August 2017 Town updates

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.

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