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Village of Kenmore
2919 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14217
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(716) 873-5700
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(716) 873-0004

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Week of 12/5/22 - BLUE WEEK

 

Stop Sip Shop - December 8, 2022 - 4 PM - 8 PM - Businesses along Delaware Avenue - get your holiday shopping done, while supporting our Kenmore businesses.  Raffles and more.  Sponsored by the Kenmore Business Association.

 

WINTER PARKING BAN IN EFFECT t. 

WINTER PARKING BAN No parking on Village Streets 2 AM - 6 AM  unless otherwise directed.  You should always assume the ban is in place, despite the weather, unless you receive specific updates from the Village to the contrary.  Updates will be posted on the KPD Face Book page and on this website under the "Announcement Banner" at the top of the page in red.  The Ban is not weather-based.   

 

 

KENMORE SENIOR NUTRITION PROGRAM: Call (716) 873-7500 to make reservations for meal or van service.  Meals are served 12 noon - 1 PM. M-F at the Kenmore Community Center.  Meals are available to seniors for a good will donation of $3/meal.  Van service is provided for Kenmore residents for $1 round trip donation.  Advance registration is required.  Exercise classes are available Tuesdays and Fridays at 11.

 

 

HELP THOSE IN NEED:

KenTon Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels) provides meals for the KenTon community, including our Community Center Senior Nutrition Program and those seniors who are homebound.  

Home - KenTon Meals on Wheels

 

FeedMore WNY

FeedMoreWNY (which previously operated as the Food Bank of WNY and Meals on Wheels) is actively involved in collecting and distributing food donations for the Western New York community.  Please help provide meals for the holiday to those in need.

 https://www.feedmorewny.org/

  

KenTon Closet

The KenTonCloset provides clothing, school supplies, toiletries and other materials at no cost to the needy in our community.  It also helps those in need following a fire or flood, or those fostering.

Ken-Ton Closet Tonawanda, NY (kentoncloset.org) 

 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:  All approvals will be conditioned on CDC, NYS and County guidelines in effect at the time of the event and can be withdrawn.

 

Stop Sip Shop - December 8, 2022 - 4 PM - 8 PM - Businesses along Delaware Avenue - get your holiday shopping done, while supporting our Kenmore businesses.  Raffles and more.  Sponsored by the Kenmore Business Association.

 

SEEKING YOUR HELP IN THE EVENT OF BAD WEATHER.

High winds:  Please bring totes in as soon as possible and please pick up any debris that might have fallen out if your tote tipped over.

National Grid power outage information.  Customers can report outages by contacting National Grid at 1-800-867-5222.

 

WINTER PARKING BAN - No parking on Village Streets 2 AM - 6 AM 11/15 - 3/15, unless otherwise directed.  You should always assume the ban is in place, despite the weather, unless you receive specific updates from the Village to the contrary.  Updates will be posted on the KPD Face Book page and on this website under the "Announcement Banner" at the top of the page in red.  The Ban is not weather-based.   

 

If there is a heavy snow, regardless of the time of day, please get your car off of the street so that the plows can get the streets cleared as quickly as possible!  Thanks for your cooperation.

 

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES.  Our businesses are key to Kenmore's Walkable Community.  They pay taxes, too.  Please give them your support.  Take out or eat in at one of our restaurants or eateries.  Make a purchase at one of our shops.  Every dollar spent in Kenmore helps our businesses. 

Do your holiday shopping in Kenmore!

  

WINTER REMINDERS: 

 

1.  Keep cars off the street during any snow event, regardless of the time of day, so the streets can be plowed.  

2.  Keep fire hydrants located near your home clear of snow.  During an emergency, every second counts!

3.  Don't plow or shovel snow into the street.  This can result in a fine.

4.  Keep sidewalks clear of ice and snow.

5.  Help neighbors who are unable to shovel.

 

PAY YOUR WATER BILL ON-LINE

Click here to pay your water bill online!

Please note that a service charge will be added to your water bill, if you use the on-line payment option. 

 

WATER APPLICATION

Download Water Application (PDF)

 

RECYCLE SCHEDULE & GUIDELINES:

Information is found here:  Recycling Information (villageofkenmore.org)

 

New Calendar is found here: Recycle Calendar (villageofkenmore.org)

   

Kenmore Municipal Building is OPEN - 8 AM - 4:00 PM, M-F.  This includes the Clerk/Treasurer's Office, Water Department and Building Department.  

Entry is through the main stairs (facing the Municipal Green) ONLY.

All visitors MUST sign in with the Security Guard.

For your convenience:

 

Use the Drop Box located on the Delaware Road side of the Building to submit forms or make water payments.  NOTE:  Cash payments are strongly discouraged and all payments MUST be in a sealed envelope, clearly marked for the Village of Kenmore

Mail payments if you're unable to use the Drop Box. 

Check the website or call the Clerk's Office (716) 873-5700 for information.

 

RECYCLE SCHEDULE & GUIDELINES:

Information is found here:  Recycling Information (villageofkenmore.org)

New Calendar is found here: Recycle Calendar (villageofkenmore.org)

 

Week of 12/5/22 - BLUE WEEK

Week of 12/12/22 - YELLOW WEEK

Week of 12/19/22 - BLUE and YELLOW Holiday Recycle Pick Up

Week of 12/26/22 - BLUE and YELLOW Holiday Recycle Pick Up

 

The following streets were inadvertently omitted from the schedule:

 

COLUMBIA BLVD                                Thursday/YELLOW

DELAWARE RD (West Side)                  Thursday/YELLOW

DELAWARE RD (East Side)                   Monday/YELLOW

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT INFO:

Most Building forms are available on-line.  Payments can be made via US Mail or using the Drop Box located on the Delaware Road side of the Building. 

 

WATER ACCOUNT INFORMATION TO CLOSE OR OPEN AN ACCOUNT:

 

SELLING?  Please contact the Water Department as soon as you have a closing date to schedule your final water meter read.  (716) 873-5700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Accounts will remain open (and bills mailed to you) until you formally close out your account, which will include final meter read.  We will be reading the interior meter, so we will need access to the home.

 

PURCHASING?  Please complete the application below and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your closing date.  The water department will call you to schedule an interior read of your meter, if needed.

 

Download Water Application (PDF)

 

Pay your water bill on-line.  Please note that a service charge will be added to your water bill, if you use the on-line payment option

Click here to pay your water bill online!

 

STAR INFO:  If you're a new homeowner, please remember to go online and apply for STAR as soon as possible.  STAR provides SCHOOL TAX relief to NYS residents.  The application can be found at the link below:

https://tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/default.htm

 

POLICE INFO

WARNING:  Keep cars locked. There have been reported break-ins of unlocked cars.

WARNING:  Phone scam alerts

Do not give out any information from any caller from National Grid.  Village residents have been receiving calls from persons stating that they are from National Grid, and that without an immediate payment, the utility will be turned off.  DO NOT GIVE ANY INFORMATION.  Utility Companies cannot turn off electric or gas service without prior written notification.

 

Do not reply to any phone call/voicemail requesting information from the CITY of Kenmore.  There is a scam where the caller says they are calling to get permission to release information on file with the CITY of Kenmore (not the Village).  The voicemail requests a call-back to an 855 exchange and even gives a reference number.  The Village of Kenmore would not make such a call.  We also do not have a toll-free number.  Please contact the Kenmore Police Department if you should receive a call requesting personal information over the phone (716/875-1234)

 

NEVER provide personal information over the phone, especially social security number, credit card number or bank account information.   

 

KENMORE SAFE CAM - the Kenmore Police Department is asking you to register for Safe Cam which allows all Kenmore residents and businesses to register your outside security cameras which may help deter crime and assist the KPD in crime prevention strategies.

To Register, click on Police Department/Safe Cam/Registration.  There is no cost and all information will be kept confidential.  You can cancel your registration at any time. 

More information about Safe Cam, including the registration info, can be found on this website under Police/SafeCam

The KPD will only contact you if there is a criminal incident in the vicinity of your security cameras.  Your video may help in criminal investigations.

 

Peddler Permits - Contact the Building Department for the permit application.

If a Peddler should stop by, please do not let him/her in and do not give any money or credit card information. You can ask to see the Village-issued permit.  If they cannot produce the permit, call the Kenmore Police

Any problems, please contact the Kenmore Police Department, as soon as possible - 716 875-1234.

 

Block Party Requests - Requests must be made at least 1 month before the date requested.

Please know that any approvals will be conditioned on then-in-effect rules, regulations, and restrictions and can be withdrawn. 

Submit your requests to the Village of Kenmore by mail or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

BUILDING DEPARTMENT PERMITS AVAILABLE ON-LINE.  Please go to Building Department/Permits & Waivers and you can download the permit you need.  This includes Snow Plow Permits, electric and plumbing permits are all online.  Completed applications can be placed, with required fees, in the Drop Box located on the Delaware Road side of the Building.  Be sure to mark your envelope "Village of Kenmore Building Department" 

 

OTHER INFO LINES:

Erie County COVID-19 Info Line   716 858-2929 

Erie County Board of Elections      716 858-8891

NYS Department of Health           888 364-3065

NYS Unemployment Hotline         888 209-8124

ConnecLife Blood Donations         716 529-4270

National Fuel                              800 365-3234

National Grid                              800 867-5222

KenTon Schools                          716 874-8400

KenTon Meals on Wheels             716 874-3595

  

DEC News - as part of our Consent Order with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), we will be Smoke Testing on some properties.  This is being done to help identify possible problems with connections to our sewer system which result in clean water going into the sewer lines.  This can contribute to overflows and can also result in added costs to wastewater treatment.  No smoke testing will take place without your consent.  Work is being performed by CoreVIS, an outside contractor who specializes in this type of work.  You will receive notification and more information from CoreVIS if your property is identified as needing smoke testing. 

 

Please take a moment to look over the Sewer and Storm Water Info section for more information about the Village infrastructure and to learn how you can help.

https://www.villageofkenmore.org/index.php/sewer-storm-water-info

 

HIGH WINDS - In the event of high winds you are asked not to put out trash and recycle totes.  If you need to place out your totes, please do so as late as possible (no later than 7 AM on your collection day) and return the totes from the curb as soon as possible.

NATIONAL GRID requests that you report outages at 1-800-867-5222

Customers can also receive personalized alerts by text, email or phone from National Grid phone when an outage is detected at their property by enrolling in the company’s outage alert option. To register, text REG to 64743, enter your National Grid electricity account number and select your preferred method(s) of notification. Customers also can text OUT to 64743 to report an outage.

 

2022 CAPITAL PROJECTS - Investing in Kenmore!!

LED Streetlighting Replacement Project - Lights have been purchased from NG. LED transition is 98% complete (as of 11/7/22).

Capital Improvements to the Kenmore Police Department - Engineering

Water Main Replacement on Somerton - Bid Awarded.  Work in progress

Curb Ramp Replacements on Delaware Rd & Colvin - Work in progress.

Water Tower Take Down - Bid Awarded.  Work to begin in the Spring

 

2021 CAPITAL PROJECTS 

Sewer Lining Projects - On-going

LED Streetlight Conversion Project - Engineering

Juvenile Aid Renovation Project - Completed

Kenmore Community Center - Phase II - Completed

Water Main replacement project - Kenmore Community Center - Completed 

 

2020 Capital Projects

 

Euclid & Warren Street Milling/Pavement - Completed.

Wardman Street Reconstruction -  Completed 

Sanitary Sewer Improvements -  On-going. 

Delaware Avenue Bump out - Completed

Municipal Building stairs will be replaced - Completed. 

 

Help the Jefferson Community!

The Western New York community has been hit hard, following the shootings at Tops on Jefferson Avenue. Here are some ways to offer financial support:

 

Buffalo Survivors Fund:

·     The Buffalo Survivors Fund has been established by the National Compassion Fund in collaboration with Tops Friendly Markets to provide direct financial assistance to the survivors of the deceased and those directly affected.

·     https://nationalcompassion.org/fund/buffalo-survivors-fund/

 

BuffaloTogether Community Response Fund:

·     The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo have initiated this fund to address needs in the community beyond those directly affected and to provide relief and restoration to the Jefferson Avenue community.

·     https://www.buffalotogetherfund.org/together/

 

RATS/RODENTS

If you see a rat on your property, immediately contact ERIE COUNTY VECTOR CONTROL at 716/961-6800.  Only the County can bait your property.  Please note that they cannot bait inside your home or garage, so if you see a rat inside a structure, you will need to hire a pest-control company to bait these spaces.  The Village cannot bait properties.  You can help:

 

  1. KEEP THE LID CLOSED!  This simple step will eliminate access to your garbage (a primary rodent food source).

  2. PICK UP AFTER YOUR PET.  Pick up any animal waste in your yard. This is also a food source for rats.

  3. RAISE WOOD PILES OFF OF THE GROUND.  Rats like to live in wood piles.

  4. SKIP THE BIRDSEED!  Bird seed (and bread) spills over onto the ground attracting rats. Please note that under Erie County and Village law, bird feeders can only be used which are designed to prevent seed from dropping out of the feeder.

  5. CUT DOWN WEEDS.  Overgrowth of weeds is a prime harbor for rats. Please cut down weeds located on your property. Typical problem areas include that space behind your garage and around/between fences.

  6. DON'T ALLOW WATER TO POOL/COLLECT.  especially during dry spells. Rats are looking for water sources and a puddle area on your driveway or patio will attract them. Do not leave out water for your pets or for birds as this will attract rats, too.

  7. LET US KNOW IF YOU SEE A RAT– Or if you observe your neighbors violating any of the above steps. While the Village cannot bait, we may be able to help identify the source location of the rats and will send out literature to advise your neighbors to the problem and to remind them of steps needing to be taken to get rid of the problem.

  8. DON'T LEAVE FOOD or WATER OUTSIDE FOR CATS or DOGS - Leaving food/water outside for animals is an invitation to rats!  It's also illegal to ground feed animals.

  

Yard Cleaning - Just a reminder that yard debris can be placed in a box or open container or in CLEAR plastic trash bags. 

We cannot accept electronic (computers, printers, TVs, etc).  All other trash should go in your black tote with the lid down.

 

HIGH TEMPS - Things you can do to help:

 

Stay Hydrated - drink lots of water

Don't leave children and pets in your car

Help avoid brown outs - turn off/down your air conditioning while you're out of the house to conserve energy.  Report outages to National Grid at 1-800-867-5222.

Check in on your neighbors, especially those without air conditioning.

 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

 

ny.gov/VaxForKids

  

If you think you've been exposed to COVID, get tested:

 

Find a testing site near you

 

COVID 19 Update -   Please help to prevent the spread of COVID 19.  Get vaccinated.  Maintain social distancing and avoid any contacts if you exhibit any COVID symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID.  

 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION - While things are returning to normal, COVID19 remains a real threat, especially to high-risk individuals.  Please follow social distancing rules and guidelines to protect yourself and others from Coronavirus. 

 

Immunization Information:

 

Use the links below, or call the COVID vaccine hotline to schedule your vaccine or booster:

1-833-NYS4VAX (1-833-697-4829)

New York State information and sign up:

Find a testing site near you.

To minimize COVID exposure, you should:

 

*Wash Hands with antibacterial soap for a minimum of 20 seconds

*Cover your mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze - and then throw the tissue in the trash

*Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

*Avoid close contact with people who are sick

*Stay home if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms

*Clean and disinfect any surface or object this is frequently touched such as tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles

*Social Distancing is a must - keep 6 feet minimum distance between you and anyone else.

 

SMALL BUSINESS LOANS:

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) federal disaster loan program has been approved for all counties in NYS and is available for applications.  Low-interest loans for working capital are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout New York State.

  

Information on the program, how to apply, and a webinar can be found on ESD’s website located here: https://esd.ny.gov/resource-guide-covid-19-sba-disaster-loans

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INFO:

 

IMPORTANT: NYS Department of Labor offering Saturday hours (7:30am – 8:00pm) for telephone filing of unemployment insurance claims. For more information go to ny.labor.gov  Towards the top you will see a link for “Unemployment Insurance”, click that on and you will see helpful information.

unemployment

  

TRASH UPDATE- For the safety of Village DPW employees, please be sure that your trash is contained in plastic bags before placing in you tote.  Loose items pose added risk of virus exposure to our crews. 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

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Smoke Testing

The Village has already performed right of way inspections of some Village properties and has identified properties which may have improper connections to our system.  These property owners will be contacted to see if we can perform a Smoke Test on the property, which will help to verify if there are any connection problems, and if so, where.  

This work is being performed by a private contractor (CoreVIS) which specializes in smoke testing.  CoreVIS will contact these properties to provide information about the Smoke Testing process.  This is a safe process and will not harm you, your family or your home.  Your participation is voluntary, but will assist us in identifying problems which may be contributing to Inflow and Infiltration (I&I).  For information on I&I please see the link under Sewer & Storm Water Info.

Please see the links below for more information on Smoke Testing.

How Property Owners Can Help

  1. Gutters.  Inspect the gutters on your home or business to see if the  downspout(s) connect to a sanitary sewer line. If the gutters are connected,  have them disconnected. The runoff water from the roof can contribute to  storm sewer overflow.

    If your gutters are clogged with leaves or debris, clear it out. This can prevent  a significant amount of run-off from entering the sanitary sewer system.

  2. Sump Pumps.  Sump pump systems are designed to capture surface or ground water that enters basements or crawl spaces and pump it away from the house. Make sure the basement sump pump does not connect to your sewage drain pipes, or to a sink or floor drain in your basement. The water from these pumps can overload the sanitary sewer causing an overflow of raw sewage into a street, stream, or someone else’s basement. 

    If you have a sump pump, make sure the discharge is directed outside your  house and NOT into the sanitary sewer system. That’s called a cross connection,  and is a leading cause of Inflow & Infiltration. 

  3. Grease Disposal. Avoid pouring grease down your sink. When the grease cools in the sewer line it can form clogs and blockages, which then can cause the sanitary sewer to overflow or back up in buildings. Grease can also contribute to restricted flow in your home plumbing and service laterals, which can result in costly repairs.

  4. Trees & Shrubs.  Avoid planting trees and shrubs above or near the service  lateral that runs from your home to the street. Roots can grow into the pipes and clog  sewers, causing them to back up and overflow.

  5. Disposable Wipes.  Do not flush disposable wipes down the toilet or drain,  even if the labeling says they are “flushable”.

  6. Routine Cleaning.  If you’ve had a history of backups, a routine sewer cleaning is recommended.  In any case, a sewer check-up once every two years doesn’t hurt.

  7. Maintain your property.  You can also help by maintaining healthy lawns and  not leaving debris or possible pollutants on lawns, driveways, or streets.

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Village Board Meeting
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