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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 www.penfieldplayers.org

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 www.penfieldrec.org

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 www.penfieldrec.org

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.

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


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 kanauer@frontiernet.net ) 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 www.penfield.org (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 www.penfieldrec.org.

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 www.penfieldecumenicalfoodshelf.org.

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!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org


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 http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html


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 http://www.monroecounty.gov/ecopark

See DPW services at http://www.penfield.org/DPW_Services.php?.


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 http://www.rge.com/Outages/outageinformation.html


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 www.penfieldsymphony.org

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 www.plasticfilmrecycling.org

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 www.fbpenfield.org  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!

Tony

supervisor@penfield.org 




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