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June 18, 2018
Supervisor's column June 18, 2018

Several weeks ago I shared with you that a project is underway at our Department of Public Works Complex at 1607 Jackson Road. Diseased and dying trees were removed, and the red barn—which had surpassed its useful purpose—was demolished to make way for a new and more efficient structure. The site is prepared, the contract has been awarded, and construction should begin over the next two to four weeks. As you may recall, Senator Rich Funke secured a New York State grant on behalf of Penfield so that we could undertake this project. 

Additionally, later this month you will see activity on our long-awaited solar photovoltaic farm to the south of the DPW facility. After years of planning, the project has recently cleared RG&E’s procedures and we are ready to begin installation. 

The project is being managed by Larsen Engineers for funding through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) NY-Sun solar PV incentive program for grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems. 

The Penfield Town Board, Energy and Environmental Energy Advisory Committee (EEAC), and staff have been working with Larsen Engineering to explore the concept and then design, fund, and implement the solar array. 

Like many municipal solar installations, this solar array will be financed through a solar power purchase agreement (PPA)—an agreement in which a developer is responsible for the design, permitting, financing and installation of a solar energy system on a customer’s property. 

Cleanup, layout, and grading are nearly complete, and beginning around June 25 you will see installation of a perimeter fence around the solar array area. Following that, crews will install racks, panels, and wiring. RG&E will install five poles on the property to connect to transformers. We expect connection to the utility grid, commissioning, and testing in the early fall.

Once online, the system is expected to generate 1.2 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually, enough to offset approximately 75 percent of the Town of Penfield’s electrical usage at our three major facilities: the town hall, community center, and DPW campus. This is the equivalent of powering 120 households for a year. 

This project will provide power for the Town of Penfield at a fixed rate for the next 20 years. I will continue to provide project updates in my weekly column and a forthcoming project page, both available at www.penfield.org.

Mark your calendars for the annual Independence Day celebration in Penfield to be held on Saturday, June 30. The parade starts at 10:00 AM; the route begins at Penfield high school, proceeds through the Four Corners, and ends at the community center on Baird Road. We are once again honored to have Mr. Don Alhart as the Parade Emcee, and this year’s Parade Marshal is retired Sheriff Patrick M. O’Flynn.

Later in the day, music, food, and fun will run from 5:00 to 10:30 PM at Harris Whalen Park with music by Black Rabbit and Dog House. Food trucks will be on hand to provide a variety of food and snacks, and the always popular fireworks will begin at 10:00 PM. I hope to see you all there!

On behalf of the Town Board, I would like to recognize all the Penfield students who will be moving from elementary to junior high, from junior high to high school, and also graduating seniors who are off to college or on to explore the next chapter of their lives. Congratulations and best wishes to all!

Until next week enjoy the summer weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


June 11, 2018
Supervisor's column June 11, 2018

MUSIC TONIGHT!…One last reminder, the Penfield Pops Band will be playing at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage tonight at 7:00 PM. The weather will be perfect and this talented group of musicians provides wonderful entertainment!

Last week, I had the honor of attending an open house for one of Penfield’s newest small businesses, Radiant Sun Acupuncture, located at 1742 Penfield. Owner/operator Julie Grogan and her family welcomed several dozen clients, friends, and community members as they cut the ribbon for her new location. Services provided at Radiant Sun Acupuncture include acupuncture, electroacupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, Gua Sha, Qi Gong, and Tui Na. We are delighted that Julie chose Penfield for her business!

A reminder on behalf of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf…As we get closer to the end of the school year and summer vacations get underway, please remember to support the PEFS. The families they serve have year-round needs, and donations tend to drop off during busy summer months. Also this year, PEFS has a program called “Summer Food for Kids.” Consider visiting the PEFS website at www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org to review their current needs and wish list. A special thank you goes to the many generous donors and volunteers who make the PEFS operation possible…your efforts do make a difference!

Over the last several weeks I have had a number of residents ask where they can find Penfield TV, as they no longer see programming on channel 12 and 15. Spectrum Cable wanted those channels for themselves, and as we all know, it’s about the exposure and the money. Therefore, Penfield TV has been moved to channels 1301 and 1303. Additionally, we provide a high definition web stream at www.penfieldtv.org and through ROKU. Board meetings and other local programs are made available on-demand through YouTube, Vimeo and ROKU under the channel “Penfield Television.” If you have any questions, please email pctv@penfield.org or call the department at 340-8661.

Mark your calendars for the Penfield Library’s 2018 Children’s Summer Reading Game that begins Monday, June 25 and runs through Wednesday, August 1. For complete Reading Game and summer program information, please contact the library at 340-8720 x4016 or visit www.penfieldlibrary.org

Looking for some gardening tips? Consider spending time “Gardening with Broccolo Garden Center” at 2755 Penfield Road. This is a new program series with many different offerings including Made in the Shade, Habitat Plants from Around the World, Houdini Hydrangea Blooms, Butterfly Friendly Garden, the Four Season Garden and Natural Solutions for Deterring Deer, Stink Bugs and More! Go to www.penfieldrec.org to see all the details for each of these programs and to sign up for one or more of these wonderful programs. 

If you spend time at Greenwood Park for lacrosse, tennis, or the new playground, you will see our DPW crews expanding the parking lot to better serve you. This park has become very popular and parking has always been at a premium. This work should take a few weeks; thank you in advance for your patience!

Until next week, enjoy this wonderful weather we are having! Spend time outside and consider enjoying one of our many parks in Penfield! 

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


June 4, 2018
Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Shadow Pines cleanup update

DPW crews continue to remove dead, diseased, and downed trees from the perimeter of the property along Whalen and Clark Roads. Once this task is finished we will continue addressing hazardous trees in the interior of the property.

A dumpster is on site as we clear trash and brush from the Clark House and adjacent buildings. Plantings are being spruced up, stumps being ground out and regular mowing of the Clark House grounds is underway. Weather permitting, we will also attend to roadside mowing along Atlantic Ave. in the coming week.

DPW is weaving Shadow Pines projects into their traditional seasonal work and will be on-site as weather and schedules permit.

As I have stated before, during this cleanup period the public is not allowed on any portion of the property–signs stating this have been placed on the property. We will get the word out when tree maintenance is complete and it is safe to enjoy designated portions of the property. Our focus is on preparing the former front nine for public use.

Safety is our priority. Thank you for your patience as we perform this necessary work.


June 4, 2018
Supervisor's column June 4, 2018

Supervisor’s column June 4 2018

MAKE SOMEONE WHOLE AGAIN…without A, B, and O, we can't save anybody. You are the #MissingType we need. The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive at Penfield Community Center on Wednesday, June 13, 2:00 to 7:00 PM. To schedule your life-saving appointment, please call 1-800-Red-Cross, or visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor keyword: penfieldcommunitycenter. Your donation does make a difference…thank you in advance for supporting this very important event!

Last week, our Director of Public Works and I attended an open house meeting with the NYS Department of Transportation regarding the planned maintenance paving project of Routes 941B and 404 (Empire Blvd.) from Helendale Road in Irondequoit to Gravel Road in Webster, including all of Penfield. This project, proposed for 2019, will consist of the following work: a two-inch deep milling and paving operation; a change to the pavement markings from Plank Road to the Bay/Creek Street intersection with a left-turn lane for westbound traffic turning onto Plank Road and a center two-way left turn lane; an extended center two-way left turn lane from Kirkland Drive toward Gravel Road; adjustments to existing manholes and drainage structures; replacement of ground-mounted signs; sidewalk ramp rehabilitation as needed to meet ADA standards; and pedestrian signal upgrades. 

The schedule of work for this project is as follows: completion of design work – July 2018; bid opening – October 2018; start of construction – spring of 2019; and substantial construction completion – fall of 2019. The current estimated construction cost is $3.4 million. If you have any questions, please contact Dan Farrelly, Project Design Engineer, at (585) 371-9242 or by email at Daniel.farrelly@dot.ny.gov.  As the NYSDOT gets closer to the actual start of construction, we will add additional general information to our website for Penfield residents. 

Speaking of roadwork, Monroe County DOT will begin a preventive maintenance project in Penfield commencing today, Monday, June 4, on Creek Street running from Browncroft Blvd. to Plank Road. The project involves milling and resurfacing this portion of Creek Street. The project will continue through the remainder of June. 

It was a bit warm Friday night for the music and food truck rodeo at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage, but the music was hotter! Food trucks were lined up and served a variety of great food and drink. A special thank you goes to all the Penfield School performing groups—this event is a wonderful way to kick-off our summer concert series. 

Mark your calendars for all of this year’s programs at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage: Tuesdays Upstage, Thursdays Kids Fest, Saturdays on Stage, the Penfield Pops Band, and Tastin’ the Blues. For more details on performances please check out page 8 of the Summer 2018 PenRec brochure or log on to www.penfieldrec.org

I would like to recognize Barbara Quinn, Coordinator of Dayton’s Corners School/Museum, and her team, for the wonderful annual pie social that was held yesterday, June 3. While the afternoon turned wet, it did not dampen the spirit of the more than 75 people who showed up for a tour, to visit with teachers, and of course, to enjoy lemonade and a piece of pie from Bakers Street Bakery. This school-museum is a wonderful asset in our community and is enjoyed by more than twelve hundred fourth graders each school year…great job ladies! 

I would like to close this week’s column by recognizing a wonderful man that I have had the honor of getting to know over the years—the Reverend James A. Schwartz, pastor of St Joseph’s Church and the Church of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Jim was ordained on June 1, 1968, and celebrated 50 years of Priestly Ministry this past weekend at St. Joseph’s and will do so next week at Holy Spirit. Congratulations Fr. Jim and thank you for your service to our community, you have touched many lives with love and friendship during your 50 years!

Until next week, consider performing a random act of kindness for a friend or neighbor, it is amazing how good that can make you both feel!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


May 29, 2018
Supervisor's column May 29, 2018

Memorial Day’s weather was a picture perfect for the annual “Ceremony of Remembrance” at Veterans’ Memorial Park on the Town Hall campus. The Penfield Pops Band and conductor Ken Scott provided beautiful music throughout the event. The Hon. Thomas VanStrydonck–retired Naval Commander, retired Supreme Court Justice, retired Chief Judge for the Seventh Judicial District, and current Deputy County Executive—provided the audience with a wonderful salute to the men and women that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. As always, the Presentation of Roses was a tremendously moving part of the ceremony.

This year’s essay contest award recipients were amazing with inspirational and moving writings on the topic “America’s Gift to My Generation.” First place: Catherine Healy, 8th grade, Bay Trail Middle School; 2nd place: Anna Coyle, 6th grade, Bay Trail Middle School; and 3rd place: Mary Cotter, 8th grade, Allendale Columbia School.

The event would not be complete without Boy Scout Troop 312. They assisted with set-up, programs, and clean-up, lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance with the assistance of the American Heritage Girls NY Troop 2911 of Penfield, conducted the raising of the flag ceremony, and much more to make this day special.

Finally, I would like to recognize and thank Pastor Robert Engler from the Penfield Wesleyan Church for the Invocation and Benediction for our ceremony; Broccolo Garden Center for providing all of the decorative flowers; and the Penfield Recreation Department, especially Sabrina Renner, for coordinating this wonderful community event. Let us never forget the sacrifices these brave men and women gave for our freedom!

I am sure many of us in Penfield, Monroe County, the United States, and around the world are mourning the loss of Betty Perkins-Carpenter on this recent holiday weekend. You may know–or know of—Betty from her many years of teaching children how to swim and her famous “Fit by Five” program that my own daughters enjoyed along with tens of thousands of other local children. Maybe you knew her as an Olympic diving coach, health and fitness expert, an author who published numerous books on the importance of exercise for seniors, or as an Air Force veteran where she excelled in diving for the aquatic team and established physical activity programs for the children of Air Force-based personnel. Perhaps you know Betty from her more recent personal mission to match Department of Defense photographs with the veterans who appear in those pictures. 

Regardless of how you knew Betty, you would know she was a woman ahead of her time who touched many lives in many ways. I feel honored to have known her and to say she touched the lives of members of my own family. The many people she influenced in our own community and around the world with her smile, caring personality, and knowledge will remember her for her energy, passion, and love of life and family. Betty’s passing is a big loss to us all. She has left a mark every place she has been and has helped to make the world a better place. Our thoughts are with Betty’s family.

Construction project…please note that Keeler Construction is scheduled to begin work on Creek Street between Browncroft Blvd. and Plank Road the week of June 4 as part of a Monroe County pavement resurfacing project. The work will include milling off the top layer of existing road asphalt, repair of some storm sewers and sidewalk ramps, then applying new asphalt to the road surface and with new pavement markings. During construction, traffic will be maintained with daily lane closures as needed and flaggers will be used to guide traffic around the work areas. Continuous access to driveways and side streets will be maintained, except when work is occurring directly in front of these access points. In these situations, the delay will only be for a brief time until construction personnel indicate that it is safe to cross the work zone. The work will progress rapidly and is expected to be completed by mid-July. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alan at 585-281-4742 at aboyer@clarkpatterson.com, or Henry Herdzik at 585-753-7729 at hherdzik@monroecounty.gov.

Until next week, enjoy the dry and warm weather, summer seems to finally be with us!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


May 25, 2018
Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance

The Town of Penfield will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance on Monday, May 28 at Penfield Amphitheater in Veterans’ Memorial Park, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 AM.  

“Honoring our fallen veterans is so important today,” said Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We can never allow our heroes and their service to this country to be forgotten. Our debt to them can never be repaid, however we can honor them with our gratitude and patriotism.” 

This annual ceremony will feature a variety of tributes to veterans and active military personnel, including guest speaker Deputy County Executive Thomas VanStrydonck, essays by middle school students, and reflective music provided by Penfield Pops Band.

A highlight of the ceremony will be Penfield’s traditional Presentation of Roses. During this time, community members honor and remember active or fallen military personnel with a rose placed on the Veterans’ Memorial monument stone. Those who are interested in participating in this presentation should call 585-340-8651.

For more information on Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony, please call Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.  


May 24, 2018
Message from Supervisor LaFountain: Shadow Pines cleanup update

Since my last update on May 11, DPW crews have been busy removing dead, diseased, and downed trees (mostly pines) from the perimeter of the property. Many of you will have noticed this work on Whalen Road from Atlantic Ave. south to the small pioneer’s cemetery. Work will continue along Clark Road.

As the new property owners, we are taking out these hazardous trees to improve safety on the property and along adjacent roadways. It seems with every major wind event DPW needs to remove fallen pines from roadways under emergency conditions. This tree work is preventive and also gives remaining healthy trees a chance to flourish.

We have also been cleaning up the area directly surrounding the Clark House. Neglected and dead plant materials are being removed, the lawn is being mowed, and healthy plantings will be restored. This activity will continue as we work to return the Clark House to neighborhood standards.

During this cleanup period the public is not allowed on any portion of the property. We know residents are eager to explore the trails—we will get the word out when tree maintenance is complete and it is safe to enjoy designated portions of the property. 

Safety is our priority. Thank you for your patience as we perform this necessary work. 


May 21, 2018
Supervisor's column May 21, 2018

Despite the rainy weather, many families and individuals came out to support the Terry Rothfuss Memorial “Good Neighbor Day” this past Saturday to offer an extra hand to seniors, veterans, and disabled residents who needed help with light yard work and spring cleanup. Thank you to all who participated—just like Terry Rothfuss, your caring attention was a great help to your neighbors. 

Additionally, Bay Trail seventh-grader Marisa Zwick coordinated her second cleanup effort of ponds, drainage ways, and other common and visible locations across town. The damp and cool weather impacted the turnout but did not discourage Marisa who continues to look for ways to educate residents about the negative impacts of littering ponds, waterways and other sensitive areas in our community. Marisa is an amazing young lady and her commitment to making Penfield a better place for all of us is amazing. Marisa, thank you for being one of our biggest advocates for the environment!

As the weather continues to warm up and more residents get out to hike in Penfield and other favorite spots in Monroe County, the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) is offering a number of important facts regarding ticks and Lyme disease. To learn how to identify ticks, safely remove a tick, reduce ticks on your property, and how to properly use insect repellents, follow the NYSDOH at health.ny.gov; facebook.com/NYSDOH; twitter.com/HealthNYGov; and youtube.com/NYSDOH.

The next guided hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at the Webster Arboretum. Explore this unique garden of natural beauty in a park-like setting dedicated to quiet reflection and the beautiful sights, sounds, and smells of nature. Meet at Kent Park (1700 Schlegel Road in Webster) and look for the hike signs. 

If you like to hike pick up a trails passport from PenRec and take it with you on these hikes! Passports are available at the Penfield Recreation Department or at either Penfield Wegmans stores on Rt. 441 or Empire Blvd.

Memorial Day is just around the corner and the Town of Penfield’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance is Monday, May 28 at 10:30 AM at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage in Veterans Memorial Park behind the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave. This year’s guest speaker is the Hon. Thomas Van Strydonck, Deputy County Executive, former Chief Administrative Judge for the 7th Judicial District and Retired Naval Commander. I hope to see you there!

Mark your calendar for another annual tradition...the “Music & Food Truck Rodeo” is Friday, June 1 at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage from 5:00 to 8:30 PM. Music is provided by Penfield Schools performing groups. Food truck windows open up at 4:30 PM. Look for great offerings from Tony Tomatoes Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza, Smoothies Plus, The Meat Ball Truck Co, Sonny’s Landing “Eat Greek,” Roc City Sammich, The Dough Boys Fried Dough, and Abbott’s Frozen Custard. Come out and enjoy great music and good food!

The next “Out to Lunch” PenRec van trip will travel east to historic Seneca Falls to the Gould Hotel on Friday, June 15. The van departs from the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road at 10:45 AM and returns approximately 3:00 PM. Go to www.penfieldrec.org to sign up or call 340-8655.

Eager to help your community? Bri-Pen Senior Rides is looking for volunteers to drive Penfield and Brighton seniors to their medical appointments, religious services and town community centers. You can volunteer to drive at your convenience, any help is greatly appreciated. Call 340-8674 for more details and to sign up.

Be sure to sign up early for your favorite summer programs in the Penfield Public Library as they fill up quickly due to popularity. The 2018 Children’s Reading Game starts in just a few weeks along with other favorites including Tiny Explorers, Family Story Time, Parent/Child Book Group, Library Lego Lab, Tales for Tails, Super-Sized Construction Vehicles, and so much more. For more information or to register, call 340-8720 or visit www.penfieldlibrary.org

Until next week, enjoy this wonderful weather. I hope to see you out in our great community!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


May 14, 2018
Supervisor’s column May 14, 2018

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you to a delicious pancake breakfast with pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more…all for just $5.00 per person. All May proceeds will directly benefit the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS). PEFS is a supplemental food relief organization that has served the 14526 and 14625 areas and families of children in the Penfield school district since 1997. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! For more information and details, please go to www.fbpenfield.org.

The ever-popular annual Pie Social at the historic Dayton’s Corners School/Museum, located at the corner of Creek Street and Plank Road, is just around the corner. This year’s social will be held on Sunday, June 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Come try a taste of an authentic 1857 Sunday social and enjoy free pony rides for the kids, music, playground equipment, tours of the schoolhouse, and spend time with the teachers. A large piece of pie and a cup of cool lemonade is only $2.00. Come join in the fun at Dayton’s Corners School/Museum. For more information, please contact Barbara Quinn at 385-1491.

Now that Penfield TV (PCTV) has formally documented the Shadow Pines property to identify damaged trees and other hazards, our DPW crews will start removing hazardous downed, dead, and diseased trees this week. You will see this activity along Whalen Road and around the Clark House. Also, the grassy area along the Atlantic/Whalen intersection will be more regularly mowed by the Town’s DPW roadside mowing crew. The Parks and Facilities groups of DPW will also begin work on the Clark House structures and plantings to improve its curb appeal in keeping with the neighborhood. The lawn will also be mowed regularly by our contract service, Rochester Lawn Care.

Safety is our priority, so during this work period the public is not allowed on any portion of the Shadow Pines property. We will notify residents when cleanup is complete and it is safe to enjoy designated portions of the property. I will provide weekly updates on our progress in my weekly column. Thank you for your patience as we perform this necessary work.

If you are driving past the DPW facility on Jackson Road over the next several weeks you will see some changes taking place. The old sick and dying pines will be removed and the red barn in front of the facility will be demolished this week as we prepare for a new structure. The property in front of DPW was purchased by the Town many years ago, and it had a house and barn on the property. The house was demolished many years ago and the barn has served its useful purpose.

This project is possible because of the efforts and support of Senator Rich Funke; he was able to secure and provide a New York State grant to Penfield to construct a new and more efficient building on the site. We are currently advertising for bids for the building and look to have it installed over the next two to four months.

I have been informed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) that Friday, May 18 is “Green Your Commute” day. So lace up those shoes, oil those gears, and load up your car as New Yorkers are encouraged to use a more sustainable means of getting to work including walking, biking, taking transit, carpooling, driving an electric vehicle, or using any other means that is not driving solo in a gasoline-powered vehicle. Thank you in advance for supporting “Green Your Commute” day!

Last week I was invited to the 5th annual Indian Landing “bike-to-school” day to help welcome students who rode their bikes to school that morning. Approximately 300 students, siblings, and parents participated on that beautiful morning. I was honored to join Principal Marcie Ware, teachers, parents, school board members, and the Brighton town supervisor to support this wonderful event.

You may recall that last autumn I shared news that the playground at Greenwood Park would be demolished over the winter and replaced this spring. If you have been by the park you will see that the new playground is taking shape and should be ready to be open before the end of the this week for our youngest residents to enjoy for many years to come…enjoy!

Until next week, please remember the Terry Rothfuss Memorial “Good Neighbor Day” this coming Saturday (May 19) from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Meet at the Rothfuss Farm, 1865 Salt Road, at 7:45 AM to get your assignment(s), everyone is welcome!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org




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