January 31, 2011
Storm Preparation Info
|NYSEG and RG&E Preparing for
Possible Effects of Nasty Mid-Week Storm
NYSEG and RG&E urge customers to stay away from downed power lines - even lines that appear dead can be deadly. NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131 to report downed power lines or other hazardous situations; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1701.
Emergency generators can be dangerous. Carefully read, understand and follow manufacturer's instructions when operating an emergency generator. Never run emergency generators indoors; operate them only outdoors in well-ventilated areas and away from windows and doors.
NYSEG and RG&E remind customers to stay out of flooded basements because energized wiring or outlets below the water line may pose a hazard. Natural gas service in a flooded basement may also pose a danger. If a basement or home is in danger of flooding, customers should contact their utilities to turn off electricity and/or natural gas service.
For electricity emergencies and to report power interruptions, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1131; RG&E customers should call 1.800.734.1701.
For natural gas emergencies and to report suspected natural gas odors, NYSEG customers should call 1.800.572.1121; RG&E customers should call 1.800.743.1702.
With the weather forecast for the next two days calling for a mixed bag of freezing rain, sleet and/or heavy, wet snow across the NYSEG and RG&E service areas, the companies' emergency planners are preparing to respond to storm-related power interruptions. Tree contact with power lines is the leading cause of power interruptions, and NYSEG and RG&E are particularly concerned about the potential impact of the wintry mix on trees.
NYSEG and RG&E line crews and support personnel are on heightened alert, the companies' customer relations centers are prepared and materials are on hand to repair any damage to the companies' electricity delivery systems.
NYSEG and RG&E offer customers the following tips:
Before a storm strikes
- Anyone who uses life-sustaining equipment that operates on electricity should contact their utility right away (NYSEG at 1.800.572.1111; RG&E at 1.800.743.2110). Customers may be enrolled in a critical customer program or provided specific advice on how to prepare for power interruptions.
- Keep flashlights, a battery-powered radio or TV and fresh batteries handy.
- Have at least one telephone that is not dependent on electricity. (Cordless phones won't work during a power interruption.)
- Keep a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand.
- Make sure cell phone batteries are fully charged.
During a power interruption
- Contact neighbors to see if their power is off. A loss of power may be the result of a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker.
- Contact NYSEG (1.800.572.1131) or RG&E (1.800.743.1701) to report a power interruption. Our telephone systems let callers report the problem, help our crews respond quickly and efficiently, and provide customers with power interruption updates. Because many people may be trying to reach us during a power interruption, phone lines may be busy. Anyone who has access to a working computer during a power interruption can also report the interruption online at www.nyseg.com or www.rge.com.
- Listen to a battery-powered radio for weather and power restoration updates.
- Turn off major appliances (electric water heaters, refrigerators and freezers) and sensitive electronic equipment (TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, audio equipment) to prevent overloading and possible damage when power is restored. Turning off this equipment may mean unplugging it, turning off a circuit breaker or removing a fuse for the circuit that provides power to this equipment. Leave one light switch "on" to know when power has been restored.
- Don't use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.
- Never use outdoor grills or stoves inside.
- Keep refrigerators and freezers closed as much as possible. Most food will last 24 hours if you minimize the opening of refrigerator and freezer doors.
After your power is restored
- If a basement or home was flooded, customers should have an electrician check the home and have a plumbing and heating contractor check natural gas appliances before contacting NYSEG or RG&E to have services turned on.
- Turn on appliances and sensitive electronic equipment one at a time to avoid overloading circuits.
- Replenish emergency supplies used during the storm.
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 www.nyseg.com and 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 more than 2.4 million customers in upstate New York and New England. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com .
Media Contacts: Clayton Ellis
January 31, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of Jan 31
I recently attended the Penfield Fire Company Annual Banquet honoring retiring Chief Al Boezi and President Joe Palma. Additionally, Tom Jones was recognized as "Fire Fighter of the Year." These three individuals have given countless hours of their time over the years to ensure the safety of the Penfield Fire Company members, as well as all the residents within the Penfield Fire District. We are fortunate to have the experience and professionalism of all the Fire Districts that serve our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Congratulations to Al, Joe, and Tom for their dedicated service to Penfield!
This past week representatives of the Allens Creek-Corbett's Glen Preservation Group (ACCGPG), the Town of Brighton, and the Town of Penfield met to discuss the recently released "Planning for Sustainability in the Allens Creek-Corbett's Glen Area" study. ACCGPG coordinated and paid for this study as a result of development pressures on the environmentally sensitive lands in the lower Allens Creek Valley. The report suggests that sustainability should be addressed on four levels: intermunicipal approaches, town-wide priorities, watershed strategies, and site-specific solutions. Penfield is committed to working with all parties for the good of this environmentally sensitive and valuable property that straddles the Brighton/Penfield town line. ACCGPG will present their plan at an upcoming Town Board work session in March.
Tired of the snow and cold and being house-bound? Are you looking forward to spring so you can get out and take a walk without slipping and sliding? Why not mark your calendar for Saturday, February 12 at 10:00AM for the Penfield Trails Committee's 2011 "Indoor Hike"? This year Tim Cawley, Director of Outreach and Theatre Programs at Rochester Museum and Science Center, will be the featured speaker. He will share the many opportunities for learning about the history, culture and science of this area available through RMSC. This event will be held at the Town Hall auditorium. Hope to see you there!
There are a number of exciting programs coming up that are offered by our Recreation Department including swim skills clinic, ski at Bristol Mountain, bowling, fine arts camp, gymnastics camp, jazzy dance, youth ice fishing clinic, and more. Log on to www.penfield.org for more details on these programs and others that are being offered.
I will end on a "spring is just around the corner" note...I met this week with representatives of Penfield Little League to discuss the upcoming 2011 season including opening day, enrollment, capital improvement projects, special events, tournaments, and sponsorships. Just when I think winter will never end, this annual meeting pops up and gives me hope that "spring is indeed just around the corner"...in about 13 weeks the Town Hall complex will ring with the sound of PLAY BALL...and I can hardly wait!
I look forward to seeing you out in the great community of Penfield!
January 24, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of Jan 24
The Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Monroe County Sheriff Department (MCSD), will be offering an exciting free nine week "Senior Citizen Academy" beginning Thursday, March 31 and continuing for nine consecutive Thursdays from 9:30-11:30AM at the Community Center. Participants will get a first-hand account of the different agencies and departments that make up the MCSD. The program will also include bus tours to the Public Safety Building, Emergency Operations Center, Public Safety Training Facility, the Police Stables, and more. Adults 55 and older can register for this program at the Recreation Department or by going online at www.penfield.org . Deputy Michael Manioci is coordinating this wonderful educational program.
Last week I had the honor of participating in celebrating "Catholic Schools Month" at Saint Joseph School, which acknowledges and thanks community leaders and friends for their ongoing support. This is another example of the great partnerships we have across the entire community of Penfield. I wish to thank Father James Schwarz and Principal Sister Christina Luczynski for their ongoing commitment to the youth of our community and their families.
With the vision of a very active Energy and Environmental Advisory Council and the support of a very enthusiastic Town Board, Penfield will be embarking on an exciting project involving solar energy. We have identified an opportunity to run one of our sanitary sewer pump stations at a net-zero energy cost to the Town of Penfield. The combination of a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) grant that will cover approximately half of the cost and installation by Town staff will help us realize a return on investment in just four to five years on a system that will provide power for more than 30 years. Local municipalities will continue to be faced with unfunded mandates and associated increasing operating costs. We can sit around and complain about the situation and look at raising taxes of our residents or we can be forward thinking and look for other opportunities to continue to manage costs. I prefer to look for creative ways to control costs. While solar power is not the answer for every application for energy reduction in Town facilities, it is another tool in the tool box to help manage fixed costs. I look forward to keeping you posted on the progress of this project.
The Girl Scouts organization has been in existence for almost 99 years. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential which contributes to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others. The highest award in Girl Scouts is the "Gold Award." I would like to introduce you to Jillian McCord. Jillian is soon to receive the prestigious "Gold Award." To complete this award, each project must be at least 80 hours long and include leadership, community involvement, and lasting effects. Jillian's project was a video production of the history of Penfield over the course of the 200 years we have been a town. To achieve the sustainability aspects of the project, she will give a DVD copy to area elementary schools to incorporate the history of Penfield into their fourth grade curriculum when they study New York State from the late 1700s to the early 1800s. Additionally, a copy will also be available at the Local History Room and the Penfield Library. On behalf of our entire community, I want to congratulate Jillian on her work to achieve the "Gold Award" by developing this amazing program, "A History of Penfield: Celebrating Penfield's Bicentennial." Great job Jillian, we are all proud of your accomplishment.
Last week I attended the Penfield Library Board meeting to present Jim Richardson a proclamation on behalf of the Town Board for his 20 years of service as a valued member of the Library Board. During his tenure, Jim had the distinction of having served the community in every office of the Library Board of Trustees. In presenting this recognition I was made aware that Jim's wife Ruth also served on the board in the late 1950s. What an amazing couple; their commitment to Penfield is second to none...a special thank you to both Jim and Ruth for helping to make the Penfield Library the best in the County.
Lastly, I would like to remind all of our residents that all exemptions must be filed with the Assessor's Office by Tuesday March 1. Renewal exemptions and enhanced STAR exemptions for senior citizens must be filed by March 1 as well. If you have any questions about exemptions, please contact the Assessor's Office between 9AM - 5PM, Monday - Friday at 340-8610.
Until next week, be well and be safe!
January 18, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of Jan 17
At this time of the year, the Town Board sits with all department heads to review their final goals and priorities for the upcoming year. The process started as we began to prepare the 2011 budget. Goals and priorities are part of the foundation for the budget (expenses and revenue), staffing, special projects, policies and procedures, training, and more. Reviewing goals and priorities also gives the Board an opportunity to review accomplishments against goals of the prior year. This format started approximately 15 years ago and has served as a great review to prioritize work and flush out waste so that the residents of this great town are best served for their tax dollars.
Update on the Sign Ordinance: As you recall, the Town Board held a public hearing in December with just a small number of residents and business owners attending to see what changes to the Sign Ordinance were being proposed. The Board and staff have collected all the input and will be holding a special work session in February to work through the final details. Our goal is to adopt the revised Ordinance by early spring. We will keep you updated in this column and on the Town's website at www.penfield.org . (Learn more, Zoning Ordinance)
It has been awhile since I have shared information on the Health Care Consortium that Penfield belongs to along with nine other towns and Authorities. Through this Consortium, Penfield's health care costs were reduced by $100,000 for 2011. Our "Health Care Trust" continues to actively recruit other organizations in Monroe and surrounding counties as new members. The more members in the "Trust," the lower our health care costs will be in future years, hence less costs to our taxpayers. I am honored to have been elected the vice-chair of the Trust's executive committee for the next two years. Additionally, I will chair the Wellness Committee for the Trust. The goal working with MVP Health Care will be to develop and implement a wellness program for the 2000 members, promoting fitness and nutrition, tobacco cessation programs, personal injury prevention, and much more. The Trust may not be able to stop health care increases; it has looked, and will continue to look, for creative ways to mange and minimize costs.
The Energy Efficiency Workshop held last Saturday was a great success! Experts from around the county shared easy and no-cost tips on how to reduce energy bills; identified low-interest and free services for energy efficiency improvements to qualifying households; and handed out a FREE kit of energy saving items and other valuable educational material. This workshop was such a success that the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee is looking to conduct several more throughout 2011.
You may have seen some recent media coverage on Private First Class Terry Heise, a Penfield resident. Terry was injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) which was detonated as his Army vehicle passed. Sadly, two soldiers were killed and two others injured. Private First Class Heise was awarded the Purple Heart on January 11, 2011as the result of the enemy action. We should never forget the sacrifices our military make each and every day to protect our freedoms. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, we thank and honor Terry for his service to our country and wish him all the best for a speedy recovery from his injuries.
I had a wonderful opportunity to visit with Gordon R. Scott who recently turned 92 years old. The Scott brothers, Gordy and Don, operated a store and gasoline station at the northwest corner of Fairport Nine Mile Point Road and Atlantic Ave since 1947-it is currently operated by Gordy's nephew. Gordy served on the Town board from 1968 to 1971 and is credited for his vision and commitment to the Penfield Community. I have had the honor and pleasure of knowing Mr. Scott for more then 25 years. I wish to thank him for his encouraging and supportive words at our visit.
Important dates in history the 20th day of January...John F. Kennedy is sworn in as the 35th President in 1961, and Ronald Reagan is sworn in as the 40th President 1981.
If you have not signed up for that favorite class or program through the Recreation Department or Penfield Library, please reads through the current PenRec Brochure mailed to your homes in December or go on line to review all the wonderful offerings for youth, teens, adults and families at www.penfield.org , and click on ‘Parks and Recreation' in the left hand column.
Until next week, stay warm and drive safely!
January 12, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of Jan 10
As I am out and about this great community, I hear a lot of discussions regarding New Year's resolutions for losing weight and getting fit. Residents are signing up for memberships to the "Y" and other popular fitness centers throughout the town. For those of you who are having trouble finding the time to get to the gym or fitness center, or you just made that next semester payment for your daughter or son for college, consider tuning in to our own PCTV channel 12 for "Fit For Duty." Fit for Duty takes viewers through a high-energy 30 minute workout led by military service members with expertise in fitness training. This program makes it simple to follow along with complete exercises demonstrated by the instructors. The programs are very good with a lot of variety, and it's free! The program starts at 7AM, and if that is too late for you early risers, consider recording for later in the day or the next morning. Happy cardio!
January is National Mentoring month, and this is the 10th anniversary. The Office of Children and Family Services encourages all of us to consider mentoring as a practical and cost-effective way to support positive youth development. The theme for National Mentoring Month 2011 is "Help Them Get There: Be a Mentor." If you are interested in supporting local efforts to provide quality, effective and safe mentoring programs for children, youth and families, please visit www.mentoring.org or contact the Rochester Regional Youth Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
While I was visiting Atria of Penfield the other day, I learned that their Food Services Director, Paul Molisani, has been recognized nationally for his signature item-a "spiced pecan roll with a chocolate liqueur glaze." Chef Molisani submitted his creation, along with 132 other chefs, and was awarded the Divisional Winner of New York, as well as the National Winner for best overall product. Chef Molisani will be featured nationally in a new Atria program called "The Signature Chef Series"...congratulations Chef Paul and don't be surprised to see me sitting at one of the Atria tables the next time this desert is served!
Over the last few weeks there have been two chimney fires in the town, resulting in smoke and/or water damage to the homes. Our Fire Marshal's Office would like to remind all of our residents with fireplaces and wood stoves of the following items:
• Have a professional chimney sweep inspect chimneys annually for cracks, blockages and leaks and have them cleaned and repaired as needed
• Only burn seasoned hardwood - not trash, cardboard boxes, Christmas trees, or other materials
• Use a sturdy screen or doors to keep embers inside the fireplace
• Ensure all of your smoke alarms are functioning properly
We do not want to see any of our residents injured or displaced from their homes because of a chimney fire from a fireplace or woodstove.
I want to give one more plug for the Energy Efficiency Workshop sponsored by Penfield's Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee that will be held this Saturday January 15, at 10:30AM in the auditorium of the Town Hall. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required; contact Kimie Romeo @ 461-1000, X-260 or email@example.com to register. This workshop is FREE and open to the public, I hope to see you there.
Until next week, be well and be safe!
January 4, 2011
FROM LARRY THE H2O HERO...
WHAT IS A WATERSHED AND WHY SHOULD WE CARE?
Simply said, a WATERSHED is a drainage basin or area of land where water from
rain and melting snow or ice drains into a nearby waterbody such as a stream, pond,
river, or lake. It includes both the streams and rivers that convey the water as well
as the land surface from which the water drains. In a sense, it acts as a large
funnel, collecting rainwater from an extensive surface area and concentrating it into
We MUST care about watersheds because as water flows over land, it collects soil,
pet wastes, fertilizers, pesticides, oils, and other pollutants which then flow to a
nearby waterway. Even if your home is not near a stream or river, runoff from your
yard will flow down your street into a ditch or storm drain, directly into a
neighborhood pond or stream, and eventually reach Lake Ontario. This runoff can
carry damaging and polluting chemicals with it.
Be an H2O Hero! When you make wise, environmentally friendly decisions, such as
using less toxic lawn care products and proper disposal of potentially damaging
chemical and electronic wastes, you can protect everyone's water quality! Better
water quality means a cleaner Lake Ontario, safer drinking water and a safer
environment for you and your family.
DID YOU KNOW?
• The Genesee River Basin covers 2,700 square miles, and all the runoff from
that watershed will pass through the 500 foot wide channel between the piers
• A single quart of motor oil dumped down a storm drain can create a two acre
For more information about local stormwater pollution and what you can do to
reduce it, visit www.H2OHero.org and become a fan of Larry the H2O Hero on
A message from The Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County and the Water Education Collaborative.
Written by Linda Evans.
MORE INFO ON THIS WEBSITE
January 4, 2011
EmPower New York Workshop Sat. Jan 15 10:30 AM
The Town of Penfield's Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee and Town Board invite Penfield residents to an "EmPower New York℠" Energy Efficiency Workshop sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYSERDA on Saturday, January 15 at 10:30 AM at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The workshop is free and open to the public, and includes door prizes and light refreshments.
Local experts, lead by sustainability advocate Kimie Romeo, will share tips on low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy and reduce energy bills. Participants will learn about programs that can help qualifying households afford energy-efficiency improvements with subsidies, low-interest loans, or free services. Presenters will provide information on alternative energy sources and other environmental education opportunities available in Penfield. Participants will also receive a free kit of energy saving items (a fifteen dollar value).
Supervisor Tony LaFountain, chair of the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee, says, "This workshop is a great way to kick off the New Year if you're interested in reducing your energy consumption and costs. The expertise and enthusiasm of our presenters makes the idea of adopting a more sustainable lifestyle contagious and realistic."
Pre-Registration is encouraged, but not required. To pre-register or to learn more, contact Kimie Romeo at 585-461-1000 ext 260 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
To learn the location of other workshops visit http://ccetompkins.org/energy/empower-ny-workshops .
The workshop is made possible by the center for Environmental Information. "EmPower New York" workshops are sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYSERDA.
January 3, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of Jan 3
If you have not been following the story of Penfield's own Jessica Battaglia and her fiancé Benjamin Bianchi in the local media, I would encourage you to take a few minutes to review their story. They are one of five couples through out the United States competing to win the Lucille Ball Hometown Wedding Giveaway. Grand-prize winners will receive a 1950s-inspired wedding and cocktail reception at the Tropicana Room in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, and a free honeymoon. Please consider logging on to www.lucilleballhometownwedding.com and click on the "vote now" button, and then click on Jessica and Benjamin to register your vote. The winners are determined by the number of votes received through early February. Winners will be announced around Valentine's Day, with the weeding to be held July 30th which would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday. I have already voted twice...good luck Jessica and Benjamin we are rooting for you!
The Town Board held its annual organizational meeting on January 5; it is this meeting that officially opens the legislative session for 2011. The first order of business was to swear in Councilman Rob Quinn as a result of the 2010 special election; this was performed by Penfield Justice James Mulley. I made the following appointments and assignments for the year: Deputy Town Supervisor and Chair of Law & Finance - Andy Moore; Chair of Community Services - Linda Kohl; Chair of Public Safety Rob Quinn; and Chair of Public Works Paula Metzler. Additionally, all the resolutions were adopted to establish the rules of procedure for the board meetings, the banking arrangements for the year, establishment of the official newspaper (Penfield Post), the filing of the annual financial report with the State Comptroller, and the appointments to the various boards and committees for the year. I look forward to a busy and dynamic 2011 supporting our residents.
Mark your calendar for Saturday January 15, 10:30AM at the Penfield Town Hall for an energy efficiency workshop "EmPower New York" sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and NYSERDA. Local experts will be on hand lead by Kimmie Romeo to provide low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy and reduce your energy bills; learn about programs that can help you afford energy-efficiency improvements with subsidies, low-interest loans, or free services to qualifying households; learn about alternative energy sources; and other environmental education opportunities available in Penfield. Participants will receive a FREE kit of energy saving items valued at $15. The workshop is free and open to the public, door prizes and refreshments are provided. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required; contact Kimie Romeo @ 461-1000, X-260 or email@example.com to register. For more information on this workshop and other programs offered, log on to http://ccetompkins.org/energy/empower-ny-workshops .
During the course of any given week I receive calls and e-mails from our residents regarding unsafe conditions on our roadways as it relates to speed, traffic, parking, etc. Penfield has an excellent working relationship with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department and I meet monthly with the Zone A Commander, Capt. Siena to address these and another police matters that may face the Town and our residents. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sheriff O'Flynn and his entire staff at Zone A for all their support of this great community and for the work they do to help keep Penfield safe.
Please note that Monday, January 17 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and all Town Offices will be closed for this holiday.
Until next week, be well and be safe!