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  • 29 May 2020 9:04 AM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Special thanks for Bruce, Bill, and Tom for taking down a number of dead or diseased trees around VBP.  They have saved the community a significant amount of money.  The video below shows a tree that was recently removed.  Take a look at Bill's skilled cutting to ensure the tree drops exactly where he wanted it to.


  • 28 Apr 2020 11:22 AM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    You can now pay online with a credit card, just go to CBIWaterworks.com and you will now see a credit card payment option.

  • 09 Feb 2018 8:57 AM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Thanks to Bruce Barclay for the safety tips listed below in relationship to gas appliances and gas meters:


    (1)    In regards to venting of high efficiency gas appliances it is extremely important to make sure that the intake and exhaust pipes (usually made of pvc/plastic) are never covered by snow or blocked by anything.  If the pipes become clogged/blocked the device will not function properly or possibly at all.  High efficiency water heater’s as well as fireplace’s vents also need to be kept clear.  This is extremely important for anyone who heats their structure (home or seasonal/cottage) with natural gas.  I know that there are some who leave heat on in their cottages during the off season for various reasons and a freezing condition could be catastrophic.  Another reason to keep the exhaust pipes clear is that if plugged there is a great risk for carbon monoxide poisoning (a colorless, odorless by product of combustion).


    (2)    In regards to gas meters:  If a gas meter gets encased in snow the diaphragm could freeze and cut off the gas to the structure.  This happened not to long ago at the point and at least 3 structures suffered damage with one having major damage.  This incident  happened as a result of moisture getting into the gas supply lines and resulted in the diaphragm freezing and cutting off the gas.  In the cottage with the most damage the resulting loss of gas, shut off the furnace and the water pipes froze and burst.  We were there to help clean up the disaster and it was quite the mess.  So the suggestion is that you keep your gas meter from becoming encased in snow.


  • 23 Oct 2017 8:37 AM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Under no circumstances is there to be hunting within Van Buren Point proper.  Violators will be subject to a fine, and reported to the authorities. 

  • 06 Aug 2017 2:48 PM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Please visit the 'Tree Maintenance & More' page of this site for updated information on the Tree Stewardship initiative that has started.  Click the link in the menu on the left side of the page.

  • 28 Jul 2017 6:48 AM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    We have had a significant amount of garbage being left in public areas and on the streets.  In addition, individuals are taking their trash, including dog feces, and dumping it in the surrounds that the garbage cans sit in.  Rather than lifting the lid and putting the trash in the can.  This is an issue throughout VBP, so it's clear its more than just a couple people.  If this is you, please show more respect for your community, your neighbors, and yourself. 

  • 05 Jul 2017 6:41 AM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    “Spokes for Folks” has closed, therefore, we can no longer take bikes at the barn.  Descent bikes can be taken to the Salvation Army on Route 5 in Dunkirk, or possibly accepted at the thrift store next to the “Friendly Kitchen” on Central Avenue in Dunkirk.

    Please do not leave any equipment or materials at the barn.  If you think it’s something that could be of use, please personally ask Bruce, Bill, or Tom.  Otherwise unwanted goods, or junk bikes can be taken to the transfer station for disposal.  They will accept recyclables, scrap metal, and household batteries for free (AA, AAA, C, D, 9Volt). 

    Please dispose of all trash in the cans located around the point.  There has been a significant amount of trash, specifically bottles, left around VBP.  There are plenty of cans available to dispose of these items. 

    Also, please do not leave golf balls around.  If you are hitting golf balls, please ensure you pick up and account for each one.  If they are hit with a mower, they become projectiles and can cause damage to property, cars, or individuals. 


  • 22 Mar 2017 3:09 PM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Dear VBP Neighbors,


    We have been contacted by National Grid about the condition of some of our trees.  According to their arborist, there are about 15 ash trees that are infested with emerald ash borer.  There are trees that are endangering the power lines, and it is their recommendation that they be removed. 


    Although there was no obvious sign of infestation when we had an arborist come out to survey our property in September 2015, we have been told by the National Grid arborist (and we also checked with the arborist who worked with us in 2015) that the infestation can appear somewhat suddenly the borers have been in the tree for some time.


    That being the case, the Board has decided that we should give National Grid the go-ahead to take down these trees.  They will remove them as low to the ground as possible, and at their expense.  The work will be done in late February, or early March.  VBP will be responsible for removing the debris.  This work will be an added budget expense, but will be far less than if we had to assume the cost of taking down the infested trees ourselves.


    We are saddened that it seems that the emerald ash borer is now taking its toll at the Point.  We urge you to be watchful of trees on your own properties as the infestation continues to manifest.  On the bright side, we hope to replant where we can and have already investigated which trees (other than ash) can be planted under power lines.  We thank all those who donated replacement trees last year.  We have 4 more donated trees that we can use next season.


    Alex Petsos 

  • 22 Mar 2017 8:47 AM | Dan Cella (Administrator)

    Being involved in a volunteer fire department for the past 38 years I receive training in numerous fire/rescue training events.


    One of our most recent trainings revolved around the use of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.  Hopefully most if not all of VBP residents have both of these detectors installed.


    Smoke detectors (older) have a replacement date of 10 years from manufacture (first use date).  A law was recently passed in NYS requiring that these detectors have a 10 year non replaceable battery so that they cannot be tampered with.  There may still be some of the "older" units out there so look carefully before you purchase a new one.  Also, when you replace a smoke detector don't throw away the old one in the trash, as they contain small amounts of materials that are hazardous to the environment.


    As many are probably aware, smoke detectors need to be placed on each floor of a structure.  In a "regular house" they are required to be placed in common areas and inside each bet room.  Placement in VBP structures is more complicated due to the construction types of the traditional cottage style, especially with the open ceilings/walls in the sleeping areas.


    Smoke detectors come in 2 basic styles.  Hard wired with a battery backup or wall mounted stand alone unites.  Not to "scare" anyone but the open walls of the traditional cottage (2 stories) lends itself to a very rapid fire spread due to what's called the chimney effect.  That being said, it's extremely important to place smoke detectors per the instructions supplied with the unit.


    Carbon Monoxide Detectors are now mandated to be placed in homes in NYS since 2010.  The law is called Amanda's law and was passed after a young girl died while on a sleep over at a friends house where the furnace boiler developed a crack in the heat exchanger and emitted the deadly fumes.


    Carbon monoxide is tasteless, colorless, ordor less so you don't know something is wrong until you start to feel the effects.  Nausea, headaches, feeling light headed or faint are some of the symptoms. 


    Needless to say, you are more vulnerable while you are sleeping. 


    Carbon monoxide detectors need to be installed in any structure that uses fossil fuels, i.e. gas water heaters, gas furnaces, gas fireplaces or inserts, gas boilers, gas stoves.  This also included any items using propane for cooking/heating etc.


    Carbon monoxide detectors come in 3 different varieties.  Hard wires with a battery backup, stand alone units that are wall mounted and lastly plug in unites.


    I hope I don't bore you with this.  I just thought it was important information to share.


    - Bruce Barclay 


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