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August 14, 2017
Supervisor's column August 14, 2017

In recent weeks some residents have asked me if there is any news to share regarding Dolomite/Oldcastle’s sale of Shadow Pines Golf Course. Many have also expressed their opinions on what they think the town should—or should not—do regarding the future of use of that property. The quick answer is that, as of right now, there is no news to share. 

As you may recall the town board extended the golf course moratorium through March 2018 to allow more time for discussion between the property owner Dolomite/Oldcastle and the town. While this process has been active and ongoing it has also been slow and methodical. The town board and town staff have done their work to evaluate Dolomite/Oldcastle’s announced sale of the property. The Moratorium Committee has done its work and made its recommendations to the town board regarding the best future use of that property, including their recommendation that the town purchase Shadow Pines. For the past five to six months the town has been exploring the possible purchase of the property with Dolomite/Oldcastle. Discussions have included pricing, environmental considerations, uses, and the like. Should this move forward, there would still be many legal steps along the way including a public referendum for residents to weigh in on funding to make the purchase.  

As of now, Dolomite/Oldcastle is considering the most current volley from the town and we await their comments and feedback. You can see this has been a lengthy and complicated process. I have attempted to share a high level snapshot of where we are. 

As we have done throughout the process, when we have news to share we will update the Moratorium Committee directly and also post that information on the project page at www.penfield.org

The American Red Cross will hold a Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 30 from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center. Blood donors are needed now to meet the needs of hospital patients locally and across the country. This is a time of emergency need due to summer vacations when many are traveling and not able to donate. We ask all eligible donors to give blood at this upcoming local event to help offset a critical blood shortage that could leave patients without potentially lifesaving support.

To schedule your life-saving appointment, please contact 1-800-Red Cross, or visit www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor keyword “penfieldcommunitycenter.” Thank you in advance for providing the gift of life!

Planet Fitness recently held a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at their newest facility located in Panorama Plaza (formerly the home of Panera Bread and the Dollar Store, and for those of us who remember, the Panorama Movie Theater). Also on hand was NASCAR driver and Dayton 500 Champion Joey Logano, who signed autographs for more than two hours for eager fans, many of whom braved a rainy downpour to catch a glimpse of this star. Planet Fitness is another wonderful wellness facility in Penfield helping to grow our town as a wellness community for all ages.

If you think you recently saw many truckloads of dinosaurs—including a T-Rex—at Rothfuss Park you were not dreaming! Last week several more components of Jack’s Place, the new dinosaur-themed playground sponsored by The JACK Foundation in memory of Jack Heiligman, were delivered to their new home. Please check in at www.jack-foundation.org for the upcoming grand opening and dedication schedule. This one-of-a kind playground will draw interest from all of our youngest residents!

The 2018 budget process is well under way, with the Tentative Budget due to be presented to the town board by our town comptroller and myself at the September 6 town board meeting. As has been the case in past years, we are seeing an increase in medical coverage costs. For 2018, costs are projected to be up by approximately 10.5 percent. Workers Comp insurance will remain relatively flat due to going out for bid and selecting a new carrier, while other general insurances are slightly up. 

Several pieces of heavy equipment are being proposed for replacement in 2018. To give you a sense of the cost of some of this equipment, a new fully-equipped snow plow costs about a quarter of a million dollars! I will provide a weekly update on how the budget process is going from now through budget adoption on October 18. 

This past Saturday I had the honor of being part of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program entitled “BossLift.” ESGR is the link between members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers. With almost half of our nation’s military strength residing in the National Guard and Reserve, the Department of Defense developed this program to assist the Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers to provide information, resources and assistance to resolve issues.

The program began bright and early with an aerial excursion provided by the US Army 642nd Aviation Support Battalion located off Scottsville Road. Briefings were provided by an active Lt. Colonel and a retired Major General about the ESGR program and the employer resource guide. It ended with a sumptuous lunch of MREs—that’s Meal, Ready-to-Eat—an experience all its own! 

Rochester and Monroe County are fortunate to have so many members of the Guard and Reserve in the workforce. Why do they make good employees? Because they have a global perspective; are on-time, all the time; first class image; calm under pressure; can-do attitude; physical conditioning; and they understand diversity, responsibility, professionalism, and leadership. To all the men and women of the Guard and Reserve, thank you for your service, be well and be safe!

Until next week enjoy the summer, we are starting to see the fall approaching.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org         


August 7, 2017
Supervisor's column August 7, 2017

Mark your calendars for a new and exciting program to be held on Sunday, August 13, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM at the Penfield Public Library. They will be hosting a “How-To Festival” where attendees can learn 20 things in just three hours. Among the topics to be covered are finding missing money, tracing a family tree, making wine at home, arranging flowers, decorating cupcakes, and much more. The Wegmans Zoo-mobile will be on-hand, and a monster truck will be on display. Cyndi Corrigan from The Art Stop will demonstrate painting tiles with alcohol inks, and Jody B’s Studio of Dance will have everyone moving to the beat. This event is family-friendly; all activities are free and no registration is required.

ATTENTION…many residents and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) have reported that a number of vehicles in Penfield and surrounding communities have been entered by individuals looking for valuables like loose change, phones, laptops, purses, and wallets. Unfortunately, most of those vehicles were easy targets because they were left unlocked. The MCSD encourages us to keep our vehicles locked—even in our own driveways. Never leave valuables exposed even if it your car is locked. Also, when heading into a fitness center, do not exit your car then place wallets and purses in the trunk. You never know who is watching for an opportunity to help themselves to your possessions. There have been many incidents of thieves breaking into trunks after watching people hide their valuables away before going in to work out! Lock valuables away out of sight before you leave home. 

As a member of the Crime Stoppers board of directors, I can assure you that our organization is always looking for ways to help law enforcement solve crimes across our region and, at times, across the country. This past Saturday the 4th Annual Nick K 5K was held to support the Nicholas Kapusniak Memorial Scholarship Fund and Crime Stoppers.

Nick Kapusniak was a 20 year old student at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He was killed on March 1, 2014 in a senseless act of violence as a drive-by shooter randomly fired gunshots into a crowd of pharmacy students. Nick grew up in Webster and is greatly missed by his family and his many, many friends all across the country. For more information on Nick, please go to www.KappysKampaign.org. I also encourage you to learn more about Crime Stoppers and the work they do to help keep our community safe at www.roccrimestoppers.org

If you have not been by Rothfuss Park lately you will be amazed at the progress of Jack’s Place Playground. The BEAR playground equipment has been placed and the other pieces are due to arrive this week. Installations are scheduled over the next several weeks to complete the project. Stay current with the construction process and the planned ribbon cutting by visiting www.jack-foundation.org and follow JACK Foundation on Facebook.

At this time of year many organizations apply for selling permits through the Town Clerk’s Office to allow them to go door-to-door throughout Penfield. All applicants go through a background check and those who are approved are credentialed. If someone comes to your door to sell anything or provide information about their services please ask to see their permit. If they do not have a permit, please contact our Town Clerk’s Office at 340-8629 or call 911. 

For a listing of all approved permits and authorized dates please go to www.penfield.org, click on departments on the left side, then on Town Clerk. On the Town Clerk’s page click on “selling permits” on the right side.

One last shout-out for the Penfield Trails Committee’s Ellison Park guided tour this coming Saturday, August 12 from 9:00 to 11:00 AM. Meet at the south entrance, 1008 Penfield Road, and look for the hike signs.

Important dates and events in history: August 8, 1786 – The Continental Congress adopts the “dollar” and decimal coinage; August 9, 1945 – The United States drops the 2nd atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan; August 14, 1945 – Japan surrenders “unofficially” ending World War II. 

Until next week, be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org




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