March 31, 2011
Sign Ordinance Public Hearing April 6
|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 Wednesday, April 6 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, the placement of portable temporary signs that advertise private events, and garage sales. Stricter enforcement of sign placement in public right-of-ways is proposed in the revisions.
A public hearing on amendments to the Sign Ordinance was held December 7, 2010. Further modifications were made to the Ordinance based on input from that public hearing. On April 6 town staff will present the most recent proposed modifications to the Ordinance. After the presentation, the Town Board will open the meeting to receive public comments. The purpose of this public hearing is to share information and receive public input, no actions are being taken.
Supervisor Tony LaFountain stated, "Town staff has been working with the Town Board to respond to public input on proposed Sign Ordinance updates. Significant modifications have been made since the December 7 public hearing, including the addition of definitions. I encourage all who are interested in this topic to review the revised document and attend the April 6 public hearing."
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 following a Town Board review period.
To review the proposed amendments before attending the presentation go to www.penfield.org , "online documents" then "Zoning Ordinance," choose DRAFT April 2011 -REVISED ARTICLE VII (Signs). Hard copies are available at the Town Clerk's office.
The meeting will be broadcast on PCTV and WebTV (go to www.penfield.org ). For more information please contact Andy Suveges in the Building and Zoning Department at 340.8635.
March 29, 2011
Penfield Cleanup Day and Electronics Recycling May 7
|The Town of Penfield will host two earth-friendly events at separate locations on Saturday, May 7. The annual Cleanup Day will run 9 AM to Noon at the Penfield Community Center, and an electronics recycling event will be held at the Penfield Highway Garage from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Spring Cleanup will begin at 9 AM at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Families, clubs, teams and groups are invited to help clean up Penfield by picking up litter and winter debris throughout town. All ages are encouraged to get involved. Groups should register in advance by calling 340-8655. Penfield Cleanup Day is sponsored by the Town of Penfield and Waste Management.
Members of the Penfield Energy and Environment Advisory Committee will be at the Penfield Community Center to assist with morning registration and to provide information on recycling and other sustainability practices.
Residents who would like to pitch in but cannot participate in the cleanup event are encouraged to pick up around their own neighborhood as they see debris this spring. Special attention to clearing stormwater drains of winter debris will help improve drainage in neighborhoods.
Also on Saturday, May 7, residents may recycle unwanted electronics at no charge with Sunnking Electronics from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. See a list of acceptable materials at http://www.sunnking.com/index.php?id=94
"These two events are part of The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup," said Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "We get a strong turnout every year for Cleanup Day; it's a wonderful tradition for many groups and families. Together we beautify the town in one quick morning. Adding the electronics recycling event to the day helps residents responsibly dispose of unwanted items."
For more information on any of these events, please call 340-8655, or email email@example.com .
March 28, 2011
Living Next to Stormwater Ponds II, April 12
|Penfield residents are invited to a community presentation entitled "Living Next to Stormwater Ponds II" on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to share information regarding the purpose of stormwater ponds and to present proper care and maintenance techniques to minimize common issues like algae, erosion, weeds, invasive species and nuisance wildlife. The presentation will be co-hosted by the Town of Penfield, Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County.
"Last April we held a community meeting to address homeowners' concerns about living alongside of ponds. Experts discussed maintenance operation practices and how they affect aesthetics. For instance, fertilizing lawns directly contributes to unsightly algae bloom, and mowing up to a pond's edge, eliminating grasses and cattails, makes an irresistible home for Canadian geese," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain.
Presenters will include Paul Sawyko of the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition with education on rain barrel construction and use; Bob Kiley of the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District with information about living next to a stormwater pond; and Town Engineer Geoff Benway will share information on green infrastructure and current policies for Town-owned ponds.
The Town's Representative for this meeting is Geoffrey Benway, 585.340.8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
March 28, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of March 28
I apologize for my column not hitting the March 24 issue of the Penfield Post; we bumped up against the paper's deadline and found ourselves out in the cold. To view last week's column and all others, you can log on www.penfield.org .
Saturday night the Town Board attended the 2011 Awards and Installation Banquet for the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA), and I must say the energy in the room was electrifying. This group of volunteers, their spouses, and significant others are an amazing and very special group of individuals. The call volume for 2010 increased 25%, or 600 more calls than in 2009, which is an amazing statistic. If you think that number is impressive, how about Charlie Fendt, Sr. who logged 1,766 service hours last year; or Lucy Burdick who completed 40 years of service! The night was capped off with the presentation of the "Member of theYear" to Bohdan Ersteniuk, recognizing him as a member who went above and beyond during 2010; and PVEA's highest honor, the "Outstanding Service Award," was given to Ted Boccuzzi. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, congratulations to the award winners and a special thank you to all the members of PVEA for what you do for our town.
A pre-construction meeting was recently held for the Jackson Road shoulder reconstruction project that will start in April and run into early October. The work on the south leg will begin at Brougham Drive and run north to Atlantic Ave. The other section will start at State Road and run north to Ridge Road in Webster. This project will see the installation of drainage improvements, a wider shoulder to encourage and accommodate bike traffic, and a repaved road surface. This is a Monroe County project paid for by the federal stimulus program.
I am reminded by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department (MCSD) that there are individuals calling the elderly and identifying themselves as their grandson or granddaughter. During the call, the "grandchild" becomes upset while speaking to the elderly victim and another person takes the phone and identifies themselves as a sergeant. The "sergeant" then directs the elderly victim to send an amount of money to NYC to bail out the "grandchild" who has been arrested for driving too fast. In some cases the victim has complied and wired the money only to learn this was a scam and they are out the money. Never wire any money or give anyone a credit card number unless you can verify the information.
While the annual Spring Drop-off is still six weeks away (May 12 - 14), I am reminded as I drive through the town that many homeowners are already cutting down or trimming trees preparing their yards for spring. REMINDER - the Highway Department accepts logs, tree limbs, and stumps year-round. The items may be dropped off at 1607 Jackson Road from 6:30AM - 3:30PM Monday through Thursday; please stop by the office to sign in.
If you have a thought or idea on a subject you would like me to cover in this column on anything going on in this great community, please drop me an email at email@example.com or call my office at 340-8631.
Until next week...be well, be safe!
March 24, 2011
Passport Night April 7
|Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend "Passport Night in Penfield" on Thursday, April 7, 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This event comes to Penfield through the partnership of Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo, Councilwoman Linda Kohl, and Penfield Town Clerk Amy Steklof. Please call the Town Hall at 340-8600 to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.
"Passport Night in Penfield is always a popular event. The convenience of applying for passports right here in Penfield can't be beat. Many families still need new documents to visit Canada, this is the night to get that done." said Supervisor Tony LaFountain.
"Once again, I am very pleased to work with Supervisor LaFountain and the Town of Penfield to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports," said County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo. "Whether it's Passport Night or locating our Mobile DMV Unit at the Town Hall, I commend Penfield leaders for partnering with me in order to bring these important services to the people of this community."
Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.
"I am excited to once again partner with County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo and Councilwoman Kohl to make the passport process easy for our residents," said Town Clerk Amy Steklof.
"Penfield residents can visit the Town Hall without disruption to their work or school schedules. They come in, process their applications, and leave knowing their documents are submitted correctly," said Councilwoman Linda Kohl.
Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person's name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department's Web site at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-records.php#band for details.
The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $135 ($110 plus a $25 application fee). For an applicant under 16 the fee is $105 ($80 plus a $25 application fee). Renewals by mail are $110. Passport cards - which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico - are $55 ($30 plus a $25 application fee) for age 16 and older and $40 ($15 plus a $25 application fee) for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30.00. Passport photos remain at $7.00 for a set of two.
For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk's website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-passports.php . Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance. Forms are available on the US Department of State's Travel Web site at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .
Passport processing time typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk's Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process.
Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians or one parent or guardian may appear, if and only if, the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16.
March 23, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of March 21
In last week's column I made note of several dates for spring cleanup activities. Since that column ran, our hardworking and creative "website gremlins" have made some wonderful changes to our website and added a quick link for "The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup!" Please take a look by logging on to the home page of www.penfield.org for a link to all the events, activities, and resources available to you in the coming months.
I recently attended the Webster Volunteer Fire Department (WVFD) 2011 annual awards dinner. You may ask, "Why attend the Webster program?" First and foremost, many of the volunteers are residents of our great town. Additionally, the WVFD provides support to Penfield on many fronts including mutual aid and first response. Incorporated in 1906, the WVFD is a dedicated group of men and women who provide tens of thousands of volunteer hours each year. I would like to congratulate Bryan Mason as the Top Responder of 2010 and Brad Ball as Firefighter of the Year.
In the past week I spent time with Steve Pellow, President of Penfield Little League (PLL) and Chairman & President of the Kids Miracle Making Club, Inc., to discuss the upcoming baseball season. The PLL boards of directors have a great lineup for 2011 including their annual cleanup day to be held Saturday, April 23; opening day April 30; and Heroes Day on Saturday, May 28 to recognize parents serving in the military. The Challenger program's opening day is Saturday, June 4. This year's theme is "GIVING BACK!" Mark your calendars for all these events. If you would like more information log on to www.penfieldlittleleague.com .
I delivered my annual address to the Rotary Club this week, which included a potpourri of "State of the Town," "Business Vitality," and "what's currently going on" across the community. It is always an honor to meet with the Penfield Club. Rotarians are the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self."
The Penfield Seniors held their annual corned beef and cabbage dinner last week at the Community Center, and I was fortunate to attend the activities. The food was wonderful, the opportunity to visit with the seniors is always a pleasure and very informative. I want to recognize and thank the Recreation Staff for their efforts in making this event special for all our seniors who attended...Pam, Steve, Chris, Laura, and Mike, great job guys!
Enviro-tip of the month...March 20-26th is National Poison Prevention Week. Protect children from accidental poisoning by household substances. Lock up household chemicals and pesticides in a high cabinet out of the reach of children. For more information and helpful tips on preventing poisoning in your home, visit http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/poisonprevention.htm .
Until next week, be well!
March 18, 2011
"The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup"
The Town of Penfield is pleased to offer residents many opportunities for spring cleaning this season with multiple events designed to clean up the environment and help the community discard of unwanted items through disposal and recycling. Together, these opportunities will beautify the town, provide responsible disposal of hazardous materials, and redirect materials from landfills to recycling centers.
Supervisor Tony LaFountain stated, "The Town Board and Energy & Environment Advisory Committee are focused on providing opportunities for residents to responsibly and purposefully dispose of unwanted items. There is so much "stuff" to manage in our lives; not knowing how or when to get rids of things can keep many of us from doing anything to shed unwanted materials." He adds, "These events have it covered: safely disposing of household hazardous waste, pitching in to beautify Penfield, and creating more space at home. I truly hope people note these events and make a plan to participate; it will make a difference in their lives and community."
Events begin in April and run through May as follows:
"PICK UP THE PARKS," Saturday, April 9, 9 AM to Noon
A partnership of Monroe County Parks Department and Sunnking Electronics Recycling.
Six parks, including Ellison Park in Penfield, will benefit from many organizations and volunteers working together in a county-wide clean-up. To participate or learn more call 585.753.7281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
MONROE COUNTY HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION
Saturday, April 16 (Penfield/Webster), 7:45 AM to NOON
By appointment for your safety and convenience
For appt. call 585.340.8710 or http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw thru April 15
Webster Highway Garage, 1005 Picture Parkway
See details on what can and cannot be disposed of at www.penfield.org
TWO events on Saturday, May 7:
PENFIELD CLEANUP DAY, Saturday, May 7, 9 AM to Noon
Meet at Penfield Community Center
Call 585.340.8655 for info and to pre-register your group or family
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING IN PENFIELD, Saturday, May 7, 9 AM to 2 PM
Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Rd
In partnership with Sunnking Electronics
See accepted items at http://www.sunnking.com/index.php?id=94
TOWN OF PENFIELD ANNUAL SPRING DROP-OFF MAY 12-14
Thursday and Friday: 9 AM to 7 PM, Saturday: 9 AM to 4 PM
Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Rd
ACCEPTED: HOUSEHOLD items - furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush
NOT ACCEPTED: TVs, computers, monitors, propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, driveway sealer (see above for hazardous waste)
For details on all these events go to www.penfield.org , click on the home page "Great Penfield Spring Cleanup" link.
March 18, 2011
Spring Drop-off May 12-14
The Town of Penfield is hosting its annual Spring Drop-Off Thursday, May 12 through Saturday, May 14 at the Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 AM to 7 PM, and Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM. This service is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate.
"A New York State Law goes into effect April 1 that requires manufacturers of certain electronic equipment to new provide free recycling opportunities of that equipment. The Town will no longer accept TVs, PCs or monitors at Drop-off. Instead, the week before Drop-off, we are hosting a one-day no-fee electronics recycling on May 7 as part of our town-wide Spring Cleanup to direct electronics to recyclers and away from the landfill," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "This change is a valued alternative for residents who want to responsibly dispose of electronics at no cost; it also lowers disposal expenses for the Town and helps the environment."
The Penfield Highway Department hosts a Spring and Fall Drop-Off each year, allowing residents to dispose of broken or damaged items that are taking up space around the house, yard or garage.
Acceptable items for Spring Drop-off include furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners), lawn mowers with fluids drained, car tires (limit four per resident), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush, and other unwanted items for proper disposal.
NOT acceptable items include TVs, computers, computer monitors, grass clippings, leaves, propane tanks, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, driveway sealer or any motorized vehicle.
To learn more about the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act go to www.dec.ny.gov
For details on Spring Drop-off go to http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=Highway_DPW_Dropoff
For hazardous material disposal, Monroe County and the towns of Penfield and Webster are hosting a Household Hazardous Waste collection Saturday, April 16. 7:45 am to 12 noon, at the Webster Highway garage, 1005 Picture Parkway. Appointments are required for safety and efficiency. Penfield residents call Penfield Highway at 340-8710 to schedule or go to http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw by April 15. For information on Household Hazardous Waste disposal contact Monroe County DES at 753-7600 (option #3).
To learn more about all of the "The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup" events and opportunities go to www.penfield.org
ELECTRONICS RECYCLING INFORMATION:
The Town of Penfield does not endorse any specific business or non-profit. Here are a few alternative electronics disposal suggestions. Call ahead to be sure this information has not changed:
1) BEST BUY www.bestbuy.com OR 1-800-RECYCLING
Best Buy will accept and recycle any electronic device, including TVs and PC monitors. For all the details on best Buy recycling in New York State go to http://www.bestbuy.com/site/null/Recycling-Electronics/pcmcat149900050025.c?id=pcmcat149900050025
Victor, 7550 Commons Blvd, Victor, NY 14564
Henrietta, 2345 Market Place Drive, Henrietta, NY 14467
Greece, 2833 W Ridge Road, Rochester, NY 14626
2) VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA www.voawny.org/
Volunteers of America will accept TVs that are less than ten years old.
827 Ridge Road Webster, NY 14580
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM-9 PM, Sun 11 AM-5 PM
3) ABVI GOODWILL www.abvi-goodwill.org
ABVI Goodwill will accept PC monitors as well as computer equipment (printers, scanners, hard-drives, etc.) The only (ABVI) Goodwill store in Rochester that will accept TVs is the Henrietta location.
376 Jefferson Road
Rochester, NY 14623
9 AM - 9:00 PM Mon.- Sat.
10 AM - 6:00 PM Sun.
March 15, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of March 14
It has been a while since I made note of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS). The PEFS, located in the basement of the First Baptist Church, has been active for more than 14 years serving the emergency and weekly fresh food needs of residents in the 14526 and 14625 portion of Penfield. As you can imagine, the needs have grown in light of the economy and so many people losing their jobs. We are fortunate that many individuals, churches, schools, clubs, scouts, and businesses support the PEFS with generous contributions of food, money, and volunteer time. If you are looking for a worthwhile organization to share groceries or a financial donation, please consider a donation to the Food Shelf. This is another great example of community helping community!
Here are some important dates to mark on your calendar and keep in mind as you plan your spring cleaning activities:
-Saturday, April 9, 9 AM to Noon - "Pick up the Parks" A partnership of Monroe County Parks and Sunnking Electronics Recycling. This includes Ellison Park in Penfield; drop off your electronics for recycling at no cost (televisions, VCRs, computers, and more). Contact Ryan Loysen at email@example.com or 585-753-7281
-Saturday, April 16, 7:45 AM to Noon - Monroe County Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Penfield/Webster at the Webster Highway Garage, 1005 Picture Parkway (by appointment for safety and convenience, 340-8710)
-Saturday, May 7, 9 AM to Noon - Penfield Clean-up Day (see pg 47 of link), meet at the Community Center and also a FREE electronics recycling drop off at the Highway Garage at 1607 Jackson Road (340-8655)
-Thursday/Friday May 12 and 13, 9 AM to 7 PM and Saturday, May 14, 9 AM to 4 PM Penfield's annual Spring Drop-off at the Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road
For ongoing details on these events and others, please follow above links or log on to www.penfield.org.
Recently all of the Town Offices have taken our office paper and other recycling programs to a new level. Working with Metrowaste, we have added additional totes at the Town Hall, Community Center, and the Parks/Facilities buildings to increase and expand the materials we recycle. This program will greatly reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill, while providing a small revenue stream back to the Town, reinforcing our good behavior of recycling. This is yet another small step on the journey of working towards zero waste from our operations.
The logical next question is... "When do we expect to reach zero waste?" While I may not have the answer to this question today, I will say we can never attain the goal unless we start working towards the goal! I am very excited with the interest and commitment from the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee, challenging and encouraging us on all fronts to look at doing things differently and better than we ever thought possible. I encourage everyone as individuals, businesses, schools, and government to continue to look for ways to expand recycling programs in all aspect of your daily lives.
Recently the Town Comptroller provided the Town Board with an overview of the 2010 Annual Report that is required to be submitted to the State of New York, Office of the State Comptroller. I am happy to report that Penfield continues to maintain a very solid financial position that allows us to maintain our Aa2 bond rating, which is one of the top financial ratings not only in the County, but across the State.
I would like to congratulate Town Justice Jim Mulley for his efforts on securing a grant of $20,200 under the 2010 cycle of the Justice Court Assistance Program (JCAP). These funds will be used to update and improve the court room located at the Community Center with modern tools and equipment.
Until next week...Happy St. Patrick's Day!
March 11, 2011
Household Hazardous Waste Collection April 16
The Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the towns of Penfield and Webster and the Village of Webster have joined forces to hold an appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection at the Webster Highway Garage, 1005 Picture Parkway, on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 7:45 AM to 12 NOON.
Appointments are required for safety and efficiency. Penfield residents may make appointments through April 15 by calling the Highway Department at 340-8710 (Mon-Thu 7 AM to 4:30 PM) or by using the online scheduler at http://www.monroecounty.gov/hhw .
Most HHW (paint, flammables and other chemicals from home-use) is safe when used and stored properly. When materials become unwanted and are disposed of improperly, these household wastes can become environmental hazards.
"The Town of Penfield is committed to working with our municipal partners to give residents opportunities to properly dispose of, or recycle, all sorts of materials," says Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "This Household Hazardous Waste collection kicks off an entire spring season of events to support our community's interest in properly disposing of materials. Every thoughtful disposal helps keep waste out of landfills."
Residents may bring up to 30 gallons of liquid and 75 pounds of solid HHW materials per appointment at no charge. No 55-gallon drums will be accepted. For more information on recycling hazardous materials visit the Monroe County website. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.
• Oil-based & Latex Paint (for 1/3-gallon or less of latex paint: discard lid, add kitty litter, let dry, place can in trash)
• Wood Stain & Preservatives
• Automotive Fluids (antifreeze; brake, power steering and transmission fluids)
• Pesticides & Fertilizers
• Flammable Products (gasoline, kerosene, thinners, strippers, solvents)
• Household Cleaners (liquid soaps & waxes, drain cleaners, etc.)
• Driveway Sealer
• Pool & Photo Chemicals
• Rechargeable (Ni-Cad) & Button Batteries
• Mercury (thermometers, thermostats)
• Syringes/Sharps (safely packaged)
Do Not Bring: Used motor oil and vehicle batteries (contact service station or retailer); propane tanks (permanent HHW facility only), cans with dried paint (if it rattles when shaken - remove lid and place in trash); empty containers (trash or recycle); everyday alkaline batteries (trash); glazing/spackle and joint compounds (trash).
If residents are unable to take advantage of this one-day HHW collection, the County offers other collections throughout the year. For more information, or for business waste disposal options, call DES at 753-7600 (option 3), or go online at www.monroecounty.gov/hhw
March 11, 2011
PenRec Offers Senior Citizen Police Academy
Penfield Recreation and the Monroe County Office of the Sheriff will offer an exciting nine-week program, Senior Citizen Academy, beginning Thursday, March 31, 2011.
Participants will get a first-hand account of the different agencies and departments that make up the Monroe County Office of the Sheriff. Classes will meet for nine consecutive Thursdays from 9:30 - 11:30 AM at the Penfield Community Center. A bus will leave from this location to tour many individual departments that make up the Monroe County Sheriff's office. These field trips include the Public Safety Building, Public Safety Training Facility, Police Stables, Emergency Operations Center and many other facilities.
Enrollment is $5.00 and is limited. Adults 55+ can register for this program at the Penfield Recreation Department or on-line at www.penfield.org . For more information please call 340-8664.
March 7, 2011
Town Engineer Announces APWA Awards
Geoffrey Benway, P.E., Town of Penfield Engineer and American Public Works Association (APWA) Genesee Valley Branch President, is pleased to announce the recent APWA 2010 Awards to celebrate the best projects and public works professionals in this region. This year's award recipients exemplify the valuable contributions made by public works professionals and their innovative projects to the communities they serve.
This year's award winners are:
- Public Works Leader of the Year: Terrance Rice, P.E.; Monroe County Director of Transportation
- Elected Official of the Year: Joseph Robach, NY Senate, 56th District
- Community Involvement Award: Scott DeHollander, MRB Group, P.C.
This is a new award created by APWA that recognizes public works leaders who are also leaders in their community. It is important that Public Works individual become active in their communities. Scott has taken this charge to a global level with his commitment to helping people in Haiti.
- Douglas Zefting Memorial Award:
State/County Agency: James Jordon, NYSDOT
Town/Village Agency: Walter Becker, Town of Irondequoit
- Richard Mack Award: Jason Hillman, Villager Construction
This award celebrates all the great qualities that our dearly departed friend, Dick Mack, exemplified in his work, family, and personal relationships. A man of honor and grit, Dick loved life and shared this joy with everyone around him.
- Charles Walter Nichols Award: Tom Sinclair, MCDES
This award recognizes outstanding and meritorious achievements in the environmental field and is considered one of the highest awards within APWA.
-Projects of the Year
- Historic Preservation: Oak Orchard Lighthouse, Orleans County & NYS Office of Parks
- Environmental: Highland Reservoir Liner, City of Rochester DES
- Structural: Monroe County Pediatric & Visitation Center, MCDOH & MCDES
- Structural: Pinnacle Road North Culvert, MCDOT
- Transportation: Kenny Place Construction, Town of Perinton
- Transportation: Route 590 - Sea Breeze Revitalization, NYSDOT & Town of Irondequoit
"I thank the award committee for choosing such high quality and deserving projects and individuals for recognition," said Geoff Benway. "I also want to recognize Public Works professionals at all levels. These dedicated workers continue to elevate the quality of life in our area, often sacrificing their own needs to clear snow from the roads or respond during emergencies. The APWA awards provide a platform on which Public Works professionals can stand up and be proud of contributing to the well-being of our community."
Additionally, Terrance Rice, P.E., Monroe County Director of Transportation, was named the "New York State Public Works Leader of the Year" by the New York Chapter of the American Public Works Association.
To learn more please contact Geoffrey Benway, PE, Town of Penfield Engineer, at 340-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
March 7, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of March 7
Last week the Monroe County Planning Department held several information meetings regarding the Monroe County Proposed Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for 2012-2017. The one project that directly impacts Penfield starting in 2012 is the Penfield Road bridge "rehab" over Irondequoit Creek. This bridge is located in the Panorama Valley area as you head west up Penfield Road towards Gentles Farm Market. This project will include an extended shoulder for a sidewalk and bike-friendly use. As the CIP receives final approval from the County Legislature and detailed plans are available, we will work with the County to hold a public information meeting for our residents.
Spring is beginning to show its face with longer days and melting snow. Another sign of spring are the notifications we are starting to receive for summer road work from the NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). We have been notified that three intersection improvements will be made in Penfield. The first location is at the intersection of Rt. 441 and Linden Ave where the existing right shoulder on Rt. 441 eastbound will be reconstructed to provide a "formal" right turn lane for traffic turning onto Linden Ave. The second and third projects are turn lanes along Rt. 250, one at Atlantic Ave and the other at Plank Road. The projects will begin in June and are scheduled to be completed by the end of summer.
While we are on the topic of road projects, I have had several inquiries over the last several weeks regarding the status of the traffic light at Jackson Road and Atlantic Ave. At a recent meeting with the NYSDOT, they confirmed that this project will be constructed in 2011. The contract to perform the work has been awarded to a utility construction company, the materials have been ordered, and recently the crew was on site digging test holes. The hope and goal is to have the project completed by early summer. This project has been a long time in coming and will make this intersection safer for our residents traveling through this area.
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a luncheon this week "Honoring Our Local Heroes," sponsored by Legacy at Willow Pond. This event held was to thank all the Police, Fire, and EMS agencies that support this great community of Penfield. We are indeed fortunate to have the quality public safety agencies that serve us each and every day. Let us never take them for granted and always take a moment to say thank you when we see them out and about in our town.
The next 50-plus special Tuesday event at PenRec will be a St. Patrick's Day Party on March 15. Corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and soda bread are on the menu; lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. If you would like to join in the fun, you must purchase a lunch ticket prior to the event by contacting the Recreation Department at 340-8655.
This is the last call for the Senior Citizen Academy beginning Thursday March 31, sponsored by the Recreation department in conjunction with the Sheriff's Department. This FREE nine-week program will give participants a great overview and understanding of the public safety resources available to our residents. Deputy Michael Manioci promises a wonderful educational experience. For more details, please visit www.penfield.org and click on Parks and Recreation, then on programs.
At the last Town Board meeting we were honored to host a dozen graduate students from the University of Guelph, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. Guelph is located in Canada, approximately one hour west of Toronto. Dr. Wayne Caldwell takes his students on an annual trip to visit communities in the US to observe best practices in local planning, environmental preservation, and rural development. This year through the efforts of Katie Evans and our Planning Department, the University of Guelph selected Penfield as a community they wished to visit and spend time speaking to staff, residents, and planning professionals. We had a very active and exciting day-and-a-half sharing our recently adopted Comprehensive Plan, review of the Town's planning process, and site visits to our farm community and other unique environmental protection areas.
Until next week, be well and be safe!
March 4, 2011
Assessor's Office Moving to Town Hall
|Effective March 14 the Town of Penfield Assessor's Office will move from 1587 Jackson Road (the Don Mack building) to the second floor of the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave.
The decision to relocate the Assessor's Office was made to improve customer service for Penfield residents.
Supervisor Tony LaFountain explains, "This past year I have observed residents coming to the Town Hall on Atlantic Avenue to conduct business, and then need to drive over to Jackson Road to see the Assessor to continue their transactions. In some cases, residents would have to return to the Town Hall once again to complete their business. This is certainly not convenient or productive for our customers or staff trying to provide assistance. Moving the Assessor to the Town Hall-in the very same facility as Building/Zoning, Planning and the Town Clerk-makes a lot of sense for everyone."
Other departments at the Town Hall have been relocated to accommodate the addition of Assessor's office. The Town Engineering office and Sewer Department remain on the second floor and have integrated with the Planning and Building & Zoning departments.
Moving the Assessor's Office from the Don Mack building will also allow the town to address energy efficiency projects at the Don Mack facility without disrupting business.