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October 15, 2018
Supervisor's column October 15, 2018

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, October 20 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more…all for just $5.00 per person. All October proceeds will go directly to benefit Resolve of Greater Rochester, a group dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence against women (www.resolve-roc.org). 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 log-on at www.fbpenfield.org.

Last week, I had the opportunity to join the Penfield Business Chamber in a ribbon cutting cutting for Orangetheory Fitness Baytowne, located at 1900 Empire Blvd. just down from DiBella’s Subs. Orangetheory Fitness offers 60-minute workout sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training with heart rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn. Increase energy, get visible results, and burn more calories—even after leaving the studio. That's the Orange Effect! Please stop in and visit one of Penfield’s newest businesses and sign up for a class.

Seats are still available for the November and December AARP Driver Safety Program through the Penfield Recreation Department. This program is designed for the mature licensed driver to tune-up driving skills, update knowledge of age related physical changes and adjust driving for these changes. Upon completion, participants may receive up to a 10 percent multi-year discount on auto insurance and DMV may assess up to a four-point reduction. The program is $20.00 for AARP members and $25.00 for non-members. Program dates are November 13 and 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and December 11 and 13 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM. For more information, please go to www.penfieldrec.org or call 340-8655.

Pen-Rec‘s next van day trip is Wednesday, November 14 for a visit to Vidler’s Five and Dime! Take a trip down memory lane as you walk down the store’s wooden floors and eat a 10 cent bag of popcorn. Vidler’s is much more than a store…it is shopping entertainment at its best! So relax and take a step back in time as you stroll through this amazing five and dime. Lunch is on your own in town. After lunch there will be a quick visit to the Copper Shop Gallery on the Roycroft campus for a little more shopping before heading back to Penfield. The van departs the community center at 9:30 AM and returns at 4:30 PM. The fee is $20.00.

Two reminders: The first is the Family Halloween Fun event this coming Friday, October 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the community center. Come enjoy games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, crafts, and more!

Next, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2018-2019 season at the Penfield High School Auditorium with “Wonderful Williams.” The concert begins at 7:30 PM. For more information about this concert and the season, please visit www.penfieldsymphony.org

The Penfield Library has many programs for our youngest residents to enjoy including Spooky Halloween Snacks, Little Maker Mondays, Pumpkin Science, Nutcracker Storytime, Tales for Tails, Library Lego Lab, Gingerbread House, Doll’s Winter Tea Party, and the New Year’s Eve Family Game Day. For complete details check out the Pen-Rec Brochure page 43, log-on at www.penfieldlibrary.org, or call 340-8720. 

Important dates and events in history: October 15, 1991 – National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial dedicated; October 17, 1946 – Winston Churchill proclaims “an Iron Curtain” has swept across the continent (Europe), beginning the Cold War; October 19, 1845 – US Naval Academy at Annapolis is founded; and October 22, 1861 – the transcontinental telegraph is complete.  

Until next week…as the leaves fall and collect in gutters and catch basins, please help keep these areas clear to avoid flooding of your property and that of your neighbors. Thank you in advance for your attention and assistance on this matter.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


October 9, 2018
Supervisor's column October 9, 2018

Join our annual Family Halloween Fun event on Friday, October 19 at the Penfield Community Center. Enjoy the free activities from 6:00 to 8:00 PM including games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, crafts, music, and more! A special thanks to Woody Acres and the Rothfuss Family Farmers for their generous contributions to this event.

Also on Friday October 19, the Penfield Local History Room and Penfield Recreation will host Penfield's annual Ghost Walk in Oakwood Cemetery. Guided tours will begin at 6:00 PM; tickets are $5.00 per person and are available in advance at the Penfield Recreation office. Tickets may be purchased the night of the event, but they are limited.

This year’s theme will be historical ghost stories about Penfield. The guided walk will be held in the oldest section of the cemetery. Park at Penfield Community Center then follow the sidewalk along Baird Road to the marked ghost walk entrance. The last tour of the evening will be at 7:30 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets online visit our online registration site, or call (585) 340-8655.

Looking for a great idea for a group or special party? Consider “Escape the Spirit Room” on Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27, at the Penfield Community Center. The cost is $10.00/person; please register at Penfield Recreation Department. For more information call 340-8655 or log-in at www.penfieldrec.org.

At the last town board meeting, the board held a public hearing on the 2019 budget. The proposed Town Operating Budget for 2019 is $17,300,547; with all the special districts (water, lighting, drainage, and sewer) the total is $20,259,606, an increase of $1,120,212 from 2018. The 2019 town tax rate is $2.78 per $1,000 of assessed property value, an increase of 9 cents from 2018. At this tax rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $190,000 will pay $528.20 for general governmental services, which is an increase of $17.10 over last year. Adoption of the 2019 budget is planned for Wednesday, October 17 at the regularly scheduled town board meeting.

The Penfield Players present their fall comedy, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” by Joe DiPietro and directed by Tom Bigongiari. Evening and matinée performances will run October 26 through November 10 at Penfield Community Center. “Over the River and Through the Woods” is the story of a family and how they deal with one another with love, support, and humor. In the story, Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey who sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job as a marketing executive in Seattle. The news doesn't sit so well and thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around, including introducing him to the lovely, single Caitlin! “Over the River and Through the Woods” is guaranteed to make you love your family all over again.

Performance dates for “Over the River and Through the Woods” are October 26, October 27, November 2, November 3, November 9, and November 10 at 8:00PM. There will also be a special matinée performance on November 4 at 2:00 PM. Advance tickets are $12 and tickets at the door are $15. Pre-sale tickets may be purchased online at www.penfieldplayers.org; online sales will end at 4:00 PM on Friday for all of that weekend's shows. Ticket availability may be checked by calling (585) 340-8655 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM; group discounts for purchases of ten tickets or more are also available by calling this number. All tickets are general admission and all performances will be held at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

About the Penfield Players: The Penfield Players is a non-profit community theater organization sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department, in its 53rd season of great performances. It is one of the oldest continuing theatre groups in the Rochester area. The Penfield Players is open to anyone who has an interest in theater, whether it be acting or other aspects of production such as costumes, makeup, lighting, or set design and construction. Current members reside throughout Monroe County and beyond. New volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please visit www.penfieldplayers.org, or The Penfield Players Facebook page.

We recently lost a good friend of the Penfield Recreation Department and the Penfield Senior Citizens with the passing of Gary L. Perkins. Gary was the warm and friendly face that greeted the seniors at the weekly lunch program at the community center and was the driver for many van trips throughout the Finger Lakes region for fall foliage, performing arts, out to lunch, and much, much more. Although Gary was born in the Town of Silver Springs, Wyoming County, he called Penfield home. He will be missed but will remain in everyone’s heart…peace be with you.

Until next week, enjoy the wonderful fall weather and please visit Penfield’s many farm markets to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, pumpkins, great baked goods, special gifts, and fall flowers.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


October 1, 2018
Supervisor's column October 1, 2018

Last week I had the honor of attending the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton’s annual Community Awards Dinner. Kiwanis International, founded in 1915, is a global community of clubs, members, and partners totaling more than 600,000 members dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children through local service projects and fundraising. Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year. The Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club was founded in 1962 by a small group led by Robert A. Calabrese, a Charter Member and Legion of Honor 56-year member.

The dedicated men and women of the Penfield-Perinton Club host several fundraisers annually and give back 100 percent of funds collected. The membership supports programs and projects aimed at the youth, seniors, and troubled areas of our community. Administrative operational costs of the club are paid for by the members themselves. 

This year, the following organizations received contributions from the club in recognition of their service to the broader Monroe County community: East Rochester Resource Center, Fairport Food Pantry, Flower City Outreach, Golisano Children’s Hospital, MDA Rochester, Mary Cariola (Memorial Garden), Multiple Sclerosis, Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, Penfield High School Key Club, Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance, Penfield Volunteer Fire Department, Shepherd Home, Villa of Hope, Bethany House, Don Mack Scholarship Fund, and Saint Peter’s Kitchen. 

Additionally, the Robert A. Calabrese Award was presented to Betsy Inglis who retired as the Director of the Shepherd Home at the end of 2017. Betsy became the first Executive Director of Shepherd Home when it was being built in 2005 and helped to establish the facility as one of the most recognized and respected comfort care homes in our region. This award recognizes Betsy’s leadership, dedication, passion for making a difference, and support of the community, families and individuals faced with a terminal illness. Betsy, congratulations on receiving this award! By recognizing you with this award, the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club truly honored an individual who models their organization’s values; I cannot think of a better person to receive this very prestigious award! 

The employees of our Building/Zoning/Fire Marshal/Code Enforcement Department have placed a food collection bin in the town hall rotunda to collect non-perishable food for the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Donations will be delivered to stock shelfs on a monthly basis. This spirit of giving by our employees is what helps make our community so special. If you have business to conduct at the town hall, please feel free to drop off a donation. The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf supports more than 85 families every week and they are always in need of your generous donations. I would like to give a special shout-out to our employees who have organized and coordinated this effort: Heidi, Kristine, Kathy, Andy, Luke, Phil, and Jeff…great job team!

Last reminder…the Town of Penfield’s sixth annual “Fall Recycling Day” for residents is Saturday, October 13 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the DPW complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations at the on-site St Pauly textile shed. There will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling at this event due to the ever-changing electronics recycling market. Monroe County’s “ecopark” will accept electronics for a fee, please go to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark for more details.

I close this week’s column on a sad note as we have lost two individuals who have had a lasting impact on East Penfield and the entire Penfield community. First is G. Peter Wilbert of Wilbert’s, Inc. This family business started in 1952 and spans more than three generations with four automotive recycling facilities, the original operation in East Penfield, and Wilbert’s Christmas tree farm. Pete was known for his love of his family and extended family—the employees of Wilbert’s businesses. He had an amazing work ethic and a great sense of humor. Penfield’s second loss is Rosario A. “Ross” Schillaci. I knew Ross and his family for 40 years. He served our community in countless ways on many committees and boards. Ross was active in farming, construction, and much more. I would often hear him say, “you always look to give back to the community you live in, that is what helps it be a great community.”

Both Pete and Ross will leave a lasting mark on Penfield through their hard work, family involvement, and community involvement. Peace be with both of you and your families.

Until next week and in honor of both Pete and Ross, please consider performing a random act of kindness for a family member, a neighbor, or someone who may need a helping hand. It will make a big difference in their life and yours.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


September 26, 2018
Fall "Recycling Day" for Penfield residents Oct 13

The Town of Penfield will host a one-day recycling event for Penfield residents on Saturday, October 13, 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at its Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal (no leaves or grass), and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling at this event. 

“This is the sixth year we have hosted this October event to help residents safely dispose of confidential and sensitive documents as well as unwanted recyclables to reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfills,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Throughout the year residents have many outlets to donate or recycle unwanted household items. Additionally, Ecopark is an excellent county resource that is open year-round.” 

Recycling Day is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate. Please direct questions to the Department Public Works, 340-8710, Monday–Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Event Resources:

Eco-Green Park certified document destruction (www.eco-greenpark.com)

Alpco metals recycling (see www.alpcorecycling.com/metals-recycling.html#ferrous for metals that will be accepted)

St. Pauly Textile Shed on site

DPW will also accept brush (no leaves or grass) on site. 

To dispose of items NOT collected at this event consider:

Monroe County’s year-round Ecopark facility is located at 10 Avion Drive near the airport. Ecopark is a joint effort between Monroe County and Waste Management that provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle many items including hard Styrofoam packing material (not foam trays used for meat or produce), TVs/electronics (fee-based), cooking oil/grease, fluorescent lights, clothing, sharps and syringes, and more. Ecopark also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For current information on recycling opportunities, operating hours, schedules, and fee-based items go to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark

To dispose of televisions and electronics contact retailers that sell those products. Do not leave on curb, New York State law prohibits trash haulers from collecting electronic waste.

To dispose of unwanted bicycles, please bring them to the Town of Penfield and Penfield Rotary bicycle collection event for R Community Bikes on October 6, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (one week BEFORE recycling day) at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. 


September 24, 2018
Supervisor's column September 24, 2018

Supervisor’s column September 24, 2018

This past Sunday (September 23) Mary Cariola Children’s Center held its 10th annual “Walking on Sunshine” fundraiser at Veterans’ Memorial Park. It’s the third time the event was held on our beautiful campus. It was a gorgeous fall morning with a blue sky and bright sun shining down on more than 1,000 children, young adults, and families. This walk is Mary Cariola’s largest annual fundraiser, and this year’s goal was $175,000.

In addition to the walk, there were many games and activities for participants including face painting, music, raffles, team mascots, photos, and the Gamin’ Ride mobile video truck lunch. The event emcee was News 8’s Mark Gruba. President/CEO Karen Zandi welcomed and thanked everyone for their ongoing support of Mary Cariola Children’s Center which supports more than 500 children and young adults with multiple disabilities and complex medical needs.

On behalf of the entire Penfield community, we are delighted that this event is held at the Veterans’ Memorial Park campus and that the newest Mary Cariola’s residential home is located in our town. To offer support or learn more about Mary Cariola and the unique community services programs they offer to families—including residential programs, behavior management services, and enhanced waiver services—please visit www.marycariola.org.

Work continues at Shadow Pines. Last week the huge pile of trees, stumps, and limbs was ground into mulch. In October, DPW crews will begin to address dying, diseased, and dead trees on the south side of Clark and Whalen Roads as we look to open that portion of the property to public access before year-end. Our crews are also reviewing the status of eight HVAC units at the Clark House as we ready for the upcoming heating season. Additionally, the town board is working on a “solicitation of interest request for proposals” for use of the Clark House. We anticipate this process will take three to four months. As we move through the process I will keep everyone updated via this column and at www.penfield.org

The Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee will be reviewing and suggesting possible future land uses for the overall property. It is important to remind everyone that the town acquired the property with a designation of general municipal use—not park land. The designation of general municipal use allows the greatest flexibility for overall community and public use for our 36,000-plus residents, such as a combination of open space, passive and active recreation, a community center, library, lodge(s) or other public facilities.

Last week we started installing new and permanent bike racks for residents at locations throughout the town including the Penfield Community Center, Veterans’ Memorial Park, Harris Whalen Park, Rothfuss Park, Greenwood Park, and LaSalle’s Landing Park.

The October 4 deadline to register for the second annual Penfield Education Foundation 5K is fast approaching. Those who register by this date will receive a long sleeve cotton tee-shirt; the first 200 registrants will also receive a Nalgene water bottle. Please register at https://runsignup.com/race/ny/penfield/penfieldeducationfoundation5k

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) would like to remind families, companies, neighborhoods, and places of worship to consider supporting “adopt-a-shelf,” as one can makes a difference in someone’s life! For more information on how to adopt-a-shelf or to learn more about current needs, please visit www.penfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com or call234-0799. 

Here’s a last reminder to donate your old or unwanted bikes and keep them out of landfills…Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation are sponsoring their 8th annual Community Bike Drop on Saturday, October 6 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. All bicycles collected will be donated to R Community Bikes, Inc. for repair and redistribution to needy children and adults in the Rochester area. All types of bikes are needed, including children’s tricycles, toddler plastic bikes, and bike parts. R Community Bikes, Inc. is a grassroots 501-c-3 organization that collects and repairs used bicycles for distribution, free of charge, to Rochester’s most needy children and adults. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes to get to work and training sessions, as well as for recreation. Receipts will be available. For additional information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655 or email Linda Kohl, Penfield Rotary at lkohl58@aol.com.

Until next week, continue to enjoy the fall weather and support all of our farm markets, their shelves are filled with locally grown products, baked goods, and much more…healthy local businesses make for a healthy community!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


September 17, 2018
Supervisor's column September 17, 2018

The 15th annual Tastin’ the Blues saw more than 500 people in attendance on what was one of the hottest days for this event since it was started by now retired Assistant Recreation Director Steve Orsini in 2003. Eight chili contestants came ready to claim a prize for the judges and people’s choice awards; congratulations to all of the winners! A special shout-out to Genesee Beer House and North American Breweries who supplied all of the beer for sampling. And let’s not forget the music…Steve Grills and the Roadmasters with special guest Joe Beard rocked the amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage with some of the best blues music in Monroe County!

I would like to recognize this year’s amphitheater sponsors: Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis, Synergy IT Solutions, Tutor Doctor, and Farmers Insurance. Without their support we would not be able to provide all the wonderful music events and programs. I also want to thank the entire Penfield Recreation Team, lead by Director Chris Bilow, for their efforts and commitment to making the 2018 season one of the best to date. Great job all, I am looking forward to the 2019 season already!

I had the honor and pleasure of kicking off the first meeting of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee last week. This group of fourteen residents came together excited to work on this important plan that will help guide the town’s next decade of growth. This update is due to be completed late next year will become the road map for future development, capital improvements, and new or updated policies, zoning, and strategies until the next update in 2030. The committee will solicit and consider resident ideas and will hold at least one public information meeting to allow residents an opportunity to provide input. The committee will also encourage residents to submit written feedback throughout the process.

We intended to have the brush pile at Shadow Pines ground up last week; however, due to mechanical breakdowns and the need for parts from the manufacturer, the tub-grinder that we borrow from Monroe County is out of service for a few weeks. They promise that once it is repaired it will be delivered to the site and within a few days the pile will be processed.

Please note that due to the Yom Kippur holiday there will not be a town board legislative meeting this Wednesday, September 19. The next legislative meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 3 and will include the public hearing on the 2019 Preliminary Budget. The complete budget summary and details can be found by logging on at www.penfield.org and clicking on quick links in the left hand column. Copies are also available for review at the Penfield Public Library, the town clerk’s office, or by contacting the Town Comptroller at 340-8621.

Consider signing up for the “City of Light” day tour of Buffalo on Friday, September 28. Experience Buffalo through the eyes of author Lauren Belfar’s novel, “The City of Light,” set in Buffalo at the dawn of the twentieth century. The trip includes round trip transportation from the Penfield Community Center, a personal guided tour of historic sites described in the book, admissions, lunch at one of Buffalo’s historic restaurants, and refreshments. The cost is $90.00. Vans leave at 8:30 AM and return at approximately 6:30 PM. For more information, please go to www.penfieldrec.org or contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655.

The next guided hike by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held on Saturday, October 13 from 10:00 AM to noon at Lucien Morin Park. Mark your calendars, more details will come in the next few weeks.

The Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs continue to be very popular and the program offerings grow each quarter. Most classes are free and do not require Penfield residency to attend. Please check out the complete list of programs at www.penfieldrec.org. I guarantee there will be something of interest for everyone!

Important dates and events in history: September 17, 1787 – The Constitution of the United States is adopted and signed in Philadelphia; September 17, 1796 – George Washington gives his farewell address to the nation; September 17, 1862 – Union forces win the Battle of Antietam; and on September 20, 1814 – the “Star-Spangled Banner” becomes the official National Anthem.

Until next week, enjoy the continued stretch of mild weather. Be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


September 13, 2018
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: 2019 Preliminary Budget

The 2019 Preliminary Town Budget is now available for review at this link (or www.penfield.org, see Quick Links).

The proposed budget, including special districts, is $20,259,606, an increase of $1,120,212 from 2018. The Town Operating Budget, without special districts, is $17,300,547.

With this budget, the 2019 town tax rate is $2.78 per $1,000 of assessed property value, an increase of approximately 9 cents from 2018. (At this tax rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $190,000 will pay $528.20 for general governmental services, which is an increase of $17.10 over last year.)

The planning process for the 2019 budget is unique because of the purchase of Shadow Pines Golf Course that was approved by 80 percent of voters in a February 2018 special election. We came into this budget cycle anticipating a tax increase of 10 to 12 cents to cover the Shadow Pines debt and estimated ownership and maintenance costs.

I’m please to share that through the efforts of town staff and the town board, the 9 cent tax increase covers the Shadow Pines debt—along with financing for the purchase of capital equipment for DPW—and is actually lower than was estimated at the time of the public referendum to purchase Shadow Pines.

How did we do that? To begin, after the referendum, the town board chose to purchase the Clark House portion of the Shadow Pines with cash on hand, reducing the bond debt and related interest by $260,000. Next, sales tax revenue came in higher than expected, and DPW generated income from special projects for the Penfield Central School District and Monroe County. Further, we will use reserve funding that grew significantly in 2018 (rather than borrowing) to finance capital equipment for DPW including a sweeper, 6-wheeler, 10-wheeler, and other vehicle replacements. This budget also includes a new playground at Harris Whalen Park to be financed through a dedicated recreation trust. 

As in previous years, the annual challenge of expenditures that are not under the Town of Penfield’s control continue to see increases. In 2019, we budgeted an 8.5 percent increase in health insurance premiums and continued contributions to the New York State retirement system of approximately 15 to 20 percent of payroll. The cost of workers compensation will remain flat at nearly six percent of payroll. 

With this proposed budget, we continue our long-standing financial discipline of a forecasting a five-year outlook as we mange debt, expenses, revenue, and special districts.

In summary, we lowered our expected debt exposure, took in more revenue than projected, and used reserve funds to develop the 2019 budget with a 9 cent rate increase versus the anticipated 10 to 12 cent increase. This Preliminary Budget delivers the same level of services, finances the Shadow Pines purchase and maintenance, updates DPW equipment, and adds a new playground at Harris Whalen Park. Once again, the town tax levy increase is below the increase allowed by the New York State tax cap.

I thank Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo, town staff, and the town board for their commitment and professionalism preparing the 2019 Preliminary Town Budget.

The public comment period for the 2019 Budget runs September 12 through October 11. A public hearing to receive comments on the Preliminary Budget will be held at the October 3 Penfield Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM in the town hall auditorium. 

The 2019 Preliminary Town Budget is available for review on the town website, the town clerk’s office, and the Penfield Public Library. Additionally, if you would like to speak with the Town Comptroller regarding the 2019 budget, please call 340-8621 or call my office at 340-8630.


September 10, 2018
Supervisor's column September 10, 2018

Tomorrow marks the 17th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, a day that will have a lasting impact on our great country. Nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. It was the deadliest terror attack on American soil. We will not falter…we will not fear…we will not fail…we will not forget!

Mark your calendars for the 42nd annual Penfield Used Book Sale this week at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The sale features more than 85,000 used books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, and videos at bargain prices. All items are sorted into categories that include local history, numerous specials, records, games, puzzles, computer software, and more. This sale is presented by the Friends of the Penfield Public Library and proceeds will benefit the Penfield Public Library. Payment may be made with cash, check or credit card. Due to narrow aisles, no strollers are permitted; and no food or beverages will be allowed on the sales floor. Please bring your own bags. 

Used book sale schedule: Pre-sale for Friends of Penfield Public Library is Tuesday, September 11, 2:00 to 9:00 PM (memberships are $5.00 per family; renew early or sign up at the door). Open to all Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Friday, September 14, 10:00 AM to 6:00 pm (half-price day); and Saturday, September 15, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM ($3.00 bag sale, Wegmans/Tops reusable bags are acceptable; specials remain half-price).

Insider information…according to Gary Richardson, this year’s book sale co-chair, there will be an unusually high number of local history titles and some very desirable DVD sets of television shows—so get there early so as not to miss out!

September 9 to 15 is National Assisted Living Week with the theme of “Capture the Moment.” This year’s theme hopes to inspire residents to realize their dreams and seize the day. Simultaneously, the theme also supports reflection, as residents may look back on pivotal moments of their lives. With the theme’s word play referencing photography, residents may refer to pictures or videos from their past. 

This evening I will have the honor and pleasure of joining Senator Rich Funke at Heathwood Penfield Community to present a proclamation recognizing the importance of this week and to proclaim September 9 to 15 as National Assisted Living Week in the Town of Penfield.

Please join me in recognizing Heathwood Penfield community staff, caregivers, residents, and families for all they do throughout the year. Penfield is proud to be a wellness community with a tradition of honoring its residents and recognizing them for their contributions to our town, county and country.

My office has received many resident calls asking if the Town will be hosting a fall drop-off event like we do in the spring. The answer is “no” to a general drop off event. We will, however, be holding our sixth annual “Fall Recycling Day” on Saturday, October 13 from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the DPW complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Residents may bring the following materials to this event: brush/branches (not leaves); metals and appliances; papers for secure document destruction, and clothing/linens for the St. Pauly textile shed. There will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling due to the complexity and costs of the ever-changing electronics market. Monroe County’s “ecopark” will accept electronics for a fee, please visit www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark for more details.

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 schedule is hot off the press! Their first concert is Monday, October 22 with “Wonderful Williams” sponsored by Heathwood Assisted Living. The PSO has provided excellence in classical music for more than 60 years and this year marks Dr. David Harman’s 19th year as Music Director and Conductor. All concerts begin at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School auditorium with convenient parking. Free rides to concerts are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Please call two weeks before the concerts to schedule a ride. For more information on this concert and others please go to www.penfieldsymphony.org

Pen-Rec’s next out-to-lunch event is Friday, October 12 with a visit to Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery. This winery is one of the oldest and most recognized wineries in the Finger Lakes Region and upstate New York. Wagner Vineyards has 30 award winning wines ranging from bone dry to dessert wine sweet. Whether your palate prefers red wine, white wine, light and sweet wines made from grapes native to the Finger Lakes region, or dry European or vinifera style wines, you will be sure to find a wine to enjoy! Depart the Penfield Community Center at 11:00 AM and return at 4:00 PM. For more information or to reserve your seat, please go to www.penfieldrec.org or call the Recreation Department at 340-8655.

I hope to see you at Tastin’ the Blues this coming Saturday, September 15 from noon to 4:00 PM where you can enjoy good food, a variety of beer samples, and great music…it will be fun for the entire family!

Until next week, enjoy the start of our fall weather and please support our local farm markets this season. Also, remember to watch out for stopped school buses with their flashing lights picking up or dropping off our youngest residents!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


September 4, 2018
Supervisor's column September 4, 2018

Budget 2019: The Town Comptroller and I will be presenting the 2019 Tentative Budget to the public on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 PM at the Penfield Town Board meeting. With revenues (such as sales tax distribution) coming in strong to help offset increases in items like health care, we are proposing an anticipated increase in taxes that will essentially cover the cost of the purchase of the former Shadow Pines Golf Course property that was approved by 80% of voters in a February 2018 special election. As we continue our five-year budget outlook, we are also proposing an investment in capital equipment to maintain town services in the coming years. I’m please to share that the proposed tax increase to cover new debt, capital equipment, and operations is less than what was anticipated at the time of the public referendum to purchase Shadow Pines. 

The town board will hold a formal public hearing on the budget at its October 3 legislative meeting to hear all interested parties. All budget documents will be available for review on the town website, the town clerk’s office, and at the Penfield Public Library. Additionally, if you would like to speak with the Town Comptroller regarding the 2019 budget, please call 340-8621 or my office at 340-8630.

Dust off your favorite chili recipe and enter it in the chili judging contest at the annual “Tastin the Blues” to be held on Saturday, September 15 from noon to 4:00 PM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage in Veterans’ Memorial Park. There will be two separate categories for judging, the “People’s Choice” and “Judged.” Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in both categories. A $100 cash prize will go to 1st place in the “judged” category. Get your entry form on page 7 of the fall Pen-Rec brochure, online at www.penfieldrec.org, or stop in at the Penfield Recreation Department at 1985 Baird Road. Steve Grills and the Roadmasters with special guest Joe Beard Blues will provide music for the afternoon. Along with chili sampling there will be a food concession stand and Genesee Brew House beer samples. I hope to see you there! 

There’s more! “Dogs’ Day Out” is a new addition to Tastin’ the Blues, so bring the whole family to this event, including the dog! Starting at noon, come join in on a free dog handling demo for kids, presentation on scent work for dogs, games for dogs and their humans, DIY healthy dog treats, and more. Dogs must be vaccinated, friendly, and on-leash for this event. Owners are required to pick up after their dogs.

Register now for the 2nd annual Penfield Education Foundation 5K to be held on Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 AM at the Penfield High school track. This community 5K race/run is intended to provide a morning of healthy exercise while supporting the Penfield Education Foundation. A children’s “fun run” (that will not be officially timed) will follow the running of the 5K. Register at: https://runsignup.com/race/ny/penfield/penfieldeducationfoundation5k

As we prepare for the winter months many of us clean our garages so we can park cars inside and out of the winter weather. Doing so, we may find an old bike or trike in a corner collecting dust and taking up valuable space. Here’s a solution that serves! Donate used bicycles to Penfield Rotary’s collection for R Community Bikes, Inc. on Saturday, October 6 at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This Rochester-based organization repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester’s needy children and adults. Receipts will be provided documenting all donations. The Penfield Community “bike drop” is free and open to the public.

Program registration for Pen-Rec programs begins on Wednesday, September 5. Popular programs fill up quickly so do not delay!

Dates to remember: Saturday, September 8 is the next free guided hike sponsored by the Trails Committee from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Philbrick Park. This will be a history hike. Saturday September 15 is the annual Penfield/Webster Household Hazardous Waste event at the Penfield DPW, 1607 Jackson Road from 7:45 AM to 1:00PM. Appointments are required, schedule online at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark or call DPW offices at 340-8710.  And here’s one more plug for Tastin’ the Blues on Saturday, September 15 from noon to 4:00 PM at the amphitheater behind the town hall with music, chili and beer samples, food concession, dog demonstrations, and more!

Until next week, I hope the first week back to school goes smoothly for all. I remind all drivers to watch out for our youngest residents catching the bus; please be patient and do not pass buses with their flashing red lights…our children’s safety is our number one priority!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


August 28, 2018
Penfield Library used book sale Sep 11-15

The “Friends of the Penfield Public Library” (FPPL) will host the group’s 42nd Annual Used Book Sale September 11–15 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. All are welcome. 

The sale features more than 85,000 items sorted into 50 categories in four themed rooms. Categories include books, audio books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. Hardcover and paperback books are $1.00, mass market paperbacks and smaller are 50 cents. Many specials are individually priced. 

“Participation in the Friends’ Book Sale is a great way for the community to show support for the library,” said Bernadette Brinkman, Penfield Library Director. “Funds raised in 2017 have been used to pay for programming for all ages and to support ongoing patron services such as provision of the public photocopier, distribution of the popular monthly BookPage review magazine, and discount passes that allow Penfield residents to attend local cultural attractions like the George Eastman Museum, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the Memorial Art Gallery. We have also been able to purchase a state-of-the-art text magnifier to assist those of our patrons with visual challenges to access a wider variety of the print materials we offer.”

Book sale hours and daily specials are as follows:

MEMBERS ONLY PRE-SALE ($5, join in advance or at door)

Tuesday, 9/11   2:00 PM – 9:00 PM 

GENERAL PUBLIC:

Wednesday, 9/12 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday, 9/13 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, 9/14 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, half-price day

Saturday, 9/15   9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, $3 bag, specials remain half-price

Shoppers should bring their own bags. (Wegmans/Tops reusable bags are appropriate.) Food and drink are not allowed. Aisles are narrow, please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts.


August 27, 2018
Supervisor's column August 27, 2018

I had the honor of joining Master Kim and his staff at Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute this weekend to observe 80 of our youngest residents, ages four to 12, as they participated in a “Stranger Danger” safety tips program. Master Kim invited me to speak to the children at the end of the program and—I must say—the work the students did preparing their posters and presenting what they learned was impressive. 

Master Kim conducts several special programs throughout the year that focus on the safety of our children. Stranger Awareness helps teach them about being safe, alert, and smart in all situations. For more safety tips and information, please log on to www.thesafeside.com

Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute is a benchmark in our community, working with our young residents to keep them safe by practicing their five tenets of courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit. Their program is designed to build character in the students and to train them to become confident and strong leaders.

This coming Saturday, September 1, our residents and visitors to Penfield will be given access to a portion of Shadow Pines north of Clark Road, known as the front nine of the former golf course. Access to the land is for passive recreation only; this includes hiking along a meandering trail from the first tee to the ninth green, birding, and ultimately cross-country skiing. Dogs on leashes are allowed and owners are expected to clean up pet waste. No bikes or motorized vehicles are permitted on any portion of the 212-acre property. The former back nine south of Clark Road remains off limits to the public. The town will begin cleanup of this area in the fall with a goal of granting access to that land later in the year.

The Bri-Pen senior rides program continues to be a wonderful service to transport individuals to medical appointments, religious services, and to the town recreation centers. Drivers are trained by Lifespan’s Give a Lift program and are given free supplemental car insurance. If you need a ride or would like to volunteer, please call 340-8674. 

Time is getting short to make an appointment for the annual household hazardous waste drop-off service scheduled for Saturday, September 15 at the Penfield DPW, 1607 Jackson Road from 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM. Appointments are required and you can easily schedule online at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark or contact the Penfield DPW office at 340-8710. Everything collected is properly recycled or disposed of and no harmful materials are sent to the landfill. 

The Shepherd Home provides compassionate care to members of our community with terminal illness in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual, while meeting their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. They provide support to families and friends and foster community acceptance that dying is an integral part of living. If you have time and were thinking about volunteering, consider calling the Shepherd Home at 381-0890 or better yet, drop in; their team would love to meet you!

The next free scenic trek sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be held Saturday, September 8 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM at Philbrick Park. Hike through this park on Irondequoit Creek and learn some history of the pioneer magnate of Penfield. Meet at the pavilion and look for the hike signs. All events are held rain or shine. For more information and to pre-register, contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655, option 0.

This coming weekend we observe Labor Day. Many individuals and families plan social activities and cookouts, as this holiday is typically considered the last week of summer as vacations end and school begins. It is important that we not forget what Labor Day stands for. The original holiday was meant to address a problem of long working hours and no time off. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day honors the American labor movement and the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of our country.

Therefore, if you “seem to be working all the time” and never really take a vacation, start a new ritual that honors the original spirit of Labor Day. Give yourself the day off. Don’t go in to work. Shut off your phone, computer, and other electronic devices connecting you to your daily grind. Then, go to a barbecue like the original participants did over a century ago, and celebrate having at least one day off from work during the year!

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org  


August 24, 2018
Public to be given access to portion of Shadow Pines on Sep 1

The Town of Penfield has completed its assessment, cleanup and preparation of land that was previously the front nine of the Shadow Pines Golf Course. As of Saturday, September 1 the public may access the town-owned property north of Clark Road from dawn to dusk. 

Visitors are granted access to the land for passive recreation only; this includes hiking along a meandering trail from the first tee to the ninth green, birding, and cross-country skiing. Dogs on leashes are allowed and owners are expected to clean up pet waste. No bikes or motorized vehicles are permitted on any portion of the 212-acre property. 

Since acquiring the property in April, the Town of Penfield has evaluated the land, trees, plantings, and site structures. Crews have removed many tons of dead, damaged, and dying trees north of Clark Road to make the property safe. 

The Clark House and its grounds have also been cleaned up and made safe; however, the building and grounds remain closed. The town board is reviewing options for use of that site.

The former back nine south of Clark Road remains off limits to the public. The town will begin cleanup of this area in the fall with a goal of granting access to that land later in the year.

“The next milestone in the Shadow Pines and Clark House property evolution comes September 1st as we open the former front nine for residents to enjoy hiking, birding, and explore plant and animal life,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “I would like to recognize our hard-working DPW employees who have rallied to make the property safe and accessible by removing dead, dying, and diseased trees along Whalen and Clark Roads. Their efforts have minimized the hazard of trees falling on roadways, wires, and buildings. We have also addressed a myriad of other unsafe conditions from the first tee the ninth green.”

Following a positive public referendum in February 2018, the Town of Penfield acquired the former Shadow Pines property in April for “general municipal” use, which allows the greatest flexibility for overall community and public uses.

On July 18, the town board established the Shadow Pines Land Use Advisory Committee to study future land use options and make recommendations for best municipal uses. The committee will commence its work at a kick-off meeting on September 18 with a goal of submitting recommendations for uses of the 212 acres to the town board by early 2019.

Potential future land uses may include a combination of open space, passive and active recreation, and general municipal functions such as a community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. Ultimately, the town board will establish a master plan for the property. Until a final plan is approved, passive recreation will be permitted as designated by the town board.

For more details and background information please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/SPCHP.php.


August 20, 2018
Supervisor's column August 20, 2018

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring field representatives in this area and have asked that we help them by sharing the following information with Penfield residents:

The Census Bureau conducts more than 130 surveys every year. Their ability to conduct continuous surveys—other than the once-a-decade population count—depends on survey takers in the field and the ability of regional offices to hire survey workers. Even though the Census Bureau is gearing up to hire workers for the 2020 Census, they still need field representatives for other ongoing surveys. This is where you can help!

Field representatives perform a variety of vital functions, such as updating address lists and maps; conducting interviews with residents in assigned areas; explaining the purpose of the census interview; and answering residents’ questions. Hours of work for field positions will vary, some require employees to work during the day to see addresses on buildings, while others require interviewing the public usually in the evening and on weekends. Benefits include flexible hours, meeting people, and working outside of an office environment. For more information please visit www.census.gov/fieldjobs

Budget 2019: The town comptroller and I continue to tighten up all appropriation and revenue lines based on the best information we have received to date. Not only do we work with our various departments, we gather information from the county, state, and insurance and medical providers. With the overall economy growing, we see growth of sales tax revenue that is favorable to the bottom line. The town board’s goal is to present a budget that maintains services and is sensitive to the impact on Penfield residents. The town comptroller and I will be presenting the 2019 Tentative Budget to the public at the town board meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 PM. There will be a formal hearing on the budget at the October 3 town board meeting. All budget documents will be available for review at www.penfield.org, in the town clerk’s office, and at the Penfield Public Library.

This week, DPW will be making a last major cleanup effort on north portion (former front nine) of Shadow Pines as we prepare to open the area for residents to enjoy in the next several weeks; a formal announcement will be made as we get closer to that date. You will see the stumps along Whalen and Clark Roads removed, pathways mowed for a second and third time, and one last pass through the property to ensure no major hazards exist. We are working with Monroe County to get the tub grinder in to grind the large pile of trees, stumps and limbs into mulch.

The American Red Cross is in emergency need of blood! All of us can help by donating blood, it is an easy way to be a hero. No one wants to imagine it, but at any time it could be you or a loved one in need of lifesaving blood. The next donation opportunity in Penfield is Wednesday, August 29 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Schedule an appointment by calling 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767); walk-ins are also welcome. Thank you in advance for making a difference in someone’s life!

Many of your youngest residents are about to head to school for the first time and more seasoned students are preparing for the next level of middle school, senior high, and college. On behalf of the town board and Penfield community, I would like to extend best wishes to all students for the upcoming school year. We are indeed fortunate to have access to quality education in our community. Good luck to all and have a wonderful and safe school year!

Until next week, enjoy the rest of your summer and take some time to visit one of our many farm markets in Penfield to enjoy locally grown products, they are bursting at the seam with an excellent selection of high quality fresh fruits and vegetables at great prices…healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


August 14, 2018
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Swastika vandalism in Harris Whalen Park

This past Friday/Saturday an individual(s) spray painted swastikas on 17 trees along a trail in Harris Whalen Park. This hateful and very juvenile act has no place in our community, our county, or our country. The Penfield Town Board and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office take these types of acts very seriously and have opened an active investigation. We continue to be troubled by the pain that these type of hate acts cause our residents and those visiting our park system. 

The MCSO and our Town Parks Security have increased patrols in and around the area. The Penfield Town Board is interested in identifying and arresting the individuals, and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.

If you saw anything unusual Friday or Saturday at or around Harris Whalen Park to please call 911 and share that information. Any piece of information, regardless of how minor it may seem, may be of assistance in this investigation. Thank you in advance for helping us keep Penfield a community that does not—and will not—tolerate these types of actions by a few seriously misguided individuals.


August 14, 2018
Supervisor's column August 14, 2018

Late last week, or early this past weekend, individual(s) spray painted swastikas on 17 trees along a trail in Harris Whalen Park. This hateful and very juvenile act has no place in our community, our county, or our country. I continue to be troubled by the pain that these type of hate acts cause most people. The few ignorant individuals that feel a need to commit these types of acts are cowards of the lowest level. 

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office takes these types of acts very seriously and they have opened an active investigation. They have increased patrols in and around the area, spoken with residents, and gathered evidence. The Penfield Town Board is interested in identifying and arresting the individuals, and prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.

The MCSO asks that if you saw anything unusual Friday or Saturday at or around Harris Whalen Park to please call 911 and share that information. Any piece of information, regardless of how minor it may seem, may be of assistance to their investigation. Thank you in advance for helping us keep Penfield a community that does not—and will not—tolerate these types of actions by a few seriously misguided individuals.

Budget 2019: The first roll-out to the town board last week showed a nine cent increase per thousand dollars, which is the amount of the bond for the purchase of the Shadow Pines property. Additionally, the board is reviewing other costs for equipment replacement, maintenance and repairs, and updating of systems. We will be presenting the 2019 Tentative Budget to the public on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 PM at the town board meeting. After the meeting it will be placed on the website, in the Town Clerk’s office, and at the Penfield Public Library for review.

I have shared this information in a previous column; however, I continue to receive calls and emails asking if and when the annual Penfield/Webster Household Hazardous Waste event will be held. If you are interested in this service, please mark your calendars for Saturday, September 15 at the Penfield DPW, 1607 Jackson Road from 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to clean out garages and basements of old paints/stains, thinners/solvents, pesticides, pool/photo chemicals, automotive fluids, driveway sealers, and other household chemical waste. Appointments are required. You may go online at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark to schedule or contact the DPW offices at 340-8710. Everything collected at this event is properly recycled or disposed of and no harmful materials are sent to the landfill. 

This past weekend, Councilwoman Linda Kohl presented a certificate of recognition to Ed Barton, a resident of Legacy Willow Pond who was celebrating his 102nd birthday and was enjoying a luncheon with his family and his friends at Legacy. Ed, on behalf of the town board and the entire community of Penfield, happy birthday! We hope you enjoyed your day.

Since the large trees in front of the Clark House were recently taken down I have received many calls and emails asking why those old beautiful trees had to be removed. As hard of a decision as that was, it needed to happen! The trees were so severely diseased they were hollow on the inside and cabled together to keep them from splitting apart. We will be posting pictures on our website under the ‘Shadow Pines and Clark House’ project page for everyone to see. Tree experts from both Birchcrest and Terry Tree who removed these trees were surprised they had not fallen down in one of our many windstorms. If those trees had fallen on nearby power lines the surrounding electrical grid may have been out for a few days to a week or more, depending on the number of poles that would have snapped off in a domino effect. 

As we continue to clean up the site around the Clark House and look to have it leased, we will be adding appropriate sized landscaping back to the site.

Until next week, enjoy the remaining portion of your summer as it seems to be going very quickly and another school year is just around the corner!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 




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