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September 28, 2015
A message from the Penfield Fire Marshal

National Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2015

On October 4 we begin to recognize Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Hear the beep where you sleep.” Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. In fact, the president of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance since 1925, and fire prevention awareness has been observed since 1922 in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people and left 100,000 homeless. Popular legend attributes the fire to Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lamp, setting the barn and then the whole city on fire. However, there is no proof that the cow started the fire or that Mrs. O'Leary was in the barn.

The key message of this year's Fire Prevention Week campaign, October 4–10, is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is excited to share this important information so everyone better understands the life-saving value of working home smoke alarms.

The NFPA is asking children and families to practice their home fire escape plans and participate in “The Great American Fire Drill.” The objective is to get all families to practice their escape plan. If families make a plan but never practice, they aren’t really safe; this activity can help!

During National Fire Prevention Week attention is focused on promoting fire safety and prevention, however we should practice fire safety all year long. Many potential fire hazards go undetected because people simply do not take steps to fireproof their home.

Keep your family safe with a working smoke alarm in every bedroom. Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. In fact, having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

When it comes to smoke alarms, it’s about “location, location, location.”

Home Safety Tips

  • Every home should have a working Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector.
  • Service chimneys before using your fireplace each season.
  • Clean dryer vents so there is no buildup of lint.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.

If you have any questions about smoke detectors or any other safety topic please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 340-8643 or firemarshal@penfield.org .

Learn more at www.firepreventionweek.org. Please stay safe and stay informed.

Tom Tette, Town of Penfield Fire Marshal


September 28, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/28

In this week’s Farm Market/Garden Center series, I would like to highlight Welch’s Greenhouses located at 1271 Webster Fairport Road, operated since 1959 and now owned and operated by Bill and Laura Vendel. Welch's Greenhouses take an active interest in the needs of home gardeners and the greater community. They offer a full range of trees, flowers, plants, gardening tools and supplies, pots, and planters. Bill and Laura are always ready for a new challenge and are ready to help whether you simply want to spruce up your garden or create a whole new look. They remind us all it is never too early to start planning for the next growing season. For more information about Welch’s Greenhouses and their products and services go to www.welchsgreenhouses.com...and remember to shop locally, it does make a difference for the entire community.

This year’s late summer transition to fall has given us some of our nicest weather to date! As the leaves begin to fall our DPW offices asked me to remind everyone to help keep gutters or catch basins free of leaves so that when we receive the next rains, water may flow freely into storm water drains. Blocked storm drains may cause localized neighborhood flooding. Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter.

The Penfield Library has a full fall schedule of programs for our youngest residents including Lego Lab, Stories ‘N’ Crafts, Halloween Magic Show, playtime, bedtime story time and more. You may register in person or by telephone at 340-8720. For more information about these programs and many more, please visit www.penfieldlibrary.org.

The Young, Open & Honest Players are holding auditions for “Fools,” a comic fable by Neil Simon, on Monday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. for teens ages 13-18. This very popular drama group is open to interested junior high and senior high school youth, and no experience is necessary. Give it a try…bring a friend! The YOHP perform three shows a year. For more details about the program and upcoming productions call Pam at 340-8664.

To date, the QR Fit Trail at Rothfuss Park has been a big hit with our residents. This free wellness F.I.T. Trail is a series of signposts featuring QR codes that link to workout instructions and more than 150 instructional videos for core, upper, and lower body workouts. This system works directly with users’ smartphones and QR code readers. Users scan a QR for a workout, choose their intensity level, view a short video, and then perform the exercise. Exercise videos change monthly so frequent visitors won’t get bored with the same routine. The QR F.I.T. trail system is located along the paved trail in Rothfuss Park on Five Mile Line Road. This program is sponsored by the Recreation Department and our wellness partner Wegmans to support the Penfield residents. For more information on QR F.I.T. Trails, please log on at www.qrfittrail.com.

This week’s shout out goes to the Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club for taking first place in both the “judged” and “people’s choice” categories for the chili cook-off at last week’s Tastin’ the Blues event at the Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage. The rain held off for most of the event and approximately 500 people enjoyed great blues music, Dundee ales and lager samples, and of course a variety of chili recipes from several individuals and organizations. The Penfield-Perinton Kiwanis Club is the team to beat for next year’s competition, and you can be assured I will be tweaking my recipe to help knock them off! Congratulations Kiwanis Club on both your wins—great job and thank you for your service!

Until next week, enjoy the fabulous weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


September 21, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/21

Do you have an unwanted bike in your basement or garage taking up space? Does it seem no one in the family has a need for it, but you just don’t want to put it at the curb for the waste hauler? Then mark your calendar for Saturday, October 3 for the fifth annual Community Bike Drop at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. This event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., giving everyone plenty of time to donate unwanted bikes for a good cause. All bicycles collected will be donated to R Community Bikes, Inc. for redistribution to needy children and adults in the Rochester area. All types of bikes are needed including children’s tricycles, toddler plastic bikes, and even bike parts. R Community Bikes, Inc. is a 501-C-3 organization and receipts for donations will be available.

The third annual Fall Recycling Day will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the DPW complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for this recycling day include brush collection (branches and shrubs only), metals and appliance recycling, certified document destruction, and donations of clothing and linens. Please note that there will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling at this event. For more information on electronic recycling options please go to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

The proposed 2016 Town Budget is online for review by those interested in details of the three major components that make up the Town’s general government budget as well as special districts. This includes general, highway, and library funds, as well as lighting, sewer, drainage, and consolidated water. To view the budget, go to www.penfield.org, choose ‘Departments’ then ‘Finance’ to view associated documents on that page. If you would like to meet to discuss the budget in person, please contact Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo at 340-8621 or my office at 340-8631.

The next Penfield Trails Committee hike will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Lucien Morin Park. The hike at this popular Monroe County park will trek through the heavily wooded area along Irondequoit Creek. Hikers will traverse the slopes and ravines as well as some creek banks. You will see elements of the old Rifle Range, the location of the clubhouse, the restored gazebo, and shooting range pits. You will also stop at the narrows to observe and learn about the low-flow barrier. Meet on Empire Boulevard at the south end of Irondequoit Bay. There is a Monroe County sign and driveway entrance just east of MacGregor’s Grill. Please park in the graveled area and look for the hike signs. While the hike is free, pre-registration is encouraged by calling the Penfield Recreation Department at 340-8655, option 6. View trail maps at www.penfieldrec.org.

Pen-Rec’s ever-popular Family Halloween Fun night will be held Friday, October 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. There will be games, trick-or-treat, hayrides, crafts, and more fun for all ages. This free event is a hit with our youngest residents. Additionally, the Penfield Historic Ghost Walk will begin at 7:00 p.m. Make reservations ahead of time by calling 340-8655 (option 6) and pay by credit card, tickets are $5.00. This year’s theme will explore mourning customs of the nineteenth century. Please bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

Until next week, please enjoy the wonderful extension of our summer weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


September 14, 2015
Fall Recycling Day for residents October 10

The Town of Penfield will host a one-day recycling event for Penfield residents on Saturday, October 10, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its Public Works Complex, 1607 Jackson Road. Services for the day are secure document destruction, metals and appliance recycling, brush disposal, and clothing and linens donations. There will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling at this event.

In 2011 the Town ended its twice-yearly drop-off of unwanted household items that went directly to landfills. Since 2012, the fall event has provided services that support sustainable disposal and upcycling of unwanted items.

Most private trash haulers collect materials year-round that were traditionally brought to Fall Drop-off. The town will host its traditional general collection Spring Drop-off in 2016, when tires, furniture and other household debris will be accepted.

“As the town attempts to balance costs, be good stewards of the environment, and provide opportunities for our residents to further recycle items around their homes, we will hold the third annual fall recycling day,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Waste Haulers will take most of the normal refuse we generate weekly, this fall event concentrates on recycling. In addition to this event, please research the many outlets in the area the re-use, re-purpose and recycle materials all year long.”

Recycling Day is for Penfield residents only. Proof of residency will be checked at the gate. Please direct questions to the Department of Public Works, 340-8710, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Event Resources:

To dispose of items NOT collected at this event consider:

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 for NO FEE. Ecopark also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For hours and more information go to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

To dispose of televisions and electronics contact retailers that sell those products. New York State law prohibits trash haulers from collecting electronic waste.

To dispose of unwanted bicycles, please bring them to the Town of Penfield and Penfield Rotary bicycle collection event for R Community Bikes on October 3, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

 


September 14, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/14

“Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser” is back at the First Baptist Church located at 1862 Penfield Road. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 19 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. to enjoy the breakfast you want…delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more! All this for just $4.00 per person, and $3.00 for children ten and under. From September to June the First Baptist Church hosts a fabulous “Community Fundraiser” breakfast on the third Saturday of each month to support the many wonderful organizations in Penfield. All of September’s proceeds will go directly to help support the Shepherd Home, the two-bed comfort care facility that provides hospice care to the terminally ill in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual in their last weeks of life. Bring the family, friends and neighbors to one of the best flapjack breakfast in Penfield and help support the First Baptist Church Community Fundraiser—they are making a difference in Penfield. For more information go to www.fbpenfield.org.

One last shout out for the 39th Annual Used Book Sale at the Penfield Library that runs Tuesday, September 15 (members only) through Saturday, September 19. Great deals on more than 85,000 items including books, audio books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. All proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. For details go to www.penfieldlibrary.org.

In this week’s Farm Market/Garden Center series, I would like to highlight Woody Acres, 1530 Harris Road. This family farm was purchased 100 years ago, in 1915, by William Sutorious from the Harris Family. In 1915 William farmed approximately 100 acres. Today the farm has grown to approximately 850 acres. Woody’s farms about 50 acres of Christmas trees, eight acres of pumpkins and gourds, 100–200 acres of hay, 100–150 acres of wheat, 200–300 acres of red kidney beans, 100 acres of field corn, and 50–100 acres of rye. William’s grandson Dave Woodward took over the family farm in 1979 and began his farming career. Follow Woody Acres on Facebook for frequent updates on products, services, events, and much more farm and family history. As always, please remember to shop locally, it does make a difference for the entire community. Congratulations to Dave Woodward and his family on their 100th anniversary!

Now that summer vacations have ended, school is back in session, and we are all settling back into our normal fall routines, I want to remind everyone that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf has been busy providing much needed support to many families in Penfield throughout the summer months. To that end, the shelves are now a bit bare as donations tend to fall off in the summer. Are you in a service organization, book club, church group, or a member of an active neighborhood association? If so, have you considered “adopt a shelf”? To learn more go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org to see how you can help. Each effort, big or small, makes a huge difference in so many lives!

Important Dates and Events in History: September 20, 1814 – The “Star-Spangled Banner” becomes the official national Anthem; September 25, 1789 – The United States Congress adopts the Bill of Rights containing the first 10 Amendments and sends it to the states to be ratified.

Please remember that school has started, the days are getting shorter, and many of our youngest residents are waiting at bus stops, crossing the roadways, and are outside just being kids. Take extra care while driving for their sake and yours!

Until next week, be well and be safe.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


September 10, 2015
An update from the Town of Penfield, Department of Public Works.
  1. DPW crews are in the process of finishing work on the Edgewood Drive milling and paving project this week.
  2. There is approximately 2,000’ of drainage culvert maintenance remaining along Valley Brook and Valley Stream.
  3. NYS DOT project along route 441 (Penfield Road) is progressing well. The Penfield portion of the project is on schedule to be completed by September 21, 2015. 

September 10, 2015
Passport Night in Penfield Sep 29

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Tuesday, September 29, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at the Penfield 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 10, 2015
Recalls Announced by Consumer Product Safety Commission

1. Kenwood Recalls Blenders Due to Laceration Hazard

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kenwood-Recalls-Blenders/

2. Panasonic Recalls Metal Cutter Saws Due to Laceration Hazard

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Panasonic-Recalls-Metal-Cutter-Saws/

3. Mini Bikes Recalled by Baja Motorsports Due to Fall and Crash Hazards; Sold Exclusively at Tractor Supply Company

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Mini-Bikes-Recalled-by-Baja-Motorsports/

4. Cabrinha Recalls Kiteboard Control Systems Due to Risk of Injury; Trim Line Can Break

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Cabrinha-Recalls-Kiteboard-Control-Systems/


September 8, 2015
Supervisor’s column: Week of 9/7

At last week’s town board legislative meeting I presented the 2016 Tentative Budget to the board and our residents. This budget proposes an increase of five cents per thousand dollars of property valuation, or an increase of $9.00 on a $180,000 property. This is the first time in six years an increase has been proposed. It is resulting from a more than $440,000 loss in revenue and increasing costs in health care, insurances, road salt, and equipment. Once the Tentative Budget is presented to the town board, the amount of the budget cannot increase; however, the board may elect to decrease upon further review.

I encourage everyone to log-on at www.penfield.org to review the budget in full detail. The town board has set a public hearing date for the budget on October 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the town hall auditorium to hear all interested residents comments on the 2016 budget. If you have any questions or would like further explanation on the current (2015) or proposed budget (2016) please feel free to contact my office at 340-8631 or our Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo at 340-8621. We would be happy to meet with you at any time.

We recently became aware of a magazine scam that took place in Penfield. A resident had a person knock on their door selling magazines, and the resident agreed to make a purchase. That resident never received their magazines and worse, their check was altered to an amount three times the original amount and then cashed.

The Town Clerk’s Office and local law enforcement want to remind all residents that all soliciting in our town requires a permit that must be with the solicitor at all times. Starting this month all solicitors will also have a photo ID. If a solicitor does not have a permit, please call 911 to report; and never allow a solicitor into your home for any reason. Never pay or donate cash. For the safety of our community, the clerk’s office and law enforcement perform background checks on all solicitors before permits are issued. For more information on this topic and to see current permits, please go to www.penfield.org and select ‘Departments’ then ‘Town Clerk Office’ and choose ‘selling permits.’

My office has received many calls asking if the Town of Penfield will be hosting a fall drop-off event like we have in the spring. The answer is NO to a general drop-off event. We will, however, be hosting our third “Fall Recycling Day” on Saturday, October 10 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the DPW complex, 1607 Jackson Road. The services provided at this event will be brush/branches collection (not leaves); metals and appliance recycling; secure document destruction, and clothing and linen donations at the on-site St. Pauly textile shed. There will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling due to the ever-changing electronics market requirements. Monroe County’s ecopark will accept electronics for a fee, please log-on at www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark for more details.

In this week’s Farm Market/Garden Center series I would like to highlight Gentle’s Farm Market located at 1092 Penfield Road. Gentle’s has served the community for many years and is known for their fresh fruits and veggies and their fresh-picked sweet corn. Please stop by for a friendly chat and to purchase Penfield-grown products…and remember to shop locally, it does make a difference for our entire community!

I am reminded by the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) Explorers that they are holding a sign-up event on Sunday, September 20 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Penfield Veterans’ Memorial Park open pavilion, 3100 Atlantic Avenue (behind the Penfield Town Hall). Come and find out what the PVEA Explorer program is all about! There will be ambulance tours, EMS drills, equipment demos, and a picnic fare. All are invited!

Until next week…be alert for school buses and our youngest residents crossing the road!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 


September 3, 2015
A message from Margaret Revelle, Receiver of Taxes, September 3, 2015

The Tax Receiver Office is receiving many calls from residents awaiting mail delivery of their school tax bills.

As background, our office does not mail tax bills, they are mailed directly to residents from a processing agency. We have been assured the bills were mailed first class as expected on August 31. First class mail may take three to five business days to arrive at its destination. Some residents have told us they have received their tax bills in today’s mail (9/3).

If you do not receive your tax bill by September 8 please contact our office at 585.340.8625.

If you would like to see your tax bill online at any time go to the Monroe County website at www.monroecounty.gov/etc/rp . Residents who do not wish to wait for their bill to arrive by mail may pay their taxes at our office without the actual paper bill.

The Tax Receiver Office is located on the first floor of the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, 14526. Counter hours are Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Our phone is 585.340.8625, email is receivertaxes@penfield.org . The Tax Receiver webpage (www.penfield.org, choose Departments, then Tax Receiver) provides many more details on school and town/county tax bills, schedules, and payment options.

Margaret Revelle

Receiver of Taxes

Town of Penfield

 


September 3, 2015
2016 Tentative Town Budget Presented

Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain and Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo presented the proposed 2016 Tentative Town Budget to the Penfield Town Board and community on Wednesday, September 2.

The proposed 2016 Tentative Budget, including special districts, is $18.9 M, an increase of just over $100,000 from the adopted 2015 Town Budget. The proposed Town Operating Budget (without special districts) is $15.8 M, down $78 K from 2015. The town board and staff reduced expenditures to achieve this operational decrease.

As in previous years, expenditures not under the Town’s control continue to see double-digit increases. In 2016, this includes a 12 percent increase in health insurance premiums, continued contributions to the NYS retirement system of approximately 20 percent of payroll, and a 16 percent increase in workers compensation cost.

Revenues, also not under the control of the Town, are down $442,000, or 5.6 percent, mostly due to a reduction of projects from New York State and Monroe County.

The proposed 2016 town tax rate is $2.695 per $1,000 of assessed property value, up $.05 (five cents) from the previous six years’ flat rate of $2.645. At the proposed 2016 rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $180,000 would see an increase of $9.00 on its 2016 town tax bill ($180,000 property at $2.645 rate is $476.10 town tax; at $2.695 rate is $485.10 town tax). This meets the tax cap requirements of New York State.

Penfield’s property tax rate remains one of the lowest of the 19 towns in in Monroe County. The town tax continues to account for approximately eight percent of each tax dollar. County taxes account for 24 percent, and school taxes account for the remaining 68 percent.

With this Tentative Budget, there will be no cuts to services or programs.

“For six years the town board has been able to keep the tax rate flat and we accomplished this by reducing costs and controlled spending,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “While we have been able to manage the overall day-to-day costs, the Town has lost more than $440,000 in revenue as other governmental agencies look to reduce their own costs. Every $30,000 of increased cost or revenue loss adds one cent to the overall tax rate. The town board is looking at a five-cent increase to the rate and the use of fund balance to close the gap between the 2015 and 2016 budget shortfall.”

Penfield has the highest property growth among 19 towns in Monroe County. For 2016, the positive impact of actual new “bricks and mortar” properties has resulted in an allowable levy growth factor increase of 2.6 percent and therefore more contributors to the tax levy.

Unfunded mandates continue to be the source of most local government budget challenges along with an increase in the costs of goods. The Town has achieved ongoing cost-reductions that include selective replacement of retiring employees; use of 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 seventh year, all elected and appointed officials will receive no pay increases in 2016.

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 3, print copies of the 2016 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,’ ‘2016 Tentative Town Budget’). A public hearing to receive comments on the Preliminary Budget is set for October 7. The Penfield Town Board reviews comments now through October 15.

PENFIELD 2016 BUDGET TIMELINE

April to September 2015 - Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller, and staff conduct budget work sessions; prepare 2016 Tentative Budget

September 2, 2015 - Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller present a summary of the 2016 Tentative Budget to Town Board and community; document made public for review (during this period, Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget)

September 3-October 15, 2015 - Public comment period

October 7, 2015 - Public Hearing on 2016 Preliminary Budget; public comments received

October 8-15, 2015 - Town Board reviews comments, develops a Final Budget

October 21, 2015 - Town Board Legislative meeting, adoption of a Final 2016 Budget; Adopted Budget made public

October 22, 2015 - Town presents Penfield Adopted 2016 Budget to County of Monroe

 

 


September 2, 2015
A Message from DPW: Fall Recycling event Oct 10

Mark your calendars for Fall Recycling Day on Saturday, October 10 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the DPW complex, 1607 Jackson Road. This service is for Penfield residents ONLY.

This is the 3rd annual fall recycling service for Penfield residents. Please note this is not a general household disposal drop-off. That service is offered each spring. The 2016 date is to be determined.

Services on October 10 are:

• Brush collection by the Town of Penfield (no grass)

• Metals & Appliance collection by Alpco (see www.alpcorecycling.com/metals-recycling.html#ferrous for metals that will be accepted)

• Document Destruction by ECO-Green park LTD (www.eco-greenpark.com)

• Clothing/linens donations, on-site St. Pauly Textile Shed http://www.stpaulytextile.com/

IMPORTANT: There will be NO ELECTRONICS recycling, see these alternatives:

RETAILERS

To dispose of televisions and electronics contact retailers that sell those products. New York State law prohibits trash haulers from collecting electronic waste.

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 for NO FEE. Ecopark also offers many special collection days for household hazardous waste and pharmaceutical and medication disposal. For hours and more information go to www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark.

DONATE BICYCLES R COMMUNITY BIKES ON OCTOBER 3

To dispose of unwanted bicycles, please bring them to the Town of Penfield and Penfield Rotary bicycle collection event for R Community Bikes on October 3, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

 


September 1, 2015
Friends of Penfield Public Library Used Book Sale Sep 15-17

The “Friends of the Penfield Public Library” (FPPL) will host the group’s 39th Annual Used Book Sale September 15-19 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Proceeds benefit the Penfield Public Library. All are welcome.

The sale features more than 85,000 items sorted into 50 categories in four rooms. Categories include books, audio books, videos, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles, and software. Hardcover books are $1.00, paperbacks 50 cents, and new this year, adult trade paperbacks are 75 cents. Many specials are individually priced.

“Proceeds from the Friends’ Book Sale completely fund the extensive programming we provide for all ages,” said Bernadette Brinkman, Penfield Library Director. “This year the Friends have made it possible for us to add two new story times for infants and babies, thus completing our goal to offer an early literacy opportunity to children of every age prior to entering school. Thanks to the Friends, we have also been able to expand our popular museum pass lending program to include The Corning Museum of Glass, and we’ve initiated a new collection of adult literacy materials for those patrons who wish to improve their English reading facility.”

The sale begins with a members-only pre-sale on Tuesday, September 15 from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Supporters may join at the door, however because of crowds, the Friends recommend joining or renewing in advance of the sale at the Penfield Library. A one-year membership is $5.00 (the same low fee for many years).

Book sale hours and daily specials are as follows:

MEMBERS ONLY ($5, join in advance or at door)

Tuesday, 9/15 2:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

GENERAL PUBLIC:

Wednesday, 9/16 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, 9/17 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, 9/18 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (half-price day)

Saturday, 9/19 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ($3 bag, specials remain half-price)

Shoppers should bring their own bags. (Wegmans/Tops reusable bags are appropriate.) Food and drink are not allowed. Also, because of narrow aisles, please do not bring baby strollers or shopping carts.

 

 

 




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