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March 30, 2016
Supervisor’s column: Week of 3/28

On March 23 the Penfield Town Board adopted a one-year moratorium on redevelopment of both the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf courses. The moratorium is a “stop gap” zoning measure for a reasonable period to preserve the status quo while the town considers amendments to the zoning law to ensure that future development preserves the character and quality of life within Penfield.

The town board wants to make certain any potential development of these properties is compatible with the needs of Penfield residents and the town’s existing infrastructure. To meet this goal, we believe there is a need to conduct a study of these properties to address potential issues and impacts future development could bring to existing infrastructure, the school district, and historic preservation.

Further, although the Shadow Lakes property is being offered for sale as a continuing golfing operation, the town board wants to include this property in a study of future zoning and uses to ensure that in years to come we are not again faced with a property sale and proposal of significant development.

The next step is the appointment of a citizen advisory committee to conduct this study and report back to the town board with recommendations for the best uses of the properties and the expected impacts of those uses over time.

Our goal is to name that advisory committee at the April 6 town board meeting. Members are being selected from a pool of nearly 90 applicants who asked to serve. The committee will consist of 11 direct neighbors of the two golf courses, six residents from across the town, and one representative each from the school district, conservation board, and the historic preservation board. Professionals from the state, county, and town will be made available to support the committee with any information or data required to help them conduct their work throughout the process.

The Town Board is also seeking an individual to facilitate this process. Our interest is to identify a person who is not a Penfield resident, has experience leading and facilitating groups, and has land-use knowledge. Our goal is to identify this individual so the committee can begin its work in April.

All committee meetings will be open to the public; however, only committee members and the professionals supporting the committee will be actively participating. There will be an opportunity early in the process for the committee to hold a public information meeting to receive public comments and ideas regarding the properties and future uses. When their work is completed, the advisory committee will provide various recommendations to the town board for review and consideration.

As many of you are aware, we have created a section on our website entitled “The Shadows Golf Courses.” We will keep this updated with the latest information about these properties and the work the committee is doing throughout the process. As you can imagine, social media does not always provide the most timely or accurate information—and in many cases, individuals take comments on Facebook and Twitter as “gospel” without seeking any or all of the facts. As I have said several times throughout the discussion of The Shadows golf courses, please go to for the most accurate information we have on these properties.

I will provide brief updates on the advisory committee’s progress in my weekly columns for your information.

Until next week, be well and be safe!


March 30, 2016
Household Hazardous Waste Collection April 16, Appt. Required

This year’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Penfield and Webster residents is Saturday, April 16 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Penfield DPW Highway Garage, 1607 Jackson Road.

This appointment-only service is hosted by the Monroe County Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the towns of Penfield, Webster, and the Village of Webster. For details on permitted materials or to make an online appointment go to, or call Penfield DPW at 340.8710 through 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 15.

“This opportunity to dispose of hazardous household waste helps to redirect chemicals from landfills, protecting groundwater for generations to come,” says Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Communities like Penfield and Webster directly benefit from this Monroe County service.”

Residents may bring up to 30 gallons of liquid and 75 pounds of solid HHW materials per appointment at no charge. No 55-gallon drums will be accepted. Waste from businesses will not be accepted.

March 21, 2016
Supervisor's Guest Columnist: Week of 03/21

Guest Columnist Chris Bilow, Director, Penfield Recreation 

It is a pleasure and privilege to guest write for the supervisor’s column on behalf of the Penfield Recreation Department.

PenRec is gearing up for a very busy and active summer season. The annual summer brochure will be arriving at Penfield homes in just a few weeks. It is full of fun activities for the whole family, so be sure to look through the many offerings and register for any program that you find motivating. If you have been putting off trying a new class, now is the perfect time to start!

The summer is a great time to get out and visit the many fantastic parks Penfield has to offer. If you’re looking for a quiet nature hike, then Sherwood Fields, one of our newest parks, offers the perfect setting. If you’re looking for a more active walk try the new QR Fitness trail at Rothfuss Park for a fitness challenge. New this summer at LaSalle’s Landing Park is a public canoe/kayak launch that provides safe access to Irondequoit Bay. As a reminder, if you’re looking for some advice on hiking trails, the Penfield Trails committee offers 14 escorted toured events each year; contact the recreation office for details on an upcoming hike!

Summer also offers a chance to enjoy many of the special events the recreation department hosts each year. This summer the annual concert series at the Penfield Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage is loaded with great concerts. The season begins May 27 with the Music and Food Rodeo (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) featuring Penfield High School musical groups. The summer series wraps up the very popular Tastin’ the Blues on September 17 (12:00 to 4:00 p.m.) featuring Steve Grills and the Roadmasters. The annual weekly series of Tuesday Jazz, Thursday Kids Fest and Saturdays on stage will begin on July 12 with one of the biggest shows of the summer, Prime Time Funk! The remainder of the Jazz series includes: July 19, Chet Catallo & the Cats Quartet; July 26, Bill Tiberio Band; and August 2, Mark Cassara. The Kids Fest lineup is as follows: July 14, Mr. Loops; July 21, Dady Brothers; July 28, Paulsen and Baker; and August 4, Mike Kornrich. Saturdays on Stage dates and performances include Gap Mangione Band on July 30. All music begins at 7:00 p.m. A special concert on July 23 will be held to celebrate the Penfield Recreation Department’s 60th birthday! We hope to make this concert extra special to celebrate our special milestone.

Penfield’s annual Independence Day celebration will take place on Saturday, July 2. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m., and music at Harris Whalen Park will begin at 5:00 with the area’s best fireworks show at 10:00 p.m.! We will post road closures and more event information as we get closer to July 2.

For details on any of the above special events or any of the programs the Recreation Department is offering please contact us at:, or 340-8655. We look forward to seeing you at an event this summer!

March 14, 2016
Supervisor's Guest Columnist: Week of 03/14

Guest Columnist Ronnie Williams, Director, Department of Public Works

On behalf of the DPW, it is a privilege to be the Supervisor’s guest columnist and share seasonal information with Penfield residents.

This winter was certainly mild and pleasant compared to last year, giving us a chance to begin many seasonal projects earlier than in the past. Crews have already been out repairing sidewalk damage, trimming trees, and cleaning storm water drainage ponds and sewer systems. An added benefit of the mild winter is a 35 percent reduction in salt usage and a 50 percent reduction in overtime cost compared to last year. However, any future below-freezing temperatures we still require salting and safe driving behaviors.

Once the snow and ice are truly gone, usually in April, crews will be out doing more spring chores including filling potholes, restoring lawns damaged by Town plows, and verifying and repairing or replacing mailboxes damaged by our plows, not snow.

The warm weather will also bring many road construction projects. I’d like to highlight key activities for 2016 that will impact most members of our community. Much of the work will be done along Route 441. In all cases, expect delays, lane restrictions, and alternate routes.

In the spring, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will lower the road and widen the intersection shoulders of Route 441 at Harris/Huber Roads to improve sight distance and safety. Utility poles will be relocated.

This summer, NYSDOT will continue road and bridge restoration on Route 441 from the Panorama Road Bridge to Linden Oaks intersection. NYSDOT will also widen the intersection and install turnings lanes at the intersection of Route 441 at Salt/Carter Roads.

NYSDOT will also mill and repave the road surface of Panorama Trail south.

Our Penfield DPW will resurface Penfield Road from Route 441 to the Panorama Trail intersection. We are also replacing the Veterans Memorial Playground equipment and the restoring the Philbrick Park Picnic area.

Please mark the following spring and summer community events on your calendar:

The Monroe County Department of Environmental Service (DES) and the Towns of Penfield, Webster and the Village of Webster will host an appointment-only Household Hazardous Waste collection at the Penfield DPW Garage, 1607 Jackson Road on Saturday, April 16 from 7:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Schedule your appointment and learn more at http:/

DPW will host its annual Spring Drop-off at the 1607 Jackson Road Facility on Friday, May 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 14, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

March 10, 2016
Adjourned - Planning Application Oak & Apple Ciderhouse

Please take notice that on March 10, 2016 the Planning Department received a request from the applicants of the Oak & Apple Ciderhouse project, located at 1381 Sweets Corners Road, to table the application (Appl#16P-0003) that was schedule for a public hearing meeting with the Planning Board this evening. The application has since been adjourned on the agenda available on the Town’s website. The board will reschedule the public hearing for this application to a later date. 

Public comments will continue to be accepted in writing via the town’s website (Quick Link | Property Under Review | Oak and Apple | Public Comment) and by letter to Town of Penfield Planning, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, New York, 14526. 

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March 7, 2016
Supervisor's Guest Columnist 3/7: Tom Tette, Director of Building and Zoning, Fire Marshal and Code Enforcement

Once again it is a pleasure to be a guest columnist on behalf of the Town of Penfield’s Building and Zoning, Fire Marshal, and Code Enforcement department. We continue to serve the community in many ways, some more visible than others. It is our job to ensure homes, businesses—and all projects small and large—are conducted in compliance with requirements that keep our community safe.

To do this, we issue permits for construction, renovations, and operations as required by Town of Penfield, New York State, and International building codes. The Town of Penfield has put together additional building and code compliance regulations for the well-being of all who live in, work, and visit our town.
Although this has been a relatively mild winter as far a snow goes, winter hasn’t let up yet. Warmer weather will come, and so will the “building season.” Before the season hits, I would like to remind everyone of the necessity for building permits.

What projects require permits? Anything you wish to build or erect—sheds, decks, pools, home additions, and new homes. We receive applications year-round, however most permitting for new builds or remodeling projects in our region occurs in the warmer months. That’s when our department gets busy and the processing time for permit applications can become extended.

If you are already planning a project for this spring or summer, I encourage you to begin the permitting process as soon as you can. Permits are valid for one year from date of issuance. We process applications in the order they are received. Typical turn-around time on review and issuance of permits is two-to-three weeks. Depending on demand this can take less or more time. Quick turn-around is important to you and our department. We want to deliver prompt customer service, and you want to get started on your project as soon as you can. So if you have a project in mind, we look forward to seeing you at our counter on the second floor of the town hall very soon!

With spring comes yard sales and other events that generate temporary signs. If you are planning a sale or other activity, please review Town of Penfield rules for placement of temporary signs before your event. (See the “Rules for Temporary Signs” flyer online at, under Building and Zoning, Documents.) You want your signs to be seen, and we don’t want to have to take them down because they are creating a hazard to motorists or pedestrians.

To search and review all Town Code including rules for construction and temporary signs, go to, online documents, town law and code.

As Fire Marshal, I’d like to reinforce the importance of the visibility of house numbers. Not only is visibility important to the U.S. Post Office and other delivery services, it is critical to emergency responders. Emergency agencies may be called to your home for police, medical, or fire emergencies. Clear, visible, contrasting colors for house numbers are required by law. So please take the time to make sure your house numbers are unobstructed and visible from the road.
Before you begin any project, we welcome your questions to help ensure your safety and success. Drop in and visit us on the second floor of the Penfield Town Hall or call us: Building Department 340-8636, Code Enforcement 340-8635, or Fire Marshal 340-8643.

Tom Tette

March 4, 2016
A message from Supervisor LaFountain regarding the status of the proposed moratorium on development of ‘The Shadows’ golf courses

I would like to thank all who participated in our March 2 public hearing on the proposed Local law No. 1 of 2016 to put into effect a twelve-month moratorium on development of the Shadow Pines and Shadow Lake golf course properties. Hundreds of residents have already expressed their opinions (in person and online) for or against the moratorium.

As a reminder, today (March 4) at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline to ask to serve on an advisory committee that is being formed to study potential uses and impacts of the ‘The Shadows’ properties. The committee will report its findings and recommendations to the Penfield Town Board. Those who wish to serve on the committee should send a letter expressing their desire and relevant skills/qualifications to me at The time commitment to serve on this committee will require a few hours each week for the full duration of the twelve-month moratorium.

To date, more than 90 people have asked to be considered for the advisory committee. The Town Board plans to seat a cross-section of 20 neighbors and stakeholders. In addition, representatives from the New York State and Monroe County departments of transportation, other subject matter experts, and relevant town staff will serve as resources and advisors.

Those who wish to weigh in for or against the moratorium may do so through 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 9. Please state your position using this online form or by letter to Town of Penfield Supervisor, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, New York, 14526.

The Town Board is expected to vote on the moratorium at its March 23 meeting.


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