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May 28, 2010
RenewPenfield Update

What's new at Go to the website (see quick links) to learn more about these topics:

-Attention business owners, NYSEG and RG&E have launched an energy efficiency program for small business customers with demand of less than 100 kilowatts. Eligible businesses will receive free energy efficient lighting assessments and 70% of the cost of recommended lighting upgrades will be covered.

-The energy efficient appliance rebate will end soon. Get your application for this rebate and learn about other incentives for residents and businesses.

-The first RenewPenfield newsletter will go out in a few weeks. Go to the website and join the RenewPenfield mailing list now to be sure you don't miss an issue!

May 27, 2010
Calling All Golfers!

The Bicentennial Charity Golf Tournament is Monday, June 21 at Shadow Lake Golf Club, brought to you by the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton and the Town of Penfield. There is still time to sign up! Sponsors and prize donations welcome. Learn more and download the registration form at . You may also call Kiwanis (746-2500 or 671-4314) or Town of Penfield (340-8683 or 340-8642).

May 24, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of May 24

The Town Board received some very good news this week as it relates to our insurance coverage for the period of June 1, 2010 - May 31, 2011. The hard work of Comptroller Bob Beedon and department heads on a very active risk management program resulted in the same or better coverage while reducing insurance costs for this upcoming period by approximately $38,000.

A special thanks to all town employees for working and driving safely each and every day accident-free, and for watching over our buildings and facilities to ensure all is in proper working order and safe for residents use and enjoyment. Your actions have made a difference in reducing costs to Penfield taxpayers...thank you!

Several town department heads met with the County of Monroe to discuss the "Monroe County Work Experience Program (WEP)." The program is designed to improve the job readiness of participants through actual experience. It is a great opportunity to help public assistance recipients gain work experience and build a resume.

Why is Penfield considering becoming a WEP Sponsor?
-Additional hands to help with work tasks without any monetary commitment
-There is a diversity of short term positions
-The program is able to meet our needs with flexible hours/days/evenings
-It is an opportunity to give someone a hand up
-It allows a broader feed pool for potential future employees
-It is the right thing to do

I will keep you updated as how the program is working in future columns.

The Victory Garden on Five Mile Line Road is beginning to "bloom." This project began more than a year ago and now boasts 72 Penfield residents growing their own organic vegetables, flowers, and herbs for their own consumption and for the needy in our community. The Victory Garden turned a 3.3 acre parcel of Town property into an active and educational mini farm. This truly connects to Penfield's rich agricultural heritage.

Keep an eye on the website ( ) to follow images of how the garden takes shape over this growing season.

I recently had the great pleasure of attending the Penfield Symphony Orchestra's concert Celebrating Penfield's 200 Years which featured local resident Kenneth Grant (basset clarinet) as well as a visual presentation that included a montage of photographs of past and present Penfield. Our Community is fortunate that the PSO has brought music to our residents and the greater community for 54 years.

I would like to recognize and thank the PSO Board Members, Music Director David Harman, and Historian Kathy Kanauer for their collaborative and very innovative program honoring Penfield's Bicentennial.

Earlier I mentioned Penfield's rich agricultural heritage; we also enjoy a rich musical heritage. Over the next several months the Town Board will roll out a program entitled "TAKE NOTE OF PENFIELD" that will recognize local musicians that live and work in our Community. Stay "tuned"!

Lastly, I attended the State of the County Address; I am pleased to report that despite the inabilities of the State and Federal governments to control spending, cut costs, and deliver a realistic and on-time budget, County finances are stable. The County Executive is dedicating her energy to creating and retaining jobs for the County short-term and long-term. Economic Development, jobs, and lower cost of government is what I hear about on a regular basis as I speak with residents. To download a copy of the County Address go to .

The Town Board and I will continue to do our part by looking for ways to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and maintain services to you, the taxpayer.

Until next week...




May 17, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of May 17

Last week, I had an opportunity to locally attend the tenth annual Town Finance School's "Managing Costs Amid Shrinking Revenues" program co-sponsored by the Association of Towns of the State of New York & the Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Local Government & School Accountability.

This two-day event comprised of supervisors, mayors, budget directors, and comptrollers was a great opportunity to meet with local officials from across the State to discuss budget preparation, smart procurement, preparing requests for proposals, cost cutting and control, best practices, and more.

The program reinforced the fact that most local governments are doing a solid job of managing finances and tax dollars for their residents. However, I did come away even more frustrated with the State and Federal governments who have lost touch with the people they represent. I am happy to report that Penfield is viewed as fiscally responsible, very progressive, and a well run community by its peers across the State.

I received a wonderful letter from Michael Garland, Director of the Department of Environmental Services for the County of Monroe, thanking Penfield for the use of our Highway Department facilities and staff for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held in April. More than 480 residents on the east side of the county were serviced at this event. Approximately 13.27 tons of hazardous materials were kept from entering our ecosystem through storm sewers and landfills - that's 13.27 tons of properly disposed of hazardous waste that will not negatively impact the environment...amazing!

A bit of a side note yet consistent with this topic: I personally utilized for the first time the prescription drug drop off service offered by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Zone A substation on Linden Ave. This service is held the second Tuesday of each month from 9AM-1PM. The day I was there, they collected more than 75 pounds of material. This service helps keep these drugs out of the water system, away from small children, and others who might abuse them.

Penfield will continue to work with the County to help educate our residents and to look for more opportunities to properly dispose of materials and to reduce, reuse, and recycle. It makes all of us better stewards of the environment.

This week (May 16 - 22) marks two very special occasions. First, it is EMS Week (Emergency Medical Services), a time when we recognize all those who provide EMS support to our communities through the Ambulance and Fire Services. It is also National Public Works Week, recognizing our Highway, Sewer, and Engineering staff for all they do to keep our roads maintained and plowed, storm and sanitary sewer systems operating, and our water supply clean. Thank you to all the men and women who give so much to our community, you do make a difference each and every day!

What events are coming up that will be of interest to our residents?

-May 24 at 7:00 PM the Town Board will host a public information meeting on the recently completed Draft Comprehensive Plan at the Town Hall. An overview of the plan will be given and information regarding next steps and key dates

-May 31 at 10:30 AM is our annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the amphitheater in Veterans' Memorial Park on the Town Hall campus

-June 4 at 5:00 PM is the Taste of Penfield at the amphitheater. Sample culinary treats from some of Penfield's great restaurants. Penfield Jazz Ensemble will provide the music.

-June 5, 11:00AM - 5:00 PM the Penfield School District Music Department performs at the amphitheater. This event is sponsored by Wegmans.

-June 6 at 5:00 PM is the Penfield Symphony Orchestra POPS Concert at the amphitheater. Bring your picnic basket and enjoy the concert. Food will also be available from the gourmet concession cart.

Have a great week; I hope to see you at the amphitheater for one of these wonderful events!




May 10, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of May 10
Spring Drop-off 2010 begins this week! When? It starts May 12 and runs through Saturday May 15. Where? At the Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. What is accepted? Household items, furniture, appliances, tires (limit 4), broken concrete, vehicle batteries, and brush. What is not accepted? Computers, propane tanks, leaves and grass clippings, chemical drums, gasoline, oil, paint, and driveway sealer.

This is a great way to complete your spring cleaning of the house, garage, deck, and storage shed. As always, common sense is appreciated with the materials dropped off. Our Highway crew will be separating materials so we may recycle as much as possible to minimize TVs, metals, and tires headed to the landfill.

Please consider volunteer outlets that accept items for donations, giving you a tax write- off. The Habitat for Humanity "Restore" accepts gently-used cabinets, doors, appliances, tile, furniture, tools, lighting, HVAC, windows, sinks and toilets, flooring, and more!

On Arbor Day we planted the Bicentennial Tree at the Town Hall adjacent to the Dolomite Lodge. The 2004 "Sunset Red Maple" official Town of Penfield tree was graciously donated by Grossmans Garden & Home. The Town Board thanks Larry and Frances Grossman for their support of Penfield and the Bicentennial.

The annual Seniors' Spring Picnic was held last week. This event is always a hit and brings in a record number of residents for great food, lots of laughs, great music and dancing, and this year we included a casino. Millions of "dollars" were spread throughout the gym at the Community Center, and when I left I could hear the hooting and hollering all the way to the parking lot. This was a wonderful event coordinated by the Town's Recreation Staff - great job all; the picnic was a big hit!

The Town Board had an opportunity to march with over 1,100 of the best baseball and softball players in the area as Penfield Little League kicked off their opening day May 1. The weather was perfect, the fields are the best I have ever seen, the park was filled with excitement, and all the boys and girls were ready for the famous "play ball!"

The Town of Penfield and the Penfield Little League have enjoyed a long partnership that has seen the development of the program and facilities that are second to none outside of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Best wishes to all of our ball players for a safe and successful season.

I have been asked several times over the last week for a status update of the Commission Ditch clean up. I am happy to report we have completed two-thirds of the project. As you may recall, the total length of ditch to be cleaned is approximately 35,000 linear feet. To date, we have cleaned more than 23,500 linear feet. The early and warm spring has contributed to our great progress.

The entire Town Board had the honor of attending the Penfield Fire District Annual Dinner last week. This 72 member all volunteer department responds to incidents across the town day and night, logging thousands of hours each year to ensure protection of our life and property. The Penfield Fire District has served our Community since 1841.

On behalf of the Town Board, it is with great pleasure that I announce that this week's candidate for the Penfield Wall of Fame is all past and present members of the Penfield Fire District. Thank you for everything you do to keep Penfield and our residents safe.

I look forward to seeing you out in the community.


May 3, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of May 3

I am delighted to begin this column with exciting news that the Town received this past week. Moody's Investors Service, the world's most respected and widely utilized sources for credit ratings, upgraded the Town of Penfield's previous Aa3 (excellent) rating to an outstanding Aa2 rating after reviewing the Town's 2009 financials.

The upgrade to Aa2 reinforces Penfield's reputation for fiscal leadership and strong management practices. This upgrade does not happen without a lot of hard work by our Finance Office, all department heads, and a responsible Town Board.

While your local government cannot control spending at State and Federal levels, we can, and do, lead by example. We control spending, reduce costs, and manage our tax dollars wisely. The results are a solid balance sheet, with a credit rating that is the highest in the entire county!

The Town Board hosted an information meeting entitled "Living Next to Ponds." The purpose of the meeting was to share information regarding the care and maintenance of storm water ponds. Caroline Myers, Executive Director of the Monroe County Soils & Water Conservation District, presented a very detailed and informative educational show followed by a question and answer session facilitated by Town Engineer Geoff Benway.

We were delighted with the information received from residents, and I am happy to report that I have already met with Engineering, Highway, and Parks to begin to implement some changes to how we mow ponds. We are also preparing a maintenance list of items to address including: clogged pipes, damaged pipes, erosion concerns, and siltation problems. We will update the Town's website to include much of the presentation information, including the addition of links to other helpful websites. Lastly, and most importantly, we will investigate and address safety concerns raised at the meeting.

We appreciate everyone that took time from their busy schedule to attend this meeting and we look forward to very regular and open dialog on this important topic.

Penfield Clean-up Day was a huge success! Many educational materials were handed out, most of the tree/shrub seedlings went to new Penfield homes, more than 200 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) were given away, and most importantly, several hundred volunteers from this great community picked up over a ton of paper, cans, bottles, tires, bumpers, exhaust systems, and other refuse too numerous to list from along the highways. A very special thank you to everyone who helped to make Penfield "shine"!

I was honored to receive the Hattie Harris Good Spirits Club International Proclamation of Appreciation for elected officials for National Thank You Day at their annual luncheon last week. This proclamation recognizes leadership in service to Penfield.
Councilwoman Linda Kohl was also a recipient for her work and leadership with the Bi-centennial, and received her proclamation at the National Thank you Day reception held at the Town Hall. The reception featured 41 flags on display from national and international leaders to recognize this special day.

Recently I met with the United States Border Patrol, Thomas Pocorobba, Jr. Patrol Agent in charge of the Rochester Border Patrol Station. Their primary goal is to establish and maintain operational control of our nation's border. Agent Pocorobba outlined efforts being taken by the Rochester station to achieve the goals and objectives of the National Strategy, which includes improving the quality of life for the members of the Rochester and Monroe County community. We will be adding a link to their website in the near future to provide more public awareness.

Last reminder, Friday, May 7 is the kick-off of the Penfield Players melodrama "The Brothers O'Toole." There will be an opening night dessert reception at 7:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center as part of the Bicentennial celebration. Special guest appearances include Mr. And Mrs. Daniel Penfield and the musical group "The Four Nouns."

Until next week...






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