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October 21, 2011
Penfield Public Library Seeking Adult Volunteers

Penfield Public Library is recruiting new adult volunteers to help with specific library tasks. 

Duties include: shelf-reading and straightening specific collections of the library including adult / young adult non-fiction and adult large print books.

Requirements of position include: attention to detail, ability to bend and squat, and good vision.

Time commitment involved: 2-4 hours per week either at one time or spread over several days.

If interested please stop by the library and complete a volunteer application and return it to Peggy O'Neil, volunteer coordinator, Penfield Public Library, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield, N.Y. 14526.


October 20, 2011
2012 Town Budget Adopted
Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and the Penfield Town Board adopted the town's 2012 Final Budget at the October 19 legislative meeting. The adopted $15.27 million budget keeps the town tax rate flat at the 2011 budget level of $2.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The adopted 2012 budget of $15.27 M is 1.63% 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; an 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 remains one of the lowest in Monroe County. The Town of Penfield receives approximately $0.08 of each tax dollar (8 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.

"Cutting costs and reducing governmental spending is a mandate from our customers, the taxpayers, that I continue to hear and take very seriously," said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "We cannot control the dysfunctional state and federal government; locally we can help our residents in a small way by running an effective and efficient town."

The Penfield Town Board reviews a multi-year budget, with projections and expected changes for the next three years. The board bases its outlook on conservative estimates for revenues and a review of the Town of Penfield's long-term plans and projects. This multi-year outlook is unique among municipalities in Monroe County.

The 2012 Final Budget is currently available online. As of October 20, print copies of the 2012 Final 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.


October 18, 2011
Preschool Halloween Party

Preschoolers - join Penfield's seniors for a Halloween party on Tuesday, October 25 at 1:00 pm at Penfield Community Center. Come in costume for a costume parade, Trick or Treat and vintage games!
Please register online  or at Penfield Recreation office (course 402050).


October 17, 2011
Supervisor's Column: Week of 10/17

During Fall Drop-off last week, the Town of Penfield coordinated four tours for 7th grade technology students from Bay Trail Middle School. Technology Teacher Alan Boardway wanted the students to observe the flow of waste materials from our residents' homes to final disposal. Their field trip also included a visit to High Acres Landfill and Alpco Recycling Center. Over the years, the Town has worked to reduce the tonnage of waste that ends up in the landfill from both Spring and Fall Drop-offs. Separation of brush, limbs and stumps are ground for mulch; rocks, concrete and asphalt are crushed for road base; tires and batteries are recycled; metals, appliances, aluminum are separated and recycled which provides a small stipend for the Town. The amount of material that ends up in the landfill is reduced year-on-year which benefits the environment and our residents. We challenged students with this question: What can the Town of Penfield do -- and what can Penfield residents do -- to reuse and recycle more than we do today so we can reduce waste headed to the landfill? The tour also included an overview of what the Penfield Highway Department is doing to manage fuel and oil, salt usage and the use of a rain garden for storm water protection. I want to thank teachers Alan Boardway and John Hall, and the entire 7th grade class from "House C," for making a visit to Fall Drop-off part of their unit on "Responsibility of Using Technology and its Effect on Society"!

More than 400 residents attended the annual Family Halloween Fun event at the Community Center Friday night. The building was alive with music, games, arts and crafts and wonderful food and drink. Even though the weather did not cooperate, the hay rides and Ghost Walk were both hits for all ages. Our young residents who came dressed in costume looked great. A special thanks to the Penfield Recreation staff and all the volunteers (which totaled more than 30 individuals) for making this yet another wonderful family event. I would like to also thank the many Penfield businesses and farmers who donated time and materials to make this a special event. This is what makes Penfield so great...so many volunteers and businesses come together to support the community.

The Upstate Green Business Network (UGBN) "Green Drinks" will be holding its monthly network event at Country Way Garden Center, 2755 Penfield Road. The goal of this network is to guide companies and businesses in establishing environmental policies and procedures to reduce waste, conserve water, save energy and build a more sustainable workplace. I have attended several programs over the last year which is made up of business, non-profit, education and government sectors. The information sharing is very dynamic and timely as the Town of Penfield continues to look for ways to reduce and recycle at all levels of our operations. For more information, please go to the UGBN website at http://www.ceinfo.org/ugbn/index.php .

Over the past 10 years, I have had the honor of being a member of the board of directors of the Rochester Area Crimestoppers (RACS). Crimestoppers, founded in 1982, is an all-volunteer board and is truly a community policing initiative. Crimestoppers is making a difference addressing crime issues by working collaboratively with law enforcement, all sections of the community and the media. RACS pays rewards for tips on crimes that lead to an arrest. The Crimestoppers program has enjoyed great success, boasting an average conviction rate of 95% on cases solved by tips received. RACS is a 501-3C organization that is funded by local contributions, United Way, State Department of Criminal Justice Services grants and an annual telethon, which is scheduled for Thursday, November 3 from 5 AM to 6 PM. For more information on Crimestoppers and how this organization helps all of our communities within the Rochester/Monroe County Area, please log on to www.roccrimestoppers.com  .

I am reminded that the annual pre-school Halloween party with the Penfield Seniors is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, at 1 PM at the Community Center. This free event features a costume parade, trick-or-treat and vintage games. If you want to have some fun and see the excitement of both the children and seniors please drop in, it is a wonderful event.

I will continue to remind all in our community to please keep an eye on catch basins and storm drains that may be in front of your home. The leaves, wind and rains of fall tend to cover and block grates with debris. Please consider clearing grates with a rake so the rain runoff can flow properly into storm drains and not into your yard or your neighbor's yard. Thank you in advance for assisting us on this yearly chore.

Important dates and events in history:
October 19, 1845, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis is founded
October 22, 1861, The transcontinental telegraph is completed
October 24, United Nations Day is observed
October 31, 1864, Nevada is the 36th state admitted to the Union

I look forward to seeing you out in the community; please stop and say hello and let me know what you like about Penfield or what we might be able to do to make it better for our residents!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org

 


October 13, 2011
NYSEG and RG&E Warn Customers to Be Safe and Ask for Identification
Rochester, NY - NYSEG and RG&E remind customers to be safe and ask for photo identification whenever anyone approaches them claiming to be a NYSEG or RG&E employee or agent working on behalf of the company. Customers should also not hesitate to ask for the name and phone number of a supervisor they can call to verify the person's identity.

All NYSEG and RG&E employees carry photo identification.

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


October 11, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of 10/10

The Town Hall complex was full of activity this past weekend with the Greater Rochester Soap Box Derby (GRSBD) hosting its second annual Soap Box Derby Car Rally qualifying races. This year's event featured actor Corbin Bernsen, director, writer, producer and star of the heartwarming film "25 Hill"- A Soap Box Derby Story. Bernsen was on hand to start races, race a car himself, enjoy a Rochester white hot and sign autographs. Racers from across the northeast competed for trophies and a chance to race in Akron, Ohio in June of 2012. A special thanks to Mark Scuderi, president of GRSBD, and all who participated in this wonderful event. I am told that this Wednesday evening the season opener of Corbin Bernsen's current hit series "Pysch" will be on at 10 PM. I will also say that his biggest LaFountain fan was "pysched" when she had her picture taken and DVD autographed...congratulations Stacey!

Reminder...Fall Drop-off runs this week from Thursday, October 13 to Saturday, October 15. Thursday and Friday hours are 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturday runs 9 AM to 4 PM. Drop-off is located at the Penfield Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road. This is a great opportunity to clean out that garage so you are able to park your cars out of the winter weather. No computers, monitors or TVs will be accepted, instead save those items for the electronics drop-off on Saturday, October 29 from 9 AM to 2 PM at the same location. And that's not all...if you have confidential documents or paper to dispose of, bring them along to the Highway Garage for document destruction and paper recycling at the same time and place as electronics recycling. All the details are at www.penfield.org .

As mentioned last week, the Town Board held a public hearing on the 2012 Budget. The budget is on-line for review; it is also available at the Penfield Library, Town Clerk's office and the Comptroller's office. We welcome any thoughts or ideas on this proposed budget. The Town Board will look to approve the 2012 Budget at its October 19 meeting.

This week the Harris Hill 5th grade class will make its annual trek to the Town Hall to learn more about local government. It is wonderful for these students to have an opportunity to better understand government operations, learn about services provided to Penfield residents, and to learn how local laws and ordinances are developed and adopted. A number of these students will be our future leaders; learning early on about their local government is a plus on so many fronts.

The Penfield Art Association is exhibiting members' work at the Legacy at Willow Pond through Friday, October 21. There will be a "meet and greet" the artists reception and awards ceremony on the 21st from 7-9 PM. Consider stopping by Legacy over the next few weeks to view the wonderful artwork on display. I have the honor and very difficult task to judge and present the "Best Penfield Scene" during the awards ceremony, and I must say from what I have seen thus far everyone is a winner. I wish to give a very special thank you to the Penfield Art Association and Legacy at Willow Pond for partnering on this wonderful event for another year.

Last week I had the honor of representing the Town Board at the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the St. John's Green House Homes at Arbor Ridge subdivision off Fellows Road. The Green House homes in Penfield are the first in the nation located in a residential neighborhood. The vision of St. John's and past community leaders helps to transform nursing home care and continues to keep Penfield on the cutting edge of what community is all about. Twenty elders will live in these two homes. In some cases former residents will be returning to Penfield, in others new residents will now call Penfield their home and be near family. This is a very exciting project for our community and we welcome everyone with open arms...thank you for choosing Penfield for this landmark event.

Upcoming programs and events:
10/14 Family Open Swim & Lap Swim
10/14 Family Halloween Fun and Historic Ghost Walk
10/15 Guided Paddle: Irondequoit Creek
10/16 SAT Prep Course

For details on these programs and scores more, please log on to www.penfield.org  and click on ‘Parks and Recreation.'

As the leaves start to fall please consider mulching, composting or contracting with a local landscaper to collect at the curb versus sending leaves to the landfill via your refuse collector (for more see PCTV online video, info meeting, "Making Sense of Leaf Management").

Tony
340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 


October 3, 2011
Supervisor's Column Week of 10/03

The combination of the recent rain events and falling leaves has caused a lot of localized flooding around due to clogged catch basins. With more than 2,000 catch basins throughout the town of Penfield, it is impossible for our Highway Department to visit each site during heavy rains. To help improve drainage for neighborhoods, we ask residents with a catch basin in front of their home to please consider checking the grate for debris and clearing it away so the drain will function as designed. If there seems to be more of a problem than just leaves or debris on the grate, please call the Highway Department at 340-8710 to report the problem and a representative will investigate and work to correct the issue. Also, if you happen to notice see a serious catch basin blockage on any street in town, please call the Highway Department. Thank you in advance for your support on this matter.

The rain on Saturday did not discourage residents for participating in the Penfield Rotary & Penfield Recreation community bike drop off--216 bikes were collected and donated to "R Community Bikes, Inc." What a wonderful job by everyone involved! We have been asked by "R Community Bikes" to collect bikes during the Town's Fall Drop-off event running next week, October 13-15. So if the weather kept you in on Saturday, there is still a chance to donate those bikes!

Also on Saturday, I was on hand for the annual "Outstanding Asset-Builder Award" program sponsored by the Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau and the County Executive. I am honored to report that I received an award, as well as your entire Town Board, for recognition of the outstanding efforts to build assets for healthy youth and families in our community. Several other groups and organizations within the town also received awards including: VFW Post 820, Penfield Little League, Penfield High School Robotics Club, Penfield Rangers, Penfield Strikers, Penfield Youth Football & Cheerleading, Penfield Youth Lacrosse, Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis, Penfield Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Kids Miracle Making Club, Penfield Library, Penfield Community Garden and Bernadette Marconi. Congratulations to all and thank you for everything you do for our youth. To steal a quote from the County Executive, "...the overall county population is made up of 33% youth; they are 100% of our future!"

The Town Board will hold a public hearing on the 2012 Town Budget on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 PM. We welcome all to attend to hear an overview of the budget and ask questions. The 2012 budget keeps the tax rate the same as the last several years at $2.64 per one thousand dollars of assessed value of your property. I wish to thank all of our department heads for their attention to detail to help reduce spending and by cutting costs of government operations.

As the weather starts to turn a bit nasty and you are not able to spend as much time outside, consider going in where it is warm and dry to participate in the great programs offered by the Penfield Library. There are many programs to choose from for every member of the family, including lectures, book clubs, concerts, story-times, a family game day and so much more. Please consult your Penfield Recreation Brochure or log on to www.penfield.org  and click on Penfield Library-you will not be disappointed.

Mark your calendar for the "Historic Ghost Walk" and "Family Halloween Fun & Frankenstein's Taco Dinner" on Friday, October 14 starting at 6 PM. Dinner runs from 6-7:30 PM, advanced ticket prices are $4 per person or $10 per family of 4 or more, children under 3 are free. ("Day of" prices are $6/person and $12/family). Tickets are required for dinner and for the Ghost Walk. Ghost Walk tickets are $5 per person and reservations can be made ahead of time by calling 340-8655. All the games, crafts, trick-or-treat, hayrides and more are free. I look forward to seeing you there; it will be a wonderful family event.

Please note that all Town Offices will be closed on Monday, October 10 for Columbus Day. This reminds me of an important date and event in history...October 12, 1892 -- the "Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag" was first recited by millions of school children across America as part of the first "Columbus Day" celebration.

Town Offices will re-open on Tuesday, October 11 and the weekly mobile DMV will be open as usual from 10 AM-3:30 PM.

Enjoy your week and I look forward to seeing you out in this great community of Penfield!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org
340-8631




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