fourth Quarter 2017 update

January 4th, 2018

 

Happy New Year to all of you! I would like to take this opportunity to update you on a number of items of information that are taking place in Camillus. As always, please feel free to call or email with any questions.

Winter Parking – The Camillus Police Department is requesting the assistance of our citizens to keep our roadways safe during the upcoming winter months.

In order to ensure safe roadways and to assist the Highway Department with their snow removal efforts, Camillus Police Officers will be enforcing the winter parking ordinance, which states “No motor vehicle or other vehicles of any kind shall be allowed or permitted to park on any Town road or on property owned by the Town of Camillus between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. from December 1st through April 1st of the next succeeding year.”

Each violation of this ordinance is declared to be a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not less than $25.00 for each offense, plus towing charges.

 

The Town Board voted on the 2018 budget this past October. Some of the highlights of this budget are:

-An increase of 0.01 %

-New mowing equipment for the Erie Canal Park (taken from Parkland Development fees)

-Safety upgrades to Town Hall such as a new gym floor and a new fire alarm system

-A change in employee health insurance was made from Excellus to the Onondaga County Employee Benefits Association (OCEBA). OCEBA is a self-funded program with 14 other public entities. This change his in health insurance carriers will save us $116,000 for this fiscal year.

-Fairmount Fire Department will be buying new airbags and is also planning to construct their new training facility.

-Camillus Landfill revenue is up by over $300,000 and our sewer fees went down by $25,000

-A full time director of the Camillus Senior Center was added due to the rise in programs and registrants

Some of the challenges we faced in this budget are:

-Mandatory contributions to both the Police and Fire Retirement System (NYPFRS) and the Employee Retirement System (NYSERS) went up.

-Trash/Recycling Pickup went up $10 per household; all due to OCRRA’s increase in tipping fees.

-Minimum Wage increases to $10.40 an hour this year.

-WAVES continues to struggle collecting fees that insurance companies have paid to users. This is a problem that I have brought to Assemblyman Finch’s attention hoping that he can do something about this.

The Entire budget can be found at: http://www.townofcamillus.com/documents/2867.pdf

New in Town

1) The Camillus Mills project at the former Camillus Cutlery is now open. The 42,000 square foot mixed use facility has 29 loft apartments and high quality office and retail space. The commercial tenants include Hearth Management and coming soon will be the Syracuse based Freedom of Expresso. The apartments include high ceilings, over-sized windows, shaker style kitchen cabinets, granite countertops, contemporary stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile bathrooms and traditional hardwood flooring.  As of right now, 21 of the 29 apartments are leased.

2) The Rise and Grind Coffee shop is now open in Rite Aid Plaza across from Solvay Bank. They serve a number of items including Kabul Beans, “Just Donuts”, Cathie’s Cookie Connections and GF Treats.

3) Coming soon to the former Friendly’s is the Rio Grande 2. This is a taqueria Mexican style restaurant.

4) As you have most likely noticed, construction is underway on the Tru Hotel by Hilton. There will be 92 rooms with an anticipated opening date sometime this spring.

 

Don’t forget that the Fairmount Fire Department will begin their Fish Frys on Wednesday February 14 (Ash Wednesday) and will continue Fridays through Lent. Their menu can be found on their website www.fairmountfire.com

 

Zombie Property Problem – In June of 2016, NYS passed legislation to address the challenges posed by mortgaged vacant and abandoned properties, referred to as “zombie properties”. These types of properties have become a problem in the Town of Camillus. If you suspect that there is a zombie property on your street, please email me the property address and I will forward it to the NYS Department of Financial Services.

 

The Friends of Camillus Park have planned some wonderful improvements to the park. This coming year there will be 6 new pickle ball courts and an outdoor fitness facility. I will update you on the progress of the fitness facility in my May newsletter.

 

The Camillus Senior Center has busy plans for 2018. If you would like to be emailed their newsletter, please call the Senior Center. One of the popular programs being brought back in 2018 is the AARP Tax Preparation Program. AARP will be preparing tax forms at the Senior Center Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning February 1. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the Senior Center at (315) 672-3163.

 

ONONDAGA COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM FACT SHEET 1) WHAT IS THE LEAD HAZARD REDUCTION PROGRAM (LHR)? The LHR is a program to reduce lead paint hazards in privately owned residential structures throughout Onondaga County. Lead hazards are often found on painted window frames, wood siding, and painted doors. Common repairs provided by the program are new windows, doors, and siding. The LHR program is administered by Onondaga County Community Development and funded by the US Department of HUD. 2) WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE LHR PROGRAM? Participation is on a first come, first served basis to applicants meeting the following requirements: • Live in homes which contain Lead Paint Hazards. • Must have a child under the age of six who lives in or spends a significant amount of time in the home. • Own or occupy a one to four family residential structure. • Have a current annual gross household income of no more than 80% of the median income for the County. (see chart on reverse side)

Eligible properties: • Must be protected by a current Homeowners Insurance Policy. • Must be covered by flood insurance if located in a designated flood zone. • Have all property taxes and mortgage(s) current. 3) HOW MUCH ASSISTANCE CAN I RECEIVE? The amount will vary dependent on the scope of the hazards found in the home. Rental units occupied by tenants meeting the program requirements are eligible to participate in the LHR Program. Property owners may only receive assistance for 2 of their properties within a 24 month period. To be eligible for the program, the Applicant’s household gross income must be below the income limit for family size as shown in the table below. (Amounts adjust annually) Family Size Income Limit 1 $38,100 2 $43,550 3 $49,000 4 $54,400 5 $58,800 6 $63,150 7 $67,500 8 $71,850 4) WHAT TYPE OF WORK IS DONE? Eligible work is determined by a thorough lead paint inspection of your home. The Community Development Housing Inspector, along with an independent contractor hired by Community Development, will perform the inspection according to established standards. Typical lead paint hazard reduction repairs include: • Window and door replacement • Exterior Siding • Porch work 5) WILL THERE BE A LIEN PLACED ON MY PROPERTY? — YES Assistance is in the form of a 5-year deferred loan. You must agree to repay 100% of the loan if you do not own and occupy the property as your principle residence during the first thirty-six (36) months following completion of the work. Repayment then declines to 50% between months 36 & 48, and 25% between months 48 & 60. Please call with any questions. Owners of rental units: If the assisted unit becomes available, you must agree to give preference in renting the unit to low income families with a child under age six for a period of 5 years. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Onondaga County Community Development Division 421 Montgomery St. 11th Fl. Syracuse, New York 13202 (315) 435-3558 Fair Housing Laws prohibit discrimination in the sale or rental of housing based upon race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, handicapped or familial status, or national origin.

Camillus Family Housing project – Christopher Community, Inc. has obtained an option to purchase the land from the Town of Camillus Housing Authority.  The property is just outside the Village heading up Route 174 on the right.  They plan on developing the land for low to moderate income housing.  The property is currently zoned for this use.  The only entrance/exit for the property will be onto Route 174.  There are a number of details for the developer to work out.

 

As always:

1) Please be a good neighbor and try to get trash and recycling containers out of the driveway and back to your house the day that trash and recyclables are collected.

2) Call the Camillus Police Department at 487-0102 if you are going out of town. You can request that an inspection of your house is completed while you are gone. I have had many residents compliment this free service.

3) Call Dependable Disposal at 472-7455 to schedule a pick up any unwanted furniture. This also is a free service (twice a year) and helps keep our neighborhood clean.

4) Please honor the winter parking ordinance by not parking in the street late at night. This helps us to better plow/maintain the streets

5) Contact me via email to be placed on my occasional e-blast.

6) Call or email me with any questions or concerns.

3rd Quarter updates

October 5th, 2017

Election Day 2017 – Just a reminder that Election Day is Tuesday November 7th. Polls are open from 6am to 9pm.  If you are not sure of your voting place let me know.

Fall Leaf Pickup – Fall leaf pickup will begin soon. Highway Superintendent Paul Legnetto would like to remind residents that an interactive map showing where crews are working can be found at www.camillushighway.com.

Parks & Rec updates – It has been a busy summer in Parks and Recreation.  New playgrounds have been added in Camillus Park, West Colony Pointe (Belle Isle Road) and Scenic Hills Park (off of Kasson Road).  A grant has been secured to replace the existing playground in front of the Camillus Municipal Building and the hope is to get this installed either later this fall or most likely next spring.

In March of this year, David Vermilya, the longtime director of the Camillus Town Shop program for teenagers passed away unexpectedly.  David served at the Town Shop for 47 years and he will be deeply missed.  Even with David’s passing, the legacy he and his wife and longtime co-worker Cheryl established will live forever.  Recently, a lengthy interview process that involved current participants, Town Shop alumni and Town Board members selected Ryan McShane (a Camillus resident) to serve as the next full-time staff member in the program.  Ryan brings familiarity and passion to the position and we have no doubt he will leave his own mark on the program.  If you have the chance, stop by the Town Shop and welcome him on board.

Township Five – A new retail store selling beer on tap as well as individual bottles of beer and six packs is now open in Township 5 in Camillus. Branching Out Bottle Shop, in the retail center on Route 5 at Hinsdale Road, offers eight beers on tap to fill growlers, and carries more than 500 varieties of beer. The store also carries cider, seltzer and hard soda, said Carissa Monahan, who owns and runs the shop with her husband, Joel. The 2,000-square-foot shop is next to the wine store Vine & Barrel. Carissa Monahan, a certified public accountant with a master’s in business administration, said she’s always wanted to run a small business. The store was originally going to be called Which Craft Bottle Shop, but another shop already was using the name. The shop will have beer tastings every other Friday, although the first tasting – featuring Middle Ages Brewery – will be on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Streetlights – Most often people call me to report a streetlight that is out or malfunctioning. That is no problem but you can report it as well. Go to www.nationalgridus.com/Streetlight-NY-RES. All you need to do is report the nearest address to the pole, closest intersection and the pole number which is on a tag nailed on the pole.

New Development

  1. The Fairmount Community Church property at the corner of Whedon Rd. and West Genesee St. has been sold to a local developer. This excellent company is planning upscale apartments, one or two office buildings and a small chapel to replace the large church. The parsonage will remain and the chapel will be built near it in the back of the property. This developer is committed to keep as many of the big beautiful trees as well as the deep tree and shrubbery line at the south of the property line. I can tell you this – the developer has an inquiry of someone wanting to turn the existing church into a business zoned for the property. This parcel can only be used for residential and LBO businesses. Commercial businesses are not allowed.
  2. Moving down to Fairmount Fair there is a rumor that the all organic eatery so famous in North Syracuse will be opening a new place in to the Five Below store. Can you guess????
  3. Moving west – have you seen Camillus Park recently? Last year a Splash Pad opened and has been wildly accepted and used for two seasons now. In addition, with a grant from Senator DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Gary Finch the Town was able to build a new playground for the children. It is exceptionally nice and is a big boost for the Park. Our Highway Dept. paved the entire parking lot this year to finally get rid of the stones and potholes accumulated over the years. The Friends of Camillus Park along with our great Parks and Recreation Dept. are doing a great job making the park a great place to visit whether it is for walking the new and improved trails, picnicking or playing “pickle ball. If you have time and would like to join the friends as a volunteer, give Mary Flynn a call at 315-491-8702.
  4. At Township 5 there is much going on: A. Construction has started on the new “TRU” Hotel by Hilton. There will be 92 rooms. It is on the Hinsdale Rd. side of Costco. Completion date is spring 2018. A new professional building at the west end of the complex – 250 Township Blvd.- that will house Ophthalmologists Tim Riccardi and Evis Petrela and Surgical Care East – Dr. Resetarits. – Completion date is fall of this year. C. Vine & Barrel is the new discount wine and spirits store that offers not only excellent prices but expert advice on what to select. Their experienced staff will be familiar to you if you formerly shopped at Harborview. No need to travel that far anymore to get the best. D. If you like craft beer and need bottling supplies, “Branch Out” has opened next to Vine & Barrel. Both of these places are to the right of the Movie Tavern as you face it.
  5. The Planning Board has just received an application for a second phase of the upscale Canal Crossing Apartments next to Township 5. It will be called “Canal Crossing II” and will house 9 buildings with 47 townhouse apartments. They will front on Hinsdale Road to the north of Township 5. I believe access will be inside of Township 5 similar to the first phase.
  6. Did you know the former Pediatric Associates on the corner of Knowell Rd. and North Way is now apartments owned by Knowell Rd. LLC.? Believe it or not there are 7 two bedroom apartments and two one bedroom units. It looks like they are full but the number is 315-472-5349 in case you are interested.

August 2017 Town updates

September 1st, 2017

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer. With the end of the State Fair, summer will soon becoming to an end and fall will be here before we know it. I have some information that I would like to share with you. As always, feel free to call or email me with any questions or concerns.

Fall Leaf Pickup – Fall leaf pickup will begin soon. Highway Superintendent Paul Legnetto would like to remind residents that an interactive map showing where crews are working can be found at www.camillushighway.com.

Parks & Rec updates – It has been a busy summer in Parks and Recreation.  New playgrounds have been added in Camillus Park, West Colony Pointe (Belle Isle Road) and Scenic Hills Park (off of Kasson Road).  A grant has been secured to replace the existing playground in front of the Camillus Municipal Building and the hope is to get this installed either later this fall or most likely next spring.

In March of this year, David Vermilya, the longtime director of the Camillus Town Shop program for teenagers passed away unexpectedly.  David served at the Town Shop for 47 years and he will be deeply missed.  Even with David’s passing, the legacy he and his wife and longtime co-worker Cheryl established will live forever.  Recently, a lengthy interview process that involved current participants, Town Shop alumni and Town Board members selected Ryan McShane (a Camillus resident) to serve as the next full-time staff member in the program.  Ryan brings familiarity and passion to the position and we have no doubt he will leave his own mark on the program.  If you have the chance, stop by the Town Shop and welcome him on board.

The Friends of Camillus Park send thanks to all who volunteered, supported or ran the 2nd annual “Camillus Dash to the Splash” held Sunday, July 16.  The Run was a fundraiser to purchase Outdoor Fitness Equipment for the Park. Thanks to all, we are on our way to begin construction in 2018. Pickle Ball play has resumed on Wednesday evenings, 6:30 PM. The first 2 tournament size Pickle Ball courts are available for play now.  4 more courts will be ready for play in early September.  Weather permitting Pickle Ball can be played through October.  With the completion of the courts we will schedule additional play times.  Newbies are very welcome as well as experienced players.  Tailgate Party (weather permitting) will be Friday, September 8, 5:30. Please join your friends and neighbors to celebrate the Revitalization of Camillus Park. ECHO, a Classical Rock Band will entertain playing all your favorites.  Bring chairs, a dish to pass and beverage of your choice.

Message from Camillus Police Chief Winn – Our community will soon be observing that timeless annual ritual: the first day of school. It’s a time when parents breathe a sigh of relief and students and teachers anticipate new beginnings and new challenges. Unfortunately, the beginning of school is also a time when the members of the Camillus Police Department  know there is an increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes because there are many more children on the road each morning and afternoon and many drivers’ patterns change. Shorter daylight hours make it especially difficult to see young pedestrians and bicyclists. So as schools open their doors, it’s time for everyone – motorists, parents, educators, and students – to improve their traffic safety practices.

Township Five – A new retail store selling beer on tap as well as individual bottles of beer and six packs is now open in Township 5 in Camillus. Branching Out Bottle Shop, in the retail center on Route 5 at Hinsdale Road, offers eight beers on tap to fill growlers, and carries more than 500 varieties of beer. The store also carries cider, seltzer and hard soda, said Carissa Monahan, who owns and runs the shop with her husband, Joel. The 2,000-square-foot shop is next to the wine store Vine & Barrel. Carissa Monahan, a certified public accountant with a master’s in business administration, said she’s always wanted to run a small business. The store was originally going to be called Which Craft Bottle Shop, but another shop already was using the name. The shop will have beer tastings every other Friday, although the first tasting – featuring Middle Ages Brewery – will be on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Streetlights – Most often people call me to report a streetlight that is out or malfunctioning. That is no problem but you can report it as well. Go to www.nationalgridus.com/Streetlight-NY-RES. All you need to do is report the nearest address to the pole, closest intersection and the pole number which is on a tag nailed on the pole.

New Development

  1. The Fairmount Community Church property at the corner of Whedon Rd. and West Genesee St. has been sold to a local developer. This excellent company is planning upscale apartments, one or two office buildings and a small chapel to replace the large church. The parsonage will remain and the chapel will be built near it in the back of the property. This developer is committed to keep as many of the big beautiful trees as well as the deep tree and shrubbery line at the south of the property line. I can tell you this – the developer has an inquiry of someone wanting to turn the existing church into a business zoned for the property. This parcel can only be used for residential and LBO businesses. Commercial businesses are not allowed.
  2. The Pizza Hut next to Holy Family Church will be moving to make way for a very nice business you will want to enjoy in the future. As soon as a new home can be found for the long time pizza franchise, that building and the pool store will be razed to make way for the new business. Next door where Fairmount Veterinarians were, a new two story building is going up with commercial occupants on the first floor and offices and the second. Once again I have been asked to not reveal any names until all deals are signed.
  3. Moving down to Fairmount Fair there is a rumor that the all organic eatery so famous in North Syracuse will be opening a new place in to the Five Below store. Can you guess????
  4. Moving west – have you seen Camillus Park recently? Last year a Splash Pad opened and has been wildly accepted and used for two seasons now. In addition, with a grant from Senator DeFrancisco and Assemblyman Gary Finch the Town was able to build a new playground for the children. It is exceptionally nice and is a big boost for the Park. Our Highway Dept. paved the entire parking lot this year to finally get rid of the stones and potholes accumulated over the years. The Friends of Camillus Park along with our great Parks and Recreation Dept. are doing a great job making the park a great place to visit whether it is for walking the new and improved trails, picnicking or playing “pickle ball. If you have time and would like to join the friends as a volunteer, give Mary Flynn a call at 315-491-8702.
  5. At Township 5 there is much going on: A. Construction has started on the new “TRU” Hotel by Hilton. There will be 92 rooms. It is on the Hinsdale Rd. side of Costco. Completion date is spring 2018. A new professional building at the west end of the complex – 250 Township Blvd.- that will house Ophthalmologists Tim Riccardi and Evis Petrela and Surgical Care East – Dr. Resetarits. – Completion date is fall of this year. C. Vine & Barrel is the new discount wine and spirits store that offers not only excellent prices but expert advice on what to select. Their experienced staff will be familiar to you if you formerly shopped at Harborview. No need to travel that far anymore to get the best. D. If you like craft beer and need bottling supplies, “Branch Out” has opened next to Vine & Barrel. Both of these places are to the right of the Movie Tavern as you face it.
  6. The Planning Board has just received an application for a second phase of the upscale Canal Crossing Apartments next to Township 5. It will be called “Canal Crossing II” and will house 9 buildings with 47 townhouse apartments. They will front on Hinsdale Road to the north of Township 5. I believe access will be inside of Township 5 similar to the first phase.
  7. Did you know the former Pediatric Associates on the corner of Knowell Rd. and North Way is now apartments owned by Knowell Rd. LLC.? Believe it or not there are 7 two bedroom apartments and two one bedroom units. It looks like they are full but the number is 315-472-5349 in case you are interested.

Town of Camillus 2nd quarter update

June 30th, 2017

Concerts at the Municipal Building – For a nice fun summer evening please visit the summer concert series at Town Hall on Wednesday evenings. The concerts are free to attend and free popcorn and lemonade are provided. Concerts start at 7Pm and end at 9PM. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. The lineup and dates are as follows: July 5 ECHO (50’s – 80’s Classic), July 12 O’Ryon (Folk, Blues, Classic Rock and Originals), July 19 Flyin’ Column (Irish), July 26 The Horn Dogs (Mixed Party and Dance) and August 2 The DeSantis Band (Classics).

The Camillus Dash To The Splash Run will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 9:30 AM, which will start in the Park, leave the Park at Winding Way Entry trail, run through Orchard Village, for 3 miles and re-entry the Park at Winding Way entry trail and finish in the Park. There will be a one mile fun run @ 9:00 AM which will be run entirely in the forest. Go to CamillusDashtotheSplash.com to visit the Camillus Dash to the Splash website! When a registrant clicks on Camillus Dash To The Splash Run website “Register” they will be sent to www.RunSignUp.com, the portal being used for registration.

New Development – John Szczech has proposed a development called Rolling Meadows on Scenic Road. The development will consist of 102 single family homes using 91 acres of property. The project will have four phases, with phase 1 starting this year. The plan requires that a new water tower be built to service the upper portion of the development.   The cost of the water tower will be paid entirely by the residents of this new development. The water tower may also help some of the water pressure problems in surrounding developments. The only entrance and exit will be off of Scenic Drive. There were two Public Hearings held where residents were able to ask any questions they may have had. Both went well and as far as I know most concerns were addressed by the developer.

Camillus Farmers Market – The Town of Camillus is pleased to announce the Greater Camillus Community Farmers Market.

The market will take place every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will feature a variety of vendors offering organic poultry and eggs, seasonal produce, homemade fruit pies, artisan breads, plants, wine, maple products, baked desserts, bagels, soaps, candles and more. Each week will feature food vendors with barbeque and more!

Trash Pick up – In an effort to keep our neighborhoods clean, please remember the following:

  • Any items not placed in the trash totes will not be collected. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to remove any uncollected items from the curb. Town Law states residents “shall remove any uncollected items from the curb as soon as the hauler has refused collection and, in any event, by 6PM on the designated collection day.
  • Please call Dependable Disposal at (315)472-7455 to arrange the pickup of couches, chairs tables or other larger items.
  • Camillus Landfill is open for business and will take many items that Dependable might not. Visit www.camilluslandfill.com for hours of operation and a list of what may be dropped off.

 

Brush Pick Up

  • Leaves and brush are picked up on a rotating schedule during the months of April through October. •The leaves and brush should be placed at the edge of your property in large paper bags, boxes, or cans (nothing in plastic bags will be picked up). Larger piles will be noted and slated for later pickup with grapple equipment. •The Highway Department does not pick up grass clippings, however you may drop them off at the 4334 Milton Ave in the designated area. Please no plastic or other non-biodegradables. •Brush limbs should be no greater than five feet in length, or having a diameter of six inches or more, with no metal or other materials attached to them. •The Highway Department does not offer special pickups, we pick up on a rotating schedule and your brush will typically picked up within 5-7 working days •If your bag has been marked with white paint, it has been identified by our crew as containing items that we cannot pick up. Your bag will not be picked up until it is rebagged properly without grass, dirt, plastic or other non-biodegradable materials as identified.

Please do not put yard waste in the road; it is hazardous and illegal!

Lawn maintenance – The grass growing season is upon us and once again we have some vacant properties that do not have maintained lawns.  Town Code allows for lawns to grow to 12″ prior to being considered in violation in accordance with Chapter 74 of the Camillus Municipal Code, Brush, Grass, Rubbish, and Weeds.  If you feel there is a nuisance property that is in violation of this please notify myself (672-5155 or ehammerle315@gmail.com) or Camillus Codes (487-8930).  Once contacted the property owner is notified to resolve the issue.  If the owner does not comply a resolution is needed to authorize Code Enforcement to proceed with a property cleanup. We will try to be as pre-emptive as possible but do not hesitate to call if need be.

Peddler & Solicitors

Have you ever had solicitors or peddlers come to your door? Most of us have,

and many residents have questions about whether this is allowed and what they

can do to protect their privacy and interests when dealing with them. Here are

some quick facts & tips to help guide you:

License is Required

The Town of Camillus law allows individuals to travel door to door to solicit business or sell

items, but they may only do so if they obtain a Peddler/Solicitor License from the Town.

To obtain a Peddler/Solicitor License, each individual must pay a fee and submit an application

on which they are required to provide their personal contact and identification information, their

vehicle information, their company’s information and supervisor’s contact information, and

details about what they are selling. Those offering items to be paid for up front and delivered

at a later date must also provide an insurance bond as protection for those who purchase from

them.

All permit applicants must sign a form consenting to a thorough criminal background check,

which is performed by a third-party company specializing in this work. If no negative

information results, the applicant will be issued a Peddler/Solicitor License that is valid for the

calendar year. They are required to carry the license at all times and must present it to anyone

who requests it. A copy of their application is forwarded to the Camillus Police Department for

reference and referral while the individual is permitted to peddle within the Town.

Allowable Hours

Solicitors and peddlers may not enter private property any day before 9:00 a.m. or after 7:00

p.m. unless invited to do so by the resident or occupant of the property.

Non-Profit Organizations

Individuals working on behalf of non-profit organizations are exempt from the licensing and

hours of solicitation requirements that apply to for-profit peddlers and solicitors.

Non-profit organizations planning to conduct solicitation within the Town must register with the

Town first, noting the type of activities they will be conducting and the times when they will be

soliciting. The non-profit organization must furnish personalized identification for any individual

soliciting on their behalf and that identification must be presented to you upon request.

What Are Your Options?

  1. Post a “No Solicitors” sign

If you don’t wish to have solicitors and peddlers approach your door, a sign will alert

them not to disturb you.

  1. Ask to see their Peddler/Solicitor License

If a solicitor or peddler visits your home ask to see their Peddler/Solicitor License (or

official identification if they represent a non-profit organization), which they are required

to carry at all times and present upon demand. This will help you to familiarize yourself

with their name, company/organization, and verify whether they are abiding by the laws

of the Town.

If an individual fails to present their permit or official identification upon your request,

contact the Camillus Police immediately to report it (please be prepared to provide a

description of the individual, their vehicle, and the location to assist police in

responding).

  1. Record their information

If you decide to do any business with a solicitor or peddler, you should ask to see their

Peddler/Solicitor License (or official identification if they represent a non-profit

organization). If you have the ability, make a photocopy of it or take a picture of it with

your phone. At a minimum, you should at least write down the individual’s name and

that of the company they represent, so the Town can cross-reference it with our records

later if you have any problems.

  1. Don’t tolerate negative behavior

If a solicitor or peddler makes you uncomfortable with pushy behavior, strange

questions, or anything else that gives you cause for concern, ask to see their permit,

record their information, then contact the Camillus Police immediately.

If you would like additional information about peddlers and solicitors, you can view the complete chapter of law on the Town of Camillus website.

May 2017 updates

June 2nd, 2017

Camillus Farmers Market – The Town of Camillus is pleased to announce the Greater Camillus Community Farmers Market will start on Tuesday June 6.

The market will take place every Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will feature a variety of vendors offering organic poultry and eggs, seasonal produce, homemade fruit pies, artisan breads, plants, wine, maple products, baked desserts, bagels, soaps, candles and more. Each week will feature food vendors with barbeque and more!

Trash Pick up – In an effort to keep our neighborhoods clean, please remember the following:

  • Any items not placed in the trash totes will not be collected. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to remove any uncollected items from the curb. Town Law states residents “shall remove any uncollected items from the curb as soon as the hauler has refused collection and, in any event, by 6PM on the designated collection day.
  • Please call Dependable Disposal at (315)472-7455 to arrange the pick up of couches, chairs tables or other larger items.
  • Camillus Landfill is open for business and will take many items that Dependable might not. Visit www.camilluslandfill.com for hours of operation and a list of what may be dropped off.

There have been a number of items stolen from cars in Camillus lately. Chief Winn would like to remind everyone that it is important to try to prevent this from happening to you. Most are crimes of opportunity through unlocked doors or open windows. Large parking locations like shopping centers, housing communities, parks and schools are prime targets for a thief because multiple vehicles can be hit in a short time frame. Remove all items from your vehicles at night, roll up windows and lock the doors. Also use a garage or secure location when possible, or park in well-lit areas.

Fireworks – On Saturday June 24th the town of Camillus Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their annual 4th of July celebration at Veterans Memorial Park at Gillie Lake. There will be a band starting at 7:30 and fireworks will begin at the conclusion.

Concerts at the Municipal Building – For a nice fun summer evening please visit the summer concert series at Town Hall on Wednesday evenings. The concerts are free to attend and free popcorn and lemonade are provided. Concerts start at 7Pm and end at 9PM. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. The lineup and dates are as follows: July 5 ECHO (50’s – 80’s Classic), July 12 O’Ryon (Folk, Blues, Classic Rock and Originals), July 19 Flyin’ Column (Irish), July 26 The Horn Dogs (Mixed Party and Dance) and August 2 The DeSantis Band (Classics).

The summer flier for the summer programs through Parks and Recreation can be found at www.camillusrecreation.com under programs.

The Camillus Dash To The Splash Run will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017 @ 9:30 AM, which will start in the Park, leave the Park at Winding Way Entry trail, run through Orchard Village, for 3 miles and re-entry the Park at Winding Way entry trail and finish in the Park. There will be a one mile fun run @ 9:00 AM which will be run entirely in the forest. Go to CamillusDashtotheSplash.com to visit the Camillus Dash to the Splash website! When a registrant clicks on Camillus Dash To The Splash Run website “Register” they will be sent to www.RunSignUp.com, the portal being used for registration.

New Development – John Szczech has proposed a development called Rolling Meadows on Scenic Road. The development will consist of 102 single family homes using 91 acres of property. The project will have four phases, with phase 1 starting this year. The plan requires that a new water tower be built to service the upper portion of the development.   The cost of the water tower will be paid entirely by the residents of this development. The water tower may also help some of the water pressure problems in surrounding developments. The only entrance and exit will be off of Scenic Drive. There were two Public Hearings held where residents were able to ask any questions they may have had. Both went well and as far as I know most concerns were addressed by the developer.

April 2017 updates

May 2nd, 2017

Election Inspectors Needed – The Onondaga County Board of Elections is looking for voters to serve as Election Inspectors.  To be an inspector you must be registered to vote in Onondaga County, be able to attend training, and be able to work the September 12 Primary Election and the November 7 General Election.

Spring Market Festravaganza – On Sunday, May 21, the Camillus Farmers Market will again have it’s one day blow out Festravaganza to mark the opening of the 2017 Camillus Farmers Market.  The event will take place on the front lawn of the Municipal Building from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Come visit all your favorite long time market participants, along with some other vendors who will be attending and providing the best locally grown and made produce, plants, honey, maple products, wines, natural home products, sauces, and crafts.  Enjoy a picnic lunch or snack from Toss-n-Fire Pizza, Scotty’s BBQ, and Cruisin’ Cones, who will be on hand with their very popular specialities!

Town Clerk – Congratulations to Camillus Town Clerk Martha Dickson-McMahon, who was recently awarded the NYS Town Clerks Association certification as a Registered Municipal Clerk. This prestigious award recognizes her professional competency in fulfilling the responsibilities of her office. Certification is granted only after an applicant has demonstrated that they have met the stringent education and experience requirements established by NYSTCA.

Highway Funding – The Town of Camillus recently secured additional funding through the CHIPS, Local PAVE-NY Program, and the Extreme Winter Recovery Apportionment in the total amount of $264,753.94 through the efforts of our State Senator John DeFrancisco.

1st Quarter Updates

April 7th, 2017

Bicentennial Park Grant – The Town of Camillus will be receiving grant funding in the amount of $50,000 from Onondaga County – Community Development Grant fund. The funding will go to enhance and improve the Bicentennial Park Playground, which is located in front of the Town Hall on W. Genesee Street.

Clogged Sewers – What Not to Flush – If you’re wondering what you should and shouldn’t flush, here’s a good rule of thumb: Only flush human excrement. When you use the toilet to dispose of things that should go in the trash, you risk clogging your home’s sewer pipes and our sewer lines in the street. In severe cases, clogs can cause sewer back-ups in your home or overflows in the street. It’s important to remember that whatever goes down the toilet can potentially impact the water environment, so if in doubt, trash it! The two biggest causes of sewer clogs are “flushable” wipes and fats, oil and grease (FOG). Unlike toilet paper, which breaks down quickly in water, wet wipes remain intact and tangle into massive clogs that jam pumps and block pipes. Even those labeled “flushable” should not be flushed. Grease cools as it travels through pipes. Over time, the accumulation of grease can block pipes, and other fatty substances contribute to clogs, so dispose of all fats, oils, and grease in the trash, not down the drain. Wastewater treatment plants aren’t designed to remove pharmaceuticals. Help keep these compounds out of the water environment by disposing of old medications in the trash, but be sure to take precautions recommended by the FDA.

Do Not Flush

Wipes (even hose labeled “flushable”)

– Anything made of plastic

– Aquarium gravel or cat litter

– Cigarette butts

– Disposable toilet brushes

– Grease or oil

– Medications

– Paper towels, rags, and disposable dust towels

– Tampons and sanitary napkins

Teryaki Madness – Camillus is pleased to welcome Teriyaki Madness to the Township 5 center between Hinsdale Road and Bennett Road. Teriyaki Madness, a fast-casual Asian restaurant concept featuring a Seattle Teriyaki menu, is committed to unconditionally satisfying guests by offering delicious, made-to-order Teriyaki dishes prepared with all natural, fresh ingredients that are served quickly, at a reasonable price in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The brand is dedicated to “Spreading the Madness” so that everyone can experience the best teriyaki on earth.

Regular hours are Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For more information, call 488-3000 or visit their website.

Petco – Camillus is pleased to welcome Petco to the Township 5 center between Hinsdale Road and Bennett Road. Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets through offering the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy.

Petco is open Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  For more information or to order online, visit their website or call 315-233-4243.

Camillus Park – The Friends of Camillus Park are excited to announce the opening of our new Camillus Dash to the Splash Run website .https://www.camillusdashtothesplash.com/

 

When you register for the run you will be programmatically sent to a registration website ‘RunSignUp’ where you will click Sign Up to create an account.  By creating your account we will create a ‘race bib w/number.

 

The Dash to the Splash Run and Fund Raiser will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 9:00AM in Camillus Park. Two runs will be held a 4 Mile Run starting and ending in Camillus Park; and a forest fun run.

 

Proceeds from the runs will be used to purchase Outdoor Fitness Equipment.