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February 27, 2015
Second Town/County Tax Payment Deadline Extension to March 2
Message from the Town of Penfield Receiver of Taxes:
Please note that the second scheduled Town / County tax payment installment is due Saturday February 28, 2015. Due to this date falling on a weekend, the installment date has been extended to the next business day, Monday March 2, 2015 by 5 PM. A drop-box is available at the east entrance of the Town Hall (3100 Atlantic Avenue) for payment submission after normal business hours. Please contact the Tax Receiver's office at 585 340-8626 for additional information.

February 26, 2015
Update on Sex Offender Residency Restrictions: Message from the Supervisor

I am pleased to share that today the New York State Senate passed S.3925, a bill cosponsored by Senator Rich Funke to grant municipalities the authority to establish residency restrictions for registered sex offenders.
Senator Funke announced the bill right here in Penfield on Monday, February 23 in support of our efforts to enact the Penfield Child Safety Act. It was just nine days ago, on February 17, that the State Court of Appeals ruled that local governments no longer have a say in where registered sex offenders are allowed to live. That decision struck down more than 130 local laws across the state and jeopardized our town board’s plans to enact a local law in Penfield.
On behalf of all Penfield residents and children, I thank Senator Funke for seeing that a problem needed to be fixed and stepping up to fix it. Moving from a court ruling to a passing a bill in the Senate in just nine days must be some type of legislative record. Next the bill will go before the New York State Assembly and Governor Cuomo.
In Penfield, we are holding a public hearing on the proposed Penfield Child Safety Act on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. All interested in this topic are encouraged to attend.
Learn more about Senator Funke’s co-sponsorship of S.3925.
http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senate-passes-funke-s-legislation-let-communities-set-sex-offender-restrictions

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February 24, 2015
Maintaining Public Safety: Sidewalks - Message from the Supervisor

As we continue to experience harsh winter conditions, I will continue to share information on maintaining public safety in our community.

My previous messages addressed our commitment to keeping roads plowed and salted, snow management, and snow plow safety. Today I want to provide an update on our efforts to clear sidewalks.

DPW priorities are to clear roadways. Now that roads are pretty much under control, crews can shift some resources back to sidewalks. Although many routes have been plowed over the past few weeks, the rate of snowfall has made it difficult to keep sidewalks clear.

As I write this, DPW crews are clearing sidewalks in and around the Four Corners district using a combination of snow removal equipment including snow blowers, plows, and bobcats. Our goal over the next week is to get to all our traditional sidewalk plow routes as best we can.

Please note, we do not salt sidewalks, so even after they are plowed there will be residual snowpack. If you are out walking, wear appropriate footwear and pay attention to conditions. Sight distance will still be limited where snowbanks remain high.  

If you want to get out of the house for some good exercise and want to avoid roads and sidewalks, consider a visit to Rothfuss Park. We are keeping the lower parking area plowed, and you can enjoy your cross-country skis or snowshoes throughout the park. Walkways within the park are also high on our list for clearing. Before long those fields will be green and filled with kids playing soccer and lacrosse.

Stay warm,

-Tony LaFountain
Penfield Supervisor
supervisor@penfield.org


February 23, 2015
Travel Advisory for February 24 - 27, 2015, Penfield, NY
For your safety, Town of Penfield Highway crews will be conducting snow removal operations throughout the Four Corners District (Five Mile Line Road from High School Drive to the Town line, and the Penfield Road business area). Snow will be shelved, shifted, and removed. Roads, driveways and sidewalks will be impacted. Crews will complete the project in stages this week beginning Tuesday, February 24. Please use caution and exercise patience when in the area. Affected residents and businesses may contact the Town DPW office at 340 – 8710 with questions.

February 23, 2015
Snow Piles, Plows and Safety - Message from Supervisor

As we continue to experience harsh winter conditions, I will continue to share information on maintaining public safety in our community.

My previous message addressed our commitment to keeping roads plowed and treated for icy conditions. Today I want to address safety as it relates to snow piles and limited sight distance, snow plow safety, and New York State law regarding placement of plowed snow.

Near-constant snowfall and frigid temperatures have led to extremely high snow piles. The height of snowbanks makes it difficult for drivers and pedestrians to navigate and share streets.

Drivers, please slow down and watch for pedestrians and pets making their way along roadways. Carefully approach intersections with poor sight distance. Be sure to clear your car of snow before driving, including all lights so you can see and be seen. Pedestrians, please wear reflective clothing. If you are walking for exercise consider a temporary “plan B” route like a park trail, mall-walking or a fitness club until conditions are back to normal. Patience and flexibility will make our roads safer for all.

My next comment falls into the common sense category – still, I have to address snow plow safety. Snow plows are massive and deserve respect. When loaded they weigh roughly 20 tons, and they have a plow-span of about 15 feet. They are typically operated in the worst winter conditions with poorest visibility.

Drivers, please give plow operators plenty of room to do their job for you. Don't try to race a plow or make quick moves to "get away." Cars are not always visible and trucks cannot stop quickly to respond to sudden moves.

Parents, never let your children play in snow banks along roadways. Do not join them or encourage them to play where plows work. Do not race, dodge or challenge snow plows in any way. Remarkably, these dangerous scenarios involving adults and children are real.

My last topic is snow management. Do you know that New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law and New York State Highway Law prohibit depositing any snow upon the highway or its shoulders? This includes pushing snow across a highway or into a cul-de-sac. Plow contractors must push the snow up onto a customer's own property. Many neighbors complain about intrusive snow piles during the winter months. Please know that Monroe County Sheriff Deputies will issue tickets if this occurs.

We are all looking forward to a break from this winter. Until then, please be considerate, and make sure you can see and be seen wherever you may be.

-Tony LaFountain
Penfield Supervisor
supervisor@penfield.org


February 23, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/23

Since the beginning of this year, severe winter storms have caused the cancellation of thousands of blood and platelet donations across the eastern United States. Nearly 6,000 times a day, someone receives blood from a Red Cross donor and yet, only about three percent of the population donates. If you are a regular donor…thank you. If you have never donated, please consider donating, it does make a difference. Upcoming opportunities to give blood in Penfield include Monday, February 23 from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Ave and Monday, March 2 at Penfield Sport and Fitness, 667 Panorama Trail West from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Please schedule an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or just stop by, the volunteers would love to see you!

I do not want to sound like a broken record; however, I do want to make sure we are all doing what we can to support the three fire districts that cover our town. I am again asking residents and businesses to clear snow from around fire hydrants that are adjacent to your homes and businesses. Sadly, we have seen delayed responses to fires in other communities as firefights have had to shovel out hydrants before they could connect to fight fires. Firefighters recommended clearing a three foot space around the circumference of fire hydrants. Please do your part to support yourself and your neighbors by helping to maintain open and assessable fire hydrants…thank you in advance.

As the snow and cold continues to grip the area the need for donations at the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) remains high. Let us not forget those less fortunate in our community that may need extra assistance to put food on the table. The PEFS operates 52 weeks a year. Learn how to donate by contacting volunteers at 234-0799 or log on to penfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com. Your ongoing support makes a big difference in the lives of many Penfield families.

As you may be aware, the Penfield Town Board will hold a public hearing March 4 on the proposed Sex Offender Child Safety Act. We recently learned the State Court of Appeals struck down existing and proposed local legislation to further restrict where registered sex offenders may live, citing that the State has already created a comprehensive and detailed regulatory scheme with regard to this subject. My first reaction is…really? The State gets very little right, as we have seen over the years, as to what they place on the books and mandate to local governments. The town board will move forward with the public hearing and welcome any and all interested residents to come speak on behalf of this local law.

Attention high school and college students…applications are continuously accepted for school year lifeguards, water safety instructors, program specialists, and summer camp coordinators. Applications are available at the Recreation Department or online at www.penfieldrec.org.

Until next week, please help clear out a hydrant adjacent to your home or business and stay warm. Spring is sure to make an appearance soon!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org







February 23, 2015
Energy Saving Tips - Heating Systems

Saving energy isn’t just about saving money for homeowners. Saving energy is beneficial on a global scale. The world is facing dwindling energy reserves, and the more we save, the better our future will be.
Heating systems:
Set thermostats at 68°F (20°C) when the house is occupied during the day and then turn it down at night or when you’re not home (60°F (15°C) is recommended). There are programmable thermostats that you can buy from local hardware and lumber stores that can do this automatically and easily. They are inexpensive, reliable and easy to install. This would not be recommended for “heat pump” systems if it would cause auxiliary heating to come on.
Make sure supply and return vents, radiators and baseboard heating units are not obstructed by furniture, appliances or other objects and that air can flow freely to and from them. This will maximize the efficiency of your system and help distribute warm air throughout the room.
Clean or change furnace filters in forced hot air systems once a month or more often as needed.
Have your heating system maintained and serviced according to manufacturer’s instructions (usually once a year). Dirty filters, coils and fans reduce airflow throughout the system, which decreases performance and can damage your system. Scheduling your service in the early fall when technicians are not as busy will probably save you money as well.
Check heating ducts for air leaks from joints and holes. Check with your local hardware store for the proper listed mastic or tape to use for the particular job.
Insulate your hot water tank with an insulating jacket according to manufacturer recommendations. Some newer tanks already are insulated, so check product literature to determine if insulation is needed. Insulate the first six feet of the hot water pipes connected to the water heater.
You can turn down the thermostat in rooms that have all of the following: are unoccupied; can be closed off (closed doors) from the rest of the house; and have their own heating zone. However, do not do this if it adversely affects the rest of your system or could lead to freezing water pipes.
Windows & doors:
Install caulking, weather stripping or use spray-in foams around exterior windows and doors or those between heated and unheated spaces (garages, basements, crawl spaces, attics). Read instructions for spray foams carefully. Expanding foams can exert enough pressure to cause doors and windows to jam or stick.
During the heating season, keep draperies and shades open during the day on your southern facing walls to allow sunlight to enter. Keep them closed at night to reduce heat loss and the chill or “draft” you may feel from cold windows.
Exhaust fans:
Did you know that your kitchen or bath fan can pull out a houseful of heated air in just one hour?
Turn off all fans as soon as they have done the job. Consider installing a timer switch instead of a manual switch to limit the unnecessary.
Note: Anyone who needs fuel assistance should call the National Energy Assistance Referral line at +1 866 674-6327.


February 19, 2015
Winter Road Maintenance - Message from Supervisor

Winter road maintenance, the use of salt, and the availability of salt supplies has become a hot topic as our region experiences the stress of extended harsh winter conditions. I would like to provide an update on the Town of Penfield’s winter practices. In Penfield, we are committed to keeping our roads plowed and treated for icy conditions, and we will not compromise public safety.

As I write this message, we have used about 90% of this season’s allocated 8,000 tons of road salt. (We actually have access to 120% of our allocation at a fixed seasonal price.) This level of use is expected and not causing alarm for our DPW or our town comptroller.

During storm events, our DPW tracks snowfall across town and prioritizes plow routes accordingly with attention to primary roads followed by neighborhoods. There are times when some areas of town are getting bombarded by snow and other neighborhoods merely see a few flakes. We keep an active eye on all activity.

Although this stretch of weather has been unusually cold and snowy, I am comfortable we have made sound preparations for the season, and we will manage our salt supplies without jeopardizing safety or town finances. Monitoring salt supplies is a normal part of winter business. The majority of town plows trucks are equipped with computerized salters that help to efficiently manage salt distribution throughout the entire season. Be assured we do have access to salt supplies beyond our allocation if necessary.

In short, I would like Penfield residents to know that when it comes to keeping our roads safe, we have your back and we’re sensitive to watching your taxpayers’ wallets too.

When driving, please do your part to keep roads safe by being patient and courteous to other drivers. Be safe, stay warm, and please keep neighborhood fire hydrants free of snow.

Tony LaFountain
Penfield Town Supervisor


February 19, 2015
NYSEG and RG&E Remind Customers to Stay Safe, Use Energy Wisely During Extreme Weather

With frigid weather refusing to loosen its grip on the state, NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, remind customers to stay safe and use energy wisely.

“Extreme weather puts additional stress on our electricity and natural gas delivery systems in the form of dramatically increased customer demand for energy, however we fully expect to continue to provide the safe, reliable service our customers expect and deserve,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We encourage our customers to put safety first and to keep an eye on the thermostat to help ensure wise energy use.”

NYSEG and RG&E offer the following tips.

Safety
One of the most important safety precautions customers can take is to have an annual check of heating systems, chimneys and flues by a professional to identify any issues that could lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

“Even though we are well into the heating season, it’s never too late to call a contractor to schedule a potentially life-saving safety check,” Lynch said.

• In addition to the annual safety check, use carbon monoxide detectors.
• Natural gas appliance chimneys and vents should be kept free of snow and ice to prevent the build-up of potentially-deadly carbon monoxide.
• Emergency generators can be dangerous. If you use one, carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Never run an emergency generator indoors or even in a garage; operate generators only outdoors in well-ventilated areas.
• Never use a natural gas or propane range to heat your home.
• Never use a grill, hibachi, lantern or portable camping stove indoors.
• Make sure your electric stove tops and/or ovens are off when not in use.
• Keep electric and kerosene space heaters away from anything flammable. And be sure the use of kerosene heaters is not prohibited by local law.

Using Energy Wisely
Taking a few simple steps to control energy use, particularly during extreme weather conditions when energy use tends to spike, can help control winter bills.

“We always encourage our customers to use energy wisely, but it is particularly important and beneficial when the temperature drops and winds pick up,” Lynch said.

Heating
• Set thermostats no higher than 70° and at 58° when you’re away from the house for more than a few hours or in bed for the night. (This may not be advisable if frail, ill or elderly people or infants are in the home.)
• Install automatic set back or programmable thermostats.
• Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season.
• Since warm air rises, use registers to direct warm airflow across the floor.
• Close vents and doors in unused rooms and close fireplace dampers when not in use.
• Open draperies and blinds on sunny days to let the warmth in; close them at night to insulate against cold air outside.

Lighting/Electricity
• Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR-certified compact fluorescent or LED bulbs. These bulbs use 70% to 90% less electricity and last 10 to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
• Use programmable timers to turn lights on/off.
• Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.

Hot Water
• Set water heater temperatures at 120° to cut water heating bills without sacrificing comfort.
• Install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets.
• Limit the length of showers.
• Run washing machines and clothes dryers with a full load.

>> For more low-cost and no-cost energy-saving tips, visit www.nyseg.com or www.rge.com and click on “Usage and Safety” (http://www.nyseg.com/UsageAndSafety/default.html or http://www.rge.com/UsageAndSafety/default.html).

>> Customers are also encouraged to sign up for Budget Billing service, which enables them to spread utility costs evenly over 12 months. For more information or to sign up, NYSEG customers should visit nyseg.com or call 1.800.572.1111; RG&E customers should visit rge.com or call 1.800.743.2110.

>> Customers who are having difficulty paying their bills are urged to contact their utility right away (NYSEG: 1.888.315.1755; RG&E: 1.877.266.3492).

Preparing for Storm-Related Service Interruptions
Ice, wet snow and wind – and the impact they have on trees – are the weather conditions most likely to damage NYSEG’s and RG&E’s electricity delivery systems and cause power interruptions.

“Our crews are prepared to respond to power interruptions every hour of every day and we encourage our customers to be prepared for power interruptions, too, especially during extreme weather,” Lynch said.

• Anyone who uses life-sustaining equipment that operates on electricity should contact their utility right away (NYSEG: 1.800.572.1111; RG&E: 1.800.743.2110). Customers may be enrolled in a critical customer program or provided specific advice on how to prepare for power interruptions.
• Keep flashlights, a battery-powered radio or TV and fresh batteries handy.
• Have at least one telephone that is not dependent on electricity. (Cordless phones won’t work during a power interruption.)
• Keep a supply of non-perishable food and bottled water on hand.
• Make sure cell phone batteries are fully charged.

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February 17, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/16

In Penfield we are very fortunate to have dedicated employees that pride themselves on the service they provide our residents and those visiting our great community. Recently, Carol MacDonald, Penfield Public Library’s longtime head of circulation, retired to enjoy the next chapter of her life. Carol’s professionalism, dedication to providing superb service, and knowledge of library policies and procedures was admired by her colleagues, not just at our library, but throughout the Monroe County Library System. Carol, thank you for your service to Penfield, and best wishes for a long and happy retirement. Congratulations!

I have recently had the opportunity to talk with Jack Best, an active member of the Penfield Rotary and Rotary International. Jack is also active in the Stop Hunger Now Eastside Communities project. Stop Hunger Now distributes food and other life-saving aid to vulnerable children and families around the world, and works to help end world hunger. They package and ship meals to feed people in need through community-supported meal-packaging programs. In the first year of the Eastside Communities project (2014), 120 volunteers packed 33,000 meals. More than 70% of the meals are consumed by elementary school children overseas. Villagers in those third world countries realize the value of education to raise them out of poverty and help to build their communities. The goal this year is to engage 200+ volunteers to package 50,000 meals. To learn more on how to get involved and/or to donate, please log on at http://events.stophungernow.org/eastsidecommunities.

With the extreme cold temperatures over the last few weeks, and the cold weather projected to continue, the Fire Marshal’s Office asked me to remind our residents about some tips to keep your home safe: make sure chimneys, woodstoves, fireplaces and furnaces are regularly inspected and cleaned; keep combustible materials away from fireplaces, woodstoves and other heating sources; store gasoline in approved containers and keep the containers in an outdoor shed or other area away from your home; turn off the stove and extinguish candles when you leave the room; make sure you have working smoke detectors on every floor of your home; and properly dispose of fireplace and woodstove ashes.

The next Penfield Symphony Orchestra performance will be held on Monday, February 23 at the Penfield High School Auditorium beginning at 7:30 PM. This program is being sponsored by The Charles Finney School and will feature RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde and Principal Oboe Erik Behr. Tickets for the concert are available at all Wegmans stores, by phone at 872-0774 or on-line at www.penfieldsymphony.org. Free rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Also, mark your calendars for the last concert of the 2014-2015 season which will be held on Monday, May 4, entitled Springtime Celebration.

Until next week, please heed the safety tips from our Fire Marshal’s Office, drive according to weather conditions, and make sure your vehicles are not parked on the roadways overnight, allowing our DPW crews to safely plow.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


February 16, 2015
Putting a "Freeze" on winter fires
With temperatures dropping to frigid and dangerous chills it is important to keep fire safety in mind. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. The National Fire Protection Association has some simple measures to protect you and your home.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.
For addition information visit nfpa.org

February 13, 2015
Top Ten Red Cross Cold Weather Safety Tips

As temperatures drop this winter, the American Red Cross offers ten steps people can take to stay safe during the cold weather.

1. Layer up! Wear layers of lightweight clothing to stay warm. Gloves and a hat will help prevent losing your body heat.

2. Don’t forget your furry friends. Bring pets indoors. If they can’t come inside, make sure they have enough shelter to keep them warm and that they can get to unfrozen water.

3. Remember the three feet rule. If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs.

4. Requires supervision – Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.

5. Don’t catch fire! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

6. Protect your pipes. Run water, even at a trickle, to help prevent your pipes from freezing. Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals out of the reach of children. Keep the garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.

7. Better safe than sorry. Keep the thermostat at the same temperature day and night. Your heating bill may be a little higher, but you could avoid a more costly repair job if your pipes freeze and burst.

8. The kitchen is for cooking. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.

9. Use generators outside. Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

10. Knowledge is power. Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.

For more information on how to stay safe during the cold weather, visit winter storm safety.


February 9, 2015
Supervisor's column: Week of 2/9

At the February 4 Town Board meeting, Councilman Rob Quinn introduced a resolution calling for a public hearing on local law #1 of 2015 entitled the Penfield Child Safety Act. As many of you are aware, there was a complete failure in the criminal justice system that allowed a convicted level 3 sex offender to leave the State of Washington, travel 3,000 miles to Rochester, and attempt to set up his new address across the street from Veterans’ Memorial Park—all while awaiting a court date on an alleged second offense…unimaginable! The Town Board does not believe that the current NYS Sex Offender Registration Act adequately protected our community. Therefore, the proposed Penfield local law provides more restrictions and greater distances to any school grounds, playgrounds, parks, town facilities and day care facilities. The public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4 at 7 PM. I encourage all interested parents, grandparents, organizations, and businesses to come support the passage of this very necessary legislation to protect all residents of Penfield, especially our children. I hope to see you on March 4!

The Fire Marshal’s Office asked me to remind our residents not to forget about that fire hydrant on or near your property as the snow continues to build up. Please take a minute to clear the snow from around the hydrant to allow easy access by the fire department. In the unfortunate event of a chimney or house fire, every minute counts to minimize overall damage. If the firefighters do not have to take time to clear snow away from the hydrant to gain access, it allows them to address the fire emergency much faster. Thank you in advance for supporting our emergency services organizations and your neighbors.

Spring is just around the corner…I promise! Now is the time to be thinking about fitness, health & wellness. I invite you to open up your most current copy of the Pen-Rec brochure or to log-on at penfieldrec.org to review all of the wonderful spring programs being offered by our Recreation Department. Forever Fit, Hoopdance Fitness, Vinyasa Yoga, Saturday Low Impact Aerobics, Arthritis Exercise Program, Boot Camp with Phil, Basketball for 50+, Pickleball for Beginners…and that’s only a small number of the spring offerings available. Don’t delay! Our programs fill up very quickly due to their popularity and quality!

Until next week, stay warm, remember to clear the snow from around that hydrant in the neighborhood, and I hope to see you out in the community!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


February 2, 2015
Supervisor's column: Week of 2/2

As I mentioned in last week’s column, I have elected to reduce the amount of staff time in preparing a detailed multi-media presentation and related exhibits for the “State of the Town Address.” Instead, I have prepared the Town of Penfield “2015 Annual Report” that will contain much of the same information to give residents a snapshot of our 2014 accomplishments; a budget summary for 2013–2017; and a review of 2015 goals. This report is posted in the quick links box on the home page at www.penfield.org and under ‘supervisor’s office.’

For the past five years I have presented a formal State of the Town address. Typically, there are a small number of people in attendance, and most are town staff. In the interest of streamlining government while providing important information to residents, this new “Annual Report” format will accomplish both. Residents will have the opportunity to send any and all questions directly to the supervisor’s office for follow up or request additional information or materials. The “2015 Annual Report” was posted on January 30. I hope you take a moment to review the various projects completed in 2014 and key items we will be working on in 2015. As always, I welcome any and all questions and comments regarding the operation of your town government.

Recently our community was made aware that a level three sex offender had moved into Penfield across the street from Veterans’ Memorial Park at the town hall. Once we received this notification the Penfield Town Board began working with school officials, the Sheriff’s Department and the criminal justice system to address this very serious matter. Between the efforts of the board and many residents who reached out to law enforcement and the media, this individual has elected to seek other living arrangements outside of the Penfield community. However, this event raised another concern by the board. We believe current state legislation on the books regarding sex offenders does not provide our community with sufficient protection. To that end, Councilman Rob Quinn, the board liaison to Public Safety, has submitted a local law for consideration to provide more coverage and protection to our community regarding sex offenders. I will keep you updated on where we are in the process over the next several weeks as we set a public hearing date.

Reminder: The fourth annual indoor hike, known as the “Hiker’s Jamboree,” is Saturday, February 14, 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium. The program is free and open to the public. Come meet the staff behind the many hiking programs in the greater Monroe County area and learn about their offerings. This year’s featured speaker will be the Penfield Scouts “Trekking to the Mecca.” I hope to see you there. 

Until next week…be well and be safe!
Tony
supervisor@penfield.org 




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