3rd Quarter updates

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.

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