2024 Village of Camillus Newsletter
There have been several changes in our village during 2023 and many more to come in 2024. We have highlighted below many of these improvements.
Village Sanitary Sewers
This past summer, we received a grant of $30,000.00 to have our sewers televised. The results were not favorable. The village sewer system was constructed in 1931 and has deteriorated over time. There are several breaks/cracks in the piping system, and we have attached pictures of the current conditions – see page 3. These photos show only a portion of the breaks located on Elm Street and Main Street however there are several additional breaks in the village. Sewer repairs are very expensive to undertake. In the past 3 years, 3 repairs have cost the village $84,000.00. We have been charging $50.00 per year per household for our sewer fund, however we do not have enough accumulated to start to tackle the most serious breaks. Therefore, we have had to increase the sewer tax in 2024 to $300.00 per household to jump start fixing the sewers in early 2024. We anticipate that we will have to continue to charge this increase in future years until we can fix the most critical problems in the system. We will continue to search for grants in order to offset these costs.
TextMyGov is a new type of communication between you, our residents, and the village. We initiated this in early 2023 with much success, however several of you have not taken advantage of this communication device.
On your personal electronic device (cell phone, Android, Apple, etc.), you will be able to receive text messages from the village concerning event notifications, holiday information, trash and recycling information, road information, etc. We will be sending out to you any information that we feel is important and that you would be interested in. You will also be able to text information to the village with any Village concerns.
To sign up, on your smartphone, send a text message to 91896 and in the message space, type in the following “CVALERTS”. You will receive a confirmation message asking you to reply “YES” to verify that you are joining. You will then start to receive text messages from us in the future when they are sent. You can also text the village by texting in the number 315-320-3353 and text “HI”. You can text STOP at any time to remove yourself from the notification line.
As you know, we have made significant improvements to the tennis courts in Munro Park. Thanks to 2 grants, we were able to restore one tennis court and convert the other tennis court into 4 new Pickle Ball Courts. We are also in line for another grant to replace the playground equipment and construct a new pavilion adjacent to the equipment. The current equipment is 35 plus years old and outdated. The proximity of the pavilion will enable parents to sit and watch the kids while they are enjoying the new equipment.
We recently were able to plant 10 new trees on the western side of the tennis/pickle ball court compliments of Cornell Co-op of Onondaga County. We have also applied to become a Tree City and pending is a 2-year grant for 100 new trees to be planted in the village.
2024 Village Meeting Dates
We encourage residents to attend our village meetings. The following are the meeting dates for 2024 which start @ 6:00PM
January 16 April 1 & 15 July 15 October 7 & 21
February 5 May 6 & 20 August 19 November 6 & 18
March 4 & 18 June 3 & 17 September 16 December 2 & 16
Village Hall and highway department will be closed on the following holidays:
January 1* March 29 September 2* November 28 & 29
January 15* May 27* October 14* December 25*
February 19* July 4 November 11*
*When trash day falls on a holiday, trash and recycling will be delayed one day.
Recent Village Law Changes
In 2023, we have changed/modified several laws in the village as follows. The abbreviated summaries are listed below.
Off Street Parking - The Code of the Village of Camillus has been expanded to limit off-street parking i.e.: Property owners cannot park their campers, motor homes, recreational vehicles, snowmobiles, boats or similar recreational-oriented vehicles or trailers in their front yards or very close to side yard boundaries. For further information, contact the village hall.
Bed and breakfasts – Bed and breakfasts have been further defined in a new law being that bed and breakfasts in the village must obtain a special permit to operate. For further information, please contact the village office.
Short Term Rentals – The owner cannot rent any dwelling unit in the Village of Camillus for less than 29 consecutive days. Excluded from this law are permitted bed and breakfasts, hotels, and motels. For further information, please contact the village office.
Senior Citizen Village Tax Exemption Change – A real property partial village tax exemption for senior citizens and for persons with disabilities and limited income up to $58,400.00 per year. For further information, please contact the village office.
Trash –Trash must be placed in bags in a trash receptacle. Please remember to take in your trash cans after pick up. The same applies for the recyclable blue bins.
Truck Rental – The one-ton village truck may be rented by Village of Camillus residents for a fee of $100.00 plus tipping fees for the removal of construction and demolition materials and $150.00 plus tipping fees (minimum of $30.00 charge) for the removal of upholstered furniture. If interested, please call 315-672-3484 or visit Village Hall during business hours for a contract.
Village Wide Sales– May 18th and September 7th .
Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 27th Police will stop all traffic through the village @ 8:45 a.m. Ceremony on the porch of the Kayak Shop @ 9:00 a.m. – 5K race starts @ 9:28 a.m. Parade starts @ 9:30 a.m.
HELP ANIMALS IN NEED by donating your bottles & cans at the Village Hall. A volunteer redeems the bottles & cans & uses funds to purchase food & other requested supplies which is then donated to various agencies who care for animals waiting for their “forever homes”.
VILLAGE OF CAMILLUS NEWSLETTER
The Village of Camillus is open M-F, 9 AM- 4 PM but occasionally closed for training classes and holidays. Village Board meetings are currently scheduled to be held @ 6 PM every first and third Monday, except for days when the office is closed for a holiday. All residents are encouraged to attend. The Village Board meeting minutes will be posted, after being approved, on the Village of Camillus website: www.villageofcamillus-ny.gov. You may also check the bulletin board in front of the Village Hall for upcoming events and communications or call 315-672-3484.
Village Hall and the Highway Department will be closed on the following holidays:
Monday, October 12, 2020 (Trash and recycling will be picked up a day late)
Wednesday, November 11, 2020 (Recycling will be picked up a day late)
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Friday, December 25, 2020
Friday, January 1, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021 (Trash and recycling will be picked up a day late)
Monday, February 15, 2021 (Trash and recycling will be picked up a day late)
Friday, April 2, 2021 Good Friday
Monday, May 31, 2021 (Trash and recycling will be picked up a day late)
Monday, July 5, 2021 (Trash and recycling will be picked up a day late)
Trash and recycling services may be delayed one day after these holidays.
Taxes reminder: If you have unpaid taxes or made a partial payment, reminder notices have been mailed out. If you did not receive your notification, please call the Village Hall. Please note, November 2, 2020 is the last day to pay Village Taxes.
Winter is coming. REMINDER, there is NO PARKINGas follows:
Main St Every day November 1st – April 30th from 3AM-6AM
Elderkin Ave Thursdays December 1st – April 1st from 10AM-2PM
Leroy St/South Side of Main St. December 1st – April 1st NO Parking
Haney Lane Fridays December 1st – April 1st from 8AM-10AM
North St. Tuesdays November 1st – April 1st from 10AM - 2PM
Union St Fridays November 1st – April 1st from 10AM – 2PM
Vehicles need to be removed from these designated areas for snow plowing!
Reminder to keep your sidewalk area clear of snow and ice. Per local law, it is the resident’s responsibility to remove snow, ice, dirt or other obstructions from the sidewalk sufficiently to create a safe pedestrian path.
The Highway Department will snow blow Main Street sidewalks from East to West on both sides of the street as a courtesy. We will be snow blowing most sidewalks when possible.
Trash must be placed in bags in a trash can. All recyclables must be placed loosely in the recycle bin/box (NO PLASTIC BAGS). Please bring in your trash cans and recycle bins on the same days as pick up. Remember to periodically wash your trash cans and recycle bins to reduce bugs and odors.
The one ton Village truck may be rented by Village of Camillus residents for a fee of $75.00 plus tipping fees. If interested, please call 315-672-3484 or visit Village Hall during business hours for a contract.
NO ELECTRONICS may be discarded with residential trash. Televisions, computers, electrical equipment, etc. need to be properly disposed of at an approved electronics recycling facility. Electronics, excluding CRT Televisions, may be brought to the rear of Village Hall Monday through Friday during business hours by Village of Camillus residents. Materials must be intact and cannot be in pieces for the safety of the highway personnel.
We cannot take old style tube televisions, old style computer monitors, refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, tires, propane tanks and any items containing any liquid material. Please call OCRRA at 315-453-2866 regarding authorized locations for disposal.
Please place yard refuse and leaves in a container such as boxes and/or paper, leaf or compostable bags for our Highway Department personnel to pick up.
A reminder: it is illegal to place anything but clean or storm water down street drains/catch basins. All drainage ends up in Nine Mile Creek and then on to Onondaga Lake. If you do need to drain gray water, car wash water, etc. please pour the water onto your lawn or down household drains so it may be filtered before entering the water system.
OCRRA has begun charging for mattress disposal so the Village of Camillus has made the tough decision to pass the charge on to the residents. The cost for mattress disposal is $20 each with no charges for box springs at this time. If you have a mattress to dispose of please stop by the Village Hall or mail a check payable to the Village of Camillus and include your address. Once you have paid for your mattress(es), your address will be placed on the list for pick up for the number of mattresses you have paid for.
Mattresses not paid for and left by the curb will not be picked up until payment has been received. A notice will be placed on the resident’s door with instructions to contact the Village Hall to arrange payment and pick up.
OCCRA has discontinued the July battery collection (on top of trash cans) and will no longer mail collection bags to residents. Please continue to drop off your batteries at collection sites including Wegmans, Home Depot, Lowes, and Nightingale Mills. See OCRRA.org for more details and collection sites.
To refer a code enforcement issue to Codes Enforcement Officer William Reagan, please call the Village Hall at 315-672-3484 and your concerns will be forwarded to Mr. Reagan.
Saturday December 5, 2020 is the annual Village Tree Lighting at 6:00 PM. Due to COVID restrictions and safety concerns, this event may be modified or cancelled. Please the visit Village website at Village at VillageofCamillusNY.com for up to date information or our Facebook page.
HELP ANIMALS IN NEED
Help animals in need by donating your bottles and cans at the Village Hall. A volunteer redeems the bottles and cans and uses funds to purchase food and other requested supplies which is then donated to various agencies who care for animals waiting for their “forever homes”.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Please remember to lock your vehicle doors and keep valuables out of plain sight. Remember to keep an eye on your children and report any suspicious activity to the Camillus Police Department by dialing 911, as soon as possible. Be sure to include as much information as possible: vehicle color, make, license plate number, hair color, approx. age, or a photo is even better.
The Village of Camillus employees would like to wish you and your families a safe and healthy winter!
Trash and Recycling reminder of Rules as of Oct 30, 2022
- Refuse (trash) and recyclables shall be separated and placed within three feet of the street curb not earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the day before scheduled pick up and the empty container shall be retrieved by the resident on day of pick up.
- All garbage and rubbish must be placed in secure and tied plastic bags of a capacity not to exceed 15 pounds, and then placed in a durable, sanitary plastic container with a lid (trash can) manufactured for such purposes.
- No trash container shall exceed 55 pounds when filled unless the resident uses a "Tipper" type container** than may be lifter by an arm of the village trash truck.
- Plastic bags not placed in a trash can will not be picked up or disposed by the Village. - All recyclables shall be placed loose in a clean and sanitary container separately used for that purpose.
- Refuse shall be placed out for collection each week as the Village will not pick up an inordinate amount of refuse.
- The Village does not pick up or dispose of construction and demolition debris left by contractors. Homeowners can rent the dump truck for disposal of construction debris created by the homeowner. Please call the Village office for details.
- Call the Village office regarding removal of upholstered furniture - The Village will remove mattresses at $20.00 per mattress and only when prepaid at the Village office.
- OCRRA no longer accepts batteries. Please go to ocrra.org for information regarding recycling batteries.
- All loose plant clippings, leaves and small sticks must be placed in a compostable bag or a container that does not exceed 55 pounds. The Village will pick up large amount of brush; however, if requested, the Village will leave the dump truck, at no cost, to be filled with brush by the homeowner.
* For further detail, see Article 61 of the Code of the Village of Camillus.**Defined as a two-wheeled trash can with an attached lid and a steel bar in front to which the garbage truck can attach and lift.