September 26, 2011
Fall Drop-off, Electronics Recycling and Document Destruction Events
The Town of Penfield and its Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee are providing THREE FREE opportunities for residents to dispose of unwanted household items, electronics and confidential personal documents.
The first event is the town's traditional three-day Fall Drop-Off open Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15 at the Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM. This service is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate.
Items that WILL be accepted: Furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four per resident), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush, and other unwanted items for proper disposal. Common sense appreciated.
Items that WILL NOT be accepted: TVs, PCs, monitors, grass clippings, leaves, propane tanks, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, driveway sealer or any motorized vehicle.
Residents wishing to dispose of TVs, PCs, monitors and other devices may do so at a separate electronics recycling event Saturday, October 29, 9 AM to 2 PM run by Sunnking Electronics (www.sunnking.com ) at the Penfield Highway Garage. There is no fee for electronics recycling because of a New York State Law that went into effect April 1, 2011 requiring manufacturers of certain electronic equipment to provide free recycling opportunities of that equipment.
New this year, also on Oct 29 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Penfield Highway Garage, residents may bring confidential documents to an "identity protection" station for secure destruction by Cascade Recovery U.S., Inc. Cascades will also accept non-confidential regular paper and newspaper for general recycling. (www.recoverycascades.com)
"The Town hosts drop-offs and free recycling events to help residents properly dispose of unwanted items in a way that is convenient for families and good for the environment," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "I believe adding a document destruction service for identity protection will be popular with residents. All these events are good for our community and the environment."
CALENDAR SUMMARY: ALL EVENTS AT PENFIELD HIGHWAY GARAGE
October 13 & 14 9 AM to 6 PM
October 15 9 AM to 4 PM
October 29 9 AM to 2 PM
Document Destruction and general paper recycling
October 29 9 AM to 2 PM
For details on Fall Drop-off go to http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=Highway_DPW_Dropoff
Electronics Recycling www.sunnking.com
Document Destruction and paper recyling www.recoverycascades.com
NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act go to www.dec.ny.gov .
For hazardous material disposal, go to www.monroecounty.gov/hhw or contact Monroe County DES at 753-7600 (option #3).
September 26, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of 9/26
The 9th Annual Penfield 5K race is in the history books. On behalf of the entire community, I want to recognize and thank Family First Federal Credit Union and Eastside YMCA for partnering with the Town of Penfield on this wonderful event. I look forward to this race growing in popularity in the years to come to become one of the cornerstones of Penfield as a "Wellness Community." Congratulations to the 160-plus runners of all ages--every one of you is a winner!
As previewed in last week's column, prior to the 5K race, we conducted a brief Army Community Covenant signing. The purpose of the Community Covenant is to foster and sustain effective state and community relationships to improve the quality of life for soldiers and their families. I must say, I underestimated the powerful message and excitement of participating in this program. While we never take for granted our freedom, our daily lives are filled with work, family, community and worship, and I am sure that at times we do not fully appreciate all the active, guard and reserve service members. I was honored to sign the Covenant on behalf of all residents of the town. If we have not said this regularly to those that serve...thank you! Thank you for all you do to ensure our freedom and overall quality of life, and thank you to all your families for sharing you to help protect us each and every day. I would like to recognize Sergeant First Class Robert F. Heintzelman and his entire team for being part of our community.
This past Saturday, the County of Monroe dedicated and renamed the Ellison Wetlands as Lucien Morin Park. Lucien A. Morin was a County Legislator from 1967-1972; County Manager from 1972-1983; and then was elected our first County Executive in 1984 and served until 1987. During his tenure Morin is credited with acquiring more than 32% of parklands owned by Monroe County today--a total of more than 3,900 acres. An information kiosk and bench are located at the entrance to the park, which can be accessed just behind MacGregor's Restaurant on Empire Blvd.
We are reminded by Foodlink that September is "Hunger Action Month." There are approximately 60,350 children in Foodlink's service area that are food insecure--meaning they are at chronic risk of not having access to food. Please join Foodlink and become part of the solution to this problem. Check out Foodlink's "30 Ways in 30 Days" calendar for ideas on how you can take action against hunger all month long www.foodlinkny.org .
Last Tuesday I had the honor and privilege of participating in the Community & Kiwanis Awards Dinner. The Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club presented checks to the following organizations: East Rochester Community Resources, Golisano Children's Hospital, Mary Cariola Children's Center, Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf, Perinton Food Pantry, Rochester Muscular Dystrophy Assoc., the Don Mack Scholarship Fund, and the Shepherd Home. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. I would like to recognize and thank President Janice Gilbert, President Designate John Hanratty, and the entire membership of the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club for everything you do, you are true community partners.
Alternatives for Battered Women will hold its annual press conference in commemoration of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 5 at 10 AM at the Crime Victims' Resource Center. For further information please go to www.abwrochester.org .
A few notes from the business community: First, the Penfield Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Business of the Year and Citizen of the Year on October 19th at the Penfield Country Club at noon. This year's winner of the "Business of the Year" is Dick Ide Honda. Channing Philbrick, former Town Supervisor (1994-2003), is being honored as the "Citizen of the Year." Next, Beyond Hardware, the local True Value home improvement store, will host its second annual "Demos for Divas." This is a special event for women to learn more about the modern hardware shopping experience while supporting Gilda's Club Rochester during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please remember healthy businesses make for a healthy community; please support all our Penfield businesses.
Until next week, enjoy the fall weather and be well and be safe!
September 19, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of 9/19
Wow...we had another successful Tastin' the Blues event at the Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage this past Saturday. The weather was delightful, the chili plentiful, and the music rocked with the Electro Kings and Steve Grills & the Roadmasters with special guest Joe Beard. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the chili contests, the judges, all who brought their cars for the cruise event and town staff for making this a wonderful 2011 wrap up for the amphitheater programs. I can hardly wait to see what the staff has planned for 2012!
The Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) kicks off this Wednesday, September 21. Come and meet the DEAR instructors from 10 AM to12 PM, attend free lectures and watch a pickleball demonstration. There will be a picnic a noon with live entertainment at 12:30 PM by the "Group Therapy" bluegrass band and a tea salon at 1:30 PM. All activities are free; however please register to attend by calling 340-8655. The picnic lunch is $3.00. I hope to see you there for this exciting new program series.
I want to begin reminding you about Fall Drop-off 2011, which will be held from Thursday, October 13-Saturday, October 15 at the Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. The hours will be Thursday and Friday 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 9 AM to 4 PM. This is the last opportunity before winter to clean up and clear out the garage so you can get your car inside before the snow flies. Also, on Saturday, October 29 we will be hosting an "electronics drop-off" and a "confidential document destruction drop-off" at the Highway Garage. This will be another opportunity to clean out those old and unused computers, stereos, VHS recorders, TVs and more. Clear out your old files and documents that require shredding and proper disposal and bring those along too. More details on these two events will be forthcoming.
The Penfield Community bike drop sponsored by Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation will be held Saturday, October 1, 10 AM - 2 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Consider recycling or "up-cycling" those old or broken bikes that are in your sheds, garages and basements. All bikes will be donated to "R Community Bikes, Inc.," a Rochester-based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester's needy children and adults. For more information on "R Community Bikes. Inc." please log on to www.rcommunitybikes.net . Receipts will be provided documenting all donations.
Penfield Recreation is teaming up with Family First Federal Credit Union and the YMCA, as well as Road ID and Nalgene, for the Family First Penfield 5K Challenge IX on Sunday, September 25 at the Community Center. Check-in begins at 8 AM, with the race start time at 9 AM. Prior to the start of the race, Penfield and the US Army will sign a Community Covenant supporting those who serve. Strength of Soldiers comes from the strength of their families, and Strength of Families is supported by the strength of the community. I am honored to sign this Community Covenant on behalf of the entire Penfield Community.
Here are a few dates to mark on your calendars that will be fun for the entire family:
Penfield Scenic Treks - Wetlands center, Saturday, October 8, 10 AM-Noon. This is a guided hike at the Monroe County Park along Irondequoit Creek. Meet at MacGregor's Grill on Empire Blvd.
Penfield's Historic Ghost Walk - Friday, October 14 at the Community Center; tours begin at 7 PM, tickets are $5
Family Halloween Fun - Friday, October 14 at the Community Center, 6-8 PM. Games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, taco dinner and more!
Reservations for these programs and hundreds more, please check out Recreation on our website at www.penfield.org
Important dates and events in history...September 20, 1814 - The "Star Spangled Banner" becomes the official national Anthem; September 25, 1789 - The United States Congress adopts the Bill of Rights (containing the first 10 Amendments) and sends it to the states to be ratified.
Fall is a busy time in this great community; I look forward to seeing you at the various activities planned over the next several months!
September 12, 2011
Community Bike Drop Oct. 1
|Saturday, October 1, 10 am - 2 pm at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield -
Used bicycles will be collected by Penfield Rotary and donated to R Community Bikes, Inc., a Rochester-based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester's needy children and adults. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes to get to work, school, rehab programs, and training sessions, as well as for recreation.
More information about R Community Bikes, Inc. can be found at www.rcommunitybikes.net. Receipts will be provided documenting all donations. This event is sponsored by Penfield Rotary and the Town of Penfield and is free and open to the public.
September 12, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of 9/12
Update on budget 2012...as reported in last week's column, I presented the Tentative Budget to the town board at our last meeting. I would like to thank all of our department heads, the comptroller, and the town board for their hard work and attention to detail as we put this budget together and kept the tax rate at $2.64/thousand of assessed valuation, which is the same as the last two years. In preparing the 2012 budget, Penfield was faced with a 12% increase in workers compensation cost; a 16% increase in retirement benefits; and a 3% increase in medical costs from 2011. The flat tax rate was achieved by not replacing retiring employees, completing NYSERDA energy audit recommendations, performing more work in-house, inter-municipal cooperation and adjusting Recreation programs to better cover costs. What are the next steps in the 2012 budget process? From September 7-October 12 there is a public comment period. The Tentative Budget will become the Preliminary Budget and there will be a public hearing on October 5 at 7:30 PM at the Town Hall. From October 5-14 the town board will review public comments and prepare a Final Budget. The 2012 Final Budget will be adopted on October 19 and will be presented to the County of Monroe on October 20. If you would like to review the 2012 Tentative Budget, log on to www.penfield.org and click on the quick link at the top left hand corner of the home page.
ATTENTION: The Annual Book Sale, presented by the Friends of the Penfield Public Library, begins Wednesday, September 14 and runs through Saturday, September 17 at the Penfield Library located at 1985 Baird Road. Pre-sale for the Friends of the Penfield Public Library is Tuesday, September 13 from 2-9 PM. Renew early or join at the door, $5.00 per family. Other hours are September 14 and 15 from 10 AM-9 PM; September 16 10 AM-6 PM (half-price day); September 17, 9 AM-2 PM (bag sale, $3.00 per bag). I understand that there will be more than 95,000 books, videos, CDs, records, games and computer software. I would like to recognize and thank the Friends of the Penfield Public Library for their efforts on this annual event that benefits the Penfield Library with programs and materials.
As part of the Penfield's observance of the 10-year anniversary of September 11th, the Penfield Town Board held a memorial flag and garden dedication on Sunday at the Jackson Road entrance to Veterans' Memorial Park near the Dolomite Lodge. This memorial is dedicated to "those we lost, those who served, and those who carry on." The dedication was followed by the Penfield Ecumenical Area Churches hosting their 10th Anniversary Service Commemoration and CROP walk for hunger. I would like to recognize everyone who participated in this very special event...we will not falter, we will not fear, we will not fail, we will not forget!
The 2011 National Assisted Living Week (NALW) begins on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. This year's theme is "Forever Proud" to reflect the pride we feel as citizens and active members of the community. The events of 9/11 were indeed tragic, and they also brought our country together. Countrymen helping countrymen and a spirit of rebuilding helped to foster a renewed a sense of national pride for many. However, it is not just national pride that "Forever Proud" addresses. Pride in a life of work done well, pride in a local community or sports team, pride in family and friends, pride in a skill mastered or being developed. This is a time to celebrate what has been and what will be accomplished. A proud moment or event is something we never forget. This is an opportunity to share these moments with the community and those we love. Assisted living communities around the country will be celebrating, remembering, and showing their pride together. On behalf of all the residents of Penfield, I want to recognize all of the assisted living facilities within this great community and thank them for everything they do each and every day to enhance residents' lives. NALW runs from September 11-17.
After years of working together, Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care and Country Way Garden Center are now growing together. Laurie and Albert Broccolo have acquired Country Way from Tony and Michele Slominski with the assistance of Monroe County Economic Development Division and M&T Bank small business loan program. Broccolo and Country Way have had a working relationship for many years, and this acquisition is a wonderful opportunity for Country Way Garden Center to continue to grow and support the residents of Penfield and surrounding communities. Small business is a cornerstone of this country...and a healthy business makes for a healthy community! Congratulations to both Broccolo and Country Way, thank you for being part of our great community.
I look forward to seeing you in the community.
September 12, 2011
New Daytime Programming for Adults at Penfield Rec
|Brand new at Penfield Recreation this fall is the Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program series for adults - educational sessions in a variety of topics, including local and world history, philosophy, science, and spirituality. DEAR classes are as little as $5 each and are designed to enlighten, entertain and educate. The public is invited to attend a free open house to learn more.
Gone are the days of tests and homework. Say hello to the idea of recreational learning in a relaxed unintimidating environment!
"Recreation is the refreshment of one's mind or body through activity that amuses or stimulates," said Pam Mount, Recreation Supervisor and facilitator of the DEAR program at Penfield Recreation. "As our 50 plus population increases and gets older, they are living longer, and respecting and embracing healthier lifestyles. These lifestyles not only include physical fitness but also fitness of the mind. Our brains are constantly seeking stimulation and exercise and finding opportunities to engage our minds is just a natural healthy part of staying fit."
The Penfield Recreation Department will be kicking off DEAR with an Open House Picnic on Wednesday, September 21, beginning at 10:00 AM. Instructors as well as representatives from the Recreation Department, Penfield Public Library and the Local History Room will be on hand to talk about all the new and existing programs the Town of Penfield has to offer. There will be free lectures, Pickleball demonstrations, live entertainment by "Group Therapy," sponsored by Legacy at Willow Pond, and a $3 picnic lunch which will include hot dog, baked beans, and macaroni salad. All the activities are free, but registration is required for the event and or lunch. Register at the Penfield Recreation Department or online .
"Here is a great opportunity to enlighten and enrich our community," said Mount. "Exploring a new subject matter is like traveling the world. I may not be able to visit the ancient Inca civilization, but it would be great fun to spend an hour over a few weeks learning about it."
A complete list of programs can be found on our website .
September 9, 2011
Penfield's Annual 5K Will Be Run September 25
|The Family First Penfield 5K Challenge IX will be run on Sunday, September 25, 2011. This annual race will begin at Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield at 9:00 am.
For runners who register before September 19 the fee will be $17, or $22 after September 19. Those who pre-register may pick up a race number and shirt Thursday, September 22 or Friday, September 23 at the Penfield Recreation office. The first 200 runners to register will receive a commemorative t-shirt and Nalgene water bottle.
Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each age category.
The course is certified by the USATF/RRTC #NY04023KL. Computerized race results provided by PCR Timing Services.
This year's race is sponsored by Family First Federal Credit Union, Town of Penfield, The YMCA, Nalgene, Genesee Valley Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation PC, Young + Wright Architectural and Road ID.
Race registration form is available here or at the Penfield Recreation office. Race map For more information, call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.
September 8, 2011
2012 Tentative Budget Presented
Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and Finance Director Robert Beedon presented the 2012 Tentative Budget proposal to the Town Board and community Wednesday, September 7.
"My commitment, and that of the entire Town Board, is to reduce the cost of local government by reducing spending and controlling costs in all aspects of the operation," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "We have little control of runaway spending at the State and Federal levels, and unfortunately more and more costs continue to be pushed down to the towns. Penfield has, and will continue to be, a leader in less government and more government reform."
The proposed 2012 budget of $15.16 M is 2.31% below the 2011 Budget. A major impact on 2012 expenses is the full funding of retirement cost at 18.9% of salary, which is a 16% increase in retirement benefits from 2011; a 12% increase in workers compensation cost; a 3% increase in medical cost; and use of $80,000 to fund the general reserve fund for future upkeep and maintenance of town buildings.
The Town tax rate will remain flat at the 2011 level of $2.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Penfield's property tax rate remains one of the lowest in Monroe County. The Town of Penfield receives $0.076 of each tax dollar (7.6 cents).
Supervisor LaFountain achieved the flat tax rate with a range of actions including not replacing retiring employees, completing NYSERDA audit recommendations to reduce energy consumption and costs, reducing use of contractors and doing more projects in-house, intermunicipal cooperation, and adjusting Recreation programs to better cover costs. A four-day/ten-hour workweek for public works employees yielded better efficiency (for example, four set-up/take downs a week for projects instead of five) and reduced energy consumption. Also, elected and appointed officials will receive no pay increase in 2012.
The Penfield Town Board reviews a multi-year budget, with projections and expected changes for the next three years. The Town Board bases its outlook on conservative estimates for revenues and a review of the Town's long-term plans and projects. This multi-year outlook is unique among municipalities in Monroe County.
With its history of fiscal discipline, the financial world consistently recognizes Penfield as one of the most financially responsible towns in New York State. In 2010, Moody's Investors Service upgraded Penfield's already excellent rating from an Aa3 to an impressive Aa2. This rating allows Penfield to secure low-interest financing for capital projects (sewers, roadways, bridges), and assists with cash flow throughout the year. The Moody's rating also reflects Penfield's history of stable financial operations and strong management practices.
As of September 8, print copies of the 2012 Tentative Budget will be available at the Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road or by contacting the Office of the Comptroller in the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, in Penfield. The Tentative Budget is currently available online . A public hearing for the Preliminary Budget is set for October 5.
TOWN OF PENFIELD 2012 BUDGET TIMELINE
April to September 2011 - Town Supervisor, Finance Director and Staff conduct budget work sessions; prepare 2012 Tentative Budget
September 7-21, 2011 - Town Supervisor, Finance Director present a summary of the Tentative Budget to Town Board and community (9/7); document made public for review (during this period, Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget)
September 7-October 12, 2011 - Public comment period
October 5, 2011 - Public Hearing on 2012 Preliminary Budget; public comments received
October 5-12, 2011 - Town Board reviews public comments, prepares a Final Budget
October 19, 2011 - Town Board Legislative meeting, adoption of a Final 2012 Budget; Adopted Budget made public
October 20, 2011 - Town presents Penfield Adopted 2012 Budget to County of Monroe
September 6, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of 9/05
Update on Budget 2012...on Wednesday September 7, I am pleased to present to the Town Board and our residents the 2012 "Tentative Budget" that proposes no tax increase for 2012-the property tax rate will remain at $2.64. Through the efforts of all our departments to streamline, reduce costs and cut spending, we are able to deliver this fiscally responsible budget that manages the size of local government while providing the same services Penfield residents received in 2011. Costs are up from New York State and revenues are down in mortgage tax receipts; however, the Town Board recognizes the need to minimize the tax burden to our residents during these very difficult and unsettled financial times. We will continue to look for ways to manage costs and reduce spending during 2012 and beyond.
Daytons Corners School, our one-room school house and teaching museum which dates back to 1857, received a much needed remodeling project over the summer. While we are not required to have ADA accessible bathrooms in this historic building, our Schoolhouse Coordinator Karyn Turner and I agreed that based on the number of fourth grade students, teachers and parents that attend the school during the year, it was the right thing to do to ensure everyone is able to experience a unique day in the 19th century vintage one-room school. I would like to recognize Dick Gutknecht from our staff for completing the project while keeping the historic significance of the building intact.
I hope you consider joining the Penfield observance of the 10-year anniversary of September 11th. Events for Sunday, September 11 begin at 1:00 PM with the dedication of a new memorial flag pole near the Dolomite Lodge. The memorial is dedicated to "those we lost, those who served, and those who carry on." At 1:30 PM there will be an inter-denominational service at the amphitheater, followed by a CROP walk to provide food to the needy. We will be collecting non-perishable food or personal care items for the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Collection bins will be on-site at the flag memorial and amphitheater. It is important that this day be both a solemn remembrance and a day of service to re-connect Americans with the profound sense of community our nation experienced ten years ago!
The Penfield Business Association (PBA) will be hosting its first golf tournament to benefit the Shepherd Home. Shepherd Home operates under the hospice philosophy, providing 24-hour care for the terminally ill in a home setting. We are fortunate to have a facility like the Shepherd Home in our community, and I wish to thank everyone involved from the PBA and those who will be participating in this event for their support. To learn more about the Shepherd Home and this golfing event, please log on at www.shepherdhome.org.
I am reminded by Foodlink that September is Hunger Action Month. It is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the hunger issues facing our local communities. Foodlink appreciates your commitment to end hunger in our community and looks forward to a month full of advocacy and public support. For more information please visit www.hungeractionmonth.org or www.foodlinkny.org.
Fall fertilizing tips...experts will say this is the most important time of the year to fertilize. Please be sensitive to such practices such as using too much material or spreading fertilizer onto sidewalks or driveways. The nutrients in fertilizers will pollute storm water and will contribute to unsightly algae blooms in ponds, resulting in obnoxious odors when it dies off and decays. Using ZERO phosphorus fertilizers on your lawn-as well as sweeping up fertilizer that ends up on impervious surfaces-helps to significantly reduce the impact to our ponds, creeks, and ultimately to Lake Ontario. For more on storm water pollution and what you can do to reduce it, visit www.H2Ohero.org.
Important dates and events in history...September 11, 2001, global terrorists hijack civilian airliners and fly them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and crash into a field in Pennsylvania, killing 3,000 innocent, mainly civilian, Americans and other nationalities...let us never forget!
Have a great week...only nine more weeks till this column will again reappear in the Penfield Post!