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January 31, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines - Post Card

A “Shadow Pines Special Election Notification” post card will begin hitting mailboxes on Monday, February 5 and Tuesday, February 6. These post cards are being mailed to all Penfield registered voters from the list provided by the Monroe County Board of Elections.

The post card contains information about the vote on Tuesday, February 27 including vote location, who may vote, purchase information, and a summary of the two Propositions being proposed.

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I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most timely information on the Shadow Pines property. 

I will share further updates as details become available.

R. Anthony LaFountain,
Penfield Town Supervisor


January 29, 2018
Supervisor's column January 29, 2018

Shadow Pines update…Who is eligible to vote in the Public Referendum on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road for bonding to finance the purchase of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club?

In order to vote, residents must meet the following criteria:

You must be a US citizen

You must have lived in Penfield at least 30 days immediately prior to February 27, 2018

You must be at least 18 years old as of February 27, 2018

You must be a registered voter

Please note, if you are not a registered voter, you have an opportunity to register on February 14, 2018 from 12 noon to 6:00 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Official election inspectors will be on hand to register new voters. 

Further, if you cannot attend the February 14, 2018 voter registration event at the Town Hall, you may still register to vote for this Special Election with the Monroe County Board of Elections. Applications must be received (in person or by mail) by February 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM. (Reminder, the Board of Elections and US Post Office are closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of Presidents’ Day.)

I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most timely information on the Shadow Pines property. I will provide updates to Shadow Pines each week in this column as the lead story, as well as regular “Message from the Supervisor” postings on www.penfield.org.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a joint Penfield/Webster/Brighton Chambers of Commerce presentation by Monroe County’s Chief Economic Development Officer and Executive Director of Imagine Monroe, Jeff Adair, to learn more about the various economic development programs that have been revamped and added to recruit, train and help retain employees for businesses across Monroe County. Many business owners across the three communities came together for the presentation to learn what’s new to help support small businesses. Healthy businesses make for healthy communities!

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) – “Celebrating 20 Years” has come up with 20 ways supporters can help them over the next few weeks. Here are a few highlights: drop off non-perishable food in the chute at the rear of the food shelf (1618 Jackson Road) seven days a week; donate through U.S. mail or use the PayPal button on their website; honor someone by making a gift to the food shelf in their name; or drop off empty returnable bottles and cans at Barisco Redemption Center, 1694 Penfield Road, and mention PEFS. Thank you in advance for supporting this wonderful resource in our community…it makes a difference to so many lives. 

The next Nels Carman Big Band Night is scheduled for next Tuesday, February 6 at the Community Center from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Come enjoy the Penfield Rotary Band as they play two hours of your favorite big band sounds for dancing and listening. The fee is just $1.00 and is paid at the door. 

Important dates and events in history: January 30, 1964 – The 24th Amendment is added to the Constitution. The 24th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America abolished the poll tax for all federal elections. A poll tax was a tax of anywhere from one to a few dollars paid annually by each voter in order to be able to cast a vote; February 1, 1992 – The United States and Russia sign a treaty officially ending the Cold War; February 2, 1943 – 200,000 German soldiers surrender at Stalingrad.

Until next week be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


January 25, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines

My office has received questions today regarding who is eligible to vote in the Public Referendum for Shadow Pines on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road.

In order to vote, residents must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a US citizen
  • You must have lived in Penfield at least 30 days immediately prior to February 27, 2018
  • You must be at least 18 years old as of February 27, 2018
  • You must be a registered voter

If you are not a registered voter, you have an opportunity to register on February 14, 2018 from 12 noon to 6:00 PM at the Penfield Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Official election inspectors will be on hand to register new voters. 

Further, if you cannot attend the February 14, 2018 voter registration event at the Town Hall, you may still register to vote for this Special Election with the Monroe County Board of Elections. Applications must be received (in person or by mail) by February 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM. (Reminder, the Board of Elections and US Post Office are closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of Presidents’ Day.)

I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most timely information on the Shadow Pines property. 

I will share further updates as details become available.

R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor


January 22, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines - Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee Ballot Information, the Absentee Ballot Application and the Absentee Ballot Agent Authorization form have been added to the Penfield website. Click on “The Shadows Golf Course” under quick links and then on “Referendum Voter Information”. 

I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most accurate information, details on the Shadow Pines property, and voting details

I will share further updates as more details become available.

R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor


January 22, 2018
Supervisor's column January 22, 2018

Supervisor’s column January 22, 2018

Shadow Pines update…at the January 17 Town Board meeting the board passed a resolution authorizing me to sign the Purchase and Sales Agreement for Shadow Pines. This paves the way for a referendum vote to take place Tuesday, February 27 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Early this week details and instructions will be uploaded to the website to let residents know how to obtain an absentee application and ballot, and the key dates that materials must be submitted to the Town Clerk’s office. I will provide updates to Shadow Pines each week in this column as the lead story, along with regular “Messages from the Supervisor” on the website.

I recently had the honor of attending the ribbon cutting of Bach to Rock (B2R) located in the Parkside Commons Plaza with owner and director Nick Valente. Bach to Rock provides music instruction for students of all ages and skill levels. Their lessons cover guitar, piano, drums, violin, trumpet, as well as DJ, voice and more. B2R also offers birthday parties and seasonal camps which provide great opportunities to play and learn with friends and make new ones. Early childhood classes are offered for toddlers and preschoolers. Take your skills to the next level in the Glee Club or a Rock Band...check out the opportunities offered by B2R! 

The Penfield Symphony Orchestra’s next concert entitled “European Tour” is Monday, February 12 in the Penfield High School Auditorium at 7:30 PM. Free rides to the concerts are available from LIFESPAN by calling 872-0774. For more information about this concert and others, please go to  www.penfieldsymphony.org

At this time of year I like to remind everyone about the many Aquatic Programs offered by the Recreation Department. If the wintry weather is getting you down, or if you are not into winter sports, why not try swimming at the Penfield High School Pool on Friday nights through May? Come and play, swim and exercise while enjoying this spacious pool that is set up to meet all your needs. There is a shallow end with a 4x4 tot dock for the little ones, a deep end for water walking, and two lanes are dedicated to lap swimming. The fee is just $2.00 at the door. For more details go to  www.penfieldrec.org.

Fridays at Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) will host FREE recently released “Friday Films” on January 26, February 23 and March 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at the Community Center. Please call 340-8655 for film titles. 

I would like to recognize Wegmans as the Town’s wellness partner. Each year Wegmans provides Penfield Recreation with resources to help support the many wellness programs offered to our residents. They are a wonderful community asset that gives back in countless ways. Thank you Wegmans for all your support!

One last plug for the Big Band Radio Hour featuring the Rotary Big Band on Tuesday, February 6 in the Penfield Community Center. Dinner is at 6:00 PM followed by the Big Band Radio Hour at 7:30 PM. This radio hour/dinner dance is a FUNraising event for DEAR.

Until next week enjoy the milder weather and the melting of the recent snows. Please make sure catch basins are clear and able to accept the snowmelt and predicted rains. Be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


January 18, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines

At last night’s Town Board meeting (January 17) the Board adopted a resolution authorizing me to execute the Real Estate Purchase Agreement that was reached between the Town of Penfield and Dolomite/Oldcastle for the acquisition of the Shadow Pines Property. 

I am delighted that we were able to come to terms for purchasing this property and want to thank Dolomite/Oldcastle for working with the town to achieve this—and more importantly—for agreeing to a schedule that gives us the time to hold a Public Referendum as requested by our residents.

With the vote scheduled on Tuesday, February 27 there is a condensed period to provide information to all eligible voters on the details of the propositions, including the information on how to obtain an absentee ballot for those who will not be able to vote in person due to illness or travel. I encourage all residents to go to www.penfield.org for the most accurate information, details on the property, and voting details. Follow ‘The Shadows’ in Quick Links. 

I will share further updates as more details become available.

R. Anthony LaFountain, Penfield Town Supervisor


January 17, 2018
Town to sign Purchase Agreement for former Shadow Pines Golf Club

The Town of Penfield and Dolomite/Oldcastle have come to terms on a Purchase & Sales Agreement for the Town’s purchase of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club.  At tonight’s Town Board meeting at 7:00 PM, council members will vote on a New Business resolution authorizing Supervisor LaFountain to execute a Real Estate Purchase Agreement for the Shadow Pines property. Upon passing of the resolution, Supervisor LaFountain will execute the agreement at the meeting. 

With the Purchase Agreement in place, a Public Referendum on the Town’s financing for the purchase of the Shadow Pines property will move ahead as scheduled on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. 

The acquisition cost is $3.65 million dollars for four parcels totaling 211.70 acres that include the golf course and the historic Clark House.

US citizens who have lived in Penfield at least 30 days as of February 27 and are at least 18 years old are eligible to vote. Absentee voting will be available for qualified individuals who are unable to vote in person due to illness or travel. Details, including ballot information and instructions, will be available on the Town’s website once the documents are finalized consistent with New York State Law. 

Residents will be asked to vote on two propositions. Proposition No. 1 represents a Bond Resolution for financing for the purchase of 206 golf course acres for an estimated $3,390,000. Proposition No. 2 represents a Bond Resolution for financing for the purchase of six acres and the Clark House buildings for an estimated $260,000. 

The cost for the purchase to a homeowner with a property valued at $190,000 would be $11.00 per year for 30 years. 

“I am delighted that we were able to come to terms for a Purchase Agreement on this property and want to thank Dolomite/Oldcastle for working with the Town to achieve this—and more importantly—for agreeing to a schedule that gives us time to hold a Public Referendum as requested by our residents,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “I encourage all eligible residents to participate in the vote on February 27th.  We have a short window prior to the Referendum to provide information on the propositions. Residents who want to learn more should go to www.penfield.org for the most accurate information and history of the town’s involvement with this property since Shadows Pines ceased golf operations in 2015 to the present. The website will also provide voting information including ballot information and details on the absentee voting process.” 

If residents approve the propositions, the Town Board will explore the potential of the property for future land uses such as a combination of open space, passive and active recreational uses (consistent with the Golf Course Moratorium Committee’s recommendation), and general municipal uses such as a future community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. A final plan has not been decided. A committee of residents will be established to make recommendations to the Town Board. Defining future land use will also be a key responsibility of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Committee.

“Having a signed Purchase Agreement is a necessary step relating to the Town’s potential acquisition of this property as recommended by the Moratorium Committee and by many residents after Shadow Pines Golf ceased operations,” said Deputy Supervisor Andy Moore. “For more than 50 years this property has been used for farmland and recreation, including softball fields and a golf course. All these uses provided a unique buffer to an active quarry operation while preserving valuable green space in this part of town.  If voters approve the propositions the property can continue to meet the needs of the Penfield community for generations to come.” 

For more details and background information on The Shadows please go to the project page at http://www.penfield.org/index.php?pr=Golf_The_Shadows


January 16, 2018
Supervisor's column January 16, 2018

Shadow Pines update…the Town and the Seller continue good faith negotiations for a Purchase and Sales Agreement acceptable to both parties. In anticipation of an agreement, the property survey authorized by the Town Board began last week with the review of deeds and records on file at the County Clerk’s Office. The field instrument survey began on Friday, January 12. We anticipate this work will be completed and official maps prepared over the next several weeks. Additionally, the Phase II environmental site investigation for asbestos/lead paint assessment and soil sampling will begin this week of January 15. 

Last week I had the opportunity to join the staff and residents of Atria Senior Living to help kick-off StoryWise, a game that captures, shares, and keeps stories forever. There are cards and an app that feature topics that can be customized to the storyteller, audio and video interviewing tools, and ways to share stories with family and friends. Each of us has a big life story made up of smaller, bite-size stories. Atria StoryWise ™ is a thoughtfully curated collection of topics and cues designed to spark memories, tap into experiences, and create a wiser and more connected world…one story at a time!

Together, we spent more than hour sharing, learning, laughing—and of course, there was a bit of crying. Questions on cards began with “tell us about” followed by themes like “one of your favorite photos,” “your first time on a plane,” “a time you put someone else’s interests first,” and “your first love.” My card asked me to “share a story about a time you were brave.” This is a wonderful game to play with parents, and especially grandparents, to capture family history. If you have an interest, you can download it for free from the App Store, then choose your storyteller and press “record” and let the stories unfold.

I recently had the honor of attending the Mary Cariola Children’s Center evening of “Celebration” as they ready for the opening of their new residence and the successful conclusion of their capital campaign. Their current home, located on Browncroft Blvd., had an awkward layout, insufficient square footage, and did not have all of the required equipment and lifts. The new community residence at 1146 State Road will provide state of the art equipment, programming, and more quality of life features for residents. On behalf of the entire community of Penfield, we are delighted that Mary Cariola Children’s Center will remain part of Penfield. Thank you for everything you do!

The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program will once again be offering free income tax preparation on Wednesdays at the Penfield Community Center by appointment only, beginning January 31, 2018. The AARP Foundation Tax Aide Program was designed to provide free income tax preparation services for low to moderate income (less than $60K) households with a focus on seniors 60 and older. While the program is available to anyone, its intent is to help those with limited resources who can’t afford to have their returns prepared by a private person or company. For more information please go to page 28 of the winter/spring Pen-Rec brochure or log on to www.penfieldrec.org

Lunch plus…it is never too early to plan a trip to the Maple Tree in Angelica for the 55th season of pancakes at their best! Enjoy Cartwright’s Buckwheat Pancakes topped with fresh maple syrup along with maple sundaes. This trip is planned for Wednesday, March 7, departing the community center at 9:30 AM and returning approximately by 2:30 PM. Do not hesitate to sign-up, this trip fills up quickly!

Eldersource Care Management Services is a collaborative of LIFESPAN and Catholic Family Center that features one telephone number entry into age-related services and professional social workers who guide older adults and caregivers through the complex long-term care system. For information please call 325-2800. An Eldersource case worker will be at the Penfield Community Center the last Tuesday of every month to help support your needs.

There is an URGENT need for hero drivers for Bri-Pen Senior Ride, please call 340-8674 to sign up and support our seniors.

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, January 20 from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at 1862 Penfield Road. FBP invites you four delicious pancakes, pure maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage and more…all for just $5.00 per person. January proceeds will go directly to help support The Open Door Mission, whose mission is founded on the belief that with proper resources, hope can be restored and lives of impoverished men, women, and children of Rochester, NY can be forever changed. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding. For more information and details, please log on to www.fbpenfield.org

Until next week, enjoy the fact the days are getting longer and we are getting closer to spring. However, Mother Nature is still challenging us with the snow and cold. Please drive according to conditions and remember to watch out for our youngest residents waiting for school buses, they may not be easily seen behind snow banks!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 

 


January 12, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines

The survey of the property authorized by the Town Board last week began earlier in the week with the review of the deeds and records on file at the County Clerk’s Office and the actual field instrument survey began today (January 12). It is anticipated this work will be completed and official maps prepared over the next several weeks. Additionally, the phase II environmental site investigation for soil sampling and asbestos/lead paint assessment will begin the week of January 15. As of today, January 12, the Town and the Seller 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


January 8, 2018
Supervisor's column January 8, 2018

Shadow Pines update…at the January 3, 2018 organizational meeting of the Town Board, the board adopted two resolutions relating to Shadow Pines. The first was to authorize a contract with BME Associates for land surveying services relating to the acquisition of the property. The second resolution was to provide for holding a special Town election to be held on Tuesday, February 27 to vote on two propositions for the approval of bond resolutions authorizing the acquisition of all the Shadow Pines properties. The Town and the Seller continue good faith negotiations for a Purchase and Sales Agreement acceptable to both parties. I will provide a weekly update in my column on Shadow Pines and with my “Message from the Supervisor” postings on the home page of the town website.

February and April breaks are just around the corner. The Penfield Recreation Department has a complete lineup of activities for our young residents including arts & crafts, special events, and physical and recreational activities. Please check out the winter/spring 2018 brochure for more details on all program offerings. You can also log on to www.penfieldrec.org to view a digital brochure and register online.

The Penfield Public Library also has a wonderful lineup of programs for winter and spring breaks including family game day, LEGO labs, Tales for Tails, stuffed animal sleepover, scrap art, and much more. Go to www.penfieldlibrary.org for more details on these programs and others offered by the Friends of Penfield Public Library. 

 Mark your calendar for Tuesday, February 6 for the big “Band Radio Hour” featuring the Rotary Big Band and a new live episode of “Nick Falcon Private Eye.” This program will be held at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road, with dinner at 6:00 PM followed by the “Big Band Radio Hour” and dancing at 7:30 PM. This is a FUNraising event for our DEAR programing, tickets are $25.00 and may be purchased by phone (340-8655, option 0) or register at www.penfieldrec.org

Calling all hikers! The ever-popular annual “Indoor Hike” is scheduled for Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 AM to noon in the town hall auditorium. Come and meet the staff behind all of the Penfield town hiking programs. There will be an outdoor adventure featured speaker, so please join us for this inspiring event.

As we are all cleaning up from the latest blast of winter, I want to remind everyone to help keep hydrants clear of snow. Taking a bit of time shovel around hydrants in our neighborhoods will save precious moments for emergency responders. Additionally, please remember that winter parking rules are in effect and no cars are allowed to be parked on streets overnight to permit safe and effective snow removal. Thank you in advance for your support of these very important items. 

During the last 10 days of snow and blowing weather we have had four accidents involving our town plows and motorists who were in a hurry, late for an event, or just plain careless. In all cases there was significant damage to their vehicles—and in all cases these drivers were issued one or more tickets for their unsafe behavior. As a reminder for your own safety, never pass a plow on the right, stay back 100 feet, be aware of your surroundings, and remember that many of our trucks weigh in excess of 30,000 lbs. with plow, wing and a load of salt! When in an accident, our plows tend to suffer minor damage but cars can be totaled. Thank you in advance for giving our DPW the space to perform their duties and provide you with safe roadways this winter season.

Until next week please be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield   


January 5, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines

At the January 3, 2018 organizational meeting of the Town Board, the board adopted two resolutions relating to Shadow Pines.  The first was to authorize a contract with BME Associates for land surveying services relating to the acquisition of the property. The second resolution was to provide for holding a special Town election to be held on Tuesday February 27th to vote on two propositions for the approval of bond resolutions authorizing the acquisition of all the Shadow Pines properties.
As of today, January 5th, 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


January 2, 2018
Supervisor's column January 2, 2018

Happy New Year to you and yours, I hope 2018 is filled with good health and happiness for everyone!

I would like to recognize and thank Penfield’s own Sheriff Patrick M. O’Flynn for his 16 years of dedicated service protecting the residents of Penfield and Monroe County, and also for his 41 years as a member of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you Sheriff, it has been an honor to know and work with you over the years.

This extended stretch of cold weather has raised concerns by members of our Fire Marshal’s Office and they would like to offer up some thoughts on the use of space heaters and fireplaces. Although these heating devices may help you feel cozy and warm, they can become extremely dangerous if not used properly.  On average, research shows that heating equipment is involved in in an estimated 60,500 reported home fires in the United States each year. These fires resulted in hundreds of civilian deaths, thousands of civilian injuries, and more than $900 million in direct property damage per year. Home heating fires are largely preventable when you know the rules.

The Town of Penfield’s goal is to reduce the number of home-heating fires in our community; however, we need your help. We are urging Penfield families to use extra caution this winter when heating homes. Four out of five heating fire deaths (81%), more than two-thirds of the injuries (70%), and half of property damage (51%) involves stationary or portable space heaters, including wood stoves. To help keep our community safe and warm this season, The Fire Marshal’s Office recommends that you follow these guidelines:

Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. For the best protection interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home—when one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms at least once a month.

Be sure your home has both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms, also known as dual sensor smoke alarms.

Space heaters need space. Keep all things that can burn, such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least three feet away from heating equipment.

Turn portable heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

Plug power cords only into outlets with sufficient capacity and never into an extension cord.

Inspect for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections. Replace before using.

Have your chimney inspected each year by a qualified professional and cleaned if necessary. 

Use a sturdy fireplace screen. 

Allow ashes to cool before disposing. Dispose of ashes in a metal container.

Install and maintain a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home.

Never use an oven to heat your home.

With these simple and reasonable precautions, help us meet our goal of decreasing home-heating fires this winter. 

PenRec program registration begins today, January 2. Many programs fill up very quickly due to popularity so do not delay in signing up! Go to www.penfield.org to ensure you get into the programs that you and your family want to participate in.

It looks like there will be snow for the “Scenic Trek” in Ellison Park on Saturday, January 13. Dust off your cross country skis or snowshoes and join in on this exhilarating trip through this especially scenic park. The program runs from 10:00 AM to noon. Meet at the north side of the parking lot off Blossom Road and look for the hike signs.

Until next week, stay warm!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org   




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