Fourth Quarter 2017 update

 

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.

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