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September 29, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/29

STAND UP, SPEAK OUT, PREVENT BULLYING NOW! Last weekend I was invited to an amazing event at Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute located in Panorama Plaza to support their “bully busting” program, and more importantly, to support the students. I joined many local teachers to break a board as part of program that taught students to protect themselves from bullies. More than 100 children participated in a bully prevention movie, role playing, and a detailed lecture about how to deal with bullies. I am so impressed with all the teachers who took time out of their weekend to participate and their commitment to “bully busting” in our community—they are all great role models. I also want to recognize and thank Master Kim and his staff for all they do in the Penfield community. His commitment to our youth is second to none with the many classes, after school programs, fun camps, and more that he offers. I have had first-hand experience with Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute by watching both our grand-daughters gain confidence and grow their character, which will help them and all the students of the institute become future leaders. To learn more about the wonderful programs and to see the teachers break their boards, log on to www.masterkims.com.

Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly in young children and older adults. Flu shots are the most effective way to prevent influenza and its complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone six months of age or older be vaccinated annually against influenza. Please consider getting a flu shot over the next few weeks to help protect you and your family from the upcoming flu season. Be well!

The Genesee Transportation Council (GTC) is updating its Regional Trails Initiative. This plan spans nine counties and will identify proposed trail projects and policies that improve trail connectivity, safety, and accessibility. Public input is crucial to shaping the planning process, and they are requesting that you complete a short survey regarding existing issues and opportunities. To participate, go to the survey at
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/trail_user_survey, and the project website at http://www.regionaltrailsupdate.org/. GTC has a goal of 1,000 responses to the survey, thank you in advance for your help.

The Town of Penfield recently received a very positive report from Moody’s Investors Service, the organization that establishes our credit rating. Moody’s affirms Penfield’s Aa2 credit rating, which is one of the highest in Monroe County. The purpose of this recent review is connected to a large sanitary sewer project the Town of Penfield plans to undertake in 2015. Moody’s not only studied the proposed improvement bond, they also reviewed all town finances. In the report Moody’s stated, “the Aa2 rating reflects well-managed and healthy finances as evidenced by strong liquidity and reserve levels, a moderately-sized suburban tax base favorably located within the Rochester metropolitan area, modest debt profile, and manageable net pension liabilities. The positive outlook reflects the recently improved financial position characterized by robust liquidity and reserve levels.” I would like to recognize all town staff and Penfield Town Board for managing Penfield’s finances to maintain this Aa2 rating.

I want to give a special “shout out” to the Penfield Girls and Boys Cross Country teams who volunteered to support the MVP Health Care, Rochester Marathon (Half Marathon /Relay) on September 21. Participants were quoted as saying, “The Penfield XC Water Station was one of the most enthusiastic I have ever seen, anywhere…simply sensational!” Great job to the Penfield XC teams, you represent your school and town very well.

Until next week, enjoy the wonderful fall weather, consider getting a flu shot, and always consider shopping locally—our many local farmers are offering great deals on fruits, vegetables, pumpkins and more!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


September 26, 2014
"The Electric Car, the Future is Here" Sep 29, FREE PROGRAM

The town’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) has partnered with Penfield Recreation to offer a new FREE environmental discussion series to residents interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle.

The second of six discussions, "The Electric Car, the Future is Here," is Monday, September 29, 6:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. Bob Kanauer will talk about the history of the electric car, the design, and its growing popularity. He will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages and what to expect from the car industry in the future regarding electric cars. An electric car and charging station will be on hand for a short demonstration.

FREE but please register at www.penfieldrec.org or 340-8655.

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The free series will cover Monroe County recycling practices and creative ideas for upcycling, the history and future of electric vehicles, managing and improving stormwater with rain gardens, practical steps for lower carbon living, establishing butterfly gardens and wildlife habitats, and the science and financing of solar photovoltaic systems.

Sessions run six Mondays, September 22 through November 3 (no class October 13), 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. For more details on content and instructors see page 19 of the fall program brochure online or in print. Although programs are free registration is required for planning purposes. Register online at www.penfieldrec.org.

“The Town of Penfield is known for being innovative and cost conscious, which has led us to more sustainable practices,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our residents are also interested in managing their own lives and households more efficiently and responsibly. We are excited about the topics and excellent presenters the EEAC has assembled for this series. This is a great value and a must-attend for anyone interested in taking practical next steps towards sustainability.”


September 22, 2014
Got electronics to recycle? See you Sep 27!
Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club will host an electronics recycling event at the Penfield DPW complex (1607 Jackson Road) to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital on Saturday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Kiwanis will accept appliances, PCs and peripherals, copiers, telephones, and more. They will NOT accept air conditioners and other Freon containing appliances, ballasts, batteries, and light bulbs. See www.ewastesystems.com to learn more.

September 22, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/22

Last week the Penfield community lost another icon. George Shaw was a friend and mentor to many within the town. George served in the Navy, was a distinguished attorney for 43 years devoting his career to intellectual property law, and he served on the town’s Zoning and Planning Boards. Most recently George chaired the Historical Preservation Board. His commitment to preservation and his community was steadfast and he led by example. George was always a gentleman with board members and people who appeared before the board. George, thank you for your service to our country, the Rochester community, and the town of Penfield, you will be missed!

The next program in our new Environmental Discussion Series will be held on Monday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. and will feature “The Electric Car, the Future is Here!” with Bob Kanauer of LTHS Solar. Bob will discuss the history, design, and growing popularity of the electric car, as well as pros and cons, and the future of electric vehicles. A car and charging station will be on hand for demonstration. This free series is sponsored by the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee. The program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the town hall. While the program is free participants are asked to register online at www.penfieldrec.org or by calling 340-8655. I hope to see you at this session and the others that will be held on Mondays October 6, 20, 27, and November 3. See page 19 of the PenRec fall brochure for details on the series.

I have been contacted by the Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association to help spread the word about the group’s 2014 “Three Mile Walk for Camp Courage” on October 12 starting at 9:30 a.m. Finger Lakes Regional Burn Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been servicing burn survivors throughout the area since 1988. Walkers will leave from Camp Eastman, 1301 Lake Shore Blvd. and walk the newly constructed Seaway Trail three miles to the Sea Breeze Fire Department. Parking is provided at Seabreeze Park with “Park N Ride” continual shuttle service between Seabreeze Park and Camp Eastman. For more information and to pre-register, please log on to www.flrba.com.

One more reminder…the town board will be holding a public hearing on the 2015 budget on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. I encourage residents to review the budget online (www.penfield.org , “quick links,” Town Budget) for complete details of the general, highway and library funds. The town board welcomes any and all questions and comments from now through Friday, October 10. If you would like to sit down with Town Comptroller Bob Beedon for a one on one review please call him directly at 340-8621 to schedule an appointment. Additionally, hard copies of the budget are available for review at the town clerk’s office and the Penfield Public Library.

Recent crisp mornings remind me that fall is in the air and the holidays are just around the corner. During the holidays the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) is busy preparing for the many food baskets that will be delivered to families in need right here in our community. PEFS keeps a current “wish list” of items needed on their website at www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Please consider supporting this wonderful resource in Penfield, the positive impact they have on so many lives each week is what community is all about. Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of PEFS…this is community helping community!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Town Clerk Amy Steklof and her family for the recent loss of her grandmother, Sophia (Shirley) Rosenbaum.

Until next week, please consider shopping at one of Penfield’s many farm markets for your fruits and vegetables, shopping locally does make a difference!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


September 17, 2014
"Recycling & Creatively Reusing in Monroe County," Sep 22

The town’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) has partnered with Penfield Recreation to offer a new FREE environmental discussion series to residents interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle.

The first discussion, "Recycling & Creatively Reusing in Monroe County," is Monday, September 22, 6:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. Learn first-hand from a representative of the solid waste division how recycling works in Monroe County, then Deb Muratore of Greenovation will share unique and beautiful ways to reuse items that have outlived their original purpose. 

FREE but please register at www.penfieldrec.org or 340-8655.

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The free series will cover Monroe County recycling practices and creative ideas for upcycling, the history and future of electric vehicles, managing and improving stormwater with rain gardens, practical steps for lower carbon living, establishing butterfly gardens and wildlife habitats, and the science and financing of solar photovoltaic systems. 

Sessions run six Mondays, September 22 through November 3 (no class October 13), 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. For more details on content and instructors see page 19 of the fall program brochure online or in print. Although programs are free registration is required for planning purposes. Register online at www.penfieldrec.org.

“The Town of Penfield is known for being innovative and cost conscious, which has led us to more sustainable practices,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our residents are also interested in managing their own lives and households more efficiently and responsibly. We are excited about the topics and excellent presenters the EEAC has assembled for this series. This is a great value and a must-attend for anyone interested in taking practical next steps towards sustainability.”



September 17, 2014
Got Shredding? Metals? Brush? Old Clothing? See you Oct 4!

The Town of Penfield will host a one-day recycling event on Saturday, October 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Penfield residents may recycle metals, destroy confidential documents, dispose of residential brush, and donate clothing, purses, linens, blankets, towels, and drapery.

Partners for the event are Eco-Green Park certified document destruction (www.eco-greenpark.com), Alpco metals recycling (see www.alpcorecycling.com/metals-recycling.html#ferrous for metals that will be accepted), and the St. Pauly Textile Shed. The DPW will also accept brush (no grass) on-site.

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September 16, 2014
Passport Night Sep 23 5:30-7:30

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This service comes to Penfield through the partnership of Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo, County Legislators Debbie Drawe and Dan Quatro, and Penfield Town Clerk Amy Steklof. Please call the town clerk’s office at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.

Residents may also apply for a Passport Card, which is limited to land and sea crossing between the US and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Some passport renewals may be eligible to renew by mail and save the $25 processing fee. County Clerk staff will review options with applicants on an individual basis.

“I am again pleased to work with the Penfield legislators and Town Clerk Steklof to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports,” said County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo. “Whether it’s Passport Night or locating our Mobile DMV Unit at the Penfield Town Hall, I commend Penfield leaders for partnering with me in order to bring these important services to the people of this community.”

Passport applicants must provide proof of U.S. citizenship in one of three forms: a certified copy of a birth certificate with a raised seal and their parents’ names; original naturalization papers, or an old U.S. passport issued in the person’s name. Children under 16 will still need to bring their raised seal birth certificate even if they have an old passport. Proof of identity is also required in the form of a valid NYS Driver License or non-Driver ID, a valid military ID, naturalization papers issued to the applicant as an adult, or an INS Alien Registration Card. People born in Monroe County may obtain a copy of their birth certificate by contacting the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Visit the department’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-records.php#band for details.

The fee for a new US Passport for an applicant 16 and older is $135 ($110 plus a $25 application fee). For an applicant under 16 the fee is $105 ($80 plus a $25 application fee). Renewals by mail are $110. Passport cards - which may be used only for travel by land or sea between the US, Canada, and Mexico - are $55 ($30 plus a $25 application fee) for age 16 and older and $40 ($15 plus a $25 application fee) for applicants under 16. Passport card renewals are $30.00. Passport photos remain at $7.00 for a set of two.

For application requirements, residents can visit the County Clerk’s website at http://www.monroecounty.gov/clerk-passports.php . Residents may download a passport application to complete in advance. Forms are available on the US Department of State’s Travel website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html .

Passport processing time typically takes 4-6 weeks. Please call the Monroe County Clerk’s Office at 585-753-1600 with specific questions regarding the passport application process.

Please Note: Applicants between the ages of 16 to 18 must appear with a parent or legal guardian. Children under 16 must appear with both parents or legal guardians or one parent or guardian may appear, if and only if, the parent or guardian that is not present completes and has notarized a DS-3053 Form, Statement of Consent: Issuance of a Passport to a Minor Under Age 16 along with a copy of their Driver License.


September 15, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/15

The week of September 7-13 was National Assisted Living Week. I had the honor and pleasure of being invited to Heathwood Penfield to help kick-off this very important week and present a proclamation to the dedicated caregivers at this wonderful facility. The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) established National Assisted Living Week in 1995 to provide a unique opportunity for residents, families, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding community, to come together to share events and activities that show appreciation for assisted living. The number of elderly and disabled Americans is dramatically increasing. Assisted living offers long-term care that fosters choice, dignity, independence and autonomy for our elderly nationwide. This year’s theme is “The Magic of Music” highlighting the healing effect music can have on individuals living with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

After I presented the proclamation I was asked to introduce a special guest. Can you imagine my surprise and delight to discover it was Gap Mangione? A perfect choice for the “magic of music” theme. For the past six years Gap and his bands have played as part of our concert series in Penfield, and he is consistently one of our most requested talents. I joined the Heathwood family for an hour of music, stories and history of Gap from a very young man starting piano lessons, through high school and college, to his very successful career and worldwide travels as a musician. The Rochester area is fortunate to have a musician like Gap so committed to our community. In his usual fashion, Gap presented one of his CDs to Heathwood for their music library. In honor of the season, and as a ‘thank you’ to Penfield, Gap also presented a copy of his CD “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” to me for the town’s music collection. To learn more about this amazing man, his recordings, scheduled events and more, please go to www.gapmangione.com.

Penfield is a caring community with a tradition of honoring its residents. National Assisted Living Week gives us the opportunity to truly celebrate the presence and contributions of our elders. I urge all citizens to visit friends and loved ones who reside at these facilities and to learn more about assisted living services and how they benefit our community throughout the year.

The first program of our new environmental discussion series, Recycling & Creatively Reusing in Monroe County, will be held on September 22. A representative from Monroe County’s Solid Waste division will talk about how recycling works in Monroe County, and Deb Muratore from Greenovation will demonstrate ideas to creatively reuse products that have outlived their original purpose. All six sessions are free and will be held Mondays at 6:30 pm at the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield. Mark your calendars for September 29; October 6, 20, 27; and November 3. Read about the series on page 19 of the Fall PenRec brochure. While the programs are free, please register by calling (585) 340-8655, option 6, or visit our website at www.penfieldrec.org.

Do you still have some old electronics taking up space in your home, basement or garage? Don’t put them out at the curb, as most refuse collectors will not pick them up. Consider bringing them to our DPW Facility, 1607 Jackson Road on Saturday, September 27 from 9:00 a.m. to noon to support the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis. This will be a win-win for all. You will get rid of unwanted electronics and they will be properly recycled. Kiwanis will receive proceeds for their ongoing support of children in the area. The goal of Kiwanis is to give all children the chance to learn, experience, dream, grow, succeed and thrive! The event is free and open to all the public.

Until next week, take advantage of the nice fall weather. I hope to see you out in our great community!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org





September 11, 2014
FREE "Drive Electric" Event at Town Hall Sep 18, 2-7 PM

The Town of Penfield will join more than 125 cities and towns in 35 states and abroad to observe “National Drive Electric Week,” September 15-21.

Penfield’s free “Drive Electric” day is Thursday, September 18, 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Penfield Town Hall campus, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The event is being coordinated by Bob Kanauer, an electrical engineer, member of the Town of Penfield’s Energy & Environment Advisory Committee, and owner of LTHS Solar. Event hosts are the town’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee, Genesee Region Clean Communities, and the New York State Electric Auto Association.

The public is invited to learn about the convenience, clean-air benefits, cost-savings and fun of electric vehicles. Visitors will see the newest electric vehicles, have an opportunity to speak to local experts on electric vehicle technology, see how electric vehicle charging stations operate, and drive/ride in some of the vehicles. Electric car owners who wish to participate may register at http://www.pluginday.org.

The Town of Penfield installed the first publicly available electric vehicle charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center in 2012. In May of 2013 the Town of Penfield installed a second public electric vehicle charging station at the town hall complex on Atlantic Avenue, and a third is underway in Harris Whalen Park. In April of this year 24 electric vehicle stations went live in the City of Rochester.

“Three years ago Penfield was the first community in the county to install a public charging station,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We are currently working on our third unit based on usage and demand. Penfield continues to be a leader in sustainability in a variety of ways, which is among the reasons families choose to move to our community, raise their families, and live as responsible stewards of the environment.”

National Drive Electric Week (formerly National Plug In Day) has quadrupled in size since its 2011 launch. It is expected to draw at least 35,000 total attendees this year. Many cities are participating for the first time and others are going on their fourth consecutive year. Penfield is participating for the third straight year. Just as U.S. plug-in vehicle sales are expected to reach their first quarter-million mark, cities will offer one-day activities or observe the celebration’s entire week, organized nationally by Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association.

"As we celebrate the first quarter-million plug-ins sold, these vehicles continue their inevitable march toward mainstream adoption," said Plug in America President Richard Kelly. "Plug-ins offer the industry’s most efficient technology, freedom from gas stations, costly car repairs and reliance on foreign oil, and the option to drive on renewable energy, delivering tremendous public health and environmental benefits. National Drive Electric Week offers everyone the chance to learn this first hand."

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For details about individual events, visit the National Drive Electric Week Events page.

Plug In America: Plug In America, a San Francisco-based national nonprofit organization, works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. www.pluginamerica.org.

Sierra Club: The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles campaign advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. www.sierraclub.org/EVGuide.

Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. www.electricauto.org.


September 10, 2014
Metals Recycling, Shredding, Brush Drop-off & Clothing Donation Oct 4 at DPW

The Town of Penfield will host a one-day recycling event on Saturday, October 4, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Penfield residents may:

  • recycle metals
  • securely destroy confidential documents
  • dispose of residential brush (no grass)
  • donate clothing, purses, linens, blankets, towels, and drapery 

Partners for the event are Eco-Green Park certified document destruction (www.eco-greenpark.com), Alpco metals recycling (see www.alpcorecycling.com/metals-recycling.html#ferrous for metals that will be accepted), and the St. Pauly Textile Shed. The DPW will also accept brush (no grass) on-site.

Recycling day replaces the former “Fall Drop-off” of unwanted household items. In recent years the town ended the twice yearly drop-off and landfilling of unwanted items and began providing residents with more sustainability-focused services aimed at recycling and “upcycling.” Most private trash haulers collect many materials that were traditionally brought to Fall Drop-off. The town will host its traditional Spring Drop-off in 2015, when tires, furniture and other household debris will be accepted.

“This will be the second year the town has NOT held a traditional Fall Drop-off event,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “As the town board continues to look for ways to cut costs and reduce spending, driving down landfill expenses is one of our goals. Before you send unwanted items to the curb or landfill, please consider the following outlets to recycle or upcycle materials. Ecopark (www2.monroecounty.gov/ecopark); Greenovation (www.rochestergreen.org); Habitat for Humanity Restore (www.rochesterhabitat.org/restore); Rehouse Architectural Salvage (www.rehouseny.com). At many of these locations you are able to obtain a receipt for donated goods that can be deducted from your taxes. Let’s all do our part to help reduce costs.”

Recycling Day runs concurrent with the Town of Penfield and Penfield Rotary bicycle collection event for R Community Bikes at the Community Center on Baird Road. Residents with recycling and shredding who also wish to donate bicycles may leave bikes at the public works complex; the town will direct donations to R Community Bikes.

Recycling Day is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate. Please direct questions to the Department Public Works, 340-8710, Monday-Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

NOTE: Electronics will not be collected at this October 4 event. Instead, the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club will host a separate electronics recycling event at the DPW complex to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital one week before on Saturday, September 27, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Kiwanis will accept appliances, PCs and peripherals, copiers, telephones, and more. They will NOT accept air conditioners and other Freon containing appliances, ballasts, batteries, and light bulbs. See www.ewastesystems.com to learn more.

More on Ecopark
Monroe County’s year-round Ecopark facility is located at 10 Avion Drive near the airport. Ecopark is a joint effort between Monroe County and Waste Management that provides county residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle many items including hard Styrofoam packing material (not foam trays used for meat or produce), cooking oil/grease, fluorescent lights, clothing, sneakers, sharps and syringes, and more. Ecopark offers regular collections Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. all for NO FEE. Ecopark also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For more information and details, log on to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.


September 8, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/8

I hope to see you this Saturday, September 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Penfield Amphitheater for the eleventh annual Tastin’ the Blues. This is a wonderful event with great music from Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, sampling of Dundee Ales & Lagers, fantastic food, and a host of many outstanding chili recipes to try. Please stop by and sample my award winning chili and say hello!

2015 budget update…the Tentative Budget was presented to the town board and Penfield community at the September 3 board meeting. I am pleased to report that this budget will keep the tax rate at $2.64 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation for the sixth straight year. I would like to recognize all of the department heads and town comptroller Bob Beedon for their efforts to cut costs and reduce spending which allowed us to absorb escalating unfunded mandates from state and federal governments. Complete details of the 2015 budget are available at www.penfield.org and clicking on the quick links for ‘Town Budget.’ We welcome your comments and feedback on the budget. Drop an email to supervisor@penfield.org or call 340-8621 to speak with Bob Beedon or schedule an appointment to review budget details.

The Family First Penfield 5K Challenge XII is just around the corner, so mark your calendar for Sunday, September 28 with check-in at 8:00 a.m. and a start time of 9:00 a.m. sharp. This very popular 5K continues to grow each year; this year’s event features more than $1,000.00 in prizes. Entry fees are as follows: before September 22, $20.00; September 23 to 27, $25.00, and race-day $28.00. Pre-register and pick up your race number and shirt on Thursday, September 25 or Friday, September 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center. Go to www.penfieldrec.org for more information or to register online.

I received a call from East Penfield Homeowners’ Association president Dave Woodward reminding me that the group will be hosting its annual summer picnic on Sunday, September 14 starting at 2:00 p.m. with dinner at 5:00 p.m. The picnic will be located at the Woodward Family Farm, 1530 Harris Road. Everyone is welcome to attend and join in on the fun. If you have an interest contact Sue at 377-3850 for more details and to make your reservation. I hope to see some of you there!

We will be hosting the next “Passport Night in Penfield” on Tuesday, September 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium. Passport night has been an extremely popular service for individuals thinking about getting a passport or updating one that has expired. Advanced registration is encouraged but not required. For more details, contact the town clerk’s office at 340-8629.

The thirteenth anniversary of September 11th is upon us. Our country was brutally attacked, many lives were lost, and countless families continue to be impacted. I ask all of our residents to take a minute to reflect on this terrible event in our history and remember all of those individuals who lost their lives. We will not falter. We will not fear. We will not fail. We will not forget!

Also, let us remember the family of the Rochester Police Department Officer killed last week in the line of duty. The members of law enforcement give so much to protect us and our families each and every day, please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Until next week…be well and be safe.

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


September 5, 2014
Be an H20 Hero: Maintenance of Pools, Fountains, Spas

Pool backwashing is a common maintenance activity. Backwash water can become a pollutant to our stormwater system, and draining to a storm sewer or water body is illegal if the water contains chemicals.

Basic practices to prevent backwash chemicals from entering a water body:
• Backwash water should drain into the lawn or other landscaped area of your property. Draining slowly will allow chemicals to dissipate and prevent erosion.
• Never drain backwash into a stream, creek, pond, or other natural water body.
• Do not drain backwash water into the storm sewer.
• Do not drain backwash onto driveways, sidewalks, streets, or other impervious surfaces.
• All wastewater from acid washing should be neutralized to pH between 6.0 and 7.0 and discharged to the lawn or sanitary sewer.
• Dispose of diatomaceous earth (DE) in the household garbage.
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September 5, 2014
2015 Tentative Budget Presentation

Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain and Finance Director Robert Beedon presented the 2015 Tentative Budget proposal to the Penfield Town Board and community on Wednesday, September 3.

The proposed 2015 budget of $15.9 is $278 K lower than the 2014 budget. Major impacts on 2015 expenses include the full funding of retirement cost at 20 percent of salary, a 12 percent increase in workers compensation cost, a 12 percent increase in medical cost, and a 10 percent increase in general liability insurance cost.

The 2015 town tax rate will remain flat at the 2014 level of $2.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value, marking the sixth consecutive year at the $2.64 level. Penfield’s property tax rate remains one of the lowest in Monroe County. The Town of Penfield receives approximately $0.08 of each tax dollar (8 cents).

“Over the years, Penfield has been one of the most consistent towns in the county for cutting costs, controlling spending, and looking for creative ways to provide services,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “While we cannot control bloated government and runaway spending at the state and federal levels, local municipalities must continue to help set the tone for all government agencies to better manage costs versus automatically raising taxes year-on-year, which seems to be the accepted norm.”

Unfunded mandates continue to be the source of most local government budget problems along with an increase in the costs of goods. For example, the cost of road salt has increased 27 percent for the 2015 budget cycle. Supervisor LaFountain achieved the flat tax rate with ongoing cost-reductions that include selective replacement of retiring employees; use of more seasonal contract labor; forming more and broader partnerships with other communities to leverage cost reductions; further technology upgrades and process improvements; and exploration of more aggressive outsourcing of tasks and duties. Additionally, for the sixth year, all elected and appointed officials will receive no pay increase in 2015.

The Penfield Town Board continues to review a multi-year budget with projections and expected changes for the next three years based on the dynamics of unfunded mandates and other cost pressures that continue to impact all budgets. 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 continues to be 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. Moody’s Investors Service graded Penfield’s credit rating an excellent Aa2, one of the highest in the county and state. 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 4, print copies of the 2015 Tentative Budget are 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 also available online at www.penfield.org (go to ‘Quick Links,’ ‘Town Budget’). A public hearing to receive comments on the Preliminary Budget is set for October 1. The Penfield Town Board reviews comments now through October 10.

PENFIELD 2015 BUDGET TIMELINE
April to September 2014 - Town Supervisor, Finance Director and Staff conduct budget work sessions; prepare 2015 Tentative Budget
September 3, 2014 - Town Supervisor, Finance Director present a summary of the Tentative Budget to Town Board and community; document made public for review (during this period, Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget)
September 4-October 10, 2014 - Public comment period
October 1, 2014 - Public Hearing on 2015 Preliminary Budget; public comments received
October 1-10, 2014 - Town Board reviews comments, develops a Final Budget
October 15, 2014 - Town Board Legislative meeting, adoption of a Final 2015 Budget; Adopted Budget made public
October 16, 2014 - Town presents Penfield Adopted 2015 Budget to County of Monroe


September 4, 2014
NEW Free Environmental Discussion Series this Fall

The town’s Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) has partnered with Penfield Recreation to offer a new free environmental discussion series to residents interested in living a more sustainable lifestyle.

The Town of Penfield offers a range wellness programming, events and activities to residents of ages and interests. The EEAC is contributing to this effort with an educational series of six discussions led by respected subject experts and community professionals, including members of the EEAC.

The free series will cover Monroe County recycling practices and creative ideas for upcycling, the history and future of electric vehicles, managing and improving stormwater with rain gardens, practical steps for lower carbon living, establishing butterfly gardens and wildlife habitats, and the science and financing of solar photovoltaic systems.

“The Town of Penfield is known for being innovative and cost conscious, which has led us to more sustainable practices,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our residents are also interested in managing their own lives and households more efficiently and responsibly. We are excited about the topics and excellent presenters the EEAC has assembled for this series. This is a great value and a must-attend for anyone interested in taking practical next steps towards sustainability.”

Sessions run six Mondays, September 22 through November 3 (no class October 13), 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. For more details on content and instructors see page 19 of the fall program brochure online or in print. Although programs are free registration is required for planning purposes. Register online at www.penfieldrec.org.


September 2, 2014
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/1

One last plug for “Tastin’ the Blues” on Saturday, September 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage in Veterans’ Memorial Park. Come join the fun and music…cruise car parking, food concession, Dundee Ales & Lagers to sample, and chili judging. Enjoy music by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters with special guest Joe Beard. If you are really adventurous consider entering the chili cooking contest. There will be two separate categories for judging: “people’s choice” and “judged categories.” I hope to see you there!

Frances and Larry Grossman of Grossmans Garden & Home continue to host the “Penfield Farmers’ Market” at 1801 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road. This is a great opportunity to shop for local fruits, vegetables, breads, preserves, wine, eggs, dairy and meat products, homemade foods, and much more. If you have home grown or homemade products to sell and want to be part of this growing farmers’ market in Penfield, please contact market manager Rebecca Ward at 377-1982, ext. 224 to reserve your spot! The market runs Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Grossmans Garden & Home. Please stop by and support this wonderful community market!

The next Penfield Community Bike Drop-off will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center. Used bikes will be collected by the Penfield Rotary & Penfield Recreation and donated to R Community Bikes, Inc., a Rochester-based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester needy children and adults. For more information about R Community Bikes, Inc., please log-on to www.rcommunitybikes.net. Receipts will be provided for donations. This event is free and open to the public.

Penfield Recreation and the Penfield Local History Room have put together a “Historic Penfield Road Rally ‘14” on Saturday, September 27 as a “fun-raiser” for the Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) program. This rally around Penfield will have you exploring some of our town’s past. Enjoy a fall ride around the countryside as you solve, search, and find all the secret locations on the rally route. Teams will depart promptly at 11:45 a.m. from the Penfield Community Center with direction packs and will receive a delicious box lunch at one of the stops to enjoy at their leisure. Teams will not be timed but will be awarded points for each completed task in the allotted time frame. The team entry fee of $30 per team (two to three players, must be in the same car) includes lunch and morning refreshments. To register please contact the Recreation Department at 340-8655 or log-on to www.penfieldrec.org.

The next Penfield Rotary Band–Nels Carman Big Band Nights will be Tuesdays October 7, November 4, and December 2 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center. The fee is a bargain at $1.00 and you can pay at the door. Mark your calendar for two hours of your favorite big band sounds for your dancing and listening enjoyment.

Mark your calendar for the “new” Environmental Discussion Series sponsored by the Town’s Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee. This free series will cover recycling in Monroe County and creative reuse ideas, the electric car, rain gardens and stormwater management, practical steps for lower carbon living, butterfly gardens and wildlife habitats, and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Check out page 19 of the current PenRec brochure or log-on at www.penfieldrec.org for more information and details.

Until next week, enjoy the last days of summer!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org




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