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June 28, 2013
Weather Statement for Saturday, June 29

In the event of rain, the Independence Day activities on June 29 will go on as scheduled, however if the weather becomes severe we will make a determination at that point to cancel. Please stay connected to the Town website, Penfield Rec website, Facebook, PenfieldTV, and the Penfield Recreation weather line (585-340-8655, option 2) for updates as the day progresses.  Should we have to cancel any part of the day, we will make every attempt to notify residents as quickly as possible.


June 28, 2013
DPW Community Events July 18: Library Program and Open House

The town’s Department of Public Works will participate in a Penfield Library children’s program and host its own open house for all residents on Thursday, July 18.

In the morning, the DPW and Penfield Public Library will present “DIG IT!, HAUL IT!, CONSTRUCT IT!” in the Penfield Community Center parking lot from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The event is for children ages 3-10 accompanied by an adult. The DPW will bring special vehicles including excavators, loaders, a sewer flush truck and TV camera truck, and a few plows and specialty mowers. Children will learn about “the big trucks” and meet the people who operate them. Registration is required and begins Wednesday, July 3 for Penfield town or school district residents; Thursday, July 11 for all others. To register, call the Penfield Library at 340.8720 or go to www.penfieldlibrary.org .

Next, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., the DPW will welcome visitors at the town’s Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. DPW will showcase a range of specialty vehicles from the Highway, Sewer, and Parks departments including the vehicles mentioned above. DPW staff will also highlight systems that promote sustainability including the town’s Energy Management System, solar power, electric vehicle charging stations, oil recycling, and the stormwater filtering rain garden and bat house adjacent to the Sewer Department building. Visitors of all ages are welcome; families, daycares, and senior living communities are encouraged to attend. Registration is not required.

Town Councilwoman and Public Works liaison Paula Metzler comments, “This is the first time we have hosted a public works open house for the community. Public Works Director Ronnie Williams has consolidated highway, sewer, parks, facilities, and security into one strong organization that has lowered costs for the town by about $500,000. His experience in the private sector has elevated the quality, efficiency, knowledge and safety procedures of DPW. This is a chance for residents to see first-hand the excellence of Penfield’s public works department.”

Ronnie Williams, Public Works Director, adds, “Our DPW team manages drainage systems, keeps our roads safe, sewers flowing, parks and sports fields safe and ready for the community, and so much more. People who come to our open house will learn more about the work we do every day to make Penfield a great place to live.”

For more information contact DPW at 340.8710.


June 24, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 6/24

I had the honor last week of attending the Lakeshore-Rochester Kiwanis Club’s 47th annual “Law and Order/Firefighter’s Day.” Kiwanis recognizes the law enforcement officers and firefighters of Monroe County and the City of Rochester who respond above and beyond the call of duty by presenting the “Kiwanis International Distinguished Service Award.” We are very fortunate in Monroe County to have the courageous men and women of fire and police services to protect our families and property. Congratulations to all individuals and departments that were recognized, and thank you for your service.

Recently I was asked to present a combined “State of the Town” and “Business Vitality” overview to the Pen-Web Rotary Club. This group of dedicated men and women formed several years ago to bridge the Empire Boulevard gap between Penfield and Webster. I am extremely impressed with the involvement and give-back to the community that this group has accomplished in the past year. The members of Pen-Web Rotary are indeed a shining example of their motto—Service Above Self!

The Town Comptroller, department heads, and I have begun the 2014 budget process. This will be the fourth budget I have prepared since becoming supervisor; each year we continue to be faced with interesting and somewhat staggering challenges. For instance, we have recently been informed that new health care reform taxes will add an additional 3.2% to the double-digit increases we are expecting from health care providers. The good news for Penfield is the twelve member consortium we formed 27 months ago will help to keep these costs at the 12 to 14 percent range. Many other communities could see increases of 25 to 30 percent or more for health care costs in 2014. Insurance costs are projected to increase 10 to 18 percent, and I think many of us have seen that in our personal insurance premiums recently. We will continue looking for ways to absorb these increases to help keep the town taxes as flat as possible, knowing that many of our residents struggle with the overall tax burden. I will continue to keep you posted on the budget process over the next several months.

The Town of Penfield and NYSDOT have agreed that the addition of left-turn arrows to the intersection of Five Mile Line Road and Route 441 in the Four Corners will improve safety. If you have been following this project you will be pleased to know this good news: three of the four new signal light poles have been installed. You may be disappointed to know this bad news: the project has been delayed many months as the contractor is using it as fill-in work because they have many other jobs that bring in more revenue. All of you can assist us in moving this project forward. How? You can call Caccamise Electric Co. at 266-0330 and encourage them to finish the project for the safety of our residents!

Last weekend there was an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Andrew Douglas Streit of Troop 363. For his Eagle project, Andrew coordinated a food drive in conjunction with a local First Lego League tournament. He also ran a food drive in his neighborhood. Andrew raised more than 2,000 cans of food to donate to FoodLink, with a total of 185 hours of service for the projects. I was delighted to present him a certificate of appreciation from the Town of Penfield. Great job Andrew, congratulations on attaining the rank of Eagle!

Penfield Independence Day events take place Saturday, June 29 starting with the parade at 10:00 a.m. that will run from Penfield High School south to Route 441, east to Baird Road, ending at the Community Center. Our parade marshals will be our local first responders (EMS, Fire, and Police). Music will begin at Harris Whalen Park at 5:00 p.m. and run through 11:00 p.m., fireworks at 10:00 p.m. There will be activities for the kids and plenty of different food options. I hope to see you there, please stop me and say hello!

Until next week, enjoy the weather!

Tony

340-8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 


June 18, 2013
Two New FREE Summer Classes at Penfield Rec

Penfield Recreation’s Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program will offer “The Life of Abraham Lincoln” from The Great Courses series on Mondays, June 24 through July 29 at 11:00 AM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield. This session of The Great Courses is made possible with support from Legacy at Willow Pond.

The series will introduce the student to Lincoln’s early life as a child, through his political beginnings as a young lawyer in Illinois, to his untimely assassination in 1865.  This is a rich and informative presentation that will include segments from The Great Courses program as well as interactive conversations with community history enthusiasts and facilitators. 

The DEAR program will continue Thursdays, July 11 - August 15 with “Classics in American Literature” from The Great Courses, highlighting the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. This ongoing program chooses essential selections that represent a historical literary voice from the American Experience. 

Although participants are not required to read the selected texts, it is strongly advised that they familiarize themselves with the material to help enrich their participation in the class. Reading selections for this series as well as future classes are available online.
 
These courses are free, however participants must register. To register please visit www.penfieldrec.org, or call (585) 340-8655, option 6.

The Great Courses are a series of lectures that bring engaging professors to you remotely through recorded DVDs. Since 1990, great teachers from Ivy League, Stanford, Georgetown, and other leading colleges and universities have crafted over 390 courses for lifelong learners. Penfield’s DEAR program has secured permission to offer The Great Courses at Penfield Community Center. Participants will spend an hour once a week viewing and then discussing a selected course.


June 17, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 6/17

Last week I had the honor of accepting the “2013 Wealth of Health Award” on behalf of the Finger Lakes Municipal Health Insurance Trust (FLMHIT) in the category of 500-1,999 employees. The award is sponsored by Excellus BlueCross & BlueShield and the Rochester Business Journal. Several years ago Penfield—along with six other towns, two villages, two cities and the Rochester Housing Authority—formed a health care consortium designed to better mange health care costs, have more access to data to enable members to work on education in areas of greatest need, and to be proactive in designing wellness programs for employees and their families. The Wealth of Health Award honors innovative organizations that promote workplace wellness, improving both their bottom line and the overall health of their community.

Congratulations to the Penfield Art Association and Dennis Wentworth, chairman of the Spring Art Show that was held at the Community Center last week. I had the pleasure of addressing the artists and visitors on opening night. Our community is so fortunate to have such an active group of artists who share their wonderful works with our residents throughout the year. This year’s show featured 63 local artists and more than 170 works of art. This is a partnership that I want to see grow and expand in years to come. Mark your calendars for the group’s 8th annual Autumn Show at Legacy, Willow Pond that will run September 30 to October 26. For more information about this show or the Penfield Art Association, please log on to www.penfieldartassociation.com .

I am reminded by our Employee Wellness Team that in addition to being the official start of summer, June is also “Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month.” Consider sharing some fun activities with your family like visiting a farmer’s market or local farm stand for fresh produce, or to start some plants or garden. Have fun with food in the kitchen by making tasty fruit wands with cut-up fruits on a stick or by creating fruit sundaes by layering fruit, yogurt and cereal or granola in a cup. Veggie buildings can by made out of cut-up vegetables, using tooth picks and cream cheese to hold them together. Eat better…get active…live well!

I had the opportunity to attend the Millwheel Girl Scout Tea last weekend and present 54 young ladies with certificates for achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold Seal Awards. What a very special ceremony to recognize all of their hard work and making a difference within our community. As a father of two past Silver Award recipients and a grandfather of a Daisy who just crossed over to Brownies, I was honored to participate. Scouting for boys and girls is filled with many great tools for them to learn and carry through to adulthood. Scouting may be one of the best ways for kids to train for life’s many challenges, and to top it all off, it’s fun! On behalf of the entire Town of Penfield, congratulations to all the girls for receiving their awards—you are our future foundation of our great community.

Special community shout outs…first, to Soccer Coach John Butterworth who is retiring from one of New York State’s winningest large school programs, thank you Coach for touching so many lives during your 28 years on and off the field. Next, to Karyn Turner, coordinator of Dayton’s Corners School, and her staff for hosting the most successful open house and pie social last weekend at the school house; this learning/teaching museum continues to be a special gem in the Penfield community. Lastly, to Town Historian Kathy Kanauer and Ann H. Stevens for a very successful launch of Penfield’s new book, “Calvin Wooster Owen: Diary of a Nineteenth-Century American.” This book may be purchased at the Penfield Local History Room, the Town Clerk’s Office, and the Recreation Department or by logging on at historian@penfield.org .

Until next week, eat well…get active…live well!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org
340.8631

 

 


June 14, 2013
Baird Road Improvement Project

The Town of Penfield will be closing Baird Road to one way traffic (northbound only) starting Wednesday June 19th to install the new stone shoulders on the east side of Baird Road. The work will begin at the south end of Baird Road (Whalen Road) around 7:30 AM and proceed to the north. The work should be completed in about 4 days. There will be times when you cannot exit of enter your driveway. Please contact the Department of Public Works (340-8692) or the Engineering Department (340-8683) if you have any special needs or concerns.


June 10, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 6/10

Last week Penfield Rotary held the “Wally Ashnault Recognition Golf Tournament” to celebrate Wally’s 50 years of membership in Rotary. All proceeds from the tournament will be used to fund service projects to benefit local and international communities. Wally is a well known attorney in Penfield and an active advocate in all aspects of the community. I had the honor of first meeting Wally in the mid-1970s and have seen first-hand over these many years the time and service he has dedicated to Rotary and our town. Wally, on behalf of the entire Penfield community, congratulations and thank you for your service—you have made a difference in so many ways to so many people!

Several weeks ago I shared with you that Javier Perez, a Boy Scout from troop 260 located at St. Joseph’s Church, was planning his Eagle project and would be organizing the first annual “Run of Gratitude 5K” to support St. Joseph’s School. I’m happy to provide this update. The event was extremely successful with more than 170 participants. Javier shared with me that he was able to raise $5,000 for the school. In true scout fashion, Javier was also very quick to thank all of his fellow scouts and leaders for helping him make this race so successful. The journey to receive the Eagle designation is long and involved with less than five percent of scouts achieving the esteemed rank. I want to congratulate Javier on fulfilling his requirements for his Eagle project, and I look forward to attending his Court of Honor in the future to present him with a certificate of recognition on behalf of the Penfield community.

“The Gift of Life”…the American Red Cross and the Penfield Recreation Department will be holding a blood drive on Wednesday, June 19 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center. All donors will be entered to win a $200 gift card. To schedule an appointment, please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS. If you donated blood on or before April 24 you are eligible to donate at this drive. Please consider donating, it makes a big difference in so many lives!

Recently, members of the town board had the honor of attending several Eagle Courts of Honor to present certificates of recognition to three of the newest Eagle Scouts in our community. From troop 363, Michael Josselyn’s Eagle project was to lead and manage a garden re-design for Webster Comfort Care Home; he organized 200 hours of service for this project. From troop 312, Benjamin L. Trageser and Collin Van Bork earned the rank of Eagle. Benjamin’s project was to resurface the sand volleyball courts in Fairport, which included adding many yards of new material, edging, and repositioning net posts. For his project, Collin renovated the front signage and landscaping for his church, Webster Christian Reformed Church. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, I would like to recognize and congratulate Michael, Benjamin and Collin for attaining the rank of Eagle; great job guys, your family and friends must be very proud.

Last week I had the honor of joining the Penfield Library staff, the Friends of the Library, and all the library volunteers for their annual special recognition breakfast. The Penfield Library is a fabulous resource for our entire community; we are blessed to have a wonderful staff to assist all our residents’ needs. However, the staff cannot do this alone, and they do not have unlimited resources. Our library is fortunate to have a dedicated and involved group of volunteers who provide hundreds of hours of support each and every year. Also, the Friends of the Library donate equipment and financial resources to enhance and expand the library’s programs and materials. This is yet another example of Penfield’s community spirit—so many people giving of themselves for the good of all our residents. A special thank you to all the volunteers for all you do!

Until next week, I hope to see you around the town!

Tony
340.8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 


June 10, 2013
Public Information Meeting on Mixed Use Districts June 17

The Penfield community is invited to attend a public information meeting on a project to define mixed use zoning districts on Monday, June 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave. The purpose of this meeting is to share information, answer questions, and receive public input; no action will be taken.

The Town of Penfield’s 2010 Comprehensive Plan calls for the creation of a new mixed use zoning district ordinance to guide future land use. By definition, mixed use districts offer a variety of residential development blended with community and neighborhood commercial uses to create intentional neighborhoods that preserve community character, appeal to residents and developers, and provide a diverse tax base.

In accordance with the Comprehensive Plan, the town’s current project is the creation of a Mixed Use District Design Manual that will become the adopted reference for all code requirements relating to future mixed use development.

The Town of Penfield’s Planning Department is leading the project along with consultants and a steering committee consisting of representatives from area businesses, adjacent neighborhoods, and other stakeholders as appointed by the town board. The consultant and steering committee meetings commenced in January 2013.

The June 17 meeting will include presentations by project consultants Jim Sipes of Sand County Studios and Steve Lovett of ELM. Sipes and Lovett will review mixed use district concepts as they relate to recommendations of the Comprehensive Plan. They will also provide an overview of the proposed districts on Route 250 (south of Penfield Center Road/north of the Eastside YMCA) and Manitou Lake (former Dolomite Redman Sand Quarry on Old Penfield Road) and share input received to date from the steering committees and meetings with adjacent neighborhoods. The consultants and Planning Department staff will be on hand to answer questions and receive comments following the presentation. Public comments are also welcome at any time throughout the project and may be submitted in writing to the Planning Department, planning@penfield.org.

Attendees are encouraged to review the 2010 Comprehensive Plan (particularly the Land Use section that begins on page 56) and all Mixed Use District content prior to the meeting. Mixed Use District information may be accessed through the Quick Links on the home page of www.penfield.org. The 2010 Comprehensive Plan is included at the bottom of that page under “Documents of Interest.”

The project is funded under a federal grant through the Genesee Transportation Council’s (GTC) Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and the town budget. Other key involved agencies include Monroe County Department of Parks, New York State Department of Transportation, and the Genesee Transportation Council.

The meeting will be broadcast on Penfield TV and www.penfieldtv.org. Please contact the Planning Department at 340.8640 for further information.


June 3, 2013
Supervisor’s Column: Week of 6/3

The day was picture-perfect, the venue was simple yet inviting, attendance was one of the highest since the program began, and the music was strongly reflective of the freedoms we enjoy today. Our “Ceremony of Remembrance” on Memorial Day was one of the most moving I have attended in Penfield over the last several decades. The audience enjoyed the music of the Penfield Pops Band, some very inspirational words from E. Daniel Quatro, Monroe County Legislator for the 15th District representing a portion of Penfield, three amazing essays from local junior high students, and the solemn parade of roses, which has become the signature of this ceremony, growing in popularity each year.

I would like to recognize and thank Bridget Doyle, a Penfield High School Student, grade 12 for singing the National Anthem; Andy Strawhand, Commander, VFW Post 820 for coordinating the essay contest; Boy Scout Troops 312 and 310 for the raising of the flag and helping to set up and clean up; Broccolo’s Garden Center for providing the decorative flowers; and Sabrina Renner from our Recreation Department for her leadership and coordination of this wonderful event.

I would like to recognize the three VFW Essay Contest Award winners from the Ceremony of Remembrance: 1st place, Anna Givens, Bay Trail Middle School, 7th grade; 2nd place, Anna Thorpe, Charles Finney School, 7th grade; and 3rd place, Meghan Morral, Charles Finney School, 7th grade. These three young ladies did a fabulous job of writing three powerfully reflective essays. I would like to thank Anna, Anna, and Meghan for participating in the ceremony and personally sharing their essays. If you were unable to attend last Monday’s program you can view it online or Penfield TV. You will also be able to view the three essays; I encourage everyone to take a moment to read these wonder works by these three local students. To read the essays, please click  here

The Building & Zoning Department reminds me that spring and summer is a very busy time to install pools, shed and decks. They asked that I remind all residents to make sure to apply for a building permit, be aware of setback requirements, and be sensitive that you are not blocking drainage for yourself or your neighbors. A quick call to Building & Zoning at 340-8636 may save a lot of frustration and re-work.

The Penfield Public Library is offering many programs for adults, teens and children. As the school year winds down and we head into the summer season, many of us are looking for programs for our children and grandchildren. Take a moment to review the Pen-Rec brochure summer edition hard copy or online at www.penfieldrec.org to view all the programs for the summer break.

Sondra Young, Executive Director of Legacy at Willow Pond, contacted me to share some exciting news about a new farmer’s market that will be held at Legacy every Wednesday beginning June 19 through October from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. All in the Penfield community are welcome to attend to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables. The Legacy has been a great partner with many organizations in town, and they continue to look for ways to support our residents on many fronts. Mark your calendar and plan on stopping by to do some shopping, I’m looking forward to it and hope to see you there!

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
340.8631
supervisor@penfield.org

 

 




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