June 2016 Updates

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.

Solicitors and Peddlers – 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. The applicant’s names are searched in the NYS Inmate Database and the NYS Registry of Sex Offenders and copies of the applications are provided to the Town of Camillus Police Department. 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. 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. 2. 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). 3. 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. 4. 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.

Camillus Police Department Grant – We were recently notified that the Camillus police Department was awarded a $3,000.00 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase 2 additional Automated External Defibrillators which will supplement the soon to be replaced AED’s that we currently carry in several of our patrol vehicles. Congratulations to our Camillus PD.

Pickleball at Camillus Park – What is Pickleball? A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. They are going to be meeting at the park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:15pm, weather permitting. They have three courts ready for play. They also have Pickleball paddles and balls. If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact Mary Luber @ 243-9263 or Joe Flynn @ 487-3593.

Walking in the Park: Tuesdays, beginning May 24 through September 20, 2016, please meet Walk Leaders Mary Luber and Sandy Shoff in the parking lot of Camillus Park to begin the walk through the Park Forest 6:00PM. For further information, please contact: Mary Luber at mhluber@twcny.rr.com or (H) 315 672-9996 (C) 315-243-9263

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!

Police Award & Grant – Recently the Camillus Police Department was honored by the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center at their annual awards ceremony, “Shine A Light” On Child Abuse Award Ceremony. The Camillus Police Department, Officer Kelly Grace and Officer Diane Brand were honored with the Children’s Guardian Award for the partnership and continuing education that McMahon Ryan, the Camillus Police and the West Genesee School District share regarding our CODE Program. We were recently notified that the Camillus police Department was awarded a $3,000.00 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The funds will be used to purchase 2 additional Automated External Defibrillators which will supplement the soon to be replaced AED’s that we currently carry in several of our patrol vehicles. Congratulations to our Camillus PD.

Former Camillus Cutlery property – This project will be moving forward soon as the new developers are anxious to get started. The plan is to have tenants in the building by Summer 2017. The plan calls for 29 upscale and moderately upscale apartments. A portion of the building will be mixed use with commercial/retail. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done on the inside and outside of the property.

From the Camillus Police Department – As the warm weather has arrived the Camillus Police have seen an increase in vehicle prowls.  Vehicle prowls are the theft of property from a motor vehicle.  Most of these crimes that have been reported to police are crimes of opportunity; thefts from unlocked vehicles that were parked in residential driveways.  Four incidents were reported to us from the Eagle Crest Drive, Hunt Road and Breed Road area in the western part of town.  The police department would appreciate residents assistance in reducing these crimes by doing the following: Rolling up the windows and locking all car doors.  Remove all valuable items: GPS units, laptops, wallets etc. Activate your vehicle alarm.  Leave outside residential lighting on.  Call the Camillus Police Department at 435-2333 to report suspicious activity.  For additional Crime Prevention Tips please go to our website: camilluspolice.com and select the Crime Prevention section.

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