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April 29, 2011
May is Building Safety Month

When people enter a house or building, they typically assume it is properly constructed and safe. Fortunately, local safety experts work hard to assure building safety and fire prevention every day. To help raise awareness of building safety, the Town of Penfield proudly celebrates Building Safety Month this May.

The theme, "An International Celebration of Safe and Sensible Structures," highlights four areas: Energy and Green Building; Disaster Safety and Mitigation; Fire Safety and Awareness; and Backyard Safety. Across the nation, leaders and communities are promoting the use and understanding of these topics to protect lives and property.

"Building safety and fire prevention experts inspect buildings during and after construction to ensure the places we live, learn, work, worship and play are safe," said Harold Morehouse, Town of Penfield Building and Zoning Director.

Building safety and fire prevention codes address all aspects of construction, such as structural soundness of buildings, reliability of fire prevention and suppression systems, plumbing and mechanical systems, and energy efficiency and sustainability. The safety of structures requires the active participation of building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, builders, engineers and others in the construction industry, as well as property owners.

"Public safety is our number one concern," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "During Building Safety Month-and throughout the year-building safety and fire prevention officials help protect every individual in our community. It's important to remember this as we enter our busy season for permits as people work on home additions, decks, pools and other projects."

Over the last two years, nearly 4,000 people and more than 70 jurisdictions across the United States have issued proclamations, declarations and letters of support for Building Safety Month. The ICC is a membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention and energy efficiency. It develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools.

Most U.S. cities, counties and states choose "International Codes," building safety codes developed by the International Code Council. The International Codes also serve as the basis for construction of federal properties around the world, and as a reference for many nations outside the United States.

Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF), the non-profit subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC).


April 27, 2011
Penfield Library Receives Community Service Award

The Rochester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America recently announced that Penfield Public Library will receive its Community Service Award at the HLAA annual dinner on Wednesday, May 24th from 6-9 PM at the Cobblestone Creek Country Club in Victor. Library Director Bernadette Brinkman and Adult Services Librarian Peggy O'Neil will be present to receive the award.

The Penfield Public Library was recognized for its assistance, interest, and concern with the deaf and hard of hearing in the community. Recent past recipients of this award have been the Rochester Broadway Theatre League and also AMC Loews Webster Theatres.



April 25, 2011
Supervisor's Column week of April 25

I want to begin this week's column by recognizing Pat Morris, our Penfield Fire Marshal for more than 30 years, who retired this past week. Pat has spent more than 40 years in Fire Service working for Xerox, the West Webster Fire Department (where he is currently a commissioner), and the Town of Penfield. This was never a job for Pat; it has been a life-long passion for a profession that requires leaders and responders to take charge of critical situations to aid those in immediate danger, and also excellence in emergency preparedness planning to ensure public safety. On behalf of the entire Town of Penfield, I would like to say thank you to Pat for all his years of service, we wish you all the best for the future!

My office was recently notified that Constellation Energy, operator of the Ginna Nuclear Facility, will be holding a notification system test on Thursday, May 5 at 9:45 AM. Monroe County 911 and Wayne County 911 will coordinate the activation of sirens. WHAM/WDVI/WHEC-TV will air the standard test message. We have a number of sirens located in East Penfield that will activate at 9:45AM and last for several minutes. THIS IS A TEST only!

Well, "Egg Hunt 2011" was interrupted by rainy weather on April 15, which caused the event to be postponed until the following day. It was indeed a cold and windy Sunday at Rothfuss Park; however, that did not deter several hundred of our young residents to comb the fields searching for more than 4,000 eggs! The children did not seem to mind the weather but all of us adults left the event in search of hot beverages. I'm sure Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks benefited from this year's event.

I had the honor and pleasure of being invited to Legacy of Penfield to be a celebrity chef last week. Chef Tony Moringello regularly brings his kitchen to the dining room to prepare dishes and desserts for the residents and share recipes. I helped him prepare crème brulee for approximately thirty eager residents and staff members. I must say I have always been intimidated preparing this dessert, yet Chef Tony made it look easy. Chef Tony has been with Legacy since it opened more than ten years ago and is recognized for his creative menus and very contagious smile.

At the last Supervisors Association meeting our guest speaker was Dr. Bob King, Senior Agriculture Specialist for Monroe Community College, who talked about "Grow Monroe." He informed us that a combination of the economy and increasing interest by many to become more self-sustaining has given a boost to this program. Dr. Bob also shared a lot of history and materials for the supervisors to bring back to their respective communities. Two items caught my eye: the "Home Vegetable Garden Guide" and the "Agriculture Summer Camp for Kids." For more information on these two handouts and much more on "Grow Monroe" please log on to .

It seems strange and somewhat comical that I share with you the fact that we met with a number of engineering specialists this past week to discuss snow and ice salting, as I had been hoping winter would have been over months ago! The fact of the matter is that snow and ice control costs the Town of Penfield more than $300,000 annually for salt and about 5,000 hours in overtime. Our interest is to reduce these costs by taking advantage of training, technology, and applications. The treatment of salt before application to roads provides for better longevity and reduced use. The Town Board continues to challenge all of our department heads to look for ways to control and cut spending. Managing and controlling salt applications is another way to contain costs and help the environment. While I am not anxious for next winter to come, I am excited about some new options available to us next season that will provide the same safe roadways at a reduced cost to taxpayers and less impact to our environment.

Over the next several weeks you will see our Highway crews working on the Ruoff Park on Empire Blvd. We have a plan approved by DEC to complete the clean up of materials on the site and to establish the proper ground cover with grass and buffer for the water's edge. Additionally, we will be relocating the current driveway to allow for improved sight distance and we are adding parking to allow expanded use of this beautiful area on Irondequoit Bay. This project has been around for many years, and I am delighted we are bringing it to a point that it can be enjoyed by our residents for many years to come. I will keep you posted on the progress over the next several months!

Until next week, be well and be safe!




April 18, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of April 18

I was delighted to receive an e-mail from our Librarian Bernadette (Bunny) Brinkman regarding National Library Week, April 10-16. The Penfield Public Library was given an honorable mention for helping Indira Pracalic, an immigrant from Bosnia. Indira spoke very little English when she first visited the Library in 2000. Through the knowledge and help of our wonderful library staff, books and videos were pulled for use and review and I understand Indira is still a very active library user today. This is one of many inspiring stories about the Penfield Library. Congratulations to Librarian Bunny Brinkman and her entire staff for making a visit to our library so very special and life changing!

It has been a while since I gave you a brief update on the Daniel Penfield statue and the engraved bricks to be placed at Schaufelberger Park. As you recall we were notified by Exxon-Mobil regarding petroleum contamination of the soil from operations in the past. Exxon-Mobil is working with the Town, State of New York and the adjacent property owners on the best long term solution. We have elected to keep the bricks and statue in storage until the work is completed to avoid damage. We have asked Exxon-Mobil to move this up on their priority list so we are able to complete this wonderful recognition of the Town's founder.

Last week's workshop on Living Next to Stormwater Ponds II was another successful program highlighting the purpose and function of ponds, pond management past and future, and the building of a rain barrel. The program was hosted by Penfield, Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Stormwater Coalition. Lawn fertilization, pool and spa discharge, pet waste, and motor oils/gasoline are the top pollutants in the storm sewer systems which lead to the more than 150 public and private ponds, as well as the many streams and waterways throughout the town. We should all be reminded that we live in the most important watershed in the world, the Great Lakes Watershed. Please remember to never dump anything down the storm drains! Recycle motor oil, properly dispose of household hazardous wastes, use low or no phosphorous lawn fertilizer, clean up pet waste, use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface. For more information and helpful tips, please log on to  or .

Now when you contact the Penfield Town Hall you will be greeted with a phone directory listing departments or staff members versus a receptionist. We continue to review the overall costs of operations. A decision was made six months ago to reduce the hours of the receptionist position as a pilot program. The pilot was successful and we decided to implement the directory system on a permanent basis. We have attempted to streamline the process so residents can get to the department or person they wish to conduct business with in a timely fashion. Additionally, there is a complete listing of all departments and employees located on our website at I recognize that change is not always easy for everyone; we continue to balance customer service and the cost of government. Thank you in advance for the understanding, and if you have any suggestions on how we can improve the directory system to better serve you, please contact me at anytime.

I continue to be amazed and impressed with the number and quality of programs our staff and others have planned for the community: Penfield Little League Opening Day, Saturday, April 30 at 9:00AM at Veterans' Memorial Park; Trails Committee - Harris Whalen Park Scenic Trek, Saturday, May 7 from 10AM - noon; Penfield Players present "Horse-Scents" May 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 at 8PM at the Community Center; Trails Committee - Ellison Park canoe/kayak paddle tour, Saturday, May 14 from 10AM - noon; and Penfield's annual Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 30 at 10:30AM at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage in Veterans' Memorial Park. For details on these events and more, log on to .

REMINDERS: 1) All Town Offices will be closed Friday, April 22 in observance of the Good Friday holiday. 2) The Spring/Summer edition of the Penfield Recreation Brochure should be in your mail boxes this week and it is another masterpiece from our Rec Team.

Until next week, see you out in the community!


April 13, 2011
REMINDER: 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.

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.

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."

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.

Learn about the Town of Penfield's "Great Penfield Spring Cleanup" events and activities. 

April 12, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of April 11

You often hear me talk about many jewels in our great community-the Shepherd Home is one of those precious jewels. Shepherd Home is a two bedroom home that operates under the hospice philosophy, providing 24-hour care for the terminally ill in a home setting. Shepherd Home offers physical, emotional and spiritual support to those facing the prospect of death. They also provide hospitality and support to family members and friends as well as bereavement counseling and community education. Last weekend my family and I had the honor of attending their annual gala fundraiser, the "Black and White Ball." It was a wonderful event. We are so fortunate to have a facility like the Shepherd Home in Penfield. I want to thank Director Betsy Inglis and the entire staff for all they do; their work does make difference in so many lives. To learn more about the Shepherd Home please consider logging on to .

At the last legislative Town Board meeting, history was made with the first ‘live on location" video reporting. Councilwoman Paula Metzler was one of the parent volunteers at "The Night of a Thousand Stars" reading program at Harris Hill Elementary School, and she provided a live report and interview from the school back to the live Town Board meeting. The staff of PCTV channels 12 and 15, lead by David Renner, is continuing to push the envelope on ways to provide our community with new and exciting communications opportunities. The Town Board is committed to continue expanding ways to keep Penfield government open and accessible to all residents 24/7.

The roof of the auditorium was raised several inches at the last Town Board meeting when the Penfield Cheerleaders were "in the house!" The twenty-five members of the Penfield Varsity Cheerleading Team and their coach Carolyn Valenti recently traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for the National Cheerleading Championship. As you might expect from a group of determined young ladies from Penfield High School whose theme was "One Team One Dream," the Penfield Varsity Cheerleaders beat out twenty teams to win the national championship title for the advanced large school division; they also won the judges' selection for the showmanship award. Congratulations ladies on this very exciting accomplishment and thank you for being such great ambassadors for Penfield...go Penfield Cheerleaders!

I recently had an opportunity to review the 2010 annual report for True Value. I learned that Beyond Hardware of Penfield was one of three stores worldwide to be showcased in the company's report. There are thousands True Value store locations-being selected as a featured location in the annual report speaks volumes of owners Matt Shapiro and Jim Marsh and their tremendous community support, knowledgeable staff, and commitment to customer service and best business practices. Please continue to support Beyond Hardware and all of our Penfield businesses...healthy businesses make for a healthy community. Congratulations Matt and Jim, and thank you for being part of our Penfield community!

I would like to recognize and thank Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo, Councilwoman Linda Kohl, and Town Clerk Amy Steklof for their partnership in hosting the most recent passport night at the Town Hall. Nearly 50 residents participated; they completed required forms, obtained pictures, and had their questions and concerns regarding passports addressed right at the Town Hall. We will host another passport night in the fall. For details on this and many other events and activities taking place around the town, please visit our website at .

Here are a few dates you may wish to mark on your calendar:
-Children's Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 16, at 10:00AM at Rothfuss Park, Five Mile Line Road (rain date April 17, check our weather line at 340-8663 for updates).
-Town Offices will be closed Friday, April 22 in observance of Good Friday
-Cleanup Day is Saturday, May 7, 9AM - Noon starting at the Community Center. If you, your family, or service group would like to participate, please contact us at 340-8655.

Until next week, be well and be safe!




April 6, 2011
Message from H20 Hero & Town of Penfield

Stormwater runoff from yards in which fertilizers have been misapplied, by such practices as using too much or spreading onto sidewalks or driveways, will flow into storm drains that lead to neighborhood stormwater ponds and local creeks. The nutrients in the fertilizer will pollute this stormwater and will often contribute to unsightly algae blooms in local neighborhood stormwater ponds, frequently resulting in obnoxious odors when this algae dies off and decays. Eventually, this nutrient polluted water will make its way to Lake Ontario and contribute to the algae problems found at Ontario Beach.

Homeowners can take action to reduce these impacts and help protect water quality by ensuring that ONLY ZERO PHOSPHORUS FERTILIZERS are applied to their lawns, as well as SWEEPING UP fertilizer that ends up on impervious surfaces such as sidewalks and driveways. Most soils in Monroe County already have sufficient phosphorus to support a healthy lawn. Applying fertilizers only once a year in the fall, the most important time of the year to fertilize, will also greatly reduce the amount of nutrients reaching our local waterways.

Recognizing the serious impacts of fertilizers on water quality, New York State has recently passed a law which prohibits phosphorus in fertilizers for established lawns starting in 2012. This law also requires that fertilizer put on impervious surfaces be picked up. So get a jump start on these future legal requirements and start protecting our local waterbodies today!


• The storm drains located on your street or in your back yard lead directly to local creeks and ponds. Water, or any materials, entering these stormdrains receive NO TREATMENT.
• The label on the fertilizer bag shows three numbers which indicate the percentage by weight of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, in that order. So make sure you choose a fertilizer that has 0 phosphorus, for example 26-0-3

For more information about local stormwater pollution and what you can do to reduce it, visit  and become a fan of Larry the H2O Hero on Facebook!

A message from The Stormwater Coalition of Monroe County and the Water Education Collaborative.

April 4, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of April 4

Recently the County of Monroe's Department of Transportation (DOT) held an information meeting at the Town Hall for the proposed Penfield Road bridge replacement project over Irondequoit Creek. The County, along with their project engineers, provided an overview that includes replacement of the 1929 steel structure, a new concrete deck, sidewalks on one of the sides with railings and curb. Preliminary design starts May 2011 with final design being complete by year-end. Construction is planned for May 2012 and completed by December. If you have any questions on this project, please contact Karen Cox at 753-7742 or .

On Tuesday, April 12 the Town Board and Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District will co-host its second annual "Living Next to a Stormwater Pond." The meeting will include highlights of work completed in 2010, best practices for those who live on or near a pond, and work proposed in 2011. This topic has been of interest in many neighborhoods. When developments are new and ponds are free of cattails and vegetation, most residents do not have a problem. Over the years with run-off from fertilized lawns and other materials, ponds can become an unattractive nuisance. This program is intended to educate and dialog about pond maintenance. I hope to see you there; details are online at .

The West Webster Fire Department recently held its annual awards banquet. The Town Board recognized retiring Chief Anthony Galante for his service and support to the district, which covers a large portion of the northwest Penfield. I have said it many times before, Penfield and Monroe County are blessed with the dedicated men and women serving in our Fire Departments. Congratulations Chief Tony on your service to the district and the great community of Penfield.

At a recent Town Board meeting, Jean Baric of the Allens Creek-Corbett's Glen Preservation Group (ACCGPG) and Tom Robinson from Environmental Design and Research presented a plan for sustainability in the Allens Creek-Corbett's Glen Area, which includes land in Penfield and Brighton. ACCGPC is advocating for the preservation of additional land within the lower Allens Creek Valley. This is a beautiful area that warrants consideration of an intermunicipal approach, watershed strategies, conservation easements, and site development guidelines. Penfield and Brighton will continue to meet with ACCGPG on a path forward.

It has been a while since I have updated you on the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee. The committee continues to expand its goals and priorities to look at "green awards" for small businesses, "green ambassador awards" for elementary students, offering a "certified document destruction" program, and educational programs for all residents. We post items of interest, ways to save money, and new programs on . If you not been to this website, please log on and have a look at the content, we hope you find it useful and educational. Also see "The Great Penfield Spring Cleanup" at  for disposal, recycling and environmental opportunities.

The Governor's budget is structured to close a $10 billion deficit with no new taxes, cuts to waste and inefficiency, and ensures that the government will finally tighten its belt - just like every family in this state has had to do! While I may not agree with all the proposed cuts and reductions, it is about time the State has stepped up to the plate to deal with the issues at hand. It's refreshing to see the Legislature had the courage to move this budget forward, all of the taxpayers in New York demand it!

Until next week, I will be ever optimistic that spring is just around the corner!



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