Notice of Road Closure – Westside Drive

Monroe County Department of Transportation intends to close Westside Drive, between Chili Center Coldwater Road and Golden Road in the Towns of Chili, Gates, and Ogden for railroad crossing repairs.

Road will be closed September 9, 2018 at 6:00pm for approximately 5 days.

Detour:  Westside Drive, Coldwater Road, and Buffalo Road.

Notes:  The road will remain open to local traffic only up to the railroad crossing.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day will be held for all residents of Monroe County, but specifically for the southwest region including the Towns of Chili, Gates, Wheatland, and Riga, and the Villages of Churchville and Scottsville. The collection, which is being provided by Monroe County, will take place at the Town of Gates Highway Department located at 475 Trabold Road, on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 7:45 am to 12:15 pm.

This collection gives residents the opportunity to dispose of potentially hazardous chemicals in a safe manner and keeps usable items out of the landfills.

Appointments are required at all Household Hazardous Waste Collections. Appointments for this HHW collection will be accepted until Friday, April 20th. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.

To schedule an appointment:

Acceptable Items:
Monroe County residents can bring up to 30 gallons of liquid (ex – paints) and 75 pounds of solids (ex – fertilizers, pesticides) per appointment at no charge. No 55-gallon drums will be accepted:

  • Latex Paint (1/3 gallon or more ONLY)
  • Oil-Based Paint, Oil-Based Wood Stain & Preservatives.
  • Automotive Fluids: antifreeze, brake, power steering and transmission fluids
  • Pesticides, Fertilizers & Insecticides
  • Flammable Products: gasoline, kerosene, paint thinners, strippers, solvents, glues, etc.
  • Household Cleaners: Soaps, waxes; chemical drain cleaners, etc.
  • Driveway Sealers
  • Pool & Photo Chemicals
  • Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & Button Batteries
  • Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, fluorescent light tubes)
  • Syringes/Sharps: packaged in clear 2-liter plastic bottles and labeled with SHARPS stickers available through pharmacies and Monroe County DES.
  • Cooking Oil/ Cooking Grease

Unacceptable Items:

  • Used Motor Oil & Lead Acid Batteries (contact service station or retailer);
  • Pharmaceutical Wastes (
  • Latex Paint (1/3 full or less – if not dry: remove lid, put in kitty litter to absorb paint and let dry. Throw in trash. Applies to dried up paint cans as well);
  • Propane Tanks
  • Empty containers (place in trash or recycle);
  • Everyday alkaline batteries (place in trash);
  • Glazing/spackle & joint compounds (place in trash);
  • Asbestos (see Yellow pages under “Asbestos Abatement”);
  • Smoke Detectors (place in trash or contact manufacturer);
  • Products intended for Industrial Use
  • Explosives/Ammunition/Black or Smokeless Powder (Call 9-1-1)
  • Shock Sensitive Materials (ie. crystallized ethers, picric acid) (Call 9-1-1)
  • Electronics (see County website at

For more information on recycling visit the Monroe County website at:

Historic Chili Home Awarded Landmark Status

L to R: Peter Widener, Historian; Philip Supernault, Chair – HPB; Sandra Foley, Owner; Linda Hamilton, Secretary – HPB.

Chili has added another home to its historic landmark system. The Archer Homestead at 150 Archer Road, over 100 years old, came to the attention of the Chili Historic Preservation Board this past year. An investigation by board members resulted in the successful inclusion of this historic place. This stately Victorian home sits on a slight rise from Archer Road. The property has been in the family of Sandra Maloney Foley for three generations. Mrs. Foley’s grandfather, Michael Maloney purchased the home in 1921.

As we entered the driveway we passed a lovely garden, designed and planted for Mrs. Foley’s grandmother by her grandfather and in the shape of New York State. Mrs. Foley met us on the back porch and led us into a vestibule. We then entered a central hall with access doors to the kitchen on the left and a powder room on the right. On the south wall of the hallway were 20 to 30 family pictures and a history of 150 Archer.

As we enter the hallway we catch our first view of the chestnut trim that runs throughout the house, never painted and lovingly cleaned and treated with wood oil. At the end of the hall are stairs to the second floor. Directly ahead, we find ourselves in the great room created by removing half of the second floor. There is a soaring ceiling, sliding doors to the porch and skylights that wash the floor with light. Near the west wall of the great room in a brick alcove sits a very large Franklin stove that vents through a multi-story pipe that reaches to the roof top. On the north side of this expanse is a dining room and around the corner a formal entrance to the house. A vestibule leads into the formal dining room. Off the dining room on the front of the house is a small sitting room. Some bedrooms on the second floor open to the hallway with a view of the great room below. The rest of the second floor contains a central hall to bedrooms and a master suite.

And last, but not in any way least, we headed back downstairs to the kitchen. Martha Stewart could walk in and say, “Oh my, Oh my!” The redesign incorporated much from the original kitchen. The first thing you note is a center island—not a usual island, but one which holds her grandma’s baking table with pull out bins that hold baking supplies. The top is also reclaimed wood, surrounded with glass canisters for sugar and flour, recipe books and modern cookers; to add another touch of authenticity the drawers have original pulls. Especially designed for this kitchen are the Shaker-style cupboards, color matched to the chestnut woodwork, blending in perfectly to the 1898 era. Below the cupboard is a breakfast bar with stools. Directly opposite on the south side of the long hall is the original chestnut wood cupboard, originally eleven feet long, but shortened to eight feet to adapt to the kitchen wall. It has all original hardware and glass doors.

Opposite the island are stove and sink beneath a large window overlooking the deck. On the east side of the rectangular kitchen is another sliding door leading to the deck and numerous cupboards and windows overlooking the yard and barn. Tucked in a corner are a desk and electronic accoutrements, computer and printer files. In the center is a large round table and chairs with a view of the side yard and a large deck constructed on two levels; one level holds a hot tub and cooking area; the lower level has wide stairs leading to the back yard, gardens, and tables for dining.

The basement is mill-cut timbers and mill-cut floor joists. There is a rubble stone foundation and crawl space. The home exterior is constructed with cedar clap-boards; the interior floors are maple and oak. The doors are trimmed with chestnut wood; this is noteworthy because, by the end of the Civil War, a blight had killed off the American chestnut; it is unusual to have an original door in this wood. Additionally, the hinged entrance doors have center-mounted door chimes indicating a home dated between 1865 and 1890. There are cut glass door windows at the side of the north entrance. Some interior doors are the double-hinged type used in the early 1900s. Some of the windows are new and are eight over eight, all in Victorian style.

The barn is a phenomenal example of an early Chili barn measuring approximately 30′ x 100′ with a gambrel roof and racking supports, most likely built before the main house. It has hand hewn beams, complete milking stanchions and stud stalls for the cattle. The second floor is quartered with complete box stalls for two-horse team draft horses.

The grounds contain an herb and flower garden, fruit trees and vegetables. Around the milk house are black walnut and maple trees and, to keep the milk house cool, a grove of American bamboo trees.

Seated on the deck, we viewed the entire property and, also, an historical glimpse into what really made a farm–barns, the berry patch, vegetable garden but, especially, hardworking people, or in this case, a hard-working owner.

Mrs. Foley had one more surprise for us. She appeared with a little black box with golden trim where one keeps their most important papers. Inside the box were all the property abstracts from the time when the abstract was for 3000 acres and all the other dated abstracts up to 1984—a complete historic record of the property.

Sam Archer bought the farm with seventy-two acres of fertile soil and open fields. The families who have lived here passed down a bit of folklore about an original two-room cottage on the property with indoor plumbing. It was called “the rabbit house” where children used to play. Mrs. Foley’s grand and great-grandparent lived in West Chili at Buckbee’s Corners. Her great grandfather owned the blacksmith shop, now a part of Genesee Country Museum and called The Tin Shop. Their family names were Taylor and Mayer. Sandra’s roots run deep in Chili.

To view additional photographs and articles about our other Chili Landmarks, you can access the web at and follow the link under Discover Chili to Chili’s History.
Rona Pearce, lead investigator for this project.

Community Center Project

The Town Board will be hosting a series of public meetings to share our vision for a possible new Community Center.

The Meeting Schedule:

May 9th, 11am – 1pm and again from 5pm – 8 pm At the Chili Senior Center, 3225 Chili Ave.

May 17th, 10am-1pm and again from 6pm-8pm at the Chili Public Library, 3333 Chili Ave.

May 23rd. noon – 3pm and again from 5pm-8pm at the Chili Chili Community Center, 4400 Buffalo Rd.

A public vote on the project will be held on June 19th, Noon-9pm at the Chili Town Hall, 3333 Chili Ave.

Town Board Agenda 1-17-18

Tonight’s Town Board meeting:

For those who looking for an update on the Incentive Zoning Application for Golden Road, we will not be considering that application on tonight’s agenda.

There are 2 Public Hearings tonight, both for inclusion in Sidewalk & Lighting district for Rose Hill Estates. If passed, once the roads are dedicated, the Town will be responsible for maintenance of the street lights and sidewalks. The residents of this subdivision will be assessed a special district tax to cover the cost.

Resolution #89 “2018 Budget adjustments – Grants” This resolution if approved would adjust the 2018 budget for grants received where the work/project has not yet been completed and will carry over into 2018. These adjustments have no effect on the tax rate.

Resolutions #90 & #91 – We are required to identify a specific use of the incentive zoning funds, of which are of a “community” benefit. The resolutions dedicate the funds to the sidewalk reserve which is and would be used for new sidewalks & sidewalk repairs. Use of reserve funds does require another resolution which would identify and approve location/s  and installation of any such amenity.

Resolution #93 – ( added after the initial release of our agenda) Our former HR & Finance assistant retired a few weeks ago. This resolution if approved will appoint Michelle Lenhart as our new HR & Finance assistant. Please join me in welcoming Michelle to our Chili team..


Agendas are available in advance of our meetings typically the Friday before. If you have any questions please drop in, give me a call (889-6111) of email me,

The next meeting of the Town Board will be February 14th @ 7pm…

Important Notice From The Chili Fire Department Regarding Recent Fires

“We understand that the four recent fires in the Chili Fire District over the last 48 hours is unusual and that a logical question would be “are these fires related”? We would like the public know that the origin and cause of each of these fires has been investigated by the Monroe County Fire Investigation Unit which is a partnership between the Monroe County Fire Bureau and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. While follow-up activities remain for some of these fires, each of the fires are unrelated and are not being investigated as being incendiary in nature or involving foul play. In fact, in each case, the cold weather conditions are somewhat contributory as is typical this time of year as people work to keep their residences warm through various heating methods. These fires serve as a good reminder to maintain working smoke detectors in your home and to keep fire safety in the forefront of your activities with your family”.

2018 Conservation Tree & Shrub Program

Winter has arrived and spring will be knocking at your front door before you know it! To help you prepare for spring, the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District has released their Conservation Tree and Shrub species list for the spring of 2018. The District has been hosting this annual program for more than 41 years with more than 116, 760 trees, shrubs, and plants being distributed in the last 5 years alone!

The District is helping communities green up the environment. Property owners will have the opportunity to pre-order more than 42 different species of bare-root conifers, hardwood trees, shrubs, wildflowers and groundcovers, as well as seed mixes and other products used for conservation projects at dirt-cheap prices. We have packages of all shapes and sizes, ranging from a bundle of 10 plants for as low as $11, to bundles of 100 plants for as low as $70. We are excited to offer an editable fruit pack so landowners can grow strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and two varieties of blueberry plants for attracting wildlife! Native species new to our program this year are Witchhazel, Gray Dogwood, American Hazelnut and Eastern Sweetshrub. Check out all the benefits of these and our other selections by visiting our website catalog found at:

“By planting trees and shrubs you improve both the aesthetics of your land or backyard and the quality of our environment,” said Karen Ervay, Program Coordinator. “Trees, shrubs and plants help with erosion control, soak up water, help with stormwater runoff and nutrient uptake, as well as improve wildlife habitat,” she explained. They can also assist in keeping your home cool in the summer and break cold winds during our harsh winters all while increasing your property value too!

The Conservation Tree & Shrub Program is a pre-order program with a deadline for ordering on March 2, 2018. We have a limited availability for plant stock so in order to ensure we can meet your needs, please order early! The distribution of the plant material will occur at the Monroe County ecopark on April 19-20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. We will also hold a first come, first serve overstock sale on April 21, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for individuals that miss the pre-ordering deadline.

Those interested in this program can find the order form and our full color catalog on the District’s website: If you have any questions or you’d like a form sent to you, contact the Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District at: (585) 753-7380, Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Town Happenings Coming Soon

Supervisor David Dunning will be adding regular commentary to the Town of Chili Website!

The Supervisor’s Corner will feature news and announcements, and talk of what’s going in the Town as well as what is coming to Chili in the future.  Supervisor Dunning hopes that our residents enjoy the series and look forward to your comments and questions.  Reach out to him via email


Notice of Road Closure – Fisher Road

Delta Railroad Construction intends to close the railroad crossing at Fisher Road for railroad crossing rehabilitation.

Date:  October 20, 2017 at 8am through October 24, 2017 at 6am.

Detour:  Detour will be posted.

Notes:  The road will remain open to local traffic only up to the railroad crossing.