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November 24, 2010
Old Fashioned Christmas at Dayton's Corners School Dec 12
The Dayton's Corners School, located at the corner of Plank Rd. and Creek Street, is sponsoring An Old-Fashioned Christmas on Sunday, December 12 from 1:00 until 4:00 PM. Come see what an 1857 schoolhouse looks like. There will be horse drawn wagon rides - $2.00/person; $5.00/ family of four, old-time fiddle music and free refreshments. Ornaments and other items will be available for sale.

November 24, 2010
Public Hearing on Sign Ordinance Dec 7 at 7:30 PM

The Town of Penfield is seeking public input on proposed amendments to Article VII-Signs of the Town's Zoning Ordinance at a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 PM in the Town Hall auditorium.

The "Article VII-Signs" section of the Zoning Ordinance has not been significantly changed or updated for more than 30 years. Proposed amendments to the Ordinance primarily address general provisions, signs permitted for business and industry, real estate signs, political signs, and Four Corners signage.

Supervisor Tony LaFountain comments, "This important section of Town Code is in great need of an update to reflect the maturing of our community, its businesses and not-for-profits. The Town Board welcomes public comments and thoughts on the proposed changes by email at building@penfield.org , in person at the public hearing, or by traditional letter."

Town staff will present the proposed amendments to the Ordinance at the public hearing. After the presentation, the Town Board will open the meeting to receive public comments. The purpose of this public hearing is to receive public input, no actions are being taken.

Following the public hearing the Town Board will review and consider all public comments to determine if further modifications to the amendments are necessary. Adoption of the amended Ordinance is expected early in the new year after Town Board review.

Attendees are encouraged to review the proposed amendments before attending the presentation. To view the current and proposed sign ordinances, go to www.penfield.org , "online documents" then "Zoning Ordinance." Hard copies are available at the Town Clerk's office.

The meeting will be broadcast on PCTV Cable 12 and WebTV (go to www.penfield.org ). For more information please contact the Building and Zoning Department at 340.8635.

 

 


November 23, 2010
NYSEG and RG&E warn customers to be safe, ask for ID

NYSEG and RG&E remind customers to be safe and ask for photo identification whenever anyone approaches them claiming to be a NYSEG or RG&E employee or agent working on behalf of either company. Customers should also not hesitate to ask for the name and phone number of a supervisor they can call to verify the person’s identity.

All NYSEG and RG&E employees carry photo identification.

Because of some recent complaints, NYSEG and RG&E also remind customers that they do not market energy door-to-door, that NYSEG and RG&E employees would never ask a customer for an account number or a bill, and that they would never contact a customer and ask for an account number or any other personal information.

About NYSEG and RG&E: NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 873,000 electricity customers and 259,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 362,000 electricity customers and 299,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. Providing outstanding customer service and meeting our customers’ energy requirements in an environmentally-responsible manner, NYSEG and RG&E are valuable assets to the communities we serve. For more information, visit http://www.nyseg.com/ and http://www.rge.com/.

About Iberdrola USA: Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving about 3 million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit http://www.iberdrolausa.com/.

Rochester, NY, November 23, 2010 - NYSEG and RG&E


November 22, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of November 22

It has come to my attention that Clyde and Dorothy Bell are celebrating 55 years of marriage, and both are also celebrating their 85th birthdays this year. There will be a family and friend celebration on Saturday, November 27. On behalf of the entire Penfield community, I would like to recognize these wonderful milestones and send the couple very special congratulations for many more years of life and happy marriage. Congratulations Clyde and Dorothy!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Lucas Dailey of Troop 363 located at the Church of the Holy Spirit. I presented Lucas with a certificate of recognition on behalf of the Town Board. Lucas has been in scouting for seven years. For his Eagle project, Lucas organized 166 hours of service for a restoration project for the Webster Rural Cemetery. In addition to scouting, Lucas is a junior at Webster Schroeder High School where he is a "high honor roll with distinction" student. He is a member of the school concert band, and is a first degree black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do. I continue to be impressed with the youth of our community, these are the future leaders, and Lucas exemplifies this in everything he does. Congratulations Lucas!

From time to time I am asked about unregistered vehicles parked in driveways, parking of boats, RVs, campers, setback requirements, dumping of waste material in compost piles, and maintenance requirements for windows, gutters, and steps. If you're curious about any of these topics, there is a very good illustration on the Town's website entitled "Up to Code- Keep Our Town Looking Good." Log on to www.penfield.org  and click on departments, then click on Building and Zoning, then choose "Up to Code." This one-page document may answer a number of your questions. If you would like to speak to a representative of Building and Zoning please call 340-8636.

It is Rochester and we're approaching December, which means like it or not, winter weather will soon be upon us. The Town Highway Department and the Sheriff's Department work very closely to make sure the roadways are safe during snow events. When the snow starts piling up, many residents face the challenge of finding a place to put it when they clear their driveways. Here's some information that may help. The New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law specifically states, "No person shall throw or deposit upon any highway any snow or other substance likely to injure any person, animal or vehicle upon such highway." The State has made it very clear that snow or ice must not be deposited on a roadway. Depending on the circumstances, violators may face civil and criminal penalties. Whether you shovel, use a snow blower, or contract with a plow operator for snow removal, make sure the snow you remove is deposited in your own yard. Also, it is important to remember that snow banks should never be so high as to limit your view or that of an oncoming motorist when pulling out of a driveway. I will provide further winter tips in future columns.

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf is extremely busy preparing to give support to needy people and families in our community this holiday season. The Food Shelf always welcomes nonperishable groceries and personal care products. If you would like to support this important effort, please call 234-0799 to make arrangements to donate items. Monetary contributions are also welcome to help the Food Shelf purchase some of the perishable products families need each week. Checks should be made payable to "Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf" and mailed to 1862 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY 14526. Lastly, do you have gently used games, toys, books, stuffed animals that your family no longer needs? Please consider donating them so they can be used as gifts for children who may not otherwise receive gifts at this time of year. We are accepting your donations at the Town Hall through December 15; call 340-8647 to learn more. Thank you in advance for supporting this very worthwhile program.

Hanukkah begins at sundown on Wednesday, December 1. Consistent with our past practice, we will be lighting a Menorah in the rotunda of the Town Hall. The Menorah symbolizes the burning light in the Temple, as well as marking the eight days of Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Our Town Clerk Amy Steklof will be coordinating this program; more details will be on our website at www.penfield.org and on PCTV.

Mark your calendars for the Penfield Symphony Orchestra (PSO) concert "Happy Holidays" on Monday, December 6 at 7:30 PM featuring "Sarasate" with William Hunt on violin and many holiday favorites. The concert will be held at the new Penfield High School Auditorium. For more information on the PSO and the rest of the season concerts, log on to www.penfieldsymphony.org .

Until next week, see you around town!

Tony
www.supervisor@penfield.org  
340-8630


November 15, 2010
Winter Parking Rules in Effect
Winter parking rules are in effect November 15-April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 AM and 7:00 AM so highway crews may safely and effectively maintain roads. More

November 15, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of Nov 15

As I reported last week, the Town Hall auditorium is under construction for the next month to replace lights, add insulation, and replace the ceiling through an energy grant. I have been asked by several residents if the mobile Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will continue to operate on Tuesdays-I am happy to report they will operate every Tuesday during the construction period. Stop in any time between 10AM and 3:30PM to take care of your DMV needs.

I had the honor and pleasure of partaking in a Veterans Day ceremony at Atria Senior Living last week. November 11 was declared "Armistice Day" in 1919 by then President Woodrow Wilson to honor the soldiers of World War I. It was changed to "Veterans Day" in 1954. Veterans Day is intended to thank veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of all. Caring for our veterans is more than thanking them for their service; it is our obligation to those citizens who have risked their lives to defend our freedom. To the 19 residents of Atria and all the veterans in our great community, thank you for all you have done.

I want to recognize Josh Dillon, an intern with the Recreation Department this semester from SUNY Brockport College, for the wonderful community program he designed and coordinated recently called "Backyard 101." The positive feedback I have received from members of the community has been overwhelming. The face painting, crafts, coloring contest, animals, and more made for a wonderful event for all who attended-a home run Josh! Thank you for your service to Penfield during this semester and good luck on all your future endeavors in the Recreation field.

Our October Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee meeting featured a special guest; Kimie Romeo, a well-known local expert on sustainability, going green, reusing, recycling, energy reduction and more, spoke with our committee regarding ways we can take our efforts to the next level. Kimie has worked for the County and private business, is an adjunct professor at RIT, and sits on the Irondequoit Conservation Board. She possesses inspiring energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge about a variety of local and national sustainability programs. Our committee will continue to look for creative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle and will keep our residents updated on our progress at www.renpenfield.org .

Our schedules get so busy at this time of the year; we often tend to overlook some important items! So as a reminder to all, it is not too late to get a flu vaccination. For more details on who should get a flu shot, what it protects against and locations for public offerings, log on to www.monroecounty.gov  and click on departments, then public health, then flu. Also, when you set your clocks back last week, did you remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors? I know I did not, and was reminded by our Fire Marshal to take the time to do so. Please do the same in your homes; it could save your life!

We are reminded of a very unfortunate carbon monoxide poisoning event in the town recently and the need to have-and regularly check-carbon monoxide detectors in the home. Effective March 2010, state law mandates detectors in any residence with an attached garage or appliance that produces carbon monoxide such as oil and gas furnaces, gas hot water tanks, dryers and stoves; gas, kerosene space heaters; and gas and wood stoves. Fire and Safety experts suggest placing one detector on every level of a residence, and to test detectors and change batteries at least twice a year, similar to smoke detectors.

I recently spoke with Penfield Librarian Bernadette (Bunny) Brinkman regarding an online customer satisfaction survey the library recently hosted to gather public feedback on library services. Bunny reported a 35% participation rate for the survey-a remarkable percentage! Bunny and her staff will use this data to make a great library even better for residents as they continue to look for ways to enhance and expand programs that benefit all ages. The Penfield Library is recognized throughout the Monroe County system as one of the best managed and most welcoming with a highly trained and helpful staff. The next time you are at the library, be sure to say hello to Bunny and the staff and thank them for all they do for the Penfield Community.

This is my last column before the Thanksgiving holiday; on behalf of the entire Town Board and Town staff, I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving with family, friends, and neighbors. We truly have a lot to be thankful for!

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 


November 8, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of Nov 8

Recent cold and frosty mornings remind me of what lies ahead. On the Town front, you will see our Highway Department installing snow fence and placing road markers for the plows. We can also count on Highway crews to do their usual great job of keeping the roadways clear of snow and salting as needed. Do your own winterizing plans include a service appointment to have your car checked to ensure you have a good battery and anti-freeze in the radiator to cover you in sub-zero temperatures? Are your tires ready to handle winter conditions? For your safety, make sure you have basic supplies in your car including a blanket, jumper cables, flashlight, candle and matches, and a shovel in the event you are stranded. If you do not have a cellular phone, consider investing in one and keep it with you at all times. As drivers, we all need to adjust our driving habits in the upcoming winter season to avoid accidents and injuries. For more tips and information on winter driving, consider logging on to www.aaa.com .

The Town Board passed a resolution to schedule a public hearing for changes and updates to the Sign Ordinance for Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 PM. This section of the ordinance has not been significantly changed or updated for more than 30 years. Sections that will see some significant change will be general provisions, signs permitted for business and industry, real estate signs, political signs, and Four Corners signage. The current sign ordinance is available online at www.penfield.org  (see online documents). We welcome your comments and thoughts on the proposed changes via e-mail, in person at the public hearing, or via letter. Thank you in advance for your input on this very important section of the Town Code.

Health Care costs for 2011 and beyond...as you recall Penfield was one of 13 towns and villages to join forces to form the "Finger Lakes Health Insurance Trust" consortium. The intent was to have the major providers understand that municipalities cannot continue to see double digit increases of 12 to 20% year after year that impact budgets. We cannot afford it, nor are we willing to accept it! I am happy to report that the Town Board just adopted an inter-municipal agreement and a trust and membership agreement to move forward with the consortium that resulted in no increase to medical premiums in 2011. This is a real success story! For 2012 and 2013 we are projecting single digit increases- well below the rates we have seen from providers in the past. The next significant changes in the Federal Health Care Plan take effect in 2014, and we have no idea at this time what financial impact those changes will have on Penfield. However, the consortium will continue to look for creative ways to manage and reduce costs.

If you are at the Town Hall over the next month, or are watching PCTV-12, you will notice that the auditorium is under construction. This is a last phase project of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant that Penfield received in 2009. The lighting and ceiling are being replaced to provide more insulating value and reduced energy costs. We continue to look for ways to reduce costs and cut spending in the budget. Energy savings help us to achieve that, and reducing energy consumption is the right thing to do for the environment.

Here are a few items to consider placing on your calendar: The Penfield Players present "The Sunshine Boys" on November 12, 13, 19, and 20 at 8 PM at the Community Center; our holiday event and Santa's all-you-can-eat pancake dinner is on Saturday, December 4 from 5 to 7 PM at the Community Center. The holiday event will feature Christmas-themed crafts, games, and special visitors from the North Pole. To purchase advance tickets, please contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655. There will be a free guided hike at Sherwood Park on Saturday, November 13 from 10 AM to 12 PM. Join the Trails Committee at Fire Station No. 3 off Rt. 441, east of Harris Road, and explore a work-in-progress park that is slated to be completed in 2011.

I hope you enjoy your weekend! Until next week, I hope to see you out in the community.

Tony
www.supervisor@penfield.org
340-8630

 


November 1, 2010
Penfield Supervisor's Column Week of Nov 1

Last week I had the honor and challenge of judging the "Penfield Scene" paintings at the annual Penfield Art Association exhibit at the Legacy at Willow Pond. This art show is one of many that Penfield Art Association hosts within our community. After several visits and much deliberation, I selected a painting by Teresa Barlis entitled "Schutt's Barn" as the "Best Penfield Scene." To me, this painting best represents our great community by tying our rich agricultural roots to a modern day designation for families and residents of all ages. Schutt's Apple Mill has been operating for three generations since 1918 at 1063 Plank Road. Please consider visiting this country store to shop for many locally grown products or go on line to www.schuttsapplemill.com  for more details. (You may see me there getting an apple frosty!) I would like to take this opportunity to thank Suzi Zefting-Kuhn, current President of the Penfield Art Association, and all the artists for their wonderful works.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the many Penfield families that may not be as fortunate as many to have a table filled with food. The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, located in the basement of the First Baptist Church at 1862 Penfield Road, is a not-for-profit and totally volunteer run organization that provides groceries and distribution of fresh foods to retirees on a very limited income, single mothers, the disabled, and the forgotten. The Food Shelf is celebrating its thirteenth anniversary serving Penfield families this year. This wonderful organization is always looking for volunteers, donated food goods including frozen turkeys for the holidays, and monetary contributions. For more information on how you may be able to help, please call 234-0799. My family supports this wonderful program; I hope many other Penfield residents are able to assist as well.

To say the Penfield Community Victory Garden on Five Mile Line Road adjacent to Rothfuss Park was a success in the first year is an understatement! The community garden connects to Penfield's rich agriculture heritage, Go-Green initiative, provides for an enhancement of community, and provides for children's educational activities. This program encouraged so many good things in its first year: composting, food sustainability and local consumption, organic gardening, building healthy soil; and providing food for the needy. More than 65 individual gardens were developed and more than forty pounds of fresh products were provided to the Ecumenical Food Shelf for distribution. On behalf of the entire Penfield Community, I would like to recognize Dave and Carol Boyer for their vision and leadership of this amazing project. More gardens are planned for 2011; please watch for the Recreation brochure due out in December and sign up for a garden experience, or log on to www.penfield.org .

It has been a while since I updated you on the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee. The committee has met monthly this year and has identified and completed many worthwhile items that include recycling totes in all of our parks; reduced mowing along roadways; reduced chemical/fertilizer in our parks; a public information session on leaf management; and useful information for the www.renewpenfield.org newsletter. So what's next? The committee will continue to look for more ways to recycle and reuse materials; establish and grow partnerships with business, schools, scouts, and others; look at a solar project in the community; and continue with a very active communication plan with all Penfield residents. As stewards of the environment, all of us in this great community have a stake in sustainability. We welcome your thoughts and ideas as to what we should be addressing in 2011.

As the weather starts to turn a bit nastier, there is no need to stay cooped up in the house! Consider getting involved in one of the many aquatic, youth, teen, adult, or family programs offered by the Recreation Department or Penfield Library. Take a look at the brochure or log on to www.penfield.org  to see what programs are offered, you will be amazed what is available...enjoy!

With cooler weather comes the flu season. Receiving a flu shot is one of the most effective ways you can lower your risk of getting the flu. If you have not received a flu shot, please consider making an appointment to get one soon.

Until next week, be well and be safe.

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 




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