Town of Camillus First Ward update

March 31st, 2016

Trash Service –  Recently every town resident should have received information in regards to the changes in our trash pick-up service.  As the trash haulers costs were going up this was a way to reduce their costs and in turn keep the costs to the residents down also.  The service was bid on by 3 different trash haulers with Dependable keeping the residential pickup.  I realize it is a change but it is a system you will see more and more in the future.  There is no charge to you the customer for the new trash totes.  I understand there are concerns and we are aware there may be some bumps along the way however we do believe this is the correct way to go.

 

Here is the delivery schedule for the new totes:

  • Monday collection – delivery, 1st week of April 4/4-4/9
  • Tuesday collection – 2nd week of April 4/11-4/16
  • Wednesday collection – 3rd week of April 4/18-4/23
  • Thursday collection – 4th week of April 4/25-4/30

 

Once you’ve received your totes, simply place your empty cans next to your new totes on your pick up day and Dependable will dispose of them during the first two weeks after receiving your totes only.

 

To dispose of blue bins, you can drop them off at the Town Highway Garage or the OCRRA Amboy facility at 6296 Airport Rd.

 

Dependable will discontinue collection from current cans and bins in May. All residents should use new totes as soon as they receive them.

 

 

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.

 

Splash Pad at Camillus Park – On Saturday, May 21st there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the new splash pad.  The actual ribbon cutting will be at 11am.  The general public is encouraged to attend.

 

Development – Township 5, the $58 million complex of retail, offices and apartments, continues to add tenants. Work has begun on a building near the LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant that will hold a Summit Federal Credit Union and a yet-to-be-named tenant. The credit union is expected to open in mid-2016.  The shell of the Movie Tavern building is up.  The movie/restaurant/bar is located across the parking lot from Costco and behind the buildings that house Subway and the Mesa Grande Taqueria. A spokeswoman for Movie Tavern says the company expects to open in June.  Work continues on medical offices and a 96-unit luxury apartment complex located to the rear of the project just off the Hinsdale Road exit of Route 5.  Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine is now open.  Mitsuba has built its reputation for serving only the highest quality & freshest sushi in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with an affordable price.  Their executive sushi chef, William Chen, has more than 10 years of culinary experience working in Japan as a sushi head chef.  The Camillus Senior Pointe Apartments visible across Route 5 from Township 5 is moving along.  The 119-unit senior citizen’s apartment complex on Milton Avenue has rents starting at $990 a month for a one-bedroom and $1,125 for two-bedroom apartments, according to the website for the Clover Group.  A new Chipotle restaurant on West Genesee Street in a small shopping center across the street from Fairmount Fair is now open as well as a Panda Express restaurant which is located next door. The small center also includes an Aspen Dental office.

 

Spring Market News – We’re counting down to spring!  The 2016 Spring Market Festravaganza will take place at the Camillus Municipal building on May 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. What an exciting way to kick off SPRING! Local farms and artisans, food vendors, live music, pony rides, Lowes craft tent, bounce houses, so much family fun…you can’t miss it!!! www.gbcfarmersmarket.com

 

Dog Lodge Opening – Gossamer Farms in Camillus is branching out from alpacas to dogs. Owners Cindy Maggio and her son Ben Allanson have turned an old riding ring on the alpaca farm into a dog kennel. The Dog Lodge, 6001 W. Genesee St., is the same location as Maggio’s alpaca farm. The farm located at the bottom of a long hill on West Genesee Street is familiar sight for drivers heading west into the village of Camillus. The new kennel will board up to a dozen dogs, as well as provide doggie daycare, Allanson said. The animals are housed in 5-foot by 6-foot kennels. The dogs will be allowed into a fenced area to relieve themselves, and the farm has several fenced off areas to allow the animals to exercise. The options for exercise run from taking long nature walks on a leash, to time alone romping in an 8-acre pasture. The cost is $38 a day to board and $28 a day for daycare. The lodge will open on April 15. Phone 315- 320-6020

 

Route 5 resurfacing – Preliminary plans call for milling and resurfacing Route 5 from Hamilton Road to Chamberlin Drive in the town of Elbridge and from Sunview Drive to Route 174 in the towns of Elbridge and Camillus. In addition, minor drainage, sidewalk and safety improvements will take place at various locations within the project areas. Traffic will be maintained during construction, with flaggers when necessary. Access to driveways will be maintained at all times during construction. Work is expected to take place during the 2016 and 2017 construction seasons. This is a NYS DOT project.  The project is scheduled to begin during summer 2016 and be completed in summer 2017.

 

Canal Crossing Apartments – The Canal Crossing Apartments at Township 5 in Camillus has begun taking lease applications with the first tenants targeted to move in on April 30, a company spokesman said. The 96-unit complex sits to the rear of Township 5, a growing retail complex that includes a Costco, a Movie Tavern, smaller stores, medical offices and restaurants. “Being close to all that brand new retail makes this property more attractive to renters,” said Kevin Morgan, vice president of Morgan Management, which is building the apartment complex. The company is also building apartments in Clay and Baldwinsville. Canal Crossing has one and two-bedroom apartments, a pool and clubhouse with a fitness center. The complex is pet friendly. The apartments either have a patio or a balcony. Rent for a one-bedroom apartment starts at $1,050 per month. A two-bedroom, two-bath apartment lease starts at $1,125 per month. Renters pay more if they have pets, Morgan said. Morgan Management has been in the Syracuse market since 2006, and the company believes there is pent-up demand for new apartments here, he said.

February 2016

February 29th, 2016

Trash Service – recently every town resident should have received information in regards to the changes in our trash pick-up service.  There were several reasons we went with automated pick-up, first is safety, it saves on people getting in and out of the truck and should reduce workers compensation claims.  It is more private no one going through re-cycling bins, no milk jugs, papers, etc. blowing all over neighborhoods.  I realize it is a change but it is a system you will see more and more in the future.  There is no charge to you the customer it is included in the trash bill, when the hauler purchased in bulk it saved everyone.  An additional flyer will be going out this week as the service will not begin until MAY 1.  Additionally, you will have until March 15 to decide on a tote size.  I understand there are concerns and we are aware there may be some bumps along the way however we do believe this is the correct way to go.

 

 

Development – Township 5, the $58 million complex of retail, offices and apartments, continues to add tenants. Work has begun on a building near the LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant that will hold a Summit Federal Credit Union and a yet-to-be-named tenant. The credit union is expected to open in mid-2016.  The shell of the Movie Tavern building is up.  The movie/restaurant/bar is located across the parking lot from Costco and behind the buildings that house Subway and the Mesa Grande Taqueria. A spokeswoman for Movie Tavern says the company expects to open in June.  Work continues on medical offices and a 96-unit luxury apartment complex located to the rear of the project just off the Hinsdale Road exit of Route 5.  Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine is now open.  Mitsuba has built its reputation for serving only the highest quality & freshest sushi in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with an affordable price.  Their executive sushi chef, William Chen, has more than 10 years of culinary experience working in Japan as a sushi head chef.  The Camillus Senior Pointe Apartments visible across Route 5 from Township 5 is moving along.  The 119-unit senior citizen’s apartment complex on Milton Avenue has rents starting at $990 a month for a one-bedroom and $1,125 for two-bedroom apartments, according to the website for the Clover Group.  A new Chipotle restaurant on West Genesee Street in a small shopping center across the street from Fairmount Fair is now open as well as a Panda Express restaurant which is located next door. The small center also includes an Aspen Dental office.

 

 

Spring Market News – We’re counting down to spring!  The 2016 Spring Market Festravaganza will take place at the Camillus Municipal building on May 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. What an exciting way to kick off SPRING! Local farms and artisans, food vendors, live music, pony rides, Lowes craft tent, bounce houses, so much family fun…you can’t miss it!!! www.gbcfarmersmarket.com

January 2016 updates

February 1st, 2016

Consensus: Make your voice heard at Camillus Town Hall on February 10th at 6PM..  Representatives from the Consensus group will be on hand to discuss the consolidation of local governments into County government.  This will be an important forum to voice any questions or concerns you may have.

Big Changes to Your Trash Pickup – The Town of Camillus and Dependable Disposal are excited to introduce a new, more convenient way to dispose of trash recycling beginning this April.

Camillus has counted on Dependable to deliver the best refuse collection for many years.  This service will only improve with the addition of Dependable’s state-of-the-art automated collection process.

The system uses specially designed totes that will change the way you dispose of trash and recycling for the better. Beginning this April, you’ll simply wheel the totes to the edge of the driveway and Dependable’s automated trucks will take care of the rest.

This comes with several advantages:

  • No lifting of cans or bins
  • Greater privacy
  • Cleaner service
  • No blowing trash and recycling debris on windy days
  • No rodents or pests getting into the trash
  • All in one container for recyclables

This efficient automated system also comes with some new procedures for residents:

  • Each Camillus resident will receive 2 totes for trash and recycling free of charge.
  • Because the totes accommodate much more material recycling material will be every other week beginning this spring. Trash pickup remains weekly.
  • Residents must use the totes, which are specially designed for the “robotic” arm used to pick them up.
  • Trash cans, blue bins and loose refuse will no longer be accepted, as the automated system cannot pick them up. Only the totes can be picked up by the robotic system.

Please check your mail in the coming weeks with a more detailed flyer from Dependable detailing this new program.

 

Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine – Camillus is pleased to welcome Mitsuba Japanese Cuisine to the new Township 5 center! Mitsuba has built its reputation for serving only the highest quality & freshest sushi in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere with an affordable price. Their executive sushi chef, William Chen, has more than 10 years of culinary experience working in Japan as a sushi head chef. Let his creation inspire you by bring various mouth watering signature dishes and monthly delicious creation includes new appetizers, entrees and desserts for an unforgettable dining experience.

The restaurant is located at 174 Township Boulevard and is open Sundays 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. For more information visit their Website or call 315-488-8898.

 

Indoor Pickle Ball – The Friends of Camillus Park – The Pickleball group has been fortunate to locate an indoor facility for the winter months. Christ Community Church located on Warner’s Road had agreed to allow pickleball play on Wednesday’s 6:00pm to 8:00pm Beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2016. We invite any and all of our members, neighbors and friends to join us. It’s very easy to learn to play, and is fun. If you would like to join us, please contact:

Mary Flynn, 315 487-3593, mbflynn@twcny.rr.com or Mary Luber, 315 672-9996, mhluber@twcny.rr.com

 

Camillus Housing Authority – The Camillus Housing Authority is currently seeking to fill one appointed seat.The Town of Camillus Housing Authority is a Public Authority of the State of New York created by the State Legislature as Chapter 615 Section 1 of the Laws of 1982. It was codified as Title 159 Section 564 of the Public Housing Law of the State of New York. The Town of Camillus Housing Authority was created, at the request of the Camillus Town Board, with a mandate to provide, or assist in providing, quality housing for low to moderate income seniors, families and the disabled in the Town of Camillus. The Housing Authority has the legal authority to purchase and sell real estate, issue bonds, develop housing projects, and assist and support other entities to accomplish the same. To date, the Town of Camillus Housing Authority has been instrumental in the acquisition of the land for, and the development of, two public housing projects in the Town of Camillus, to wit, Applewood Manor, the 24 unit senior housing facility next to St. Joseph’s Church on West Genesee Street, and Connelly Acres, the 2 building complex for seniors and families on Maple Drive in the Village of Camillus. The Housing Authority is run by seven unpaid but dedicated volunteer members, all of whom must be residents of the Town of Camillus. Members are appointed by the Town Board of the Town of Camillus for five year staggered terms. The Housing Authority meets at the Camillus Town Hall at 5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.

Please contact me if you are interested or have any questions. 672-5155

Rockin Jumps – A trampoline park has applied for a permit.  The business would be located in the unoccupied space next to Aldi’s on Milton Ave..  As soon as approval or if I have any other details I will post.

Camillus Ski Hill – The ski hill and tubing park will hopefully reopen for the season.  Cost for 3 hours at the tubing hill is $12.  The fee includes use of a tube and there is a tubing lift to make the experience more enjoyable.  The Ski hill and tubing park are open Fridays from 6:00PM to 9:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.  The Camillus Ski Association is also looking for volunteers to maintain this program.  For information on volunteering, call Andy Arbital at (315)569-5566.

4th quarter updates

January 2nd, 2016

Camillus Police Department – The public can now share information about crimes and suspicious activity from their cell phone. The Camillus Police Department now allows the public to share important public safety information anonymously with police by sending them a secure text message about crimes or suspicious activity in the Town of Camillus.  The Department is launching tip411, an internet based tool from Citizen Observer that enables the public to text message an anonymous tip to police and lets officers respond back in real-time to create an anonymous two-way conversation.  The program was launched and paid for by the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office and can be used by anyone residing or visiting the town or village of Camillus.  Anyone with a cell phone may send an anonymous tip to the Camillus Police Department by texting TIPCAM and their message/tip to 847411 (tip411).  Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right from camilluspolice.com.  The tip411 system is 100 percent anonymous as the technology removes all identifying information before police see it and there is no way to identify the sender.

Rock USA Cutlery – Though Camillus Cutlery closed in 2007 and the factory burned in 2013, its knives are living on in a new way in the village. Rock USA Cutlery is open for business at 65 Main St. Brothers Peter and Wallace Rockwell are the owners. The store specializes in buying, selling, repairing and sharpening. Most of its business is focused on vintage Camillus Cutlery items, Peter Rockwell said. Wallace Rockwell worked for Camillus Cutlery for 34 years and later launched his own knife sales and service business online, Peter said. The old Camillus Cutlery building can even be seen from Rock USA’s windows, he added. The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Camillus Cutlery was the heart of the village of Camillus for years. Its roots stretch back to 1894 when Charles Sherwood opened a pen knife factory along the banks of Nine Mile Creek. The factory eventually employed hundreds and made a million knives a year before the business shutdown in 2007 and the building burned six years later .

Township Five updates – New buildings and more new tenants will begin making their way to Township 5 soon. The project’s developer, the Cameron Group of East Syracuse, plans to build a new 4,000-square-foot building at the site between LongHorn Steakhouse and the Costco gas station. Summit Federal Credit Union will occupy half the building and an unnamed retailer will take the other half. In addition, Petco, was recently announced as a Township 5 tenant, will get its own building at the development, according to minutes. Cameron plans to build a 12,500-square-foot building for the store next to the Movie Tavern location at Township 5. Construction on Movie Tavern is underway now. The venue will offer in-theater dining and bar service and open next year. Township 5 is a $58-million mixed-used project. It’ll have 500,000 square feet of space when finished, including retail, offices and a 96-unit apartment complex. The development includes a number of local and chain restaurants and retailers. There’s more on the way. Another local restaurant, Mitsuba Japanese Steakhouse is open. Work has also started on the development’s apartment complex and office buildings. One of the development’s first office tenants will be a medical practice, Pediatric Associates. Township 5 is located just off the Hinsdale Road exit of Route 5.

Winter Parking Ordinance – 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.

Budget 2016 – The Town Board was able to lower the tax rate for a 2nd straight year.  It will be lowered by 0.3%.  Not a huge decrease, but going in the right direction.  We are fortunate to have development to offset the increased costs we face each year.  If you’d like to view the entire budget go to www.townofcamillus.com and click on the budget tab.

Camillus Police Department Grant – My congratulations to the Camillus Police Department and Captain Steve Rotunno who recently received a grant in the amount of $10,050 from the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The grant has been awarded to participate in the statewide Police Traffic Services Program. The goal is to increase seatbelt usage and reduce serious injury and death from traffic crashes. Captain Rotunno is the Project Manager for the grant program and we are always grateful for his dedication and the work of the entire department.

Camillus Police Department Officer of the Year – The Town of Camillus Police Department is proud to announce the departments 2014 Officer of the Year. On Tuesday October 13th 2015, Chief Thomas Winn recognized police detective Stephen Pigula as the 2014 Officer of the Year. Detective Pigula was selected unanimously by his supervisors, for his outstanding investigative abilities, communication skills, critical thinking, and attention to detail. Detective Pigula outstanding attributes were critical in successful conclusion of numerous criminal investigations in 2014. Stephen and his family are also residents of the 2nd Ward. My congratulations and appreciation to Detective Pigula for all his dedicated work for our protection and quality of life. I would also like to thank his family as well. His work is at times difficult and stressful and each extra hour of police work is an hour missed with his family.

West Genesee Street development – Work has started on a major overhaul of a retail plaza on West Genesee Street. The plaza, across from the Fairmount Target, was once home to businesses including Joy Carpet and a nail salon. The nail salon and Joy buildings have already been demolished. A nearby strip building will be renovated as part of the project. Three new buildings will also be constructed. Tenants include Chipotle, Aspen Dental and Panda Express, a fast-casual Chinese chain. Panda Express is open for business. Several businesses that were in the plaza previously relocated to new locations nearby. Existing tenants still in place include H&R Block and Domino’s.

Camillus Point Senior Apartments – Camillus Pointe Senior Apartments for persons over 62 years of age has really made progress this summer after a slow start. The building is all buttoned up with roof, window and doors now complete prior to the inclement weather ahead. They now have the remainder of fall and winter to complete the inside and be ready to open in late spring/early summer of 2016. There are one and two bedroom apartments with heat and hot water included in the rent. Interested? Call 315- 489-9036 or email camilluspointe@clovergroup.com.

Senior Center – The once small group at the Senior Center in Camillus has blossomed into a very active senior center under the direction of Trisha Bacon. If you are a senior and want to get out for some fun and camaraderie go to the Town of Camillus web site link “Senior Center” or call Trisha at 672-3163 for more information.

November 2015 updates

December 4th, 2015

Township Five updates – New buildings and more new tenants will begin making their way to Township 5 soon. The project’s developer, the Cameron Group of East Syracuse, plans to build a new 4,000-square-foot building at the site between LongHorn Steakhouse and the Costco gas station. Summit Federal Credit Union will occupy half the building and an unnamed retailer will take the other half. In addition, Petco, was recently announced as a Township 5 tenant, will get its own building at the development, according to minutes. Cameron plans to build a 12,500-square-foot building for the store next to the Movie Tavern location at Township 5. Construction on Movie Tavern is underway now. The venue will offer in-theater dining and bar service and open next year. Township 5 is a $58-million mixed-used project. It’ll have 500,000 square feet of space when finished, including retail, offices and a 96-unit apartment complex. The development includes a number of local and chain restaurants and retailers. There’s more on the way. Another local restaurant, Mitsuba Japanese Steakhouse, will open soon. Work has also started on the development’s apartment complex and office buildings. One of the development’s first office tenants will be a medical practice, Pediatric Associates. Township 5 is located just off the Hinsdale Road exit of Route 5.

Winter Parking Ordinance – 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.

Budget 2016 – The Town Board was able to lower the tax rate for a 2nd straight year.  It will be lowered by 0.3%.  Not a huge decrease, but going in the right direction.  We are fortunate to have development to offset the increased costs we face each year.  If you’d like to view the entire budget go to www.townofcamillus.com and click on the budget tab.

October 2015 updates

November 2nd, 2015

Manure Spreading Odors – Please be aware that Hourigan Farms is again spreading manure on their fields, which may cause odor in the surrounding neighborhoods for the next several weeks.  Anyone with questions, comments, or complaints should contact the Matt Brower at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets:  518-457-3738

Leaf Pickup – Leaf pickup is still going strong. Thanks to the mapping of our new Highway Superintendent Paul Leggnetto, your leaves should be picked up within a week of them being set up. Please remember to only rake them to the edge of your property. DO NOT PLACE THEM IN ANY PART OF THE ROAD, EVEN THE SHOULDER. This creates not only a road hazard but an emergency issue and the crews may have to make an extra trip to your property causing delays and rising costs for all of us.

Camillus Police Department Grant – My congratulations to the Camillus Police Department and Captain Steve Rotunno who recently received a grant in the amount of $10,050 from the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee. The grant has been awarded to participate in the statewide Police Traffic Services Program. The goal is to increase seatbelt usage and reduce serious injury and death from traffic crashes. Captain Rotunno is the Project Manager for the grant program and we are always grateful for his dedication and the work of the entire department.

Camillus Police Department Officer of the Year – The Town of Camillus Police Department is proud to announce the departments 2014 Officer of the Year. On Tuesday October 13th 2015, Chief Thomas Winn recognized police detective Stephen Pigula as the 2014 Officer of the Year. Detective Pigula was selected unanimously by his supervisors, for his outstanding investigative abilities, communication skills, critical thinking, and attention to detail. Detective Pigula outstanding attributes were critical in successful conclusion of numerous criminal investigations in 2014. Stephen and his family are also residents of the 2nd Ward. My congratulations and appreciation to Detective Pigula for all his dedicated work for our protection and quality of life. I would also like to thank his family as well. His work is at times difficult and stressful and each extra hour of police work is an hour missed with his family.

West Genesee Street development – Work has started on a major overhaul of a retail plaza on West Genesee Street. The plaza, across from the Fairmount Target, was once home to businesses including Joy Carpet and a nail salon. The nail salon and Joy buildings have already been demolished. A nearby strip building will be renovated as part of the project. Three new buildings will also be constructed. Tenants include Chipotle, Aspen Dental and Panda Express, a fast-casual Chinese chain. Several businesses that were in the plaza previously relocated to new locations nearby. Existing tenants still in place include H&R Block and Domino’s.

Movie Tavern – Construction on the new Movie Tavern location coming to Township 5 is underway. Township 5′s developers announced plans for the venue earlier this year. Movie Tavern will open in Camillus in May or June. The 48,000-square-foot location will have 11 screens and offer in-theater dining and bar service. Every theater will have stadium seating, recliners and call-button service. Seats must be reserved in advance. Movie Tavern offers weekly breakfast movies aimed at families and a retro series, as well as first-run films. The location will employ 150 people when it opens. Movie Tavern has 21 locations in nine states.

Work is underway on Township 5′s apartment complex, which will be managed by Morgan Management of Rochester.

The development’s first office building is under construction too. It’ll be occupied by a medical tenant, Pediatric Associates.

Camillus Point Senior Apartments – Camillus Pointe Senior Apartments for persons over 62 years of age has really made progress this summer after a slow start. The building is all buttoned up with roof, window and doors now complete prior to the inclement weather ahead. They now have the remainder of fall and winter to complete the inside and be ready to open in late spring/early summer of 2016. There are one and two bedroom apartments with heat and hot water included in the rent. Interested? Call 315- 489-9036 or email camilluspointe@clovergroup.com.

Senior Center – The once small group at the Senior Center in Camillus has blossomed into a very active senior center under the direction of Trisha Bacon. If you are a senior and want to get out for some fun and camaraderie go to the Town of Camillus web site link “Senior Center” or call Trisha at 672-3163 for more information.  

Town of Camillus 3rd quarter update

October 1st, 2015

 

Verizon FIOS – Over the years I have been asked quite a few times if the western portion of the town would have access to FIOS.  Unfortunately we will not anytime soon.  I have spoken with the representative for Verizon and they said there is just not enough density.  Basically not enough homes for the large area they would have to cover.

Firehouse Subs – The opening of the Syracuse area’s first Firehouse Subs location has been pushed back slightly. The chain planned to have its first local store open around Labor Day. The opening is now planned for October, a spokeswoman for the company said in an email. Firehouse Subs will open in a former RadioShack location at 5308 W. Genesee St. in Camillus. The chain wants to open several more locations in the Syracuse area. Firehouse got its start in 1994. A pair of former firefighters, brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen, founded the company. The restaurants specialize in hot subs, but have cold options as well. The menu includes items like the Firehouse Meatball, Smokehouse Beef & Cheddar Brisket and New York Steamer. The chain is in serious growth mode. It has 895 locations now, with plans to grow to 2,000 by 2020.

Splash Pad update – The Town Board approved the bid for completion of the splash pad at Camillus Park at our last meeting.  The process ended up taking a little longer than expected and we were not able to have it completed this summer.  Construction has begun and the whole projected should be completed by Memorial Day weekend 2016.

Township Five – The newest tenant at Township 5 in Camillus is a fitness studio. Elite Personal Fitness opened earlier this month. Owner John Mossotti has been a trainer at other area gyms for years. Elite uses a hybrid model of traditional personal training and group fitness classes. Members get a customized exercise plan, but work out in a group setting. The idea is to combine the benefits of individualized attention with the camaraderie built up in group classes, Mossotti said. Workouts take place at specific times throughout the day, but clients can come to any session they want, he added. Memberships start at $109 a month. Mossotti is running a special now to allow potential members to try the studio for three weeks at a cost of $49. Township 5 is a $58-million mixed-used project. It’ll have 500,000 square feet of space when finished including retail, offices and a 96-unit apartment complex.   A local restaurant, The Brasserie, opened in July. Another, Mitsuba Japanese Steakhouse, will open this fall. Another chain, Red Robin, will open on October 5th. Work is underway on Township 5′s apartment complex, which will be managed by Morgan Management of Rochester. The development’s first office building is under construction too. It’ll be occupied by a medical tenant, Pediatric Associates. Movie Tavern, which offers in-theater dining and bar service, is also on its way to the project.

West Genesee St. development – Some big changes are coming to a retail plaza on West Genesee Street in the Fairmount section of Camillus. Developers plan to overhaul an area currently home to Joy Carpet, Idol Nails and a strip center. The Joy Carpet and nail salon buildings and a portion of the strip plaza would be torn down, according to Planning Board minutes. The project would result in three new buildings on the site, which is just across from the Fairmount Target. There’s space for tenants beyond the three announced so far. No word from developers on when work on the Camillus project will start. Several of the businesses currently in the area have either moved already or have plans to:
• Joy Carpet will eventually close its store at the site, but is looking for another Fairmount location, said Joe Commisso, who co-owns the business with his wife Patty. Joy opened a second store at the Glenn Crossing plaza in Liverpool in January.
• James Hallinan, an optician with a practice in the strip center, is transferring his business to Druger Eye Care. Bryant Optical is taking Hallinan’s contact lens patients.
• Hallinan’s Wine & Liquors, a liquor store in the strip plaza run by another member of Hallinan’s family, has already moved. It’s now located at a nearby plaza behind the Five Star Urgent Care location in Camillus.
• CoolWaters Pool and Spa closed its location at the strip plaza. The business has additional locations in Solvay and Liverpool and is planning a new store in Fairmount as well.
• Dart Computer moved from the center to a nearby location next to Citizens Bank.
• Idol Nails is moving to a new location in Camillus at4100 W. Genesee St.

Travel Advisory – The railroad crossing at Milton Ave & Hinsdale Rd. will be under construction from October 23-26th.  Detours will be in place and business only traffic will be allowed.

Fairmount Fire Department Open House – Sunday October 4th.  There will be a live fire and rescue demonstration along with demonstrations on how to extinguish household appliance fires.  The safety evacuation house will be available for children to practice a fire drill in as well as a bounce house.  Free hot dogs will be served.

Notes from Paul Legnetto – Highway Superintendant –  “As we wrap up our summer maintenance projects, our focus will return to closing up any potholes or open work areas before the end of the construction season.  Many roadway and drainage projects have been completed this season.  However, we do understand that there are many more areas in need of repair.  We will evaluate the entire roadway system early next spring to prioritize work zones based on need.

Before you know it the fall leaves will be on the ground and the piles will line the streets.  When raking leaves this fall please remember not to pile them in the roadway, since they may cause an accident or block emergency vehicles from gaining access to your neighborhood.  To make our job go faster and provide you with the best service, please pile sticks and other debris separate from your leaves since they clog the leaf vacuum.

  • Leaf pick up routes will generally follow the same order as our brush routes.  Please refer to the interactive map on the Highway Web page to find out more information…
  • Before snow season, please bring in your expensive mail boxes, we only replace mail boxes damages by our plows with a standard mailbox.”

 

The Local 315 Brewing Company at 3202 Warners Road held it’s Grand Opening on Saturday September 26th.

Construction has begun for the Chipotle Mexican Grill, Panda Express Chinese Restaurant and Aspen dental across from Target.

Township Five – Red Robin will open on Monday October 5th.  Mitsuba Japanese Steakhouse is looking at opening this fall.  Construction has begun for Pediatric Associates and the Movie Tavern.  Both are expected to open in the spring.

August 2015 updates

September 1st, 2015

Splash Pad update – The Town Board approved the bid for completion of the splash pad at Camillus Park at our last meeting.  The process ended up taking a little longer than expected and we were not able to have it completed this summer.  Construction should begin in September and the whole projected should be completed by Memorial Day weekend 2016.

 

Township Five – The newest tenant at Township 5 in Camillus is a fitness studio. Elite Personal Fitness opened earlier this month. Owner John Mossotti has been a trainer at other area gyms for years. Elite uses a hybrid model of traditional personal training and group fitness classes. Members get a customized exercise plan, but work out in a group setting. The idea is to combine the benefits of individualized attention with the camaraderie built up in group classes, Mossotti said. Workouts take place at specific times throughout the day, but clients can come to any session they want, he added. Memberships start at $109 a month. Mossotti is running a special now to allow potential members to try the studio for three weeks at a cost of $49. Township 5 is a $58-million mixed-used project. It’ll have 500,000 square feet of space when finished including retail, offices and a 96-unit apartment complex.   A local restaurant, The Brasserie, opened in July. Another, Mitsuba Japanese Steakhouse, will open this fall. Another chain, Red Robin, will also open this fall. Work is underway on Township 5′s apartment complex, which will be managed by Morgan Management of Rochester. The development’s first office building is under construction too. It’ll be occupied by a medical tenant, Pediatric Associates. Movie Tavern, which offers in-theater dining and bar service, is also on its way to the project.

 

Trash Pick Up delayed – Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7, trash pickup will be delayed for one day from the holiday through the end of the week.  If you have any questions, contact Dependable Disposal at 472-7455.

2nd Quarter 2015 updates

July 1st, 2015

 

Farmers Market – The new Camillus Farmers Market started this Tuesday, June 2nd.  Taking place each Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the Camillus Municipal Building, the market will now feature a wide variety of farm fresh local produce, handmade baked goods, specialty foods, jewelry, soap, art, wood crafts and more!  Throughout the summer, the market will also have free entertainment, guest chef demonstrations, children’s activities, and presentations on nutrition, gardening, and fitness!

For more information on the market or for more details on vendor products, visit the market website at:   http://www.gbcfarmersmarket.com/#!vendors/capd

Township Five updates – Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille is out at Township 5 in Camillus. Movie Tavern is in.  Work on the new venue should start this summer. The theater should open early next year. Movie Tavern features a full bar with beer, wine and liquor and an extensive menu for in-theater dining. All the theaters have leather recliners for seats. Customers will be able to order food and drinks from Movie Tavern’s lobby bar or right from their seats in the theater.  The 46,000-square-foot Township 5 location will have 11 screens and 1,100 seats.   The menu features burgers, pizzas, wraps and appetizers. The chain also has a variety of pastas, tacos, desserts and breakfast items, according to its website. The company describes its menu as “chef-driven.”  Movie Tavern currently has 19 locations in nine states, but none yet in New York. The closest sites to Syracuse now are in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Town of Camillus Summer Concert Series – The Town of Camillus is happy to announce their summer concert series lineup. Concerts are free and held at the Camillus Municipal Building gazebo located at 4600 West Genesee Street across from the Fairmount Fire Department. Concerts are from 7:00 PM -9:00 PM. Please bring a lawn chair and/or a blanket. Free popcorn and lemonade will be provided. For additional details, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 487-3600.

July 8 Flyin’ Column (Irish)
July 15 Gallow’s Road (Classic Rock)
July 22 Dirt Road Ruckus (Country)
July 29 Better Than Bowling Band (Classic Rock)

Election Inspectors – The Onondaga County Board of Elections is hiring election inspectors. You must be a registered voter, be able to serve anywhere in Onondaga County and be enrolled in either the Democratic or Republican parties. You have to work the entire day for the primary or general elections. The primary date and time has not yet been set, but the hours in the past were from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The general election is Nov. 3. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m. The pay is $190 a day. There is also training with paid attendance. Election law requires a bi-partisan team of four – two Republicans and two Democrats – at each polling place. The board needs people to serve as both permanent inspectors and substitutes. Here’s how to apply: Go to the Board of Elections website http://www.ongov.net/elections/electionInspectors.html or call the Inspector Department at 435-3331.

West Genesee St. development – Some big changes are coming to a retail plaza on West Genesee Street in the Fairmount section of Camillus. Developers plan to overhaul an area currently home to Joy Carpet, Idol Nails and a strip center. The Joy Carpet and nail salon buildings and a portion of the strip plaza would be torn down, according to Planning Board minutes. The project would result in three new buildings on the site, which is just across from the Fairmount Target. There’s space for tenants beyond the three announced so far. No word from developers on when work on the Camillus project will start. Several of the businesses currently in the area have either moved already or have plans to:
• Joy Carpet will eventually close its store at the site, but is looking for another Fairmount location, said Joe Commisso, who co-owns the business with his wife Patty. Joy opened a second store at the Glenn Crossing plaza in Liverpool in January.
• James Hallinan, an optician with a practice in the strip center, is transferring his business to Druger Eye Care. Bryant Optical is taking Hallinan’s contact lens patients.
• Hallinan’s Wine & Liquors, a liquor store in the strip plaza run by another member of Hallinan’s family, has already moved. It’s now located at a nearby plaza behind the Five Star Urgent Care location in Camillus.
• CoolWaters Pool and Spa closed its location at the strip plaza. The business has additional locations in Solvay and Liverpool and is planning a new store in Fairmount as well.
• Dart Computer moved from the center to a nearby location next to Citizens Bank.
• Idol Nails is moving to a new location in Camillus at4100 W. Genesee St.

Brush Pick Up – There has been a change made to the brush pick up schedule. The schedule in the Insight Newsletter no longer applies as brush will now be picked up on a rotating schedule so you should never have brush in front of your house for more than 7 days.

Essentially we are back to weekly pickup but it won’t always be the same scheduled day as in the past. The brush crew will be out daily going through zones the superintendent has set up. The Town has been divided into 5 zones so when the brush crew goes thru all 5 zones (usually in a week) they start over and begin again. Thus no matter what day you put out brush to the curb, it will be picked up within a week no matter what day you put it out.

If a large pile is left it may be they have to send another type of vehicle to get the debris. So, don’t think it was forgotten; it will be done a few days later. This mostly refers to large leaf piles that a vacuum truck will address or large tree limbs that need a grapple or pay loader to pick up and haul away.

We have our new Highway Superintendent, Paul Legnetto, to thank for this new schedule. Some have not been happy with the twice a month brush schedule especially in the Spring and Fall so this should be the answer.

Please visit the Town o fCamillus website and go to the highway dept. section to view the zones.

One last thing, grass clippings will not be picked up by the brush crew. If you bag your grass clippings you can take them to the compost area behind the highway garage.

If you have any questions on this new schedule please contact me or the Highway Dept..

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.

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.

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May 2015 updates

May 31st, 2015

The new Camillus Farmers Market starts this Tuesday, June 2.  Taking place each Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the front lawn of the Camillus Municipal Building, the market will now feature a wide variety of farm fresh local produce, handmade baked goods, specialty foods, jewelry, soap, art, wood crafts and more!  Throughout the summer, the market will also have free entertainment, guest chef demonstrations, children’s activities, and presentations on nutrition, gardening, and fitness!

 For more information on the market or for more details on vendor products, visit the market website at:   http://www.gbcfarmersmarket.com/#!vendors/capd

 

Township Five updates – Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille is out at Township 5 in Camillus. Movie Tavern is in.  Work on the new venue should start in the next two months. The theater should open early next year. Movie Tavern features a full bar with beer, wine and liquor and an extensive menu for in-theater dining. All the theaters have leather recliners for seats. Customers will be able to order food and drinks from Movie Tavern’s lobby bar or right from their seats in the theater.  The 46,000-square-foot Township 5 location will have 11 screens and 1,100 seats.  CineBowl, a combination movie theater, bowling alley and restaurant, was on the Township 5 tenant list for years.  The menu features burgers, pizzas, wraps and appetizers. The chain also has a variety of pastas, tacos, desserts and breakfast items, according to its website. The company describes its menu as “chef-driven.”  Movie Tavern currently has 19 locations in nine states, but none yet in New York. The closest sites to Syracuse now are in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Mesa Grande Taqueria is now open for business, they are an Auburn-based restaurant specializing in burritos and tacos. The restaurant’s owner says its style is “California-Mex.”
The Camillus location is Mesa Grande’s third site. In addition to the original Auburn restaurant, a location near Rochester opened earlier this year. Owner Jim Daddabbo wants to expand more in the future. The Township 5 location is in the same building as Hair Studio One and T-Mobile. The eatery sports an open kitchen and tables made with 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood. Papaya Asian Kitchen & Bar is out. The restaurant was one of the first tenants announced for Township 5.
Its replacement is Mitsuba Japanese Steakhouse, which has four other locations in New Hartford, Ithaca and Rome. Mitsuba emerged as a new Township 5 tenant

 

The Onondaga County Board of Elections is hiring election inspectors. You must be a registered voter, be able to serve anywhere in Onondaga County and be enrolled in either the Democratic or Republican parties. You have to work the entire day for the primary or general elections. The primary date and time has not yet been set, but the hours in the past were from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The general election is Nov. 3. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9: 30 p.m. The pay is $190 a day. There is also training with paid attendance. Election law requires a bi-partisan team of four – two Republicans and two Democrats – at each polling place. The board needs people to serve as both permanent inspectors and substitutes. Here’s how to apply: Go to the Board of Elections website http://www.ongov.net/elections/electionInspectors.html or call the Inspector Department at 435-3331.