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February 29, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/29

As we head into this time of year I receive calls regarding snow plow damage to lawns and questions about who will make repairs and when the work will be done. Our Department of Public Works (DPW) employees will repair all of the damage done by road and sidewalk plows. Crews typically start making repairs towards the end of March or early April as the easing of winter weather allows. We will replace sod, add top soil, and seed damaged areas.

The next hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 at the Whiting Road Nature Preserve. Our trails committee is partnering with the Friends of Webster Trails to explore the 240 acres of lake plain woodland trails at this nature preserve in Webster. Meet at the parking lot on the west side of Whiting Road, one-half mile north of Shoemaker Road and look for the hike signs. This hike runs from 10:00 a.m. to noon and will be held rain or shine. While the hike is free, participants are asked to register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.

There is still time to register children for April break (March 28 – April 1) activities sponsored by the Penfield Recreation Department. You may sign up for just one day or all five depending on your needs and interests. Each session will be filled will a variety of activities including arts and crafts, special events, and physical and recreational activities. For more information please consult page 19 of the PenRec winter/spring 2016 brochure or go to www.penfieldrec.org.

At its last meeting the Town Board approved two new businesses in the Four Corners area. The first is Pergl Business Facilities to be located at 1807 Penfield Road (the red barn behind the Penfield Convenience Store). Pergl specializes in restoration supplies for old gasoline pumps and ships materials and goods worldwide. The second is The Art Shop, LLC. that will be located at 1822 Penfield Road, which is currently the Masonic Temple building. This art shop has been operating in Webster for the past twelve-and-a-half years. It is now moving to a larger space in Penfield with the ability to offer classes, art supplies, and more. Our Town Board welcomes these new businesses to our community and thanks them for choosing Penfield.

I am reminded by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) that, from time to time, there are individuals who like to “shop vehicles” in the towns on of Penfield, Pittsford and Perinton for valuables such as loose change, purses, computers, cell phones, GPS, radar detectors, and more. The MCSD wants to make sure we keep our vehicles locked and that we do not leave valuables in our cars. If you must leave valuables in your car hide them away before you drive to your destination. Do not pop the trunk in public parking areas to stash your valuables—you never know who is watching. The Sheriff’s Department has had great success in arresting a number of these individuals; however, it seems as though there are always others willing to take up this illegal occupation. Please do not make yourself a victim!

Important dates and events in history: March 3, 1918 – Russia pulls out of World War I; March 3, 1931 – The “Star Spangled Banner” is made the official U.S. National Anthem; March 4, 1793 – George Washington is sworn in as president for a second term.

Until next week be well and be safe…and remember to lock your car doors, even in your driveway!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


February 26, 2016
2nd installment Town & County taxes - Monday, February 29 due to Leap year

A Message from the Receiver of Taxes
Please note the due date for the 2nd installment of Town & County taxes for 2016 is the February 29, 2016 due to Leap year.

Town and County taxes payments can be made as follows:
All checks are payable to “Margaret Revelle Receiver of Taxes.” If you have a mortgage payment and your taxes are in escrow, you will receive a receipt from the Tax Receiver within 30 days of the paid date.

To pay in person
You have two options for making your payment in person. The first is at our office at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, 14526. Please bring your entire bill so we can stamp the top portion, which will become your receipt and proof of payment.

Note: After business hours, you may place your payment in a secure payment drop box located at the east entrance of the town hall. Envelopes are provided on the box. Payments are removed twice daily. If your payment does not balance we will return it with a letter of explanation. A receipt will be mailed within 48 hours of your payment.

To learn more please visit the following town website link: (http://www.penfield.org/Tax_Bill_Town_and_County.php)


February 24, 2016
A message from Supervisor LaFountain regarding the March 2 public hearing on a development moratorium of ‘The Shadows’ golf courses

Because of intense community interest in the Oldcastle/Dolomite Group offering of Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf courses for sale earlier this year, I would like to share the following information:

On Wednesday, March 2 the Penfield Town Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed Local law No. 1 of 2016 which would put into effect a six to twelve month moratorium on development of the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf course properties. The public hearing will be held in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, at 7:00 p.m.

This public hearing is a formal step in the process to enact the moratorium proposed by the Penfield Town Board at its February 3 meeting. As originators of the proposed moratorium, I expect the Town Board to vote unanimously in favor of the moratorium later in March.

The sole purpose of the March 2 public hearing is to give residents an opportunity to address the Town Board stating their support or opposition to the moratorium. We expect a full house, therefore we will ask speakers to briefly state their position—‘yes’ or ‘no’—so all who wish to address the Town Board may be heard in a timely manner. Overflow seating will be provided in the rotunda.

Those who do not wish to attend the public hearing may state their position in writing using this online form, or by letter to Town of Penfield Supervisor, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, New York, 14526.

We will accept public feedback for or against the moratorium through 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The Town Board is expected to vote on the moratorium at its March 23 meeting.

NOTE: All who wish to share their opinions and ideas regarding future land uses of ‘The Shadows’ properties will have opportunities to direct their comments to a committee that is being assembled to review land use and impacts during the moratorium period. The committee will solicit public input at future meetings and in writing. Follow www.penfield.org for details.

REMINDER: Penfield Town Board meetings are held at 7:00 pm in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlant


February 22, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/22

Last week’s storm dumped 20 inches of snow in about a twelve-hour period, making it very difficult for everyone, including our DPW plows, to get around. Our goal during a major event like this is to keep main roads as clear as possible to ensure fire and ambulance services can get to all emergencies. There is a protocol in place that when emergency services are responding to a subdivision, our nearest radio- controlled plow will head to that area to clear the roads to assist emergency vehicles with safe travel. I would like to give a “thank you” shout-out to all of our DPW employees (Highway, Parks, Sewer and Facilities) for spending 18-plus straight hours clearing roadways and sidewalks across the town during this event.

Penfield’s three Fire Districts and our Fire Marshal’s office have asked me to remind residents to clear snow from fire hydrants in front of or adjacent to their homes to make them accessible for emergency responders. A few minutes of your time now may save valuable minutes during an emergency in your neighborhood.

Lastly, please remember to check on the senior population in your neighborhood, not only during snow events, but all year long. Many of our seniors struggle with the smallest of tasks. Making a phone call or sticking your head in to check on elder neighbors gives them, their families, and all neighbors peace of mind.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be holding a public information meeting on the proposed revisions to the “Air State Facility Permit” for Baker Commodities Rendering Plant on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Any and all interested parties will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns with representatives of DEC and the Town of Penfield.

The Penfield Trails Committee’s annual “Indoor Hike” held last week was a great success with more than 40 individuals braving the snow and cold to partake in a wonderful presentation by the Rochester Orienteering Club. The session was taped and will be available on our website in the coming weeks for viewing by all interested parties.

Golf Course update…to date, we have received close to 70 requests to serve on the moratorium committee, and more are coming in every day. I will be asking each Penfield Town Board member to review this pool of candidates and submit their recommendations to me of who they believe should serve on the committee by March 4. I have asked board members to keep the committee to a maximum of 20 members, broken down roughly as follows: eleven directly-impacted neighbors; six residents from across the town; and three key stakeholders (one each from the school district, conservation board, and historic preservation board). Additionally, I will ask that consultants be identified from the New York State and Monroe County Departments of Transportation and other involved agencies. These individuals will not be actual members of the committee, rather they will act as consultants to provide input and feedback as needed throughout the entire process. Last reminder…if you have an interest in serving on the moratorium committee, please drop me an email at supervisor@penfield.org.

Until next week, please remember those fire hydrants that may need to be cleared out for our first responders…be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


February 16, 2016
Supervisor's column: Week of 2/15

Last week I had the honor of presenting the “Business & Commerce Update” to the Penfield Business Association (PBA) at their annual meeting. This is a great opportunity to update the PBA about new businesses looking to come into town, DPW projects in the works for the upcoming construction season, and provide a synopsis of the 2015/2016 budgets.

The PBA recognized and honored the recipients of the 2015 Annual Business Awards that included Business of the Year (Tim Horton's Penfield), the Daniel Penfield Award (Wally Ashnault), and the Penfield Pride Award (Mark's Pizzeria Penfield). Congratulations to these award winners; all of them, as well as all of the businesses in Penfield, make a difference each and every day to our overall quality of life…thank you!

I would like to recognize the Town Employee Wellness Team and all of our employees for being named a 2015 “Gold Fit-Friendly Worksite.” Penfield was selected by the American Heart Association for building a culture of wellness and for providing our employees with more options to make healthy choices and helping to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Great job team and congratulations!

The Town Board has been reviewing annual goals and priorities with department heads. This process begins along with the budget process in July of each year. As the budget is finalized all department heads, working with their teams, make final adjustments and updates and then use these plans to accomplish their goals for the current year. I would like to thank all of the departments for their efforts on this initiative.

I am reminded by the American Red Cross that they are in constant need of donations, especially O negative, A negative, B negative and AB donors. Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer, or sickle cell disease may need blood. To find the closest donation center to you please contact the American Red Cross at 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or www.redcrossblood.org. Thank you in advance, one donation can help save up to three lives.

With the current wintery mix we have recently experienced, it is a good time to start thinking ahead to spring planting. The Penfield Community Victory Garden is a space for our residents to practice organic gardening with like-minded individuals. The garden, located on three acres of town-owned land at 1747 Five Mile Line Road, is run by volunteers and donations. Bed rentals are still available for the coming season. For more information on becoming a part of this wonderful organization go to www.penfieldvictorygarden.org.

There is still an opportunity to be considered for the Shadow Pines/Shadow Lake resident committee to study the future use of these properties. As the Town Board continues the process of establishing a moratorium for the properties, we are looking for interested parties to participate. If you have an interest in being considered for this committee, please send an email to supervisor@penfield.org. We will close the loop back with everyone who has asked to be involved to let you know if you were, or were not, selected. The Town Board will look to complete this process over the next month. Thank you in advance for your interest.

Until next week stay warm, drive according to the weather conditions, and be well…be safe.

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


February 9, 2016
Town Code update and new General Code resource

The Penfield Town Board adopted changes to the Town Code at the December 16, 2015 legislative meeting. The Town Code contains local laws and ordinances that provide a legislative framework for local officials and residents to conduct the business of the Town of Penfield.

Updates to Town Code include revised parking standards, adjusted shed regulations that are proportionate to lot size, and construction requirements that are consistent with New York State Building Code. Other content has been updated for relevance and contemporary materials.

Town Code is now hosted by General Code, giving residents, staff, law enforcement, and other professionals a single online resource for the Town of Penfield’s most current, accurate information. Penfield Town Code is available at www.penfield.org under the ‘Online Documents’ link.

"We are pleased that the Town of Penfield's Codification project is complete and residents, staff, and anyone seeking municipal information can now view and search Town Code with ease,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “We used this opportunity to review and update all aspects of the Town Code. Staff worked methodically through every section with General Code to publish a quality resource. I encourage those who frequently seek code information to bookmark the link.”


February 8, 2016
A message from Supervisor LaFountain: Baker Commodities info meeting Mar 3

The New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Town of Penfield will host an informational meeting regarding Baker Commodities Air Pollution Control Permit in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium on Thursday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. This is an informal meeting to allow residents to share comments with DEC representatives.


February 8, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/8

At last week’s Town Board meeting, the board unanimously passed a resolution to call for a public hearing on a moratorium for development of the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake properties on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m. By law, there must be a public hearing to allow any and all interested parties an opportunity to speak for or against the moratorium. Once the hearing is completed, the board will take all of the comments and feedback as we prepare the final local law for adoption, which should occur by mid-March.

Following that, over roughly the next six to twelve months, the Town Board, town staff, and others will work with a committee to “vet” out uses for the property that are consistent with the comprehensive plan and infrastructure capabilities including schools, traffic, utilities, and the like. If you have an interest in serving on this committee please contact me at supervisor@penfield.org. The time commitment to serve on this committee will require several hours a week for the full duration of the moratorium.

The next “Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser” sponsored by the First Baptist Church will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at 1862 Penfield Road. Proceeds will directly support Penfield Area Churches for Habitat for Humanity. If you and your family are looking for a breakfast to warm the body and a benefit to warm the soul, please join the First Baptist Church for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, and more. Cost is just $4.00 per person, $3.00 for children 10 and under.

A coalition of churches from Penfield, Webster, and East Rochester are working with Flower City Habitat for Humanity to eliminate housing poverty in our area by financing and constructing homes for low income homeowners in Rochester. These working families do not qualify for conventional mortgage financing. Homeowners invest 500 hours of "sweat equity" in the building of their home or that of another family. These homes are sold at no profit and no interest. The First Baptist Church invites their breakfast guests to help make a difference in our community.

As you drive around the community, you may occasionally see old TVs or computer monitors sitting at the curb in front of a home for weeks at a time. The reason for this is that, by law, waste haulers can no longer pick up and dispose of old and unused electronics; and due to electronics recycling market conditions, there is usually a fee to dispose of these items. I recently learned that Senator Joe Robach will host a free electronics recycling event on Sunday, February 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Monroe County’s ecopark, 10 Avion Drive. Acceptable items include laptops, desktops, TVs, consoles, video games, cell phones, printers, MP3 players, DVD players, and much more. For more information and a complete list of accepted and unaccepted items go to www.robach.nysenate.gov or www.sunnking.com.

It is not too early to start thinking about summer day camps offered by the Penfield Recreation Department. There are four sessions running June 27 through August 12. The camp offers a wide range of activities and experiences, and each camp session will include a bowling field trip. Extended hours are available at the Community Center camp location. Save 10 ten percent on camps by registering online. Due to the popularity of our camp programs the sessions fill up quickly, so do not delay in registering your child. For more information and details on the four sessions, locations, and activities, please go to www.penfieldrec.org.
Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org


February 3, 2016
A Message from Supervisor LaFountain regarding tonight’s Town Board meeting (Feb 3)

An item of much interest on tonight’s Town Board agenda is a resolution to set the date of March 2, 2016 for a public hearing to consider a proposed moratorium on development of the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf courses. I expect this resolution to be adopted unanimously.

Other than the resolution tonight to set the public hearing, there will be no further actions or votes on the proposed moratorium itself.

Those interested in speaking for or against the proposed moratorium will have an opportunity to do so at the public hearing on March 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

REMINDER: Town Board meetings are held at 7:00 pm in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. They are broadcast LIVE on Penfield Television Government Access Cable CH 12 and 1304 / Digital CH 5.12 and 98.4, and streamed at www.penfield.org. There is a public comment period to address the Town Board on any topic at the open and close of each legislative meeting.


February 1, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 2/1

While we have been fortunate to have had very little snow to deal with this winter season, even small accumulations and slick surfaces have the potential to make driving treacherous. Our Department of Public Works (DPW) employees would like to reinforce some winter weather tips to help you be safe and prepared: Please allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely and drive slowly, it is harder to control or stop your vehicle on an icy or snow-covered road; increase your following distance enough so that you have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you, especially when following one of our plow trucks; and if you begin to skid, stay calm and ease your foot off the gas while steering in the direction you want the front of your vehicle to go. Stay off the pedals (gas and brake) until you have control of your vehicle. Our DPW is a dedicated group of professionals with many years of experience plowing and salting Penfield’s roadways to ensure your safe travels.

Mark your calendars for Monday, February 22 to attend “For Our Valentines: Bonbons & A Movie” presented by the Penfield Symphony Orchestra. All concerts are held at the Penfield High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Free rides to the concerts are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. This concert is being sponsored by Harris Beach and St. Ann’s Community at Cherry Ridge. For more than 60 years the Penfield Symphony Orchestra has been bringing great music to our community. Please join the PSO for another wonderful evening of music and fun.

A special community shout-out to Sarah Jane Clifford, owner of the Gymnastics Training Center, for receiving the Community Impact Award from Starbridge at the Celebration of Champions. During this event, Starbridge raised more than $26,000 to support children and adults striving for success in school and employment. Sarah Jane and her team at the Gymnastics Training Center are a jewel in our community…congratulations on this recognition!

One last reminder…the Penfield Trails Committee will host its the annual “indoor hike” on Saturday, February 13, 10:00 a.m. at Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. There will be a presentation by the Rochester Orienteering Club, entitled "The Thinking Sport." Enhance your outdoor adventure by learning the basics of using a map and compass to navigate to any outdoor setting while hiking or cross-country skiing. The Rochester Orienteering Club meets at local parks monthly and has a long history in Rochester. While the "hike" is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6. Light refreshments will be served.

The holidays are over and everyone is back to their normal routines. Please remember that the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf continues to work hard to help support those less fortunate in our community. PEFS is always in need of food donations to help keep the shelves stocked. To learn more about this wonderful community organization and their current wish list of items, please go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org.

Looking for some interesting programs for you children to participate in during winter break? Please check out all of the exciting programs the Penfield Library has lined up in the winter/spring Pen-Rec brochure on pages 44 and 45. Or go to www.penfieldlibrary.org.

The Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) series is always looking for new classes to offer. If you would like to teach a class please contact our Recreation Team at 340-8655 or submit a program proposal form, available at www.penfieldrec.org.

Until next week…drive safely!

Tony
supervisor@penfield.org




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