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April 30, 2018
Town of Penfield completes purchase of Shadow Pines Golf Course

On Friday, April 27 the Town of Penfield completed the purchase of the former Shadow Pines golf course from Dolomite/Oldcastle. The purchase includes the 206 acre former golf course plus the Clark House with its adjacent structures and six acres of land. 

The Town acquired the property with a designation of general municipal use, which allows the greatest flexibility for overall community and public uses such as a combination of open space, passive and active recreation; a community center, library, lodge, or other public facilities. A final plan is not in place.

The Town will now assess the condition of buildings and grounds and perform necessary work to remove hazards and make the property safe for public use. This work will commence immediately and carry on into the summer until the grounds are deemed safe; the main task is maintenance of damaged trees and limbs that are hung up and in danger of falling. While this work is being done the public does NOT have permission to access the property. The Town will publicly notify residents when public access is allowed and how the property may be used.

“Now that the Town owns the property, our priority is public safety. The buildings and grounds have not been maintained since golf operations ceased in December 2015. We all know there have been major wind storms and damage since then—everyone has seen downed trees along the perimeter,” said Supervisor Tony LaFountain. “Our first order of business is to evaluate the property and structures. After that we will do the work to prepare the land for public use. Until we inventory our ‘to-do’ list that timeline is open-ended. At the same time, the Town Board will move ahead with committees and planning for general uses of the property.”

Once public access is allowed, passive recreation (hiking, cross country skiing, open space) will be permitted on certain portions of the property until a final master plan is approved and reviewed with residents and a path forward is planned out. 

The Town Board is in the process of forming a committee of residents to explore and make recommendations for future land uses. Defining future land use is a key responsibility of the upcoming 2020 Comprehensive Plan Committee, therefore the Town Board will appoint a few residents to serve as liaisons on both committees to keep plans moving and ensure consistency between the two groups which should be announced in the next 30 days.

Until a plan is in place the Town will maintain the Clark House and immediate grounds. The former golf course will not be mowed and maintained, however it will be made safe.

Deputy Supervisor Andy Moore adds, ”Once public access is allowed, we welcome members of the community, scouts, service organizations, faith, environmental, and other volunteer groups that have already expressed interest to help maintain trails and grounds on this scenic property.” 

Supervisor LaFountain will provide regular updates on the status of the property and public access in his weekly column available at

For background information on The Shadows please go to the project page at

April 30, 2018
Supervisor's column April 30, 2018

We may not have seen much of the sun last weekend, but there were two shining lights in our community that came in the form of not one—but two—Eagle Courts of Honor recognizing two young men who will be fine future leaders. First, I had the honor of presenting Johnny Friberg of Troop 312 a certificate of recognition for his project that supported the mission of the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf. Johnny primed and painted the walls of the PEFS garage and installed shelves to efficiently organize and store donated food inventory. His efforts will help the PEFS better serve those in need in our community.

The second Eagle Court of Honor was for Garrett Tripp of Troop 9 who restored and improved Honey Creek Trail in Channing H. Philbrick Park. Garrett and members of his troop re-mulched most of the trail, installed drainage pipes under the trail, and covered mud spots along the trail with logs. Additionally, he remarked the trail for ease of use and replaced old railroad ties used as steps that were decaying and leaving exposed rebar, creating a safety hazard. New steps were constructed and filled with gravel to make them sturdy and long-lasting for the many hikers that will use the trail in years to come.

On behalf of the Town Board and the entire Penfield Community, I want to congratulate both Johnny and Garrett for achieving the rank of Eagle. Both of you should be very proud of your accomplishments.  The Eagle Scout is the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, and this prestigious award is widely recognized throughout the country even by those who are not familiar with the requirements. I also want to congratulate your families and the membership of Troops 312 and 9 who assisted you in attaining this great honor. Best wishes to you both in all you do in the future!

Weekend events also included Penfield Little League opening day, supporting baseball and softball for our youngest residents. Despite cool temperatures and the threat of rain, close to 1,000 eager ball players were on hand to kick-off another wonderful season at Veterans’ Memorial Park at the Penfield Town Hall. I was honored to represent the Town Board to welcome all the players and their families for another exciting season…play ball!

In the past week I have received many inquiries about the construction work at the intersection of Route 250 and Whalen Road. Here’s the scoop: the NYS Department of Transportation is installing pedestrian indicators at all four corners to help control the lights and make it safer for pedestrians to cross the roads. As sidewalks have been added to the area, and with more scheduled to go in, the DOT wanted to ensure residents are safe when crossing the intersection. The project should be finished in a month or less.

The next free guided hike sponsored by the Penfield Trails Committee will be at Harris Whalen Park on Saturday, May 12, 9:00 to 11:00 AM. This hike will follow the trail through the woods to discover exciting spring flowers. You will also learn from your guide about park history and geology. The hike is expected to last about two hours and will be led by members of the Penfield Trails Committee. Harris Whalen Park is located at 2126 Penfield Rd. (Route 441), directly across from the Wegmans plaza. The hike will start at the pavilion at the top of the hill; follow the “Hike” signs. While the hike is free, participants are asked to pre-register by calling Penfield Recreation at 340-8655, option 6. The Penfield Trails Committee is always seeking volunteers to serve on its planning committee and to help with manual labor for trail maintenance. For more information, please call Penfield Recreation at (585) 340-8655.

I had the honor of attending the Penfield Fire District’s annual inspection last week. This event is held to recognize all of the district volunteers who provide service to our community each and every day to keep us safe whether fighting a fire, providing rescue services, EMS or HAZMAT support, or responding to a number of emergency situations. These men and women stand ready to serve and respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On behalf of the entire Penfield community, thank you for your service, dedication and support…be well and be safe as you respond to every event!

Until next week, enjoy some mild weather ahead. Hopefully it will begin to feel more like spring.


April 23, 2018
DEC Launches Annual "Look for the Zero" Campaign

Encourages Homeowners to Practice Sustainable Lawn Care to Protect State Waterbodies

Lawn_Fertilizer__NYS_Nutrient_Runoff_Law____NYS_Dept__of_Environmental_Conservation.pngTo protect water quality this spring, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today urged New Yorkers to practice sustainable lawn care and today announced the "Look for the Zero" campaign to encourage homeowners to go phosphorus-free when using lawn fertilizer. More than 100 water bodies in New York State cannot be used or enjoyed due to phosphorus overuse.

"The actions New Yorkers take in their backyards can have a big impact on the environment. By choosing sustainable lawn care homeowners are helping to protect water quality and public health," said Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Excess phosphorous is causing problems in many New York waterbodies, making them unusable for swimming, fishing, or as a source of drinking water. I urge residents to 'Look for the Zero' and buy phosphorous-free fertilizer this spring. By choosing to use sustainable practices, eliminating phosphorus, and reducing pesticide use on lawns, New Yorkers can play an important role in addressing water quality impairments across the state."

DEC first introduced "Look for the Zero" in 2017, and released a public service announcement that shows the effects of fertilizer runoff on New York's waterbodies.

Phosphorus has been the focus of recent Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) summits recently held in four locations throughout New York, as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's State of the State initiative to address harmful blue-green algae blooms in New York lakes. The summits brought together community leaders, national and local experts, and state agency officials to develop strategies to address HABs in New York.

New York's nutrient runoff law prohibits the use of phosphorus lawn fertilizers unless a new lawn is being established or a soil test shows that the lawn does not have enough phosphorus. Generally, only newly established lawns or those with poor soil need phosphorus. Phosphorus applied to already existing lawns should not be used and can cause water pollution. Regardless of the location, excess phosphorus from lawns can wash off and pollute lakes and streams, harming fish, pets, or people that use these waters for recreating and a source of revenue for towns that must close beaches or boating areas.

New York State law requires retailers to post signs notifying customers of the terms of the law and to display phosphorus fertilizer separately from phosphorus-free fertilizer. DEC is encouraging consumers to review bag labels for phosphorus content when shopping for fertilizer. Fertilizer labels have three numbers. The number in the middle is the percentage of phosphorus in the product, such as: 22-0-15.

Homeowners are encouraged to practice more sustainable lawn care and to choose native plants and grasses, which are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions. These plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds, and other animals.

Organic lawn care can easily be implemented on any lawn. Safe and effective alternatives exist for most chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Organic lawn care treatments promote deep root systems, natural photosynthesis, and longer grass growth. Visit DEC's Sustainable Landscaping web page to learn more.

Additional recommendations for sustainable lawn care include spreading a quarter inch of compost on the lawn to improve moisture retention and soil texture and add beneficial microorganisms and nutrients. Another suggestion is to allow grass to grow to three inches and then cut no more than one inch off the top. This is the "one-third" rule and helps to develop a deeper root system, which is a natural defense against weeds, disease and drought. Visit DEC's Lawn Care web page for more information.

DEC also encourages homeowners to leave lawn clippings after mowing to improve the health of the lawn. Grass clippings are 80 percent water and contain two to four percent nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and other nutrients. Leaving clippings also saves homeowners time after mowing and reduces the amount of garbage thrown out. Grass clippings can account for as much as 10 percent of garbage.

DEC has posted a new video to its YouTube channel that shows how phosphorus can run off lawns and enter our waterways. For more information, visit DEC's Lawn Fertilizer web page.

New York's nutrient runoff law does not affect agricultural fertilizer or fertilizer for gardens.

Senator Tom O'Mara, Chair of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, "From combating harmful algal blooms to water quality infrastructure improvements, New York State must continue to cover every base to help protect our waterways and public health overall."

Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee, said, "Nutrient overloading has proven to be harmful to the State's water bodies, many of which serve as drinking water sources for our communities. The 'Look for the Zero' campaign is a good way to continue to educate the public on the easiest ways to mitigate nutrient runoff, one of which is to simply use phosphorus-free fertilizer. By continuing to use less and less high-nutrient lawn fertilizers, we can reduce the need to restrict recreational opportunities and can lower the chances for harmful algal blooms and fishkills."

April 23, 2018
Memorial Day Essay Contest Accepting Entries

The Town of Penfield is now accepting entries for its annual Memorial Day Essay Contest. The contest is open to all middle school (grades 6-8) students who currently attend a Penfield school, or who live in Penfield.

The topic that students are invited to write about this year is "America's Gift to My Generation." Cash prizes will be awarded: $175 for First Place, $125 for Second Place, and $100 for Third Place. Prizes are sponsored by a generous donation from VFW Post 820.

Essays are judged by a panel consisting of members of American Legion Braman Post 1229 and Penfield Rotary.

"We are very lucky to be able to host this contest due to the generosity of the VFW," said Penfield Town Supervisor Tony LaFountain. "It is a privilege to see the talent of Penfield's students in the thoughtful compositions they submit each year."

The top three winning essays will be read by the authors at Penfield’s Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28.

Contest entries and submission form can be submitted to the Town of Penfield at the following address: Memorial Day Essay Contest, c/o Penfield Recreation, 1985 Baird Road, Penfield, NY 14526. Entry deadline is Friday, May 11. All entries become the property of the Town of Penfield.

Complete rules and entry form can be found HERE. For questions, please call (585) 340-8651.

April 23, 2018
Supervisor's Column: April 23, 2018

I have had many inquiries in recent weeks regarding a new entrance and clearing of land on the west side of Fairport-Nine Mile Point Road (Rt. 250) north of Northrup Road and south of Plank Road. This 18-acre property, formerly owned by the Amish Family, was donated to the Town for use as a small park for residents to enjoy. Our DPW has been developing a driveway and small parking lot that will be completed this spring. The Penfield Trails Committee will be laying out a series of trails to allow visitors to enjoy the bird life, creek area and swamp lands. The park should be open to the public in the next 6-8 weeks.

I have also had calls regarding the sign at Channing H. Philbrick Park that was damaged this winter. We have received quotes for repairs and will be moving forward to have that sign replaced over the next 6-8 weeks.

The last Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2017-2018 season, entitled “A Little Russian,” will be held on Monday, May 7 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. This concert is sponsored by Harris Beach, PLLC. FREE rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774 two weeks in advance so do not delay. This was PSO’s 62nd season of brining wonderful music to Penfield and the greater Rochester community. For more information about this concert and the upcoming 2018-19 season, please go to

The 3rd annual Terry Rothfuss Memorial “Good Neighbor Day” will be held on Saturday, May 19 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. This program was designed to help seniors, veterans, or those who are disabled to do light yard work and spring cleanup. We need volunteers of all ages, so bring the whole family to pitch-in! Volunteers will bring scrap/debris to the Penfield Spring Drop-off, rake out flower beds, plant flowers, repair lawn damage, and other helpful tasks. Terry Rothfuss was a farmer in East Penfield who was a friend to all. He was always ready and willing to help anyone at any time. When he passed away in 2014 there was a huge hole left in our community. Terry’s friends and family want to carry on his legacy of friendship by continuing to help the community and inspire others to do the same. All volunteers will meet at the Rothfuss farm (1865 Salt Road) at 7:45 AM for coffee and donuts and to receive their assignments. I hope to see you there!

With the recent nice weekend, I am optimistic that spring and summer are just around the corner. This taste of warm weather makes me start to think about the Penfield Amphitheater Summer Concert Series on the Kiwanis stage that kicks off on Friday, June 1 with the popular “Music & Food Truck Rodeo.” Enjoy music 5:00 to 8:30 PM from Penfield School performing groups. A variety of tasty food for all appetites is available starting at 4:30PM with windows up! Come join the fun with family and friends; enjoy a slice of pizza and a smoothie, try some fried dough and even a frozen custard…does it get any better than that? The music is always wonderful as the students show off their talents for the community. Please come join the fun!

The Penfield Recreation department aquatics programs offer a wide variety of swim lessons, family open/lap swim, American Red Cross Water Safety certifications, springboard diving, water yoga, and more. For more information and details about all of our programs, please check out the Pen-Rec Brochure pages 10 to 12 or log on at

Until next week, enjoy the recent mild weather as we ready our homes and yards for the summer season. You will see our crews out in neighborhoods repairing sod damage from plows—and now that the asphalt plants are back open for the season we will begin to patch those unwelcome potholes that developed over the winter.



April 16, 2018
Supervisor's column April 16, 2018

One last shout-out for the Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser this coming Saturday, April 21, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Penfield, 1862 Penfield Road. All April proceeds will go directly to help support a real jewel in our community—the Shepherd Home. This two-bed comfort care facility provides hospice care to the terminally ill in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual in the last weeks of life.

The Penfield Players—your community theater—will present “A Comedy of Tenors” April 27 and 28; May 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 8:00PM. There is a Sunday matinee May 6 at 2 PM. All performances will be held at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Directed by Dave Woodworth and produced by Liz Gill and Sandy Lowe-Dusel, “A Comedy of Tenors” follows producer Henry Saunders in 1930s Paris as he tries to keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife Maria from causing runaway chaos just before the concert of the century. With four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans, what could possibly go wrong? Prepare for an uproarious ride full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and madcap delight! Tickets are available in advance for $12 at the Penfield Recreation Office or $15 at the door. For more information about this production and the Penfield Players, please go to

Penfield Recreation’s Summer Day Camp programs begin June 25 and run through August 10 with four different sessions. Additionally, K-One Day Camp runs June 25 through August 3 with three different sessions. Day camps provide each child an opportunity to explore new activities along with the fun and enjoyment of all the past favorites. Offerings include active and quiet games, arts and crafts, sports activities, field days, specials, and an event or two with other day camp sites. Each camp session will also include a bowling field trip. Day Camp locations include Harris Whalen Park, Scribner Road School and the Penfield Community Center. Our camps are popular and fill up quickly, so don’t delay! Register now for your favorite week or weeks by logging on at

Our Daytime Education at Recreation (DEAR) programs continue to grow and expand…wisdom at its finest! Our team is excited to offer classes and lectures to our consortium of lifetime learners. DEAR engages adults in intellectual, socially viable cognitive activities to help keep the mind sharp and alert while reducing the risk of delaying the onset of age-related concerns. DEAR at the Penfield Community Center has become an important staple to adults who understand the significance of this idea and would like to reshape the way they spend leisure time, meeting new and interesting people along the way. Join the national movement to learn and share life experience with others and explore the multitude of FREE programs available. Please note that while most classes are FREE, registration is required. For more information and details about the programs offered, please refer to the Pen-Rec Summer 2018 Brochure pages 35 to 42, or visit

We all seem to be waiting for some signs of spring in Penfield with recent snow and never ending rain! Well if there is one sign, it is opening day for Penfield Little League (PLL) which is schedule for Saturday, April 28 at 9:00 AM at Veterans Park here at the town hall complex. Come join the fun as PLL opens another year of exciting baseball and softball. I hope to see you there!

Until next week…please make sure that storm drains near your home are not covered with leaves and branches to ensure water is flowing properly with all the rain in the forecast. We do not want to see you or your neighbors experience any flooding.


April 12, 2018
Electric Car Show at Community Center Saturday, April 21

The Town of Penfield will host an electric car show Saturday, April 21, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. The show is free and open to the public. All enthusiasts are welcome to participate; contact show organizer Bob Kanauer (585.377.2783 or ) with your name, make, model, and year of your vehicle, and your address. 

Cars from private owners, dealers, and members of the New York State Electric Auto Association will be on display, and members will be on-hand to answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive a variety of electric cars provided by the Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator. The show is expected to include the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Tesla Model S, Volkswagen e-Golf, BMW i3, Chevy Bolt, and others. “This year we are hoping a Tesla Model 3 will be at the Show,” said Bob Kanauer. “Each year the number of cars at the show increases as more automobile companies are offering new models. This is a great opportunity to see and learn more about plug-in electric vehicles.”

This is the seventh year the town is hosting the electric car show since installing the first publicly available charging station in Monroe County at the Penfield Community Center in 2012. The town installed a second charging station at the town hall complex in 2013, and a third followed in Harris Whalen Park. 

Supervisor Tony LaFountain said, “We are happy to support this annual event to help educate residents on the benefits of the growing electric vehicle industry. Each year we look forward to seeing the newest models as well as cars owned by innovative enthusiasts.”

April 9, 2018
Supervisor's column April 9, 2018

A resolution was passed by the Town Board at the Wednesday, April 4 meeting, for the direct purchase of the Clark House from the Town’s general fund reserves rather than by bond. This option is available to the Town Board because sales tax revenue for 2017 was higher than projected. Purchasing the Clark House parcel outright will benefit the Town and taxpayers by lowering the overall bonding amount, reducing financing costs, and lowering the projected per household payback cost from an estimated $11 per year for 30 years to between $9 and $10 per year. 

Direct purchase of the Clark House will lower the overall costs for this parcel from the projected $260,000. And, separating the Clark House parcel from bonding also eliminates IRS tax implications that could restrict or complicate future uses of the property. After closing, the Town will perform general maintenance to the Clark House and its grounds. The Town will bond the purchase of the remaining 206 golf course acres as originally planned.

While the spring weather is still trying to reach our area, now is the time to start the process of getting a building permit if you intend to add a pool, deck, shed, or addition to your home. Pre-planning and early application will help avoid delays. As the weather improves permit requests increase significantly. The Building Department needs time to review applications and plans prior to the issuance of any permit. The sooner you are in the queue the sooner a permit can be issued—so don’t delay, get your application in early so you can enjoy your project this season. If you have any questions about the process, please go to (Departments/Building and Zoning) for more information or call 340-8636.

The summer edition of the Pen-Rec brochure will be hitting mailboxes as I write this column. Please take a minute to scan through the extensive lineup of programs for residents of all ages—another great job by the Recreation Department team for continuing to look at new and interesting programs to serve you. Remember to sign up early as our programs tend to fill up quickly. This brochure is also online at

You have heard me say many times, “healthy businesses make for a healthy community.” As you are looking through the current Pen-Rec brochure you will see a number of businesses that help to underwrite our programs to keep costs as low as possible. Please consider supporting these businesses and thank them for being so involved with our town. I know they will appreciate your patronage and kind words.

The Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf (PEFS) is sponsoring a new program called “Summer Food for Kids.” This program will help ensure that our youngest residents have access to healthy food during the summer months. You can help by donating tuna, mac & cheese, canned pasta, beef stew, applesauce cups, microwaveable bowls, and mayonnaise and jelly in plastic jars. Please drop off your food donations in the chute at the back of the Food Shelf, 1618 Jackson Road, by June 15. For more information on this program and all of the other great things PEFS does to support our great community, please go to

Seasonal jobs…applications are being accepted for the following positions: school-year lifeguard/WSI, program specialists, and volunteers. Applications are available at the Recreation Department Office, 1985 Baird Road.

Bri-Pen Senior Rides continues to look for volunteers to drive Penfield and Brighton seniors to their medical appointments, religious services, and town community centers. Drive at your convenience, any availability is a great help. Please call 340-8674 for more details and to sign up. Thank you in advance for assisting your fellow residents who may not have access to transportation that helps to keep them healthy and connected.

Until next week, bundle up and brave this latest winter weather blast…spring has to be just around the corner!


April 5, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: 5 PM UPDATE on storm-related power outages

The RG&E conference call with municipalities and agencies that I mentioned earlier just wrapped up. As you will likely hear from local news media, RG&E continues to estimate restoration of power for nearly all outages in Monroe County is Saturday at 11:00 PM—this includes Penfield outages. 

Additional crews are arriving in Rochester late this afternoon through this evening. The best way to monitor RG&E’s progress is the outage report on their website listed below. As of this message, 563 residences are still without power in Penfield. 

The Penfield Library and Community Center and are open and available as warming stations through 9:00 PM tonight, Friday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Monitor RG&E outages at

April 5, 2018
A message from Penfield DPW regarding the April 4 wind storm

The Penfield Town Board has determined there will not be a special town-wide collection of residential tree debris. 

Penfield DPW will be clearing and removing trees, limbs, and related storm debris only from public right of ways and areas that present a public safety concern. These hazards have been identified and are being addressed. Crews are clearing trees that have fallen directly into the right of way and impaired roadways, sidewalks, and public entry/exits points. No trees/limbs should be moved from private property into the right of way. If you have a question or concern about the status of a downed tree please call DPW at 340-8710 and a foreman will assess your situation.

RG&E is working independently on issues that affect power restoration, this may include management of downed or standing trees.  

As always, residents may drop off limbs and branches at the Highway garage, 1607 Jackson Road, Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Sign in at the office at the time of drop-off. (This is a year-round service.) Only branches and shrubs may be dropped off. No stumps, leaves, grass, or concrete or other debris will be accepted. 

As a reminder, this year’s Spring Drop-off for residents is May 18 (7:30 AM to 5:00 PM) and May 19 (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) at 1607 Jackson Road. 

MATERIALS THAT WILL BE ACCEPTED: HOUSEHOLD items - furniture, appliances (including refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners), lawn mowers (fluids drained), car tires (limit four), vehicle batteries, broken concrete, brush.

MATERIALS THAT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED: HOUSEHOLD electronics (including TVs, computers, monitors, copiers), propane tanks, grass clippings, leaves, chemical drums, hazardous materials, gasoline, motor oil, paint, and driveway sealer. For items of this nature and more, see Monroe County Ecopark “locator” at

See DPW services at

April 5, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Storm-related power outages

As of this message (12:10 PM) there are 808 Penfield residences without power according to RG&E. The Town is monitoring the status of restoration and we are in contact with RG&E. There is a status update conference call this afternoon between RG&E and municipalities. I will share additional information following the call and as we learn more throughout the outage. 

You may monitor RG&E outages at

April 2, 2018
Message from the Supervisor: Resolution to purchase Clark House from General Fund

A resolution will be presented to the Town Board on Wednesday, April 4, for the direct purchase of the Clark House from the Town’s general fund rather than by bond. This option is available to the Town Board because sales tax revenue for 2017 was higher than projected. 

Purchasing the Clark House parcel outright will benefit the Town and taxpayers by lowering the overall bonding amount, reducing financing costs and lowering the projected per household payback cost from an estimated $11 per year for 29 years to between $9 and $10 per year. 

Direct purchase of the Clark House will lower the overall costs for this parcel from the projected $260,000.  Separating the Clark House parcel from bonding also eliminates IRS tax implications that could restrict or complicate future uses of the property. 

After closing, the Town will perform general maintenance to the Clark House and its grounds. 

The Town will bond the purchase of the remaining 206 golf course acres as originally planned.

April 2, 2018
Supervisor's column April 2, 2018

Supervisor’s column April 2, 2018

At the March 28th Town Board meeting, the board passed a resolution extending the moratorium and prohibition of public golf course redevelopment within the Town of Penfield. The moratorium is in effect through March 31, 2019. (The Town Board held a public hearing regarding the moratorium extension on March 21, 2018.)

The moratorium extension serves two key purposes. Most importantly, it will support the efforts of the Town’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan Update Committee as it works with staff and outside consultants to review and address residential, commercial, and recreational properties; the status and progress of the new Mixed Use District; infrastructure; multi-modal connectivity; sustainability; aging in place for elders; medical services; schools; rezoning opportunities; and new zoning districts. The extension will also cover the gap in the March 30, 2018 moratorium expiration and the expected mid- to late-April closing date for the Town’s purchase of the former Shadow Pines property.

It is important to note that Shadow Lake & Racquet Club remains in normal operations serving its customers with 27 holes of golf, racquet sports, a first class restaurant, and banquet facilities to meet your all your needs for weddings, graduations and more. As you have heard me say in the past, healthy businesses makes for a healthy community, please support the Shadow Lake & Racquet Club.

Mark your calendars for the 7th annual Spring Electric Car Show that will be held on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Community Center, 1985 Baird Road. Most current models will be available for inspection; owners and a number of dealers will be in attendance to answer questions. Ownership of electric vehicles continues to grow across this region and within the town. Additionally, a number of cars “converted” to electric will be on hand for inspection. I hope to see you there, it is always a very informative program.

The last Penfield Symphony Orchestra concert of the season entitled “A Little Russian” will be held Monday, May 7 at 7:30 PM at the Penfield High School Auditorium. A concerto will feature the Young Artist Competition winner. Free rides to the concert are available from Lifespan by calling 872-0774. Please call a minimum of two weeks prior to the concert. For more information go to

Our Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee recently met with the Monroe County Recycling Team to receive an update on programming. They would like to remind residents to NOT recycle grocery and retail bags, newspaper bags, produce bags, bread bags, air pillows, case wrapping, and food storage bags in curbside bins/blue boxes. Instead, please take your plastic bags, wraps, and film to a grocery store or other retailer that accepts this material for recycling. All of these materials cause problems to the recycling machinery. Before recycling remove labels, tape and adhesive strips. For more information please log on to

The next Flapjack Saturday Community Fundraiser sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Penfield (FBP) will be held on Saturday, April 21 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. April proceeds will go directly to benefit the Shepherd Home. This two-bed comfort care facility in our community provides hospice care to the terminally ill in a way that cherishes the dignity of each individual in their last weeks of life. So bring the whole family, meet up with friends or make new ones. Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible and the breakfast is outstanding! Visit  for more details.

I would like to thank the three recent guest columnists for providing residents with a lot of great information: Eric Tait, Director of Public Works; Jim Costello, Director of Development Services; and Chris Bilow, Director of Recreation. One of the things that makes my job easier and very rewarding is the caliber of the employees at the Town of Penfield. We have great employees in all departments who are professionals dedicated to supporting our residents each and every day. Thank you to Eric, Jim, and Chris and all the rest of our team members for your service to Penfield.

Until next week be well and be safe!



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