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June 30, 2015
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain

I am pleased to share positive financial news regarding the Town of Penfield’s bond anticipation note for the 2015 Park View/White Village sanitary sewer district project, known as Extension 56.

The Park View/White Village neighborhood, most of which was built in the 1950s and ‘60s, is the last major area of Penfield awaiting sanitary sewer connections. In the planning phase for Extension 56 the Town estimated the interest rate for the $2 million bond would be about 1.3 percent. We solicited multiple quotes for the bond and received three submissions below one percent. The final outcome is a remarkable rate of .67 percent— about half of what was anticipated!

The Town of Penfield’s strong fiscal history and excellent Moody’s Aa2 credit rating led to this great result. Over the years we have consistently benefitted from our excellent credit rating with low interest rates and subsequent lower project costs.

Our entire community benefits from this low rate, and residents of Park View/White Village and the environment will benefit from the sanitary sewer connection.

I would like to thank town staff who developed the project. I especially want to recognize Town Comptroller Bob Beedon. After 33 years of fiscal leadership, Bob is retiring in July. He is recognized by peers across New York State as an excellent municipal financial professional. Among his many affiliations and achievements, Bob was an active member of the Government Finance Officers Association for 38 years, and is a founding member and past president of the New York State chapter.

Bob has directly contributed to the great quality of life in Penfield. He leaves us with a solid financial reputation and credit rating that make projects like the Park View/White Village sewer district project work for our entire community.

 


June 29, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/29

Once again I have the honor of starting this column by recognizing new Eagle Scouts in our community. Last weekend Mitchell F. Krenzer and Nicholas Matthew Brown were recognized at an Eagle Court of Honor by Boy Scout Troop 312. Mitchell identified a need for repairs at the Army National Guard rifle range in Lucien Morin Park, which was active up to and throughout the Korean War. For his project, Mitchell scraped, sanded, primed, and repainted the Officer’s Watchtower. He also removed and replaced seven sections of deteriorated split rail fencing with new wood, and cleaned up landscaping at the site. Mitchell’s grandfather trained at this site; therefore this project was very special to him. He is also the nephew of Town Board member Paula Metzler. For his project, Nicholas refurbished ten wooden benches for the Town of Penfield that are used by residents across the community. He disassembled the benches, planed and sanded all the wood, re-painted the boards with deck stain, then reassembled the benches. This project will prolong the useful of the benches for many years to come. Nicholas is the cousin of County Legislator Debbie Drawe. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield I want to thank and congratulate Mitchell and Nicholas for their projects and attaining the rank of Eagle. Your efforts have made a difference in your community!

I would like to recognize the Kiwanis Club of Penfield-Perinton Foundation and Town of Penfield staff volunteers for the annual Community Charity Golf Tournament held last week. All of the tournament proceeds will benefit the Golisano Children’s Hospital, local community food pantries, Penfield High School Scholarship Fund, Shepherd Home, Bethany House, and Camp Puzzle Peace. Giving back to the community is key for both the Kiwanis Club and our Town staff…thank you for all you do to benefit so many members of the Penfield Community.

Over the next six to eight weeks I want to highlight the various farm markets and garden centers in our town that provide so much support and enjoyment to our residents and surrounding communities. First up is Schutt’s Apple Mill, located 1063 Plank Road. The Schutt family has grown apples and pressed cider for four generations since 1918. The Apple Mill is stocked daily with fresh apples, baked goods, cider, New York State cheeses, home-made preserves, spices, unique gifts, and more! Schutt’s is a great destination for the entire family from U-pick cherries and raspberries to fried cakes, from 5X Rat Trap Cheese to Stonewall Kitchen Jelly and Jams. Of course there are the apples, typically seven or more varieties to choose from, and don’t forget to try the “Apple Frosty” which is a favorite of mine! For more information please go to www.schuttsapplemill.com or just stop in, I know the Schutt family will appreciate your business…and please remember to shop locally, it does make a difference for the entire community!

Important Dates and Events in History: July 2, 1862 – Bugle call “Taps” composed during the War between the States; July 1964 – Segregation is abolished in the United States; July 3, 1863 – Union forces win the Battle of Gettysburg; July 4, 1776 – The United States declares its independence from Britain (by approving the Declaration of Independence).

I ask that between cookouts, parades, and fireworks, the true significance of this holiday not be overlooked. The Fourth of July is actually the birthday of America as a free and independent nation. The Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776 is, quite literally, our nation's birth certificate. Therefore, until next week, I would like to wish all of you and your families a very happy and safe July 4th Holiday!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


June 22, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/22

Over the past week Penfield added five new Eagle Scouts to its ranks. I mentioned at one of the ceremonies I attended that the Penfield community has one of the highest number of Eagle Scouts across the entire County of Monroe.

The following scouts were recognized for their accomplishments: Philippe Dora of Troop 310 designed, built, and placed a signage board for the Dryer Road Terrain Park in Victor to assist people with their location in the park. He also helped to rehabilitate one of the trails. Michael Lindskoog of Troop 310 rehabilitated and designed roofs for five shooting benches located at the Dansville Fish and Game Club to shield members of the non-profit club from the weather; he also repainted all the benches. Andrew Lindskoog, also of Troop 310, painted and sealed the basement walls of a 30 by 60 foot room located at the not-for-profit Eastern Service Workers Association on Bay Street; he also primed and painted the entire ceiling and arranged for a dehumidifier to be placed in the basement to address a moisture problem. Noah Henwood of Troop 230 recorded the conditions of all the gravestones in Smith Road Cemetery and transferred his data onto a large poster map and presented it to the Penfield Local History Room. This information will be used to repair the headstones in the future. Benjamin Kabot of Troop 230 digitized the old section of Oakwood Cemetery and permanently recorded the history and genealogy of 367 plots and approximately 2,000 headstones.

Congratulations to Philippe, Michael, Andrew, Noah, and Benjamin on attaining the rank of Eagle—you all have made a difference in your community during your time in Scouts!

I had the honor of attending the ribbon cutting ceremony for Donna Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery located at 1694 Penfield Road (the Speedy Plaza) last weekend. Donna Marie’s offers great tasting gluten free (and peanut free) baked goods. I purchased several different baked goods for our oldest daughter Jennifer, who is gluten free, and received two thumbs up for variety and flavor! Congratulations to Donna Bruno on this new location and welcome to Penfield, you are a great addition to our community. For more information about the bakery and the products they offer, please go to www.donnamariesbakery.com.

A reliable source informs me that an adult bald eagle likes the open space on Gloria Drive! It would be wonderful to have another pair of eagles take up residency in Penfield! We will keep you posted if a nest is built or other activities take place.

The 2015 concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage is just around the corner with the first “Cool Jazz Tuesday” on July 14 featuring the Bill Tiberio Band, “Kids Fest” Thursday on July 16 featuring Paulsen and Baker, and “Saturdays on Stage” begins July 18 featuring Mr. Mustard Beatle Review with opening act “It’s My Party” at 5:00 p.m. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. (except July 18 starts at 5:00 p.m.). Great food available each night and a wine tent will be at the Cool Jazz series. I hope to see you there!

Independence Day 2015 is Saturday, July 4. The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. with John Kucko as parade emcee. Steve Pellow, President of the Kids Miracle Making Club, is the Parade Marshal. Music, food, and fun at Harris Whalen Park runs from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. with music by Black Rabbit and Dog House. Fireworks are at 10:00 p.m. See all of the details for this great community event at www.penfield.org and www.penfieldrec.org.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 


June 15, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/15

I received a call from Senator Rich Funke informing me of a free Electronics Recycling event he is sponsoring at Eastview Mall on Saturday, June 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Senator was seeking a location in the middle of his district to serve his constituency, as his district runs from the shores of Lake Ontario south to Naples, and from West Rush east to Victor. This is one of a few free recycling opportunities now that many events are charging residents to turn in electronics. This event will accept old computers, TV sets, electronics, and small appliances. The location in Eastview Mall is the Regal Theater lot. For more information, please visit www.funke.nysenate.gov.

I recently had the pleasure of attending and addressing the fifth annual Millwheel Girl Scout Service Unit Recognition Tea to recognize this year’s Bronze, Silver and Gold Award recipients. All of these fourth to twelfth grade students are on a leadership adventure of the highest honor to develop confidence, meet new people, and have the kind of fun that happens when they work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference in all they do. Please join me in congratulating all of the recipients. Bronze Award: Anne Barber, Allison Caines, Sara Giallanza, Anna Gunther, Sydney Laniak, Emily Neder, Juliana Novais, Abbey Owens, Lucy O’Neil, Olivia Dillenbeck, Cece Ebersold, Cate Sharman, Anna Young, Caroline Blair, Katy Christman, Lauren Merrill, Kendal Scanlon, and Sarah Borkowski. Silver Award: Amanda Redman, Angela Brenneis, Megan Reilly, Megan Gearinger, Lauren Gulick, and Audrey Huff. Gold Award: Rebecca Murray, Yazmin Fernaays, and Rebecca Nungesser. Additionally, I would like to recognize Audrey Ciminelli who will be attending Gannon University majoring in Nursing, and Katie York who will be attending Penn State majoring in Biological Engineering, for receiving the Girl Scout Educational Scholarship.

It was a wet Tuesday when I had the honor of joining Lisa Sheedy of the Lisa Sheedy Agency for Farmers Insurance to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of her new office at 1759 Empire Blvd. Approximately 30 hardy clients and family members joined the celebration of the newest business in Penfield. Healthy businesses makes for a healthy community, please consider supporting all of our local business for your family needs.

For those of you who had an opportunity to stop by the annual Dayton’s Corners School (DCS) pie social last week, you were not disappointed! The weather was fabulous, the pony rides and other activities were a big hit, and of course there were pies…the fabulous pies from Baker Street bakery! Great job by DCS Coordinator Barbara Quinn and her staff for putting together such a wonderful community event. I am already looking forward to next year’s pie social!

The end of the school year is fast approaching. If you have not signed your kids up for one of the summer or specialty camps and activities, please do not wait much longer, our popular programs fill up quickly. For more details on all the camps and programs offered by Penfield Recreation, please visit www.penfieldrec.org.

Until next week, another reminder that June is “Wellness Month” in Penfield…let’s get walking!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


June 9, 2015
Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic June 27

The Town of Penfield is hosting its annual free Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, June 27 from 10 am to 12 pm at the department of Public Works Public Work Complex, 1607 Jackson Road.

The free Rabies Vaccination Clinic is a service for dogs and cats of Penfield residents. Dogs must be leashed and cats must be in carriers. All pets must be at least three months old.

This free clinic is a courtesy of the Town of Penfield and the Monroe County Department of Health. Park on-site. Call 340-8629 for more information.

 


June 8, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/7

Congratulations to the Penfield Rotary on their successful golf tournament, which they designated “A Salute to Our Veterans.” This was the 18th annual event for the Rotary club, which has served our community for more than 60 years. Tournament chairperson Iveth Reynolds and her committee partnered with the Warrior Salute program to salute our veterans for their service to our country. Current Rotary President Steve Ketch introduced keynote speaker Robert Kinzel, US Army, to talk about the NUCOR House in Penfield that supports America’s injured veterans. Also, Blair Eagan from Klein Steel was in attendance to accept the Veterans Community Champion award on behalf of her company. Congratulations to the Penfield Rotary for a very successful event and thank you all for your service to Penfield; it does make a difference in so many lives.

My family has been getting ready for the upcoming Pharmaceutical Waste Drop-off to be held on Saturday, June 27 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Rt. 441 Wegmans (2157 Penfield Road). We have been cleaning up and gathering outdated and unwanted over the counter medications, as well pharmaceutical waste that is no longer needed or has passed its expiration date. So mark your calendars and clean out those medicine cabinets, night stands, refrigerators, and kitchen cabinets and properly dispose of all those unwanted pharmaceutical waste safely. Please note that this is a residential collection only and no appointments are necessary! Privacy issue: The medications and containers will be incinerated under the supervision of law enforcement.

New construction activity update: If you visit Wegmans regularly you have recently seen the home on the corner of Rt. 441 and Harris Whalen Park Road demolished and the site cleaned up. Shortly you will see a new building under construction to house Renjen Orthodontics. They hope to open by early fall to help some of our youngest residents maintain great smiles. Last week Penfield Road from Panorama Trail up to East Avenue was milled as the County gets ready to resurface the road and make some minor improvements. We understand this work will last for about four to six weeks.

Note…it is not too late to take in the Wild Iris Trail & Veterans’ Memorial Park guided hike this Saturday, June 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Meet at the west of Brougham Drive off Jackson Road and look for the hike signs.

As we get closer to school being out for the year and summer vacations being planned, please do not forget about the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS). The families they serve have needs year-round, and during the summer months the amount of donations drop off. Consider visiting the PEFS website at www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org to review current needs and wish list items. A special thank you to the many generous donors and volunteers that make the PEFS operation possible – your efforts do make a difference!

Mark your calendars for the 2015 Children’s Summer Reading Game that begins Monday, June 29 and runs through Wednesday, August 5. For complete Reading Game and summer program information, please contact the Library at 340-8720 x4016 or visit their website at www.penfieldlibrary.org.

Until next week, enjoy the nice weather, be well, and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


June 1, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 6/1

I hope everyone saw Senator Rich Funke’s recent press conference when he announced that he secured funding for a traffic light at the busy intersection of Route 250 and the shared use entrance to the Eastside Family YMCA and Wickham Farms. Funding for the project was identified from the New York State Dormitory Authority through the 2015-16 State Budget. The Town Board is delighted to partner with Senator Funke and the Y to address this important safety issue for the Penfield community. The project now has to advance through the review process at the appropriate New York State agencies; we hope construction will begin this fall.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) started the annual oil and stone surface treatment last week and will continue the project into the summer. The Town surface treats 10 to 12 percent of our 136 miles of town-owned roads every year to preserve the asphalt surface and extend the life of roads. This resurfacing process moves quickly and access to the roads will be disrupted only 10 to 15 minutes. DPW street sweepers will follow the process over the next several weeks to clean up loose stone. Please reduce your speed on these roads during and after the application process.

New construction activity update: In the Four Corners Area, permits are finally in hand for the construction of the new Mark’s Pizzeria on Five Mile Line Road. The new eat-in, dine-out, and take-out facility is ready to break ground. Owner Mark Crane says this will be the flagship Mark’s Pizzeria. During construction the current Mark’s will remain open to serve the Penfield Community. Once the new restaurant is completed, the current Mark’s will be torn down and a new parking area will be added with integrated walkways that tie the northwest quadrant together for easy walkability. Also, Cha-Cha’s Wood Fired Pizza & Grill (the former Angus Steak House) has begun construction of an outdoor patio to serve their customers.

I was delighted to see a full page in the Pen-Rec brochure dedicated to “computer info sessions” by the Technology Guys, LLC. Their classes will include Cyber Security 101, PowerPoint, E-Commerce, Tablets and Pinterest. As I am unfortunately reminded by my two granddaughters (ages 7 and 9) more often than I would like to admit, “…Pa-man you need help working your iPad and computer…!” So check out page 36 of the brochure or log-on at www.penfieldrec.org for more information and details.

A last shout out reminder regarding the annual pie social at the historic Daytons Corners School/Museum this Sunday (June 7) from 2 – 4PM. Come try a taste of an authentic 1857 Sunday Social…tours, music, FREE pony rides for the children, and of course pie and lemonade!

Important Dates and Events in History: June 4, 1940 – The British evacuate over 300,000 soldiers from Dunkirk, France back across the English Channel; June 5, 1919 – the 19th Amendment is passed by Congress. This amendment states that the right of citizens to vote "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex."; June 6, 1944 – Allied forces invade Normandy (referred to as “D-Day”) opening of a second front on the continent of Europe.

Until next week…please remember that June is “wellness month” in Penfield. Play and recreation are important for good health!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org




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