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2017 Windstorm Brush Pickup Update
Due to the severity of a windstorm that came through our region on Wednesday, March 8, the Town of Penfield will provide residents with a town-wide, roadside pick-up for fallen limbs, branches, and brush. 
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September 30, 2016
Historic Preservation Day Oct 15

The Town of Penfield’s Historic Preservation Board invites the community to attend Penfield Historic Preservation Day on Saturday, October 15, 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the town hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

If you own a historic home or simply want to learn about historic preservation, please join the Penfield Historic Preservation Board and their guest experts for informative discussions on the “why and how” of preservation.

Guest speakers are Cynthia Howk, Landmark Society of Western NY (Importance of Preservation); Jerry Ludwig, Democrat & Chronicle columnist (Caring for Historic Homes), Steve Jordan, author of “The Window Sash Bible” (Window Preservation in Historic Homes); and Bruce Zaretsky of Zaretsky & Associates Landscaping (Residential Landscaping in the 1900s). The Historic Preservation Board led by chair, Joan Belgiorno, will host the afternoon. Town Historian Kathy Kanauer will provide information on historic homes in Penfield.

The Historic Preservation Board will also present the 2016 Jeffrey S. Crane Preservation Award to a property owner who has cared for Penfield’s past through the preservation of a structure with historic significance. 

Although the event is free, please RSVP at costello@penfield.org or 340-8642 to help plan resources and light refreshments. If you own a historic home in Penfield, please include your address with your RSVP. Town Historian Kathy Kanauer will provide information on historic homes for property owners who RSVP in advance.

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September 29, 2016
Route 441 Construction Update

Linden Oaks to Old Penfield Road, Monroe County, NYSDOT Contract D263076

The Rte 441 / Linden Ave closure scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled. Weather permitting, this work is being re-scheduled for October 7th October 10th. Closure details are as follows: Rte 441 westbound will be closed at the off-ramp to Rte 153 from 7pm Friday to 6am Monday. The Rte 441 westbound on-ramp from Rte 153 will also be closed during this period. There will be no access to Rte 441 westbound through the Linden Ave intersection during this time, and this includes right and left-hand turns onto Linden Ave. Therefore, Linden Ave will not be accessible from Rte 441 westbound during this closure. Rte 441 eastbound will be open to traffic through the intersection, and right turns onto Linden Ave south will be allowed. No left turns from Rte 441 eastbound to Linden Ave north will be allowed, however. Detours will be posted.

We will continue to send out updates providing specific dates for stage changes as well as closures requiring posted detours. This is a relatively complex project, and we encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns. Several variables could affect the duration of each stage, including weather, and we will do our best to provide as much advance notice as we can. We appreciate your continued patience and consideration.

Thank you.


September 26, 2016
Supervisor’s column September 26, 2016

Veterans’ Memorial Park was the focus of energy and excitement this past Sunday as Karen Zandi, President/CEO of Mary Cariola, and her team hosted their annual “Walking on Sunshine” event. More than 2,000 people attended this wonderful event and 1,500+ participated in the walk. This is the agency’s only fundraising event and it is also a celebration of their students and staff.

Mark Gruba, News 8 Sunrise anchor, was on hand as master of ceremonies and said he brought the great weather compliments of Chief Meteorologist Stacey Pensgen to this awesome celebration. Every day the Mary Cariola team is inspired by their students’ and residents’ optimism that shines through the trials of their physical and intellectual challenges.

I had the honor of representing our entire community in welcoming the Mary Cariola Family to Penfield for our first (of what I hope will be many) year hosting this very special event. For more information on this amazing organization, please go to www.marycariola.org.   

Last week I had the opportunity to join County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and YMCA President & CEO George Rumell to dedicate the “Waterfront Lodge” at Abraham Lincoln Park. This newest lodge in the Monroe County Parks system is located in Penfield on Irondequoit Bay at the end of Smith Road, off Empire Boulevard. This lodge is now available to rent; you can do so at www.monroecounty.gov (from the homepage look under “How Do I” then choose “Make a Parks Reservation.”) This new lodge has one of the best views of Irondequoit Bay and will be a highly sought after destination.

Penfield's annual Bike Drop will be held on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Penfield Rotary will collect used bicycles and donate them to R Community Bikes, Inc., a Rochester-based organization that repairs and distributes bicycles free of charge to Rochester's needy children and adults. Its mission is to meet the basic transportation needs of those in the community who depend on bikes to get to work, school, rehabilitation programs, and training sessions, as well as for recreation.

This event is sponsored by Penfield Rotary and Penfield Recreation. For more information about R Community Bikes, Inc. please go to www.rcommunitybikes.net. Receipts will be provided documenting all donations. The bike drop is free and open to the public.

Please join your friends and neighbors for the Family First Penfield 5K Challenge XIV this Sunday, October 2 at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Registration begins at 8:00 AM; the race begins at 9:00 AM. The fee is $25.00 Sep 27–30, and $30.00 the day of race. The first 150 runners will receive a long-sleeve commemorative tee-shirt. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and top female finishers. Computerized race results are provided by PCR Timing Services. You may register on-line at www.penfieldrec.org.

One more plug for the Penfield Volunteer Emergency Ambulance (PVEA) open house this coming Saturday, October 1st from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM to help celebrate their 50th anniversary of serving our community. Please bring the whole family to this wonderful event. There will be activities for children, tours of the facility, blood pressure checks, flu shots, and much more. 

PVEA has provided outstanding emergency medical support to Penfield through hundreds of volunteers who have worked thousands of support hours for our safety and peace of mind. Please come join in the celebration and take a minute to thank PVEA members for their service. This is yet another reason why Penfield is a great community—a partnership to be proud of!

Until next week, I hope to see you out in the community. Please say hello if you see me, I enjoy meeting new residents, catching up with friends, and listening to your interests and opportunities for our town.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 

 

 

 


September 23, 2016
Passport Night in Penfield October 6

Penfield residents in need of a new or updated passport are invited to attend “Passport Night in Penfield” on Thursday, October 6, 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 and the Town of Penfield. Please call Town Clerk Amy Steklof at 340-8627 to sign up in advance, however registration is not required.

“I am again pleased to work with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office to help local residents conveniently apply for their passports right here in Penfield,” said Amy Steklof.  “We get a great turnout every time we host this service.”

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 grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Penfield on providing this vital service to residents," said Monroe County Clerk Adam J. Bello.  "Passport Night allows residents to have helpful one-on-one interactions with Clerk staff to ensure all of their questions are answered and their passport needs are met."

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 23, 2016
Weekend Closure on Route 441 Eastbound at Linden Ave. in Town of Penfield

Messgae from NYSDOT re: September 23 - 26 Weekend Work at Rt 441 Intersection at Linden Ave in Penfield:

Motorists are advised that the first planned weekend intersection closure on Route 441 eastbound at Linden Avenue in the town of Penfield, Monroe County, has been rescheduled to take place on Friday, September 23, beginning at 7 p.m. through Monday morning by 6 a.m. at the latest, on September 26, while crews replace a large concrete slab at the intersection.  In case of inclement weather, the work will be rescheduled.

 

During the weekend closure, Route 441 in the eastbound direction, will be closed between Linden Oaks and Panorama Trail.  Truck and emergency access to the neighborhood off Linden north of Route 441 will be provided at the western point on Route 441.   The driveway to Linden Oaks will be open and accessible.

 

Detours for weekend closure will be posted utilizing I-490 east to Exit 24 /East Rochester/Commercial Street to Route 153 (S. Washington St) back to Route 441.  Motorists will be prohibited from crossing the closed area and should allow time to divert around the work site. See attached map.

 

Route 441 in the westbound direction will remain open and motorists will be able to turn right to the neighborhood to the north and will be able to turn right from Linden Ave. to Route 441 west. 

 

This work is part of the ongoing $5 million project to repair the concrete sections on Route 441, replace pavement markings, and provide a new cross walk with pedestrian signals at Linden Avenue.   

 

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org, or the mobile site at m.511ny.org.

 

Follow New York State DOT on Twitter: @NYSDOT. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/NYSDOT. For tweets from NYSDOT’s Rochester Office, follow @NYSDOTRochester

September 22, 2016
Supervisor’s column September 22, 2016

In recent conversations with the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) I learned they are running low on—or completely out of—a number of items and they can use our help. The most current needs include cans of fruits (all kinds), pasta (boxed and bagged), Spaghettios/ravioli, salad dressings, pancake mix and syrup, and cereal. Week-on-week the dedicated volunteers at PEFS provide fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, and other non-perishable items to more than 85 households in our community that need some extra help.

If your neighborhood, church, or civic organization would like to “adopt a shelf” or if you are able to provide assistance in any way, please call PEFS at 234-0799 or email penfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com. I would like to thank all of you for your past generosity to help make this operation possible, it does make a difference in so many lives year-round.

We are fortunate in Penfield to have a high occupancy rate in our six business districts. However, a handful of empty store fronts and falling down buildings are an eyesore; they consume a lot of staff time chasing property owners for compliance issues. At the request of many residents, I want to provide an update on properties that present the biggest problems for the town.

First up, the former Mobil service station on the corner of Browncroft and Blossom Roads. This property has (yet again) recently sold. A trailer located at the rear of the property has been there for many years continually drawing air through the soil to abate petroleum contamination. This process is slow and somewhat old technology. Business Development Director Jim Costello is working with the new owners to move this to a closure to allow the property to be redeveloped.

In comparison, owners have excavated tanks and soils at the Valeo building on the opposite corner for a clean site. This building is currently on the market for sale or lease. You should see the canopy removed later this fall.

Cleantown Dry Cleaners across the street from Panorama Plaza and next to the ESL ATM site has recently been cleared of some weeds and the grass has been cut. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) contacted me last week to indicate the last phase of environmental clean-up will begin over the next several weeks. Once completed, the rubble will be removed. The property is in the process of being sold to be redeveloped.

The former service station on the corner of Route 250 and Atlantic Avenue, known as 3286 Atlantic Avenue, has been an eyesore for more than 30 years. There have been many excuses as to why it has not been cleaned up. The matter is currently in court and taking more time than it should to be resolved. We need your help to move this along…I encourage you to contact the Town Court at 340-8623 and the property owner’s legal representation at 334-4270 to demand action. There have been too many promises made to clean up this site over the years with little to no action!

The damp weather last Saturday did not ruin the fun for the many hundreds of attendees at the annual Tastin’ the Blues. The music provided by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters along with Joe Beard was fabulous! As the rain began many pop-up tents went up and everyone settled in for entertainment, great chili tasting and beer samples.

A special thank you to all the chili entries and to those that won the judges and people’s choice awards for the best recipe. This event closes out the 2016 Amphitheater & Kiwanis Stage series. I would like to recognize Steve Orsini of Penfield Recreation and all the staff that supported him in making this another wonderful season! The shell will be taken down this week and stored for the winter, but rest assured the 2017 series is being planned and we look forward to another great season to kick-off in late May!

Until next week, enjoy the continued nice stretch of late summer/early fall weather. We’ll take as many nice days as we can get…it gets us one day closer to spring!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org    

  

 


September 13, 2016
Supervisor’s column September 13, 2016

This past Sunday we recognized the 15th anniversary of September 11th, a day that will have lasting impact on our great country. Nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001. It was the deadliest terror attack on American soil. We will not falter…we will not fear…we will not fail…we will not forget!

September 11–17, 2016 is National Assisted Living Week. This year’s theme is “Keep Connected” to encourage assisted living communities to support opportunities for residents to take advantage of the latest communication tools to engage with the world around them. According to the Pew Research Center, social media usage among those aged 65 and older has more than tripled since 2010. This theme aims to help overcome the myth that older adults lack the ability to learn and/or are interested in using new technologies.

Yesterday, I had the honor and pleasure to join Senator Rich Funke and TV-8 news anchor Maureen McGuire at Heathwood Penfield Community to present a proclamation recognizing the importance of this celebration and to proclaim September 11–17 as National Assisted Living Week in the Town of Penfield.

Please join me in recognizing Heathwood Penfield community staff, caregivers, residents and families—and all the senior living communities in Penfield—for everything they do throughout the year. Penfield is proud to be a wellness community with a tradition of honoring its residents and recognizing them for their contributions to our town, county and country.

The town was recently approached by Life Conquerors, which is a social enterprise that assists in various projects for the less fortunate. They are hosting an ongoing “Re-Walk” sustainable shoe drive to collect shoes for the needy in third world countries and for the disadvantaged and homeless here in the U.S.

The most needed shoes are lightly worn shoes in good repair, from infant to adults—the most coveted are athletic shoes and the least needed are stylish women’s shoes and boots. To donate, simply place shoes in collection boxes in the town hall foyer or at the community center near the library. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Life Conqueror’s Office at 585-787-4287. Thank you in advance for your support.

A few quick reminders: First, the 40th annual Friends of the Penfield Public Library used book sale starts September 13 at 2:00 PM and runs through Saturday until 2:00 PM. More than 85,000 books, videos, CDs, records, games, puzzles, and computer software is available. Please stop by and support the Penfield Library.

Second, PenRec’s annual Tastin’ the Blues is this Saturday, September 17 at Penfield Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM. The event includes chili judging, beer sampling, and blues music. The Amphitheater and Kiwanis Stage is located in Veterans’ Memorial Park, behind Penfield Town Hall at 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. I look forward to seeing you at these two great community events!

It is that time of year again when the First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road, hosts its Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser. Join them Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM as they serve delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more for $4/person, $3 for children under ten.

All the September proceeds will go directly to help support “Learning Links” of Fairport (www.learninglinksfairport.org). Learning Links is a tutoring program which pairs children with volunteers after school and during the summer. Come enjoy a great breakfast and support a wonderful organization. For more information about this event and the rest of the Flapjack Saturday Community fundraising, please call 585-586-2876 or go to www.fbpenfield.org.

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org

 


September 13, 2016
Fall Recycling Day is October 8 at DPW

The Town of Penfield will host a one-day recycling event for Penfield residents on Saturday, October 8, 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM 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 2017, when tires, furniture and other household debris will be accepted.

“This will be the fourth year since we moved from a general drop-off in the fall to a recycling event with a goal to continue reducing the amount of waste being sent to the landfills,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “There are more and more outlets opening up to take old furniture, building materials, and other household goods instead of sending them to the landfill. In most cases they will provide a receipt to be used for tax purposes.”

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

Event Resources:

Eco-Green Park certified document destruction (www.eco-greenpark.com)

Alpco metals recycling (see www.alpcorecycling.com/metals-recycling.html#ferrous for metals that will be accepted)

St. Pauly Textile Shed

DPW will also accept brush (no grass) on-site.


***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, 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 1, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (one week BEFORE recycling day) at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. 


September 8, 2016
Town 2017 Tentative Budget Presented

Penfield Supervisor Tony LaFountain and Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo presented the proposed 2017 Tentative Town Budget to the Penfield Town Board and community on Wednesday, September 7. (Video)

The proposed 2017 Tentative Budget, including special districts, is $18.8M, a decrease of $147,162 from the adopted 2016 Town Budget. The proposed Town Operating Budget (without special districts) is $15.8M, down $39K from 2016. Town department heads reduced expenditures to achieve this operational decrease.

As in previous years, expenditures not under the Town of Penfield’s control continue to see double-digit increases. In 2017, this includes an estimated 12 percent increase in health insurance premiums, continued contributions to the NYS retirement system of approximately 20 percent of payroll, and an estimated 17 percent increase in workers compensation cost.

Estimated revenues, also not under the control of the Town of Penfield, are down $218,000, or 2.9 percent, based on historical receipts as well as economic trends.

The proposed 2017 town tax rate remains at $2.695 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which is the same as the 2016 rate. At the proposed 2017 rate, a property in Penfield with a valuation of $180,000 will remain at $485.10 for general governmental services. Once again, the proposed town tax levy increase is below the increase allowed by 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.

“Annual municipal budgets continue to be challenged to balance increased costs in goods and services, requests for additional programs and facilities, the New York State imposed tax cap, and residents calling for reduced taxes,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Working with the town comptroller and the department heads we were able to present the town board with a budget in 2017 that does not raise the tax rate from the current 2.695 per $1,000 of assessed property value. With this budget were able to replace a number of aging pieces of equipment and improve key elements of our facilities and infrastructure.”  

Penfield’s growth rate for 2017 is again among the highest in the county, the positive impact of actual new “bricks and mortar” properties has resulted in an allowable levy growth factor increase of 1.12 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 of Penfield 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.

With its history of fiscal discipline, the financial world consistently recognizes Penfield as one of the most financially responsible towns in New York State. In April of 2016, Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Penfield’s credit rating to an Aa1, 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 8, print copies of the 2017 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,’ ‘Town Budget’). A public hearing to receive comments on the Preliminary Budget is set for October 5. The Penfield Town Board reviews comments now through October 14.

PENFIELD 2017 BUDGET TIMELINE

June to September 2016 - Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller and staff conduct budget work sessions; prepare 2017 Tentative Budget

September 7, 2016 - Town Supervisor, Town Comptroller present a summary of the 2017 Tentative Budget to the Town Board and community; document made public for review (during this period, Tentative Budget becomes the Preliminary Budget)

September 8-October 14, 2016 - Public comment period

October 5, 2016 - Public hearing on 2017 Preliminary Budget; public comments received

October 6-14, 2016 - Town Board reviews comments, develops a Final Budget

October 19, 2016 - Town Board legislative meeting, adoption of a Final 2017 Budget

October 21, 2016 - Town submits the Penfield Adopted 2017 Budget to County of Monroe, Adopted Budget made public


September 6, 2016
Supervisor’s column September 6, 2016

At this Wednesday’s (September 7) town board legislative session Town Comptroller Barbara Chirdo and I will present the “2017 Tentative Budget” to the Penfield Town Board and community. The budget process begins in early June and runs through the third week in October when the town board votes to adopt the Final Budget.

As I have stated before, all of our department heads work diligently to balance increasing costs and the need to be fiscally responsible with no cuts to town services. The budget we will present calls for no increase to the tax rate which currently stands at $2.69 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. We accomplished this with a modest increase to the levy from new residential and commercial development. Further, the 2017 budget is under the tax cap spelled out by New York State.

The Tentative Budget will be available online, as will the Preliminary Budget in a few weeks, followed by the adopted Final Budget in October. Once the Tentative Budget is presented the budget amount cannot be increased; it can only be decreased if approved by the town board.

The town board will hold a formal public hearing on the 2017 Budget on October 5 at 7:00 PM; all are welcome to attend to hear the presentation. The town board will look to adopt the Final Budget on October 19 and file it with the county and state as required by law.

I will close my budget comments with sobering information I recently came across from the Treasury Department: FIRST AND LAST, our nation's total outstanding debt as of August 18, 2016 was $19.445 trillion. It has taken 295 calendar days (since October 30, 2015) to add the latest $1 trillion of debt. It took our country 205 years (from 1776 to November, 1981) to accumulate our first $1 trillion of debt.

As an avid Rochester Public Market visitor on Saturday mornings, I was delighted to see that a good friend and Penfield farmer Richard (Dick) Hammann was named the City of Rochester Public Market’s “Vendor of the Month”! The Hammann family farm was established in 1905, the same year the market opened, and Dick’s grandfather sold produce and meat that same year. The “Vendor of the Month” award honors vendors who are committed to locally grown products. On behalf of the entire Town of Penfield, congratulations to Dick Hammann. Thank you for all you do in our community!

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) has seen a recent rash of vehicle break-ins across a number of neighborhoods in Penfield. In all cases the vehicles were left unlocked overnight in driveways. Please help yourself and the MCSD with these two simple actions: do not leave valuables in vehicles and always keep them locked.

The Friends of the Penfield Public Library (FPPL) 40th used book sale is fast approaching. The sale runs September 13 to 17. Please note that the sale on Tuesday, September 13 is for FPPL members only. If you’re not a member, that’s okay—join in advance at the library or at the door for only $5.00. The remaining sale days are open to everyone. Please stop by to see the four rooms filled with over 85,000 books plus videos, music CDs, records, games, puzzles, and computer software. The FPPL are celebrating their 40th anniversary with cake on September 14 at 4:00 PM.

Bring your own bags or boxes to carry your selections. No strollers, food or drink are permitted on the sales floor because of narrow aisles. The sale will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For more details on the sale, go to www.penfieldlibrary.org.

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO) 2016-17 season kicks off on Monday, October 24, so please mark your calendars. The “Autumnal Masterworks” concert is sponsored by Heathwood Assisted Living and Lindburgers Restaurant. All concerts are at 7:30 PM in the Penfield High School Auditorium. Free rides are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. For more information on this concert and all of the 2016-17 season go to www.penfieldsymphony.org.  

Until next week, enjoy another stretch of warm weather…we will remember these days in January when the mercury has slipped below freezing!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org     


September 1, 2016
A message from Margaret Revelle, Town of Penfield Receiver of Taxes

Monroe County has changed the format of the 2016 SCHOOL TAX BILL mailed to county residents on August 31, 2016.

When you open your tax bill you will see a new look to your bill. Monroe County has made these changes to support new processing procedures.

What has changed?

The new format is printed on two pages instead of one. Page one is your bill and property and assessment information, page two includes payment stubs for installment and receipt options.

How will this affect you?

This change will affect how you request a payment receipt. Page two offers three payment stubs for those who wish to pay in one payment or up to three installments. The left side of the payment stub is for your records. The right side of the stub should be mailed with your payment(s).

What are your payment and receipt options?

    1. Make payment in person at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and leave with your receipt in hand.
    2. Make payment IN FULL ONLY at any of M&T Bank’s three Penfield locations through end of business Monday, October 3. If you want a receipt bring your entire bill, not just the payment stub.
    3. Go to www.monroecounty.gov then ‘view/pay taxes online’ to view your bill, make payment, and print your receipt.
    4. Pay by personal check and monitor your own online banking to watch for your processed payment.
    5. Pay by mailed personal check and request a paper receipt through the mail. This is the slowest option because the receipt process is manual and requires paper, printing, and postage. It will take at least 30 days for the tax office to monitor payments, print, and mail receipts. Check the “check here if receipt requested” box on your payment stub(s) to have the Town of Penfield mail a physical receipt.

We welcome your questions. Please contact the Tax Receiver office at 340.8625 or receivertaxes@penfield.org.




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