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February 28, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Comments regarding the acquisition of Shadow Pines

With close to 80 percent support, Penfield voters have approved both propositions to finance the Town’s purchase of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club.

On behalf of the Town Board, I would like to thank everyone who came out to vote on the two propositions involving the acquisition of Shadow Pines. Voting is the primary way for citizens to participate in government, and by voting in this special election, you made your voice heard and are registering your opinion on how you think the government should operate on this matter.

Now that the voters have approved the Town’s acquisition of Shadow Pines, what’s next? 

Most immediately, legal and financial matters will proceed with an estimated closing in April 2018. I would like to note that the property WILL NOT officially be owned by the Town until the closing, and therefore it is still considered private property and CANNOT be used by the public.

Once the sale is complete, the Town will assess and maintain the structures and land immediately surrounding the Clark House. The golf course acreage will not be mowed and maintained; however, we will manage downed trees, branches and other hazards to make the property safe. 

The Town is currently undertaking the 2020 Comprehensive Plan and the 2018 Recreation Master Plan Update. The work of both committees—and the plans they will ultimately present to the Town Board—will directly affect and influence the future land use of the Shadow Pines property.  

Therefore, once the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Committee and Recreation Master Plan groups are established and have commenced their work, the Town Board will form a Shadow Pines Land Use committee. This is likely to be late 2018 or early 2019. 

The Shadow Pines group will be charged with understanding the direction of the Comprehensive Plan and Recreation Master Plan committees so they can make future land use recommendations that are in context with the Town’s long-term goals. Expected future uses may include 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 community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. 

Here is a short list of some post-vote FAQs for quick reference: 

How can I follow the progress of the Town’s acquisition of Shadow Pines?
The TOWN OF PENFIELD is managing this process and is the ONLY OFFICIAL SOURCE of information regarding this topic and other Town matters. Follow www.penfield.org for accurate and up to date information.

Now that the voters have approved the acquisition of Shadow Pines, what’s next?
Most immediately, legal and financial matters will proceed with an estimated closing in April 2018. 

When can residents go on the property?
The property WILL NOT officially be owned by the Town until the closing, and therefore it is still considered private property and CANNOT be used by the public. Please follow www.penfield.org for timely and accurate information on this process. 

How can residents use the land?
A final plan has not been decided. Initially, passive recreation (hiking, cross country skiing) that does not impact the condition of the land will be allowed on certain portions of the property until a final master plan is approved and reviewed with residents. 

How will the Town maintain the land?
The Town will plow and mow the area immediately surrounding the Clark House and nearby structures, and manage downed trees, branches and other hazards to make the property safe. The Town will NOT mow and maintain the full golf course acreage. 

When will you form a Shadow Pines Land Use Committee and how can I serve on it?
The Town is currently undertaking the 2020 Comprehensive Plan and the 2018 Recreation Master Plan Update. The work of both committees—and the plans they will ultimately present to the Town Board—will directly affect and influence the future land use of the Shadow Pines property.  

Therefore, once the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Committee and Recreation Master Plan groups are established and have commenced their work, the Town Board will form a Shadow Pines Land Use committee. This is likely to be late 2018 or early 2019. 

The Shadow Pines Land Use group will be charged with understanding the direction of both the 2020 Comprehensive Plan and Recreation Master Plan Update committees so they can make recommendations for future land that are in context with the Town’s long-term goals. Expected future uses may include 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 community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. 

People who wish to serve on the Shadow Pines Land Use committee should express their interest in writing, including supporting details of their experience and expertise, and send to supervisor@penfield.org or mail to Supervisor LaFountain, 3100 Atlantic Avenue, Penfield, NY 14526. 

How can I share my ideas for property use?
All ideas for future land use are welcome and will be shared with the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update, Recreation Master Plan, and Shadow Pines Land Use committees. Watch www.penfield.org for an online submission form or direct your written ideas to Supervisor LaFountain (see above). 

Can the Town rezone the land?
Yes, rezoning the land is likely. The 2020 Comprehensive Plan Committees will make its recommendations on that matter to the Town Board for consideration.  


February 28, 2018
Penfield voters say 'YES' to Shadow Pines acquisition

With close to 80 percent support, voters in the Town of Penfield have approved both propositions to finance the Town’s purchase of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club. 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 unofficial vote results for Proposition No. 1 are 5,671 for and 1,308 against; and for Proposition No. 2, 5,641 for and 1,300 against.  

In all, the acquisition cost is an estimated $3.65 million dollars for four parcels totaling 211.70 acres. The cost for the purchase to a homeowner with a property valued at $190,000 will be approximately $11.00 per year for 30 years. 

Legal and financial matters will proceed with an estimated closing in April 2018. Residents should note that the property will not officially be owned by the Town until the closing, and therefore it is still considered private property and cannot be used by the public.

Once the sale is complete the Town will assess and maintain the structures and land immediately surrounding the Clark House. The golf course acreage will not be mowed and maintained; however, it will be made safe. 

“On behalf of the Town Board, I would like to thank everyone who came out to vote on the two propositions involving the acquisition of the Shadow Pines property,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Voting is the primary way for citizens to participate in government, and by voting in this special election Penfield residents made their voices heard and registered their opinion on how they think the government should operate on this matter.”

The Town is acquiring the property with a designation of “general municipal” use, which allows the greatest flexibility for overall community and public uses. A final plan has not been decided. Initially, passive recreation (hiking, cross country skiing, open space) will be considered to be allowed on certain portions of the property until a final master plan is approved and reviewed with residents. Potential future land uses may include a combination of open space, passive and active recreational uses along with general municipal uses such as a community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. 

The Town Board will form a committee of residents to explore and make recommendations for future land uses. Defining future land use will also be a key responsibility of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan Committee.

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


February 26, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Reminder, Special Election Vote Feb 27

Please remember to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM, at the Penfield Community Center 1985 Baird Road, in the Special Election to acquire the former Shadow Pines Golf Club property. 

Voters are being 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.

To be eligible 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

To learn more about this topic go to:


February 26, 2018
Supervisor's column February 26, 2018

The next hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 on the west side of Webster Park. Our committee partners with the Friends of Webster Trails to explore the wooded trails on the west side of this wonderful park. Meet at the parking lot on the south side of Lake Road at the campground entrance road and look for the hike signs. This hike runs from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM and will be held rain or shine. While the hike is FREE, participants are asked to register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655.

Are you in need of a new or updated US Passport? If so, mark your calendar for the next “Passport Night in Penfield” to be held on Thursday, April 5 from 5:30 to 7:30PM at the Town Hall, 3100 Atlantic Ave. This service comes to Penfield through the partnership with the Monroe County Clerk’s Office and the Penfield Town Clerk. For questions and details, please log on to www.penfield.org or call 340-8629.

Seasonal jobs update…Applications are continuously accepted for the following positions: school-year lifeguards/WSI, program specialists and volunteers. Applications are available at the Recreation Department Office, 1985 Baird Road or on the town’s website at www.penfield.org

Did you know that the Penfield Public Library is a “Safe Place” community partner? Young people seeking assistance with housing, safety, or other crisis situations will be connected at the Penfield Library with outreach workers from the Center for Youth, who will assess the needs of the young person in question and access necessary services.

Residents with disabilities may be interested in SportsNet, a program that provides recreation, fitness, and sports opportunities for people with physical disabilities. For more information, please call the SportsNet office at 334-6000, x1120. 

The Penfield Community Victory Garden is a three-acre garden owned by the Town of Penfield located at 1748 Five Mile Line Road. It is run completely by volunteers and donations and operated to provide Penfield residents with an opportunity to grow their own organic-based vegetables, flowers, and herbs for their own consumption or for the needy. Bed rentals are available beginning in January and fill up fast, so don’t delay in signing up! For more information go to www.penfieldrec.org and click in “Penfield Community Garden.”

Important dates and events in history: February 27, 1869 – The 15th Amendment is passed by Congress. The Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's "race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Any American cannot be denied the right to vote, based on race, color or being a former slave. The 15th amendment was important in that it not only finally gave African Americans the right to vote, but also allowed the most African Americans in history to be elected into public office.

Speaking of the right to vote…please remember to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, February 27 (6:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Penfield Community Center) in the Special Election for the Shadow Pines property. Voters are being 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.

Until next week, enjoy the mild weather and sunshine. It has been a long haul this winter; however, I think signs of spring are starting to break through!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


February 20, 2018
Supervisor's column February 20, 2018

Shadow Pines update…This will be the last update before the vote that is scheduled to be held next Tuesday, February 27 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. For information and history regarding Shadow Pines, please log on to www.penfield.org then click on “Information about the Shadows” at the top of the home page to view all the information and documents relating to this project.

The annual Penfield Rotary Euchre Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, March 11 at The Legacy, 40 Willow Pond Way (off Rt. 441). Tickets are $20 per person if purchased by March 10, and $25 the day of the event. Admission includes water, coffee, and snacks. Other beverages and pizza will be available for purchase before and during the games. All proceeds will benefit Camp Haccamo, a place for children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, and other Penfield Rotary Programs. 

Buy your tickets early to ensure your seat as the tournament is limited to 100 players. In person, visit Family First Credit Union, 2520 Browncroft Blvd; buy online at www.penfieldrotary.org; purchase by mail (postmarked by March 5) at Penfield Rotary Club, PO Box 28, Penfield NY 14526; or by phone 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM call Charlie 381-8889, 6:00 to 9:00 PM call Bill at 388-8546. The Penfield Rotary will like to recognize and thank sponsors Baker Commodities, Family First Credit Union and Lotus Blossom Yoga.

The Penfield Players present their Winter Readers’ Theatre which is FREE to the public! Fools by Neil Simon will be performed on Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25 at the Penfield Community Center at 2:00 PM, both dates. Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He's landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives, he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with “chronic stupidity” for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays more than 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down. Fools is another winner by Neil Simon!

As the snow melts and temperatures rise this time of the year, we begin to receive calls and emails from residents asking if and when we will begin repairing snowplow damage to lawns. Yes, the town will repair any and all lawn damage from our road and sidewalk plows. We tend not to start this process until the later part of March unless long range forecasts indicate otherwise. Our crews will replace sod, bring in top soil and seed damaged areas.

This week I close my column on a sad note with the passing of Judge Donald J. Mark. Judge Mark was an amazing man and a person who many looked up to and tried to emulate. He was born in Rochester on March 31, 1926, attended St. Andrew’s School, Aquinas Institute, Syracuse University, and Cornell Law School. He served our country as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and the Korean War. He met and married Rosalie Lanza, they had two children Laurie and Robert and became grandparents to three. 

Judge Mark was admitted to practice on November 10, 1953. His judicial resume is extensive: he was a Justice of the Penfield Town Court from 1964 to 1973; a Judge of the Monroe County Court from 1974 to 1983; and a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, elected in 1983 to a 14-year term. The Monroe County Bar Association rated Judge Mark as “highly recommended” for Supreme Court in 1983 and “superior” in 1982. In 1974 he was rated “superior” for County Court. Justice Mark pioneered multiple jury trials (five double-jury trials and two triple-jury trials); authored more than 100 decisions published in law books; and decided Dunaway v. New York in County Court which was affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court and became a legal precedent nationwide and is the name of a hearing.

On a personal note, I first met Judge Mark in 1985 while I was first running for town board. Over the past 32 years I have been fortunate to get to better know this remarkable man. I have had the honor of Judge Mark swearing me in for all my elected races for Penfield Town Board, Monroe County Legislature, and Penfield Town Supervisor. On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Judge Mark swore me in, from his hospital bed, for the 14th time!

Penfield is fortunate to have had Judge Donald J. Mark as an outstanding member of our great community. I am honored to have known him and to have had his guidance and support over the years…rest in peace Judge.

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


February 12, 2018
Supervisor's column February 12, 2018

Shadow Pines update…There are several items to be aware of this week. First, I will hold an informational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13 in the Town Hall auditorium at 7:00 PM. This presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018; voting information including a review of the two propositions, who is eligible to vote, and absentee ballots; financing and costs to taxpayers; and potential short- and long-term future uses of the property. Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review. Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to http://www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php. Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation.

Secondly, for those who are not registered voters and would like to vote in the special election on February 27, there will be a registration event this Wednesday, February 14 from 12:00 to 6:00 PM to be held at the Town Hall in the rotunda.

There has been information in the news over the past six-plus months regarding odors from the High Acres Landfill in Perinton. My office has only received a few calls from residents impacted in Penfield and I have shared that information with Perinton. I understand that the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a hotline (585-226-5414) to report odors from the landfill. The odors predominantly have been reported from the southeastern portion of Penfield.

This winter has been very hard on many of the roadways throughout the town with the amount of frost in the ground due to the cold temperatures, followed by short periods of mild weather, and followed yet again by another round of extreme cold. Our DPW is working closely with the NYSDOT and Monroe County DOT to document problems and damage. We have been providing cold patch repairs for potholes; this is a temporary fix only until the weather gets warmer and asphalt plants open for the season. To report a pothole, please send an email to publicworks@penfield.org and give a detailed location or you may call 340-8710 to speak with the office or leave a voice message.

Please note…February Break Adventure Camp with EarthWorks Institute has reduced the price of the camp to just $200 for a full week and the registration period has been extended. This camp is primarily outdoors and kids will enjoy stalking through the woods, finding animal tracks, stories, warmth by the fire, making a primitive debris hut, and more adventures. However, there is an indoor facility available should the weather be extreme. This camp is open to all youth ages 8-12. It will be held at Harris Whalen Park and runs February 19 to 23, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM (there is also an extended care option from 2:30 to 4:30 PM). Register at www.penfieldrec.org or visit the Rec office at the Penfield Community Center. For more information on EarthWorks Institute, please visit https://earthworksinst.org.

The Penfield Public Library is also offering a number of programs during the winter break week (February 19 to 23) for our youngest residents. For more details please go to www.penfieldlibrary.org.

As the days are getting longer and spring seems to be a bit closer, many people are more interested in getting out and about. The Bri-Pen Senior Rides program continues to look for “hero drivers” to take residents from Penfield and Brighton to appointments, religious services, etc. If you have some spare time and would like to help out a fellow resident, please call 340-8674 for more information. Thank you in advance for considering to volunteer some of your valuable time.

Over the next several weeks I would like to recognize our sponsors who support the publication of our Pen-Rec Recreation Brochure—without them we would not be able to provide this quality information to our residents. To begin, I would like to recognize Hong Wah Chinese Restaurant, 1802 Penfield Road. Hong Wah is the Chinese Restaurant Foundation’s top 100 overall excellence award winner. Our local businesses do so much to support our community, please support them…healthy businesses make for a healthy community!

Until next week, please enjoy the stretch of milder weather!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


February 5, 2018
Supervisor's column February 5, 2018

Shadow Pines update…In response to requests from residents who are seeking impartial information to help them make an informed decision when voting February 27 on two bond propositions to finance the Town’s acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club property, I will hold a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

The presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018; voting information including a review of the two propositions, who is eligible to vote, and absentee ballots; financing and costs to taxpayers; and potential short- and long-term future uses of the property. Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review. Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php. Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation. Residents are encouraged to review background information and details in advance of the meeting at The Shadows project page at the link above. 

The Penfield Trails Committee will host their annual “Indoor Hike” this Saturday, February 10, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Penfield Town Hall Auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. This year’s program will center on the Irene Gossin Nature Preserve that is coming soon to Penfield. There will also be information on trails groups from around the Rochester area. This event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served. While the event is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 0.

The Penfield Recreation Department is pleased to announce a new February Break camp for kids in conjunction with EarthWorks Institute! February Break Adventure Day Camp will be held at Harris Whalen Park, 2126 Penfield Road, Penfield, February 19 to 23, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM. This camp is open to all youth ages 8-12. (Camp fee is $250 for residents and non-residents) There is also an extended care option from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Activate your student’s curiosity and love of adventure! There is so much to experience in Rochester's great outdoors, and EarthWorks Institute will be your guide during this camp for “February Break-ers” seeking a full sensory outdoor experience. Stalk silently through the woods, learn the hidden stories of animal tracks, or make a forest home in a primitive debris hut. This camp is primarily outdoors, however there is an indoor facility available should the weather be extreme. For more information on EarthWorks Institute, please visit earthworksinst.org.

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, February 17, 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. February proceeds will go directly to help support Resolve of Greater Rochester—a group dedicated to intervening and preventing domestic and sexual violence against women. 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 go to www.fbpenfield.org.

General info and events for adults 55+…check out games for the brain/lunch! Exercise your mind and meet new people every Tuesday. Consider stopping by the Community Center on any Tuesday around 9:30 AM to enjoy a cup of coffee and a variety of spirited games. Join a table or start a new game on your own. There is always complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. If you stay long enough, a homemade sit down lunch is served at noon for only $4.00.

Until next week…be well and be safe!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 


February 2, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Update on Shadow Pines – Public Information Meeting Feb 13

At the request of residents who are seeking impartial information to help them make an informed decision when voting (February 27) on two bond propositions to finance the Town’s acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club property, Supervisor LaFountain will hold a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue. 

The presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018; voting information including a review of the two propositions, who is eligible to vote, and absentee ballots; financing and costs to taxpayers; and potential short- and long-term future uses of the property. Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review.   

Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php. Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation.

Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review.   


February 2, 2018
Public Info Meeting Feb 13 regarding upcoming bond vote

At the request of residents who are seeking impartial information to help them make an informed decision when voting February 27 on two bond propositions to finance the Town’s acquisition of the former Shadow Pines Golf Club property, Supervisor Tony LaFountain will hold a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

The presentation will include an overview of the history from when Shadow Pines ceased golf operations in December 2015 up to February 2018; voting information including a review of the two propositions, who is eligible to vote, and absentee ballots; financing and costs to taxpayers; and potential short- and long-term future uses of the property. Maps of the property and ballot information will be on display for everyone to review.   

“I have heard from residents who are new to the topic of Shadow Pines and would like to get up to speed before the public referendum on February 27th,” said Supervisor LaFountain. “We have provided a lot of information about the Shadows Pines property on the Town website over the course of this project. It’s a great place to stay current with this topic and many more. A public information meeting will further help to educate residents and give them an opportunity to ask specific questions to help them make an informed vote on February 27th.”  

Specific questions may be submitted ahead of the meeting by going to www.penfield.org/Golf_The_Shadows.php . Questions will also be taken at the meeting following the presentation.

Residents are encouraged to review background information and details in advance of the meeting at The Shadows project page at the link above. 




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