December 29, 2017
Message from the Supervisor: Public Referendum Dates for Shadow Pines
As was previously noted last week a resident petition was submitted to the Town of Penfield on December 20, 2017 calling for a Public Referendum on the Town’s intended purchase of the Shadow Pines golf course property from Dolomite/Oldcastle.
There was a five day period following the filing of the petition during which time the petition could be reviewed and an objection could be filed. No objection was received by the deadline of Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
Legal procedure requires the Penfield Town Board to hold a Public Referendum as called for in the petition no less than 60 days, and no more than 75 days, from the filing of the petition. This means the vote would need to fall between February 18 and March 5.
As of today, December 29, the Town and the Seller have a signed Letter of Intent and continue good faith negotiations for a Purchase and Sales Agreement acceptable to both parties.
I will share further updates as more details become available.
~R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor
December 27, 2017
Supervisor’s column December 27, 2017
Like many towns in New York State, we are receiving a number of inquiries from residents who wish to pay their 2018 Town/County taxes before year-end. If you are among them, here’s a quick review of what you need to know and do.
Monroe County 2018 Town/County tax bills will be online and printable on December 28, 2017.
The first day of collection for the 2018 Town and County taxes is Friday, December 29 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Penfield Tax Office in the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave.
Payments may be made in person, by mail, or online.
First, to print a bill:
- Go to the Monroe County website at: www.monroecounty.gov
- Click View/Pay Taxes online
- Click "I Agree" after reading "Real Property Portal Disclaimer" (if you wish to proceed)
- Enter address (avoid using street, lane, road, etc.)
- Click "Search"
- "Pay Property Taxes" (Upper right corner – green tab)
- Choose "Combined Town County Tax Bill" (Top Left)
- Print the PDF form
To Pay in person: December 29 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; PLEASE EXPECT TO WAIT IN LINE
Go to the Penfield Tax Office, first floor, Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.
Cash payments may only be paid at the Tax Receiver's Office.
Completed tax forms, with check payments can be paid at the Tax receiver’s office OR dropped off at any time in the after-hours box on the east side of the Town Hall.
To pay by mail:
Payments made by mail must have a U.S. Postmark of December 29 or 30 of 2017 and be sent to
Margaret Revelle, Tax Receiver
Penfield Town Hall
3100 Atlantic Avenue
Penfield, NY 14526
A stamped receipt will be mailed to you. Any payments received prior to December 29, 2017 will be returned unprocessed.
To pay online:
Credit cards and E-checks can be used online on or after December 29, 2017 with an additional service fee.
Pay online with a Credit Card through the "Pay Property Taxes" portal (step 5) at monroecounty.gov/etc/rp
Please direct questions to the Tax Receiver’s office, 340-8626.
On to other topics...As we prepare to start a new year, please plan to connect with the Town of Penfield to stay informed by following community news at www.penfield.org where you will find this column; live streaming video and recorded video of town meetings; event calendars; links to social media (Facebook and Twitter); online documents; boards and committees; and much more.
Penfield Recreation’s 2018 winter/spring program brochure has been delivered to homes and is also available online. Please check out all the programs to help start your new year on a healthy note! Registration will begin January 2 for most programs. I encourage you to to sign up early as our programs fill up fast due to their popularity. For more information and details, please go to www.penfieldrec.org.
Here’s an update on Shadow Pines in case you have missed previous communications. A resident petition was submitted to the Town of Penfield on December 20, 2017 calling for a Public Referendum on the Town’s intended purchase of the Shadow Pines golf course property from Dolomite/Oldcastle. The minimum number of signatures required to hold a Public referendum was 685; the petition was filed with 1,133 signatures. The petition was submitted in response to the Town’s November 20, 2017 Permissive Referendum to finance the purchase of Shadow Pines.
Legal procedure requires the Penfield Town Board to hold a Public Referendum as called for in the petition no less than 60 days, and no more than 75 days, from the filing of the petition. Therefore, the projected date for a Public Referendum would be on or about February 27, provided a Purchase and Sales Agreement is accepted by both parties. There is a five day period following the filing of the petition during which time the petition is available for review in the Town Clerk’s office, which ended Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM. As of writing this column, the Town and the seller have a Letter of Intent and continue negotiations towards a Purchase and Sales Agreement. As more information becomes available, updates will be posted online at www.penfield.org.
The 2018 organizational meeting of the Penfield Town Board will be held on Wednesday, January 3 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of the Town Hall. This meeting adopts the rules of procedure for the year, establishes salary schedules, appoints boards and committees, and puts in place contracts necessary for annual operations.
Prior to the organizational meeting, and beginning at 6:00 PM in the auditorium, there will be a swearing-in ceremony for the elections held this past November. Those to be sworn-in include Town Council members, Paula Metzler and Andy Moore; Town Clerk, Amy Steklof; Town Justice, James Mulley; and myself as Town Supervisor. All residents are invited to attend one or both events. You may also tune-in to Penfield Television, PCTV.
As 2017 comes to end, I want to thank all of our dedicated employees who come to work each day to help make Penfield a great place to live and raise a family. I also extend a special thank you to all of our residents for allowing me to serve you as your Town Supervisor. It is an honor and responsibility I never take for granted. From my family to yours, I wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. I look forward to seeing you around the town in 2018.
December 21, 2017
A Message from the Supervisor: Town collecting written communication regarding signatures
Since receiving a petition on December 20, 2017 calling for a Public Referendum on the Town’s intended purchase of the Shadow Pines golf course property from Dolomite/Oldcastle, the Town has received some requests from residents who signed the petition to remove their signatures for various reasons.
The Town has no legal authority to alter a filed petition and therefore cannot remove any person’s signature from the Shadow Pines Public Referendum petition, even upon request.
However, the Town is offering to be a repository for collecting any written communications expressing a desire to have signatures removed from the petition. The Town will add the letters to the Town Clerk’s Shadow Pines Public Referendum petition file, for review by any interested party. Questions should be directed to the Town Clerk at 340-8629.
December 21, 2017
A Message from the Supervisor: Public Referendum Petition was submitted
A resident petition was submitted to the Town of Penfield on December 20, 2017 calling for a Public Referendum on the Town’s intended purchase of the Shadow Pines golf course property from Dolomite/Oldcastle. The minimum number of signatures required to hold a Public referendum was 685; the petition was filed with 1,133 signatures. The petition was submitted in response to the Town’s November 20, 2017 Permissive Referendum to finance the purchase of Shadow Pines.
Legal procedure requires the Penfield Town Board to hold a Public Referendum as called for in the petition no less than 60 days, and no more than 75 days, from the filing of the petition. Therefore, the projected date for a Public Referendum is on or about February 27, provided a Purchase and Sales Agreement is accepted by both parties.
There is a five day period following the filing of the petition during which time the petition is available for review in the Town Clerk’s office, ending Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM.
As of today, December 21, the Town and the seller have a Letter of Intent and continue negotiations for a Purchase and Sales Agreement.
December 21, 2017
2017 Jeff Crane Preservation Award
The Penfield Town Board awarded the 2017 Jeffrey S. Crane Preservation Award to Terry and Lindsay Williams, owners of Aspenleiter Sewing and Vacuum, at the December 20 legislative meeting. The Aspenleiters are credited with preserving Penfield’s past in ways that will sustain their property at 2106 Five Mile Road well into the future.
Terry and Lindsay were nominated for this recognition by the Town’s Historic Preservation Board for their rehabilitation of the former Penfield Methodist Church, an 1843 Greek Revival structure. The Aspenlieters have fully restored and painted the building’s exterior and are now restoring the stained glass windows.
“By preserving historic structures, we are able to share the very spaces and environments in which the generations before us lived, worked, or worshiped. Once a piece of history is destroyed, it is lost forever,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “With the assistance of the Historic Preservation Board, Penfield continues to emphasize the importance of preserving buildings of historic significance. Terry and Lindsay Williams embody the purpose of the Jeff Crane Award, which is to honor those who preserve historic structures for generations to come.”
The Historic Preservation Board established the annual award in 2007 in honor of Jeffrey Crane (1961-2006) to recognize individuals who have cared for Penfield’s past through the preservation of a structure of historic significance. Jeff Crane was the co-owner of Mark’s Pizzeria in Penfield and champion of preserving the historic character of the Four Corners district.
Jeff and his brother Mark were responsible for significant restoration of Penfield’s original Methodist church at 2106 Five Mile Line Road. (The very same structure the Aspenleiters are continuing to improve.) Together, the Crane brothers restored the bell tower, renovated the building's interior and exterior, installed parking, and landscaped the grounds. The Cranes were also involved in several other restoration projects in the Four Corners before Jeff’s death in 2006. Mark and Jeff Crane were recognized as the first recipients of this award in 2007.
December 20, 2017
2018 Town & County Taxes Info.
2018 Tax Bills
The 2018 Town and County Tax bills will be available for processing on Friday, December 29, 2017
A bill can be printed that day online or at the Town's Receiver of Taxes Office at the Town Hall.
- Any payments received prior to Dec. 29th will be returned unprocessed.
- If making a partial payment a minimum payment of 25% must be paid. (Example: Tax bill of $4,000 x $0.25 = $1,000 is the minimum payment)
- Please do not estimate your tax bill. If you overpay your bill it will be returned and your bill will be unpaid.
To view and print your tax bill
1) Go to the Monroe County website at: monroecounty.gov/etc/rp
2) Click "I Agree" after reading "Real Property Portal Disclaimer" (if you wish to proceed)
3) Enter address (avoid using street, lane, road, etc.)
4) Click "Search"
5) "Pay Property Taxes" (Upper right corner – green tab)
6) Choose "Combined Town County Tax Bill" (Top Left)
7) Print the PDF form
Pay Tax Bill
To Pay by mail:
Payments mailed in must have a U.S . Postmark of Dec. 29th or 30th of 2017.
Margaret Revelle, Tax Receiver
Penfield Town Hall
3100 Atlantic Avenue
Penfield, NY 14526
Check payable to "Margaret Revelle, Tax Rec."
A stamped receipt will be mailed to you.
To Pay in person:
Dec. 29th from 9am - 5pm
Penfield Town Hall - Tax Receiver's Office
3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield 14526
Check payable to "Margaret Revelle, Tax Rec"
You may use the after-hours dropbox located on east side of the Town Hall next to the main entrance. Your envelope must include the following:
1. Check payable to "Margaret Revelle, Tax Rec."
2. Payment stub or copy of the bill
* Any check for more than the amount due will be returned and the bill will be unpaid.
* No cash payments are accepted in the dropbox.
To Pay Online:
Credit Card & E-checks can be used online on or after Dec. 29, with an additional 3% service fee.
Pay online with a Credit Card through the "Pay Property Taxes" portal (Step 1-5 above) at monroecounty.gov/etc/rp
Please direct questions to the Tax Receiver’s office, (585) 340-8626.
December 18, 2017
Supervisor's column December 18, 2017
At the December 6 town board meeting, Penfield High School senior Paul Krenzer of Boy Scout Troop 312 presented the Town of Penfield with two beautiful wreaths to be placed on the doors of the town hall. On behalf of the town board and all town hall visitors, thank you Troop 312 for your generous donation. The cheerful wreaths help to bring out the holiday spirit at 3100 Atlantic Ave. Also, if you are still in need of a tree, Troop 312 still has a few trees to choose from at their sales location at the Bill Gray’s parking lot, 1650 Penfield Road in the Panorama Valley.
Communities that care join together to help save lives…please join your community to donate blood in memory of Jack Heiligman at the JACK Foundation blood drive on Thursday, December 21 at Kent Park Arboretum, 1700 Schlegel Road, Webster (Curry Building) or Friday, December 22 at the Penfield Community Center Gym, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield. Both events will run from 2:00 to 7:00 PM.
Blood donors are needed to meet the needs of hospital patients locally and across the country. Holiday shortages could leave patients without potentially lifesaving support including children fighting cancer, older adults battling chronic illnesses, or trauma victims struggling to survive. Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter “JackFoundationWebsterPenfield” to schedule an appointment. Also, please consider bringing a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for TOTS in Jack’s memory.
The 2018 Town of Penfield “wellness calendars” are available at the Penfield Community Center, town hall, Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant, Master Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Institute, and Woody Acres Farm. These local businesses, along with Wegmans, have supported the town in this effort to provide you with wellness information, meeting dates and times of town boards and committees, and other key information and dates. A special thank you to all the businesses that supported this project, please consider supporting them in return in 2018.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 13, 2018 to help work off those extra calories many of us consume over the holidays. The Penfield Trails Committee will host the New Year’s first guided hike in Ellison Park. So dust off your cross country skis or snowshoes and join them for an exhilarating trip through this scenic park. If there isn't any snow, a traditional hike will take place. The hike will follow the predominately flat portions of Ellison Park on the north side of Blossom Road. Meet at Blossom Road entrance and look for the hike signs.
If you have not yet completed your Christmas and Holiday shopping and you are looking for a unique and always appreciated gift, consider giving your friend or loved one a gift certificate for Penfield Recreation! Certificates are available in any denomination and may be purchased at the Recreation office, 1985 Baird Road, or over the phone with a credit card at (585) 340-8655, option 6. Gift certificates are good for any of Penfield Recreation’s programs or services. Give them a gift they can use—the gift of wellness!
As we all prepare for the holidays ahead, please keep in mind the wonderful work of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) located at 1618 Jackson Road. Committed volunteers work hard every week of the year, and especially hard this time of the year, to provide canned goods, non-perishable items, fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, and baked goods to families in need. PEFS serves more than 80 families a week and more than 100 families during the holidays. If you would like to support the important work of the PEFS please call 234-0799 or go to www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org. Your donation will make a significant difference in many lives!
Until next week, on behalf of all the town employees and their families, we would like to wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!
December 11, 2017
Supervisor's column December 11, 2017
Each year the Penfield Business Chamber receives nominations for the Penfield Pride Award category. This award recognizes a local business that rehabilitates an existing building, creates a vibrant new look, and becomes a positive addition to Penfield's proud community. This year’s winner is Aspenleiter Sewing and Vacuum located at 2106 Five Mile Line Road. Congratulations and many thanks to owner Terry Williams and his team for all they do for the Penfield Community. The building looks wonderful! The business is growing and providing a valuable service to our community and beyond.
The Chanukah holiday begins at sundown on Tuesday, December 12 and runs through Wednesday, December 20. In celebration of Chanukah the Town of Penfield’s 4th annual menorah lighting will take place this Thursday, December 14, at 6:00 PM in Schaufelberger Park in the Four Corners. All are welcome to attend this ceremony. For more information, please contact Amy Steklof in the Town Clerk’s office at 340-8629 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest edition of the Penfield Recreation Winter/Spring 2018 program brochure is in the mail and should be delivered to homes this week. It is also available online at www.penfieldrec.org. Be sure to check out all of the new programs being offered in the next several months. Registration begins January 2 for Penfield residents. Early registration will be available for programs of high community interest so don’t miss out! Log on to www.penfieldrec.org to sign up for your favorite programs before they fill up.
I am reminded by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD), Zone A that everyone enjoys holiday shopping—including the “bad guys” who like to shop in our cars. At this time of year, the MCSD receives an increase in the number of reports of vehicle break-ins. They want to remind us all to make sure our vehicles are always locked, even in our driveways. Do not leave gifts or valuables in your car overnight, be aware of your surroundings, park well-lit area, and have your cell-phone in-hand. For more safety tips and information, please visit https://www2.monroecounty.gov/sheriff-index.php.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Why not enjoy a FREE breakfast with Santa this coming Saturday, December 16 from 8:30 to 11:00 AM at Don’s Original Restaurant? This breakfast is FREE with a donation to the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS). The breakfast includes two pancakes, two sausage links, juice, and coffee. The PEFS was established in 1997 to meet the emergency food needs of Penfield residents. The organization operates entirely on food and monetary donations. So come enjoy breakfast at Don’s Original with family and friends while supporting a wonderful organization—our local food shelf. I hope to see you there!
With the snow over the weekend and additional lake effect predicted for later this week, I would like to again remind all residents that snow plow rules are in effect in the Town of Penfield from November 15 through April 1. This means no parking is allowed on all roads and highways between 2:00 and 7:00 AM to allow DPW crews to safely and effectively maintain roads. Thank you for your cooperation on this public safety matter. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Department of Public Works at 340-8710. Additionally, if we receive shovelable snow, please remember to keep fire hydrants on or near your property clear to allow easy and unrestricted access by firefighters in the event they need to connect for a fire. Keeping hydrants clear will save valuable moments during an emergency. Our volunteer firefighters from Penfield, West Webster, and Northeast Fire Districts all thank you in advance!
Please note that all town offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 in observance of Christmas and on Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.
Until next week, enjoy the winter weather that has finally joined us. Please drive safely and watch out for our children waiting for school buses, pedestrians, and joggers throughout our community. If you are out in the dark, please wear reflective clothing and use flashlights to make sure you are seen by drivers.
December 5, 2017
Town Board press conference to provide timeline regarding efforts to purchase Shadow Pines property
The Penfield Town Board will hold a press conference on Wednesday, December 6 at 11:00 AM in the Penfield Town Hall auditorium (3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526) to provide a detailed timeline of events in the Town of Penfield’s efforts to purchase the Shadow Pines property from Dolomite/Oldcastle.
The Town Board is providing this information to clarify steps the Town has taken to date to purchase the Shadow Pines golf course property from Dolomite, supporting the Moratorium Committee’s recommendation to purchase the property in September 2016.
The timeline identifies key milestones and communications between the Town and Dolomite, and demonstrates how the timing of critical steps unfolded in a way that led to the Town Board’s recent decision to finance the purchase by Permissive Referendum—rather than by an up or down vote through Public Referendum—as the most likely successful purchase option acceptable to Dolomite given Penfield’s legal requirements and Dolomite’s stated firm closing deadline.
The timeline will be posted on the project page of the Town’s website following the press conference (link below). Supporting documents are available upon request.
To learn more about The Shadows please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=Golf_The_Shadows
December 4, 2017
Supervisor's column December 4, 2017
Last week the five members of the Harris Whalen LEGO Team attended the Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee (EEAC) meeting to present their tournament project on cleaning up the waterways in Penfield. The team concentrated on Harris Whalen Park to show how litter and other pollutants can find their way from a catch basins, yard inlets, and open pipe into storm sewers which flow to Irondequoit Creek, then on to Irondequoit Bay, and ultimately to Lake Ontario. They have developed a sign and other educational materials to share with the school and community. These five young men are to be recognized for their community interest and spirit; they represent our future and I am confident we are in great hands!
Friday morning I had the honor of participating in the 2017 “Drive 4 UR Community” check presentation at the Bay View YMCA. In recent years, Henderson Ford and Family First Credit Union have partnered together in an effort to help out the local community. For every test drive, Family First Credit Union and Henderson Ford donated $20 per driver towards the YMCA of Greater Rochester’s Annual Campaign up to $6,000. This was the 4th annual “Drive 4UR Community” which has now donated $23,600 to the YMCA’s annual campaign. Their support enables families and individuals who would otherwise not have the independent financial means to join the Y to do so. Many families have benefitted from this generous campaign. I would like to recognize Henderson Ford’s President Randy Henderson and Operations Manager Aki Henderson, as well as Family First Credit Union’s President/CEO Tom Dambra and Controller Pamela Ricci, for their commitment to the Penfield/Webster Communities.
The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, December 16 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you for delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person. December proceeds will go directly to help support Cameron Community Ministries and their mission to provide hope to our community through emergency services, engagement, education and empowerment by offering after-school and summer programs, meals, an emergency pantry, and a clothing house. So bring the whole family! Meet up with old friends or make new ones. There will also be a special guest for this Flapjack Saturday…Santa will be joining you for breakfast! Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding. For more information and details, please visit www.fbpenfield.org.
Over the weekend, I was honored to assist in the ribbon-cutting for the opening of K2 Brothers Brewing located at 1221 Empire Blvd. K2 Brothers Brewing is a NYS Farm/Micro Brewery owned and operated by brothers Kyle and Bradley Kennedy with the support of their family and friends. I was impressed with the renovation of the property and their attention to details in all aspects of the business. Small businesses are the cornerstone of Penfield’s commercial districts and we are delighted that residents Kyle & Brad and their families are part of our great community. Congratulations and best wishes for a very successful business!
From the date of this column there are 20 shopping days until Christmas. Please support all of our local businesses when looking for your holiday gifts. Penfield businesses stand ready to support you in so many ways with products and gift cards. Also, please remember to pick-up your tree from one of our many farms and garden centers across the town. Remember…healthy businesses make for a healthy community!
A special thank you to the Penfield Business Chamber (PBC) for providing the annual tree in the Four Corners at Schaufelberger Park. For more information about the PBC please visit their website at www.penfieldbusiness.org.
Hopefully you have enjoyed the recent mild weather. However, all good things come to an end! As cooler temperatures and mixed precipitation arrive please drive carefully for your safety and that of the other drivers and pedestrians. We want everyone to enjoy their holidays with family and friends.
Until next week,