Streets: The DPW crew will begin work on the Pearl & Pleasant Streets re-paving project soon. The waterline was installed last year and after letting the ground settle over the winter, it’s ready to be paved.
Spring Cleanup: The crew will also be out during May picking up leaves, grass clippings, small branches, etc. that you can place between the sidewalk and the street. Your cooperation with the guidelines outlined in the Merchandiser and available at the Clerk’s office is appreciated.
As we do with all the operations within the village, we monitor the usage of the transfer station and have noticed that we are not running the same volume through as we have in the past. This is a concern because there are certain fixed costs that have to be covered. When the volume goes down, the price per pound that we charge has to go up to cover costs. The decrease could be for any number of reasons, but one that we are concerned about is that new residents may not be aware of the station, how to use it – or even what it is. The transfer station is a trash disposal alternative to curbside pickup. Our one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility is located just east of the Village and is shared with town residents. Any village or town resident can sign up for our transfer station permit at the Village Clerk’s office. The permit looks and acts just like a debit card. You put money on your account and as you dispose of trash, you are charged based on the weight. When your balance gets low, you can add more to your account to keep on using it. For most residents, the cost is significantly less than curbside pickup. We also accept electronics, recyclables, metal objects and yard brush for free at the station. Everyone must go through the building to dispose of anything, including yard brush.
PHELPS SAUERKRAUT WEEKEND
The Phelps Sauerkraut Weekend Committee is always looking for more help. If you’re willing to volunteer or have any ideas, please contact Lisa Hubler at 585-905-0842.
The BDTC is going to apply for another NYS Main Street Grant. Any business property owners in the affected area (basically downtown) should have received a request for a Letter of Commitment. If you’d like a project considered for this round of funding, make sure you complete that by Friday, May 2.
At our last meeting, the Village Board adopted the budget for our 2014-2015 fiscal year. More details will be provided when the tax bills are sent in June, but the tax levy will increase by less than 1% and there will be minor adjustments to the transfer station fees, water rates and sewer rates.
After 41 years of commitment and service to the Village, Carl Peake will be retiring this summer. We’ll find a special way to thank Carl, but we want to publicly thank him for all that he has done to make ours a better community. We are currently looking for at least one more transfer station attendant, as Mr. & Mrs. Conklin have announced their intention to retire sometime this summer, as well. We also are looking for another planning board member. If you have an interest in serving in that capacity, please see our Deputy Clerk, Melissa Westfall.
After much time and effort, we have updated our Village code to make it easier for residents and businesses. If you have any projects upcoming, please see our Code Enforcement Officer, Jim Murphy, to determine whether you need a permit or to come before our planning board. Remember – In Phelps, we have opportunities, not obstacles. We will be whatever we choose to be.