Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Simplified Zoning and Planning

Are you thinking about a project for your home or business? Most projects require some type of application process and subsequent review. Most of the requirements are based in State law and are administered on a local level by the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals. This process may seem confusing but is actually a matter of local officials helping you work through the State and local requlations. An overview of the processes can be found here:

It is recommended that you start the process early - the State sets certain timelines and the approval process may take an average of 30 - 60 days.

Village Positions Available

The Village is currently seeking two candidates. We need one person to fill a vacant seat on the Planning Board and one person to fill a vacant seat on the Zoning Board of Appeals. If your are interested in either please contatct the Village Clerk at 569 3700.

2011-2012 Budget Workshop

The Village Board will begin working on the 2011-2012 budget in December. Workshop dates are December 7 at 5:00 and December 14 after the board meeting. There will be a public hearing in January, date to be determined.

Village Elections will be held Tuesday March 15, 2010 from 12 pm—9 pm. The following offices will be filled:

Mayor—two (2) year term

Trustees—Two (2) positions, two (2) year term each.

Prospective candidates for the above offices must be 18 years of age or older, and must have been a resident of the Village for at least 30 days prior to the election. Absentee ballots can be picked up at the Village Office.

Christmas In The Park 2010

4:00pm ~ Keuka Lake Players perform
“It’s Christmas Time on the Prairie” ~
Free to the public in the Presbyterian Church
on the Village Square (limited seating available)

5:00pm ~ Lighting of the Christmas Tree/Caroling

5:15-5:30pm ~ Curtiss Elementary School Band
(under the direction of Gordon Vonderlin)

5:30-6:00pm ~ Hammondsport Central School Senior Band

6:00pm ~ Santa & Mrs. Claus Arrive!

6:30pm ~ St. Thomas Bell Ringers

7:00pm ~ Hammondsport Methodist Church Choir

6-8:00pm ~ Santa’s Second String Reindeer

6-8:00pm ~ Horse-drawn Wagon Rides-FREE

4-8pm ~ Food & Craft Vendors in the Park

Let It Snow.....

Effective De¬cember 1 there is no parking on village streets between
2 am—6 am. This law is in effect until April 1. Please remember to move your car off the street so plows can get through and make the streets safe for drivers.

Also, according to Village Code, all property owners in the Vil¬lage are responsible to clear side¬walks of snow and ice within 24 hours of the end of snowfall. Please do not shovel the snow from sidewalks on to public streets. This could result in a fine.
Keeping the streets and side¬walks clear during the winter months is important not only for the safety of drivers but for people, young and old, that have to walk to school, the grocery store or just to get the paper.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Hammondsport gets $432K in State Grants

A state grant will help spruce up the streets and businesses surrounding Hammondsport’s village square next summer.

The Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce was recently awarded a grant for approximately $432,000, said John Jensen, Chamber president.

The funding comes from the New York Main Street grant program, administered by the state’s Office of Community Renewal.

The grant includes about $340,000 for upgrades to nine buildings in Hammondsport’s downtown area, officially known as the Pulteney Square Historic District.

There’s also $60,000 earmarked for signage, lighting, benches, sidewalks and brick walkways on public streets near the square, Jensen said. Another $32,000 will pay for the hiring of a consulting firm to administer the project and handle the permits needed because the area is a registered historic district, he added.

The Main Street grant will be supplemented by about $130,000 worth of matching funds the building owners have agreed to contribute to the various projects.

It’s a fairly large grant for a small village to get, Jensen said, and it should make Hammondsport more attractive to the tourists that flock to Keuka Lake and its wineries during the summer and fall, he said.

“We’re really excited about it, because this represents probably half the buildings in our downtown,” Jensen said. “So it’ll make a significant positive change.”

Most of the projects are for exterior work, such as brick and facades, roof work and handicap accessibility. There are also plans for rear entrance improvements and a brick walkway along the alley behind Shethar Street, where plans are in the works to add arts-related attractions.
The grant money will also help renovate upper-floor apartments, and the Chamber building will get a community room upstairs for public use.

“I think the grant is a great thing for the Village of Hammondsport. It’s going to be something that will help refresh the village itself, and also put forth a better look for everybody. I think everybody’s looking forward to it,” said Hammondsport developer Jim Keena, who owns more than a half-dozen downtown buildings.

One of the buildings Keena owns is the old opera house at 59-67 Shethar St., which has three businesses – Mudlust Pottery, Lake Country Patchwork and Opera House Antiques – on the bottom floor.

The Main Street grant will go toward things like brick and roof work, along with HVAC and plumbing upgrades for the former opera house.

He’s in the process of building five luxury apartments on the second floor, and there are plans to turn the upper floors into a space for art shows and music.

“We’ve put a whole bunch of money into the village so far, trying to dress it up and make it what it really should be,” Keena said. “I think we have a wonderful village here, and I think people will enjoy it, both the tourists that come, as well as the people that live here.”

Other businesses whose buildings figure to get upgrades include Locey’s Landing, Mossy Bank Mercantile, Crooked Lake Ice Cream Parlor, Mahogony Butterfly, Park Inn and Lime Berry.
The necessary paperwork will bedone this this winter and construction work will hopefully begin in the spring, Jensen said.

The Main Street grant program provides funding and technical assistance “to business improvement districts and other not-for-profit organizations that are committed to revitalizing historic downtowns, mixed-use neighborhood commercial districts, and village centers,” according to the state Office of Community Renewal’s website.

Village Events

Oct 16
Grape Pumpkin Festival

Dec 11
Christmas in the Park

For more information:

Water Bills...

When you are getting ready to leave the area for an extended amount of time please let the Village Clerk know your new address. The water bills are not forwarded, therefore to avoid a late fee the Village must have a current address. Please call the Village Clerk at 569-3700 or stop in at 18 Water Street

Dog Waste Bags Available

Thanks to the Chamber for supplying dog waste bags located at Depot Park, Champlin Beach and soon at the Village Square.

School is in session - Please Drive Carefully!

Children began going back to school on September 7. This is the first year that there will be no children at the Curtiss School therefore additional traffic will be heading to the Main Street school. Please drive carefully and keep a lookout for children crossing the streets and getting in and out of vehicles.

DPW Announcements

The DPW will be flushing fire hydrants on Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14.

Leaf pick up will be from October 20 through November 22.

Sidewalk update: 1,475 feet of sidewalk was replaced this summer.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hammondsport Receives National Honor

Glenn H. Curtiss Memorial Elementary School in Hammonmdsport is one of 304 National Blue Ribbon Schools this year.
The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the recognitions, Thursday, Sept. 9. All the schools (254 public and 50 private) will be honored at an awards ceremony, Nov. 15 and 16, in Washington D.C.
Superintendent Kyle Bower said this is the first year Hammondport was named a Blue Ribbon school.
“It’s the result of hard work over many years,” he said. “Staff, parents, and the community are meeting the needs of students.”
Bower added Hammondsport was honored despite a decrease in enrollment over the last five years. He explained this means teachers can give more individual attention to students.

Monday, August 30, 2010


Part-time Police Officer, up to 20 hours per week, flexible hours required, weekends included. NYS certified and experience required.
Send letter of interest and resume by September 3, 2010 to:

Village Clerk
Village of Hammondsport
P O Box 425
Hammondsport, NY 14840

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Village Office

Please note that the Village clerk’s Office will be closed from August 16 through August 20.

Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 “Music in the Park”

The Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce has announce the schedule for the 2010 “Music in the Park” series. Performances are held, rain or shine, from 6 – 8 pm in the Hammondsport Village Square.

JULY 1st ~ Southern Tier Jazz Band

JULY 8th ~ The Electro Kings (swing, boogie blues)

JULY 15th ~ Moose River Band

JULY 22nd ~ Hickory Project (Bluegrass/Folk)

JULY 29th ~ Town Pants

AUG 5th ~ Dee Specker & Bobbie Henrie (tres swing)

AUG 12th ~ Alec Smith & Co. (eclectic jazzy blues)

AUG 19th ~ Abagail Payne

AUG 26th ~ Buford & the Smokin’ Section

Additional concert on June 24th featuring the Corning Community Band.
Sponsored by the Hammondsport Rotary Club

*Village Ordinance prohibits alcohol in the park

Sunday, May 16, 2010

June 6 – 7
Hammondsport’s Village Wide Yard Sales
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure….
The annual Village Wide Yard Sale offers the opportunity to profit from a little “spring cleaning” or pick up a needed item at a bargin price. If you are hosting a yard sale be sure to let the Chamber know and we will add you to our Yard Sale Treasure Map.
Sponsored by Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce: 607-569-2989

The Yard Sale will be followed by a "Special Trash Pick-up Day: June 7th. Items left by the curb will be removed.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Chamber of Commerce donates "Pet Waste Stations"

The Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce appreciates the good work that the Town of Urbana and Village of Hammondsport do in maintaining our recreational areas. We all enjoy our parks and local business owners also appreciate their value in attracting visitors and new residents. So, we've offered a little help.

Occasionally, pet owners forget to pick up after their pets. Pet waste in our parks is unsightly, unpleasant, and unhealthy. We beleive pet owners are generally responsible folks and, given the opportunity, they'll do the right thing. Therefore, the Chamber of Commerce has offered to donate "pet waste stations" for three local parks: Hammondsport's Village Square; Depot Park; and Champlin Beach. These stations will include signage, pet waste bags, and dispensers. Perhaps this won't eliminate the problem, but we feel these stations will reduce the problem, the same way that supplying garbage cans reduces litter.

John Jensen, President
Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Upcoming Dates:

March 27: Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Village Square 11:00 am

May 10: Village Clean Up Day

June 5 & 6: Village Wide Yard Sale

June 7: Village Trash Pick up Day

June 13: Finger Lakes Porsche Club

Village Elections

Village Elections will be held Tuesday March 16, 2010 at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Memorial Library, 21 William Street, Hammondsport, NY, from noon until 9:00 pm.

Vote for two (2) Trustee positions for a term of two (2) years each:

Lawrence D. Foster 2 Water Street, Hammondsport NY
Anne C. Green 53 Lake Street, Hammondsport, NY

Hammondsport Real Property Taxes

Village of Hammondsport Real Property Taxes can be paid in two installments with the first installment totaling one half of the total tax due beginning March 1 and the second installment totaling one half of the total tax due beginning July 1. First installment must be paid by June 30 to allow for two installment payments. If first installment is not paid by June 30, standard payment plan exists. Penalties and collection dates as follows:

First installment, one half total tax due: Penalties due and payable on first installment amount only.
March 1—March 31 No Penalty
April 1—April 31 5% Penalty
May 1—May 31 6% Penalty
June 1—June 30 7% Penalty

Second installment, one half total tax due: Penalties due on second installment amount only.
July 1—July 31 No Penalty
August 1—August 31 5% Penalty
September 1—September 30 6% Penalty
October 1—October 31 7% Penalty

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Recycling Glass Containers...

The Village Clerk would like remind everyone that we are now required to separate "green" and clear glass items and place them in different bins. The recyclers can no longer pick up glass that is not separated.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Official Village Website Launched

Mayor Cummings has announced the new Village of Hammondsport Municipal Website:

The website serves as a virtual "Village Clerk's Office", open 24/7. Village codes, downloadable forms, schedules, minutes and documents are now easily accessable.