Down the Yellow Brick Road
VILLAGE OF CHITTENANGO NEWSLETTER WINTER/SPRING 2011
Be sure to visit our website: www.chittenango.org
The Village of Chittenango is located approximately 20 miles east of Syracuse,
New York, which is in central New York and was founded in 1812. The
community population is approximately 5,000 and is approximately 2.2 square
miles in area. The Village is substantially residential in nature with some light
industry and a commercial area that runs through the center. To the south of
the Village are located Chittenango Falls, a State park, and Chittenango Creek
that runs through the center of the Village, which runs north. Chittenango
means, “Where the water runs north”. Chittenango is best known for being the
birthplace of L. Frank Baum, author of the Wizard of Oz and many other works.
News worth noting: Do not place stone dust in piles along the roadside, as the
The Village’s web site, chittenango.org has recently undergone sweeper has difficulty cleaning the piles of dust up. Place stone
dramatic changes. It is still “under construction”, but several dust in wind rows at the edge of the road when raking your lawn.
updates have been added, including current Board meeting minutes Repairs due to snowplow damage will be cleaned up as soon as
from the Village, Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals. Please be possible. Mailboxes damaged by our snowplows during the winter
certain to visit the site. A community calendar is part of the site, with will also be permanently repaired in the Spring. Remember, brush
links to various forms and information. must be stacked neatly and in 5' lengths. No more than a small
We have an updated calendar that lists all the Village meetings, pickup load will be picked up at a residence. A dump truck can be
which includes all Boards and committees. To use the calendar, reserved for drop off at a residence for large brush piles, at no
simply click on Community Meetings and events and then click on cost to the homeowner, by calling the DPW. Spring leaves must
the date on the calendar to see the details of the meeting or event be containerized or placed in clear plastic bags, not sealed, for
that may be of interest to you. pickup with brush.
In addition to the calendar, we have added a Community Message Please remember, limitations are four (4) 33-gallon cans for
Board that will list messages we think may be of interest to you. To garbage. Also, only clear plastic bags are to be used for trash,
use this feature, simply click on the Community Message Board and they can also be used for your recyclables. There are recent
page link from the side navigation bar. changes to the pickup of non-acceptable trash items, which we
As noted above, we have also added the ability to view minutes from hope will make this procedure easier for you. Visit our website
the Boards. The minutes will be the three most current months. To and download the special pick up form listed under the DPW tab.
use this feature, simply click on the Clerk’s page from the side Complete the form with the items you need picked up and deliver
navigation bar and then once on the Clerk’s page, click view Village the form to the Village Hall or mail it to their office. Once the form
meetings link at the bottom of the page. Once there, you can and payment are received, pickup will be arranged for your next
choose the minutes that you would like to view. regular pick up day. If you do not have access to a computer, you
We have also added new pages for historical and creek walk trails. can call 687-7043 leave a message and a form will be mailed or
These pages will have both a photo album link, with photos to be you can stop by the Village Clerk’s office to pick up a form. Once
added in the near future. And, finally you can access the Village again, payment is required before the items will be scheduled for
Code from the Codes page and click on the link at the bottom of the pick up. For special trash pickup questions, please call 687-7043,
page. Please try out the updated site and feel free to give us your all other DPW calls, please call 263-7048. Please note these
feedback. We will continue to update the site and any changes phone number changes. We appreciate your help and
made will be announced in future newsletters. Bob Freunscht, cooperation!
Community News The court business hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4
nd rd th
It is with sadness that the Village notes the recent loss of some p.m. Court is in session on the 2 , 3 , and 4 Wednesday of
businesses in our downtown; Emerald City Grill, Blue BBQ, each month. On the 2 Court begins at 4:30 p.m., on the 3
Reflections Flower Shoppe, and Chittenango Video. The economic Court begins at 2 p.m., and the 4 Court begins at 4:30 p.m.
climate in the Country has made it difficult for small businesses to Jessica Getman, Court Clerk 687-3937
survive. Our community is not alone in the impact that the economy
has had on all of us. We wish the owners of the businesses that Police Department
have closed in our community the best. We encourage our The Police Department operates with a Chief, Sergeant, one full
residents to support their neighbors in our business community. time officer, and several part time officers. The office is open
Let’s all pull together to help our businesses stay and stay strong. Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and staffed by a
Working together we can do it! Shop locally! community service officer. In cost saving measures for the
We also welcome our new Mexican style restaurant LaCocina and Village, the Village has not replaced two-full time officers that have
Evolve Fitness. recently retired or left the department, but has supplemented the
staff with part time officers. Chief Jeff Paul 687-3930
Many of you celebrate with us each year during the Oz event in
June. This year, January 26,2011, we lost another frequent visitor 9/11 Patriot Day
to our event, Elizabeth Maren, wife of Jerry Maren “the lollipop kid” th
This year will mark the 10 anniversary of September 11 – the
in the movie The Wizard of Oz. Our hearts go out to Jerry at this difficult
day that changed America. The Village is planning a time of
reflection and remembrance on Sunday, September 11 at 6 p.m.
We will miss Elizabeth’ s sense of We will commemorate this day with the traditional program,
fun and her great smile! candle lighting, and patriotic music. We have a special guest
time. lined up to speak and we are asking the Churches for their
assistance in the day, as well as local fire departments and
We also remember two special residents who passed away recently, businesses. More information will be forthcoming. Help us
Bill and Clara Houck. Clara was the ”oz” historian for many years celebrate the U.S.A. and all the wonderful things and people it
and one of the guiding forces in starting the annual OzFest. Bill represents. Let’s remember all those individuals who have lost
worked for the Chittenango school district and ran Bill’s Fixit Shop their lives and those still serving to protect our freedom! Heroes,
and was known for his quick wit and talent for making walking canes one and all.
and caning chairs.
Clerk – Treasurer’s Office
DPW Highlights The next regular quarterly sewer billing will be sent from this office
We know winter is still very much here, we just want to get you thinking April 2011. If you don’t receive your bill by the 15th of April, please
spring. Just a few reminders for the Spring as it approaches... contact our office. This bill covers the period December 2010-
Garbage/recycling changes: April 22 (Friday) pickup will be on February 2011. This is the quarterly sewer bill, that if there is any
Monday, April 25. unpaid balance by the due date, the balance will be relevied to the
Our street sweeper will begin in April, as soon as weather permits. June 2011 Village tax bill. The Village issues quarterly sewer bills
Sweeping begins at 4 a.m. due to traffic flow and safety issues. We in the months of January, April, July, and October. The Village is
usually impact each neighborhood only once with this early start time, currently in the process of putting together the budget for the year
so please bear with us. June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012. Tax bills will be mailed and
you should receive your bill by the 1 of June, if it is mailed to your Bicentennial Committee
residence. If you have a mortgage escrow account, your tax bill will be The Village of Chittenango will be celebrating its Bicentennial
mailed directly to your escrow company. Payment, without penalty is during the year of 2012. A committee has been formed, headed by
planned for July 1, 2011. If you don’t receive your tax bill by the middle village historian Dick Sullivan and assistant Charles Albee, to
of June, contact our office. The Office also offers Notary services to formulate activities to commemorate this period in Chittenango
Village residents; community sign board applications (which are also history. For more information on loaning items or becoming a part
available on the village web site), and village park applications. The of the committee, call village historian Dick Sullivan at 687-9228.
office is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next committee meeting is scheduled for February 16, 2011
Jill Doss, Village Clerk 687-3936 (P) 687-6622 (F) at 6:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Free Library.
Pat Quirk, Treasurer
Rotary Club Phone Book
Linda Price, Deputy Clerk
Village Board - Generally meets on the 4 Tuesday of each month @
7pm. Contact 687-3936 to check meeting date and agenda. The seventh edition of the Chittenango Rotary
Mayor Ronny Goeler Phone Book will be in the mail to residents of
the town of Sullivan by early February.
Village Planning Board - Generally meets on the 2 Monday of each The phone book is Chittenango Rotary’s
month @ 7pm. Mike Quirk, Chairman 687-3936 largest fundraiser and is published every two
years. The cost for preparation of the book is
Village Zoning Board of Appeals –Generally meets on the 2 raised by selling ads to local businesses and
Tuesday of each month @ 7 pm. Daniel Welker, Chairman 687-3113 groups. All profits are then used to fund local
Codes Department Tree Planting Program
The Code Enforcement office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday The Community Recognition Park Committee is continuing to
through Friday. Building permits are needed for additions, fences, make planting additions at Community Recognition Park, located
pools, sheds, fireplace inserts, and decks. Please check with the at the end of Legion Drive in the Village. Your help is needed!
Code Enforcement Office if you have a question about permits. Would you be willing to donate $100 to the Community
Swimming Pools - Too soon to think about swimming? Any structure Recognition Park Tree Fund toward the planting of these trees?
intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water over Your donation would be recognized with a plaque placed near the
24 inches (610mm) deep. This includes in-ground, above-ground, and base of the tree. Please help us beautify this much used
on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs and spas. A permit is required in community park.
the Village of Chittenango. Contact Andy Mroz with questions 263-7048
Jeff Geer, Code Enforcement Officer 687-5143
Tim Cowan, Assistant to Codes Officer Did you know? A program is available to National Grid
customers in New York for your older refrigerator or freezer.
Dog Control Rethink. Recycle. Reward. For details and to arrange for
Dog control is handled through the Town of Sullivan. Kim Muhlenbein a free pickup, call 1-877-691-0021 or visit
is the dog control officer for the Town of Sullivan and the Village of www.powerofaction.com/unyfridge - and you can pick up
Chittenango. You can reach her at 687-7308 or 289-9301. As a note, $30.
in the Village of Chittenango you are only allowed to have two dogs at
a residence located in a residential zone.
Please make sure that the vaccinations for your pets are current and
up to date. For information about the pet vaccination schedule you can Upcoming Events
contact the Madison County Environmental Health Dept. at 366-2526.
Questions: Kim Muhlenbein, Dog Control Officer – 687-7308 Rotary Casino Night – February 26, 2011 Chittenango Fire Dept.
Creek Walk and Trail Committee
Committee meetings are held on the third Monday of every month in GSACC Community Showcase – Saturday, March 5, 2011-
the Board Room at the Village Hall, 222 Genesee Street, 7 p.m. The 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chittenango High School.
meetings are open to the public. greatersullivanchamber.org
The Village and Trail Committee recently filed for a Grant through NYS
Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and funded through the Town of Sullivan Parks & Recreation - Check their program flyer
Environmental Protection Fund. The Grant was awarded November for upcoming family events, including Easter egg hunts and the
2010. This is a matching grant and can span up to four years for the annual fishing derby and for information on pavilion rentals. 687-
Dyke Road Spur of the Chittenango Creek Walk. The Trail Committee 3471
will be working in concert with the Chittenango Lions Club in
developing lands donated by Philip & Phyllis Buchanan, Robert Hall Chittenango Volunteer F.D. Auxiliary – Fish Dinners
and Richard Clark, and Stephen Davie promising a permanent March 11, April 1, April 22 (lunch& dinner), 2011
easement for the trail system. SUNY College of Environmental
Science & Forestry’s School of Landscape Architecture and Morrisville CCS School Fair @ Chittenango High School - April 29, 2011
State College Landscaping Program have also been involved with this th
exciting program. The Village is excited about the continuation of the Community Betterment Day - April 30, 2011. Rain date May 7
trail system in the Village encouraging healthy walking areas. A
section of trail has been completed along Chittenango Creek from Chittenango Garden Club Plant Sale – May 14, 2011
Genesee Street to Russell Street. It was dedicated this past fall.
Take advantage of this beautiful trail! Donna Lynch, Bill Nickal - Annual OzStravaganza Festival - June 3,4,5, 2011. Includes golf
Co-Chairs tournament, spaghetti dinner, parade, rides, games, food,
fireworks, and special entertainment with the Munchkins.
The 33 annual Community Betterment Day is scheduled for April 30, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum Canal Fest Day -
2011. If your group or organization is interested in helping with a Sunday, June 19, which includes a chicken barbecue. 687-3801
cleanup project, painting, planting, pruning or general repair, please
contact Dick Sullivan 687-9228, or Mickey Kopp 727-4126 for details. Chittenango Lions Club Yellow Brick Road 8k Run/Walk – June
Your help is needed. Mickey Kopp, Parks Commissioner
U.S. Postage Paid
around the Village. If you have questions, you can contact the Village Clerk’s Office at 687-
VILLAGE OF CHITTENANGO 3936.
222 GENESEE STREET Zip Code 13037
CHITTENANGO, NY 13037
Village of Chittenango Resident
Chittenango, NY 13037
The Village of Chittenango, Chittenango, New York 13037 is providing this newsletter
to you as an informational service to introduce you to events happening in and